McDonald and the members of Toto are old friends, dating back years prior to the singer's appearance on Toto's I'll Be Over You, from the Farenheit album in 1986. Toto members Mike Porcaro, Jeff Porcaro and Luke collaborated with McDonald on his RIAA gold certified solo debut If That's What It Takes (1982). The trio all performed on That's Why and No Such Luck, while Jeff laid down the drums and Luke contributed guitar on I Keep Forgettin'. Lukather also played on I Gotta Try and Believe In It. In 1977, Keyboardist David Paich arranged horns and strings on the Doobie Brothers Livin' on the Fault Line. Even earlier, in 1972, Toto drummer Jeff Porcaro extended the invitation to McDonald to join Steely Dan.