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Classic rockers Toto and former One Direction singer Niall Horan top Also Playing

August 21, 2018

Classic rockers Toto and former One Direction singer Niall Horan top Also Playing

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Old and new are represented in this week’s Also Playing. Toto, around since 1976, and former One Directioner Niall Horan, who was born 17 years later, are in the spotlight.

Toto, 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, Hard Rock Rocksino. Bands that have been around since 1976 rarely have more than one original member, so it’s pretty unique that Toto has three – guitarist Steve Lukather and keyboardists Dave Paich and Steve Porcaro. What that means is that however many of their 65 singles off 31 albums will not be karaoke. Shoot, even singer Joseph Williams, who is on his third tour of duty with the “Africa,″ “Rosanna″ and “Hold the Line″ band, has been part of the group for a dozen years. The tour is in support of Toto’s 40th anniversary album, “40 Trips Around the Sun,″ which came out this past February. Tickets, $43.50 to $65.50, plus fees, are available at the box office, ticketmaster.com and by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

Niall Horan, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29, Blossom Music Center. Horan was a member of the British boy band One Direction, which packed Cleveland Browns’ FirstEnergy Stadium in 2015, which means a certain music writer’s ears have had three years to heal from the squeals and screams of teens. Will he be an even bigger solo act? Don’t bet your earplugs against it. He’s got a slew of nominations and wins this year, including best pop artist in the iHeartRadio Music Awards, and his debut solo album, “Flicker,″ premiered at the top of Billboard’s Top 200 chart when it was released in 2017 and features 10 songs all written or co-written by the 24-year-old Irishman. Joining him on the tour will be country pop singer Maren Morris, who also happened to pair with him on the song “Seeing Blind,″ on that album. Tickets, $29.50 to $107, plus fees, are available at the box office, ticketmaster.com and livenation.com and by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

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