Toto Announce 2016 Tour Dates and Bid Farewell to Bassist David Hungate
Next year will see Toto remaining on the road in support of their most recent release, 2015's Toto XIV — but they'll be playing without co-founding bassist David Hungate.
Hungate announced his departure in a press release issued by the band, explaining that though he's enjoyed being a part of the lineup again after returning in 2014 following more than 30 years away, the rigors of the road have taken their toll. "There's no place like home, particularly after four months on the road," writes Hungate. "The past two years' reunion with Toto has been one of the sweetest experiences and greatest honors of my life. All good things must come to an end, however. I no longer have the stamina and resilience required for extended touring, and I do need to figure out what I want to be when I grow up. Much gratitude to the fans and friends who have supported the band over the years, and to my brothers in Toto ... I can never thank you adequately for the music, the laughs and the friendship going back 40 years. Love and happy trails to you all."
The remaining members of the band responded with their own statement, announcing Hungate's place will be filled by legendary session player and previous touring Toto bassist Lee Sklar. Offering "HUGE love and gratitude to our brother David Hungate for his gifted playing, his amazing professionalism and good humor" the group adds, "It was awesome having you back these last two years and we will cherish the memories. You have not seen the last of us. Stay well, brother."
After closing out 2015 with stops in Switzerland and Mexico, Toto are scheduled to return to the stage in late January, when they'll begin a run of European and Japanese dates that's set to start with a Jan. 27 stop in Brussels and conclude March 16 in Nagoya, Japan. Take a look at the complete list of shows below, and visit Toto's official site for ticket information.
Toto 2016 Tour Dates
1/27 - Brussels, Belgium - Forest National
1/28 - Strasbourg, France- Zenith
1/29 - Paris, France- Olympia
1/31 - Bordeaux, France - Patinoire Meriadeck
2/01 - Nantes, France - Zenith
2/03 - Rouen, France - Zenith
2/04 - Epernay-Pierry, France - Le Millesium
2/06 - Torino, Italy- Parcolimpico Torino
2/07 - Montichiari, Brescia, Italy - Palazzetto dello Sport
2/09 - Vienna, Austria - Gasometer
2/11 - Tilburg, Netherlands - 013 Poppodium Tilburg
2/14 - Groningen, Netherlands - Oosterpoort
2/15 - Aarhus, Denmark - Scandinavian Congress Center
2/17 - Stavanger, Norway - DNB Arena
2/18 - Oslo, Norway - Sentrum Scene
2/19 - Stockholm, Sweden - Fryshuset
2/21 - Helsinki, Finland - Icehall
3/03 - Sendai, Japan - Sendai Sun Plaza
3/04 - Yokohama, Japan - Pacifico
3/07 - Tokyo, Japan - Nihon Budokan
3/09 - Fukuoka, Japan - Zepp (Fukuoka)
3/10 - Hiroshima, Japan - Hiroshima Ueno Gakuen Hall
3/14 - Osaka, Japan - Festival Hall
3/15 - Nagoya, Japan - Nagoya Shi Kokaido
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