Toronto is one of the many favorite 1980’s bands that I enjoyed listening to and playing during that same time period.
Toronto had a sound that was a nice mixture of both Rock and Pop. I guess the best way to sum up their timbre, is to call it Melodic Rock. The band’s tunes stayed playing in the back of my mind, long after the music was turned off. Even today, every time I hear anything from them, it just brings back some great memories and really, isn’t that what music is all about?!
The band that I played many Toronto songs with, didn’t have a name back then. They were (the drummer) Domenic Nardone, a female bass player (who for the life of me I cannot remember her name right now), Eddie S. (guitar) and myself. We practiced this material over and over again until Eddie, who was the youngest in the band, started to flip out once in a while and go all heavy metal on us! This was just his way of getting back at us, I think?! In his mind, he thought that practicing was just to get together and JAM like wild men! The bass player sang like Holly Woods perfectly and she also had some decent bad bass chops, not as intricate as Chris Noto! This women had a some good ear training.
Even the score, Girls Night Out and Start telling the truth (which I really wanted a keyboardist for the band to play this one but couldn’t find one in our area) were just some of the fabulous dishes that this band served us up during in their hey day.
At the time there were so many other great bands out there, flying through the airways, that took away some of Toronto’s thunder. The music wasn’t all that technical, the structure of the songs did not challenge the imagination that much, but they had that certain harmonic gift, that made me always want to hit the repeat button over and over again!
So here I hope to jog some of your musical memories, out of the old brain box, for some of you fellow Toronto fans. And I know your out there!
Toronto the band maybe gone, but their certainly not forgotten!
Keep on Jammin’