Toto’s concert in Ljubljana, Slovenia

When my boyfriend asked me if I would like to go to Toto’s concert, I was like: “Who are they? I don’t know any of their songs.” And then he started to list their hits such as “Africa”, “Rosanna”, “Hold The Line”, “I’ll Be Over You”,… so I asked surprised: “These are their songs? Yeah, we can go.” And so we went (last Thursday) to their concert, which was in Ljubljana, Slovenia. (I can’t believe it’s already been a week since the concert.)

An opening act were Perpetuum Jazzile, a Slovenian musical group, which was perfectly understandable, since they’ve become recognizable precisely because of their adaptation of Toto’s “Africa” (their video has more than 17 million YouTube views). They are astounding. I’ve seen them before live and every single time I get goosebumps when I hear them sing. The choir mainly performs a cappella with one of its members as vocal percussionist. They sang David Guetta’s “Titanium”, Michael Jackson’s “Will You Be There”, Kenny Loggins’ “Footloose”, Van Halen’s “Jump”, ABBA Greatest hits,…

And then it was time for the stars of the evening – an American rock band, Toto. The band presented its 13th album Toto XIV, starting the concert with a more energetic “Running Out of Time”. During the concert we could hear new songs (“Burn”, “Holy War”, “Great Expectations”, “Orphan”), some older ones (“I Won’t Hold You Back”, “Takin’ It Back”, “Never Enough”, “Pamela”, “Without Your Love”,…), megahits like “Hold the Line”, The Jimi Hendrix Experience cover, Steve Lukather had several short solos on a guitar… What was interesting to me is that the group focuses primarily on music since the stage was quite simple, with no special effects or animations. All those who attend concerts know that this is rare nowadays.

After a good hour and a half they ended the concert with a legendary song “Rosanna”. We didn’t have enough so we loudly applauded, and as usual, the band returned to the stage and sang 2 more songs (“On the Run” and “Goodbye Elenore”).

The highlight of the evening was when Perpetuum Jazzile joined them on stage and they sang together the last song of the evening – “Africa”. They have dragged on the song for more than 10 minutes and it was obvious that everyone enjoyed on the stage.

And what is my final impression of the concert? I’ll say this… Luckily they sang a few of their megahits because that were unfortunately the only songs I knew. It’s a little harder (at least for me) to fully enjoy the concert, where you don’t know the song lyrics but still I can’t say that the quality of the concert itself was bad (if we ignore the heat in the hall, but that’s another story). Toto is a band who obviously know what they’re doing since they’re on the music scene for almost four decades, have several Grammy awards … so … maybe I’ll go to their concert again. But next time I have to do a homework: listen to their songs before I go.

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