...his collaboration with Larry Carlton. Larry Carlton and Steve Lukather are basking in new-found and unexpected glory, their live album, No substitutions, garnering rave reviews around the world. Could a career move be on the cards?
In an interview with Eddie Van Halen (1993) Steve Lukather recalled the emotion of his first acquaintance with the music of The Beatles. "Just the sound of it overcame my whole soul, if you want to call it that. I knew that's what I wanted to do. I remember George Harrison played a solo in I saw her standing there and just the sound of the guitar bending and the reverb struck a nerve inside of me." After the death of George Harrison Luke stated: "I am VERY sad as George was a friend and the reason I play the guitar! I have a picture of us playing together in my office at Jeff Porcaro's tribute concert many years ago. He was a GREAT man and a gentle wonderful soul. He will be missed."
On December 8th Luke will contibute to the 4th Annual Carlos Vega Memorial Birthday Party in La Ve Lee (Studio City) with David Garfield, Luis Conte, Arnold McCuller, Alex Ligertwood, Jimmy Johnson, Moon Calhoun, June Kuramoto, Rosemary Butler, Will Kennedy and many more special guests.
On September 14th the members and management of Toto came out with a statement for their fans on toto99.com: "As of today, we are planning on doing the shows this weekend but it has been very difficult here. Everyone is very somber and heavy of heart. We hope that people will come out to the shows and gather together rather than stay at home watching the grim news on television. Everyone here is devastated, sad and angry and wondering what will happen in the future. Our country has not seen aggressive attacks on our own soil in many years and now we are suffering the hand of a faceless enemy. Thousands of innocent lives have ended. We are thankful for the love and support from our European brothers and many others around the world. The basic feeling here is that we cannot allow terrorists to ruin our lives and keep us from living normally. Therefore, although difficult, we will play our shows this weekend and try to spread a bit of cheer to an extremely saddened community."
Both star guitarists Larry Carlton and Steve Lukather already did a tour in Japan (autumn 1998) and the USA (spring 2001) and half a tour in Europe, as they arrive in Amsterdam for a couple of interviews and two concerts. On the day the Dutch all time rock & roll artist Herman Brood jumps off the roof of the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel, they are doing two evening concerts in Paradiso, two times for a sold out hall.
Keyboard whiz Derek Sherinian has made a living as a first call session ace, performing and recording with such disparate talent as Alice Cooper and Kiss along with his involvement with prog-metal bands Dream Theater, Platypus and the high octane Planet X. However, Inertia might represent Sherinian’s finest recorded hour to date!
A full plate for more than 20 years: Native Californian guitarslinger Steve Lukather has been a mainstay on the Left Coast studio and concert scene for longer than you think. He’s best noted for his longtime association with platinum-selling Toto, which has sold 30 million albums worldwide since its first single, Hold the line, hit the top 10 in 1978.
This interview with Bob Bradshaw (Steve Lukather's main technician) took place at the Custom Audio Electronics store at Magnolia Boulevard, L.A., Sept. 2000. Antti Kotikoski was there also and asked some questions here and there too. Bob is a great story teller, so Richard Hallebeek decided to keep the interview unedited. Long, but nevertheless interesting, here's it is...
Luke's and Edgar's presence to the 25th anniversary of the North Sea Jazz Festival in The Hague, Holland, was as much unforgettable as it was risky. "Of course we knew that we were playing at an honourable jazz festival with honourable jazz lovers," Luke stated right after the concert, "but in the end we felt we had to do our own gig.
I've been doing this for over 25 years. I learned from the best. Before everyone had drum machines in their house, you had to hire a full rhythm section. I got a chance to work with the greatest musicians at the time. The great producers and engineers.
For all his versatility I tend to think of Steve as a turbo-charged blues player: all the standard blues ideas are present - bends, vibrato and pentatonic scales - but they're played with a modern tone and some serious bursts of tricky alternate picking.