The iconic voice of one of the highest selling rock acts of all time, TOTO‘s Bobby Kimball, will be returning to Australia for the first time in a decade to perform all the band’s big hits and more. Joining him as Special Guest will be one of Australia’s favourite sons of rock, Mark Gable from the legendary Choirboys. With a show here in Newcastle on Tuesday, September 25 at the Civic Theatre.
Fans can look forward to hearing Bobby Kimball perform those much loved classic TOTO smash hits – Rosanna, Hold the Line, Make Believe and of course the iconic smash hit Africa, as well as many of those classic album songs familiar to TOTO fans and material from the applauded 2006 TOTO album, Falling in Between. Bobby will also be performing several tunes from his 2017 much-acclaimed solo album, “We’re Not In Kansas Anymore” – a tongue-in-cheek nod to his days in TOTO.
Bobby Kimball was the original lead vocalist and longtime member of 80s supergroup Toto. Appearing on their first four studio albums, he sang lead vocals on such classic songs such as Hold The Line, Africa, Rosanna, Georgy Porgy, I’ll Supply The Love and more. Bobby performed with Toto from 1976 to 1984 and then again from 1997 until they quietly disbanded in 2008.
Across 3 decades Toto sold over 30 million albums, won 6 Grammy awards including Album of the Year, Record of The Year and Song Of The Year. Their music is still heard on the radio today. Songs such as Africa and Rosanna are instantly recognisable from those very first rifts and covered by musicians and bands worldwide – most recently by US band WEEZER who covered Africa (they have previously covered Rosanna) too much media coverage. The song has become a viral hit across the world with over 3 million plays and according to Esquire magazine, proof that this song is ‘timeless.’
Bobby Kimball’s voice is feted alongside the likes of vocal giants Steve Perry (Journey), Lou Gramm (Foreigner) and Brad Delp (Boston) in the Best Male AOR Singers’ Hall of Fame. Widely regarded as one of the great session vocalists, Bobby has also performed on albums from artists including Richard Marx, Chicago, Michael Jackson, Leo Sayer, Far Corporation, Quiet Riot, The Tubes, Tom Jones, Diana Ross and Fee Waybill.
“I’m just back from France from playing two shows for The Cannes International Film Festival followed by a Bulgarian show to 15,000 people. It’s been a busy 2018 but I’m so looking forward to coming back out to Australia in September! I played out there with Toto twice and each time was a really fun experience for me. The Aussie fans are so incredible. I can’t believe it’s been more than 10 years since I was last there! I have a sensational band made up of the best session musicians Australia has to offer – the best of the best. Guys that have played with the best international artists and basically the backing band for the Australian Idol and The Voice TV shows. They are all really hot players, which you absolutely need if you are doing TOTO songs.” – Bobby Kimball, Encino California May 30, 2018.
Mark Gable is perhaps one of the most accomplished front men in Australian music! Lending his unmistakable voice to the Choirboys mega-hits, Run To Paradise and Boys Will Be Boys, Mark helped define a genre and produced two classic Aussie rock standards.
Run to Paradise is undoubtedly an Australian pub rock anthem, covered by nearly every pub rock band around the country each Friday and Saturday night. Rock singer, radio host, circuit speaker, Mark has survived the Australian music industry for nearly 40 years and continues to tour across Australia regularly.
“This tour will be the greatest tour of all time. Not just on stage but backstage as well. Bobby Kimball is the greatest voice in the world and Mark Gable (me) is the greatest voice on the Central Coast of NSW or even Tassie as well (maybe)! If you wanna have huge fun, come along” – Mark Gable
Come and witness the power of two of rocks greatest vocalists, as they deliver the hits that made them the icons they are.
Tickets on presale from Thursday, 14th June and general on sale from Monday, 18th June.
Tickets via Ticketmaster and venues below
Thursday, September 20: The Forum, Melbourne
Friday, September 21: Evan Theatre, Penrith
Monday, September 24: Enmore Theatre, Sydney
Tuesday, September 25: Civic Theatre, Newcastle
Wednesday, September 26: Star City Casino, Gold Coast
Friday, September 28: Anita’s Theatre, Wollongong
Sunday, September 30: Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide