Despite the short notice, TOTO have recruited one of the best bass players around to substitute for Mike: acclaimed session musician and life-long friend Leland (Lee) Sklar. “Those of you on the TOTO Network have seen Lee; he’s a big part of the Network and what we’re trying to do there with the web. He’s going to play bass and you’re going to love it. You’re in great hands,” says Mike, and jokes, “Come on down and see him play and see a real bass player.”
Sklar, a renowned player whose credits include James Taylor, Hall & Oates, Jackson Browne, Phil Collins, Clint Black, Reba McEntire, and George Strait, is looking forward to playing with his long- time friends in TOTO. He will be filling in for Mike on all of the upcoming TOTO tour dates so that Mike has the time to fully recover. “I hope to see you all soon,” says Mike. “I’m sorry that this is the way it is, but this is life and I’ll hopefully be back really soon. So God bless and enjoy the upcoming tour!”
Mike recorded a special video message apologizing for not being able to do the tour and introducing Lee to the fans.
Mike Porcaro Video Message: www.toto99.com/multimedia/videos/mike.shtml
Leland Sklar: www.toto99.com/band/former/sklar.shtml
Toto Network: www.totonetwork.com