Today Lukather (and his wife) arrived in Holland to enjoy a long Easter weekend. On Thursday Luke will be in the studio with Jan Douwe Kroeske for a 2Meter Session and an extended interview for the Dutch TV channel Het Gesprek (The Chat). The show will be broadcasted on April 17th as the first 2Meter show for the new season. On Friday Luke will rehearse with his Dutch band (Jeroen Rietbergen, Ton Dijkman & Michel van Schie) and Bert Heerink. In the evening Luke will be the main guest in Patrick Kicken's Radio Veronica show from 19.00 till 21.00 hours live. On Saturday Luke will get the Eddy Christiani Award at 22.00 hours and after the ceremony he'll do a show with many surprises.
Marco Mendoza is once again part of a cool music project. Marco is playing with (g) Neal Schon (Journey), (v) Keith St. John (Montrose), (d) Prairie Prince (The Tubes), (g) Miles Schon and (k) John Varn. He invited me down to the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano,Ca. where he was anxious for me to see his new project.
Steve Weingart, musical director and keyboard player for Steve Lukather, shared some of his precious time to talk with me. Weingart talked to me about his role in Luke's new CD and touring band which also includes Carlitos del Puerto (b) and Eric Valentine (d), Soulbop and few other things on his busy schedule.
Reggie Boyle: "This was my second trip to the recording studio for Steve Lukather's 6th CD. The last time I was here I had a lengthy interview with Steve. On this trip I concentrated on his latest solo project. It was much easier for me to get a feel for the CD as it was now much closer to completion."
On Saturday April 3 2010 the fifth Eddy Christiani Award will be presented in Vlissingen, Holland. Guitarist Steve Lukather will receive the award during the prize’s first lustrum. Five time Grammy winner Steve Lukather is known worldwide for his versatile, creative and sublime way of playing the guitar as Toto’s guitarist, as a studio musician and in his solo projects.
In September 2009 The Steve Weingart Group played the Baked Potato in LA. Reggie Boyle was there, of course, and talked to Steve Weingart, Steve Lukather, Jimmy Earl, Mike Miller, Carlitos Del Puerto and Eric Valentine.
On June 26th 2009 CNN anchor Tony Harris talked with Steve Lukather, among others, about working together with Michael Jackson, especially for his top record Thriller. Read the transcription of Harris's phone call with Lukather.
In celebration of Ernie Ball and MusicMan's 25th Anniversary Steve Lukather and Steve Morse (Deep Purple, Dixie Dregs, Steve Morse Band) took part in a "session event" at the Guitar Center in San Jose, Ca on May 29th. Master of ceremonies/bass player was Sterling Ball and accompanying the trio was drummer John Ferraro (Larry Carlton). Of course Reggie Boyle was there to make a report and some interviews.
Jeff Babko, keyboard player and long time Steve Lukather cohort was playing a Los Angeles area gig at the world famous Baked Potato with his side project Shogun Warrior. This gave me the chance to see Jeff up close and talk to him about himself and his work with Luke. But first off I talked to guitar player Toshi Yanagi, Babko's partner in Shogun and on the Jimmy Kimmel Show.
Steve Lukather: "I lost a very dear friend and famed guitarist: David Williams. He passed from a stroke. I had just spoken to him before I left town, I stil have his message on my voice mail at home. Way too young to pass. I am gutted by this sudden loss. We have played together on countless records. He was most known for the Michael Jackson, Madonna and Brian Ferry. Myself and Jeff Porcaro, along with David Williams and Paich and Steve P as well, did many other sessions over the last 30 + years. I am blown away by this loss. I loved him very much. My show in Paris is dedicated to him tonight. God Bless him and his family, Luke."
I went to see Graham Bonnet, Howie Simon and Glen Sobel with Alcatrazz the other day where I ran into Phil Soussan (Ozzy, Steve Lukather, John Waite). Phil asked me if I've been in touch with any of the Toto boys besides Luke. I thought to myself, no! So I contacted Simon Phillips to get an update from him.
What an amazing day in the studio! I asked Steve Lukather from TOTO, (anyone who knows guitarists knows he is a guitar legend) to do some dueling guitars for my instrumental that I told you all about back in October 2008. He is simply hard to watch cause his fingers fly and the tone and ability that he has on the guitar is a wonderful to experience right in front of your own eyes. The song is in Eb tuning and his signature model guitar was in concert tuning so he told me he could play one of mine.