David Paich Says Toto Won’t Be In Rock Hall After Refusing The Cover Of The Rolling Stone

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In a recent interview with Rock History Music, Toto‘s David Paich shared that their decision not to be on the cover of Rolling Stone may have led to their exclusion from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

David Paich has built a reputable career as Toto’s keyboardist, singer, and principal songwriter. The famous artist has also worked with many prominent names in the industry and appeared on every studio album of the band. Paich also had sessions and side projects with different artists while working on his solo career.

He released his long-awaited debut album, ‘Forgotten Toys,’ on August 19, 2022. The two singles, ‘Spirit of the Moonrise’ and ‘Queen Charade,’ were released this past summer. Even after the praise and accolades Toto has received over the years, their induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame hasn’t been one of them.

The Toto icon said he doesn’t mind that their band didn’t make the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He understands the award’s appeal, but sometimes it’s hard to distinguish the artists that deserve to get a spot. He added that Toto would probably not receive the award since the band decided to turn down the cover of Rolling Stone back in the day.

The musician said that, in hindsight, they could have done the magazine cover, but they were not on good terms back then. The people in charge of the awards have not changed, so Paich believes they are either mad that Toto didn’t do the cover or don’t like them as a band. Overall, Paich doesn’t think the exclusion detracts from what Toto stands for as a band.

Paich’s words about not being a part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame:

“I don’t care about it. I don’t think about it at all. It’s nice that they have one for everyone in it, but I’m surprised sometimes by some of the people that make the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Still, there are some people there that deserve that. I don’t think we’ll ever be in it because of when we turned down, believe it or not, the cover to Rolling Stone, right? Like in hindsight; I go, ‘maybe I shouldn’t have done that.'”

He added:

“However, we were all pissed off we were still going at the time. A lot of the same people are in charge of those award shows. They still have it out for us a little bit for not doing that cover, or maybe they still don’t like us, you know. Still, I don’t think about it that much, and it doesn’t matter to me that we’re not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame because I know who we are.”

You can watch the interview below.