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.