Why Toto Icon Jeff Porcaro Declined Bruce Springsteen


Bruce Springsteen‘s ninth studio album named ‘Human Touch,’ released in March 1992, reached number two on the US Billboard 200 chart. The album was nominated for the Best Rock Vocal Performance at the Grammys, having sold more than one million records in the United States. Springsteen also released his tenth album called ‘Lucky Town’ on the same day. The album gained success by becoming number three on the Billboard 200.

After E Street Band parted ways, Springsteen formed a band, especially with the contributions of the bassist Randy Jackson and the drummer Jeff Porcaro. They recorded more than twenty songs with several background vocalists such as Sam Moore and Bobby Hatfield. Following the releases of ‘Human Touch’ and ‘Lucky Town,’ Springsteen arranged a world tour that would last between 1992 and 1993. Bruce Springsteen wanted the drummer Jeff Porcaro to perform with him on this world tour because they played together on ‘Human Touch.’ However, Porcaro did not accept Springsteen’s offer.

The Reason Jeff Porcaro Did Not Accept To Tour With Bruce Springsteen


Jeff Porcaro has known chiefly as the drummer of Toto. His unique drum pattern, especially in Toto’s Grammy-awarded song ‘Rosanna,’ has had a special place in the rock music scene. AllMusic described Porcaro as the most reputable drummer between the mid-70s and the early 90s.

Besides his career with Toto, the drummer has also been known as a session musician. Porcaro collaborated with many significant musicians, such as Eric Clapton, Dire Straits, Paul McCartney, and David Gilmour. Bruce Springsteen, whom he worked with on ‘Human Touch,’ was another impactful name. After the compilation of ‘Human Touch’ and ‘Lucky Town,’ Springsteen offered Jeff Porcaro to join the upcoming tour. However, the drummer rejected the offer because he was attached to Toto.

According to the rumors, Springsteen offered Porcaro one million dollars to join the 1992 tour. But the drummer did not accept the offer because he had plans with Toto at that time. He wanted to hit the road with Toto promoting the band’s eighth studio album ‘Kingdom of Desire‘ released in 1992. However, after a short time, Porcaro suddenly passed away in his garden at the age of 38 and could not realize his plan with the band.

Jeff Porcaro deeply saddened the music world by leaving us at such a young age. He accomplished many successful works in his 38 years of life. Shortly before his passing, the drummer contributed to Springsteen’s ‘Human Touch’ and Toto’s ‘Kingdom of Desire.’ Unfortunately, he could not be a part of the tour of Toto as he had planned.