Toto (stylized as TOTO) is an American musical group formed in 1977 in New York City. The band is known for the musical covers of other songs and they have inspired many other artists such as the Beatles, Janis Joplin, Van Morrison, and many others. Their music has been described as “postmodern”, “doom and gloom”, and “psychedelic”.
Lead singerico will be appearing on the upcoming “The Exorcist” by Ozzy Osbourne and will also be performing on the upcoming “Black Sabbath” tour. The touring cycle for the band will continue through the months of October and November. During this time, the band will be playing to support their new record “Hail To The Angels.” The band will be performing on this record alongside Ozzy Osbourne’s sons, Ryan and Austin. There has been no word as to whether the band will be performing live or recorded only.
In addition to the reunited Osbourne, there is another artist that has just been released from the original Black Sabbath band – Greg Lake. This former lead guitar player for the English rock band, Queen, has been playing lead guitar with various other projects since leaving the band. Although the original Ozzy Osbourne and guitarist Bill Ward were still around during the early years of their Black Sabbath cover band career, Lake has not made a major impact yet. He has released two solo albums and several others as well. He has also had a chance to work with renowned producer John Entwistle on some of his music.
This solo album is titled “The Feud”. It was recorded by the band and they were very tight on the drumming and bass parts. The lead guitar on this album is a wonderful and innovative work by Simon Phillips. Feud has just released the first part of a double album called “A Day In The Life” which will be out at some point in February/March.
For fans who have not heard of them before, Feud may be a bit intimidating. However, this is actually a very charming album that captures the unique sound of a band in their element. Lead vocalist David van de Munk has a voice that could easily be mistaken for that of Van Halen or Rod Stewart. This is a lead singer that makes his presence felt as soon as he walks on to the stage. He’s definitely up there with the best.
This isn’t the Feud album I’m most excited about, though. That would be The Heart of Gold by The Who. I saw these guys perform live for the first time when they were doing a US tour a few years ago and my life was forever changed. These guys are masters at what they do and this studio album is no different. It’s probably their finest work to date and contains some of the finest songs and guitar solos that you will hear. It’s quite a collection but I can’t recommend it highly enough.