Photo Credit: Raphael Saddiq (Instagram)
Raphael Saddiq to Revisit Tony! Toni! Toné! for 'Just Me And You' Tour
Raphael Saddiq announced that he'd revisit former trio Tony! Toni! Toné! during his 'Just Me And You' Tour this year.
Tony! Toni! Toné! is making their long-awaited return in 2023. On Wednesday (March 22) former group frontman Raphael Saddiq announced on Instagram that he'd be revisiting his brother D'wayne Wiggins, and cousin Timothy Christian Riley for the 'Just You And Me' Tour this year.
Music manager Yancy Rich also shared a billboard advertising the tour on his Instagram Story, teasing that it may arrive soon. In a separate IG Story, Saddiq shared his "number" that fans could text to receive more information.
“For more info about tour dates text me now @ 310-861-2685,” he wrote.
While Wiggins and Riley have performed as a duo in the years since Tony! Toni! Toné! announced their end in 1997, Saddiq was briefly a member of supergroup Lucy Pearl from 1999 to 2001 before going solo. Altogether, the Oakland trio released four albums: 1988's Who?, 1990's The Revival, 1993's Sons of Soul and 1996's House of Music. During their 10-year reign in R&B and soul, the group released hits like "It Never Rains (In Southern California)," "If I Had No Loot" and "Let's Get Down" before splitting in 1998.
In a 2019 interview with NME, Saddiq shared his interest in joining his once-group for a tour, although the revival wouldn't be for a full project.
“I’ve been working on new Tonys music for about 15 years. I just felt like we should do something, a few songs, maybe seven or eight of them and then do a few shows,” he said. “So I’m not gonna be back-back because I have way too many things going on, but as far as doing a tour and an EP or something, I’m down for that.”
He continued, “I’d actually like to perform the very last record we did together, ‘House of Music’. We never toured that record so if everyone is up for it I’d like to do that and put out three new records.”
He also clarified that the group all had money woes despite Wiggins once being rumored as the problematic member.
“It was more an appropriation of funds, if you know what I mean?” Raphael Saadiq said. “Things just weren’t operating right. We were young, we all really didn’t understand everything and he was sort of the leader of the group. We all had the same bank account at one time.”