The story behind the Fanfields project
"In May 1997 a number of people of the Toto mailinglist on the Internet decided to record Toto songs as a tribute to Toto. Quickly this became a serious project with musicians contributing from all over the world".
This is the text on the back of the CD booklet of Fanfields 1. In 2001 Fanfields 1 was released as a Fans' Tribute to Toto. The album was praised for its honest feel and great musicianship. Many musicians from all over the world contributed, like for instance Lars Säfsund and Robert Säll of Work of Art, Phil Vincent, Ed James and yours truly.
Since then a lot has happened with Toto. After Mike died in 2015 I felt that the time had arrived to start the work on another Fanfields album with profits going to the Michael Porcaro Fund (Sweet Relief Musicians Fund), ALS foundation and Fergie Frederiksen Foundation (Liver Foundation). We felt it's the least we can do to give back something to the band that gave and gives us so much pleasure and inspiration through their albums and live concerts.
The deaths of Mike, Fergie and recently Fanfields member Michael Casswell, made clear to me, that there is so much behind the music, illness being one of those things. This project was started to not only pay tribute to our beloved band, but also help contribute to the good causes for which our heroes stand and stood themselves.
Thank you so much for your interest and your support!
Michael Riesenbeck. Guitarist, producer,
project leader of Fanfields