With how fickle and youth-oriented the music biz is lately I'm sure more than a few people thought Toto were stuck in the Land of Oz (apologies for the bad pun) but despite releasing 5 albums in the past 8 years and just finishing a very successful tour, the band broke up two weeks ago so the release of this concert DVD was almost prophetic as an unofficial farewell tour. Toto was around for 31 years and despite numerous line-up changes, founding member Steve Lukather kept rolling along, releasing well over a dozen albums throughout their career with sales over 30 million and scoring 9 top 40 hits.
This concert clocks in well over 2 hours and includes a number of songs from the band’s last album "Falling In Between", with "Bottom Of Your Soul" being the most familiar. When you watch this concert, it becomes obvious very quickly why Eddie Van Halen said this band had the best musicians in the world, as a unit they were amazingly tight and talented.
Even though the majority of the band's biggest hits would nowadays be considered Adult Contemporary, they certainly can rock, as "Hold The Line" and "I'll Supply The Love" point out loud and clear. Speaking of hits, the biggest ones are included here; their performance of "Africa" and "Pamela" are album-perfect and for variety sake "Rosanna" is presented in a much jazzier version than the original. It's pretty cool at that. The DVD has excellent sound and video quality, and there are 20 songs captured live, and again it really is an eye-opener to see and hear just how hard Toto can rock. Interview clips with the band members are included as a bonus feature.
With Steve Lukather pulling the plug on Toto because he felt that after 31 years it had run it's course and his heart just wasn't in it anymore, although you'd never know it from this performance, but that shows just how professional he and the band were. This is a chance for people to see and hear Toto at their final peak. Speaking of hearing, this DVD also has a companion dual CD set that features all of the same songs and it has amazing sound quality as well. This is a fitting epitaph for the band.