guitarist released a solo album, 'Ever Changing Times' on Frontiers in
early-2008. Currently on the last leg of the Toto world tour, there is also the
DVD release 'Falling In Between Live'.
1977 Toto released their first album 'Toto'. Over the years, Luke's
writing contribution increased and he also featured on other artists' albums,
notably Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' album in 1982.
Lukather's first solo album 'Lukather' was released in 1989, and after 1991 -
with the departure of Jean-Michel Byron - he took on lead vocal duties with
A second solo
album 'Candyman' was released in 1994 and Luke continued his work with the 'Los
Lobotomys' project with Simon Phillips, David Garfield and Fee Waybill.
Two more solo
albums, 'Luke' (1997) and 'Santamental' (2003) followed, the latter featuring
jazz fusion interpretations of traditional Xmas songs.
Photo: Lee Millward/GRTR!
What are you
currently up to? (recording, gigs, plans)
I am finishing the last leg of the 2 1/2 year Toto tour and then my solo record
drops in a few weeks and then when I get back from the LAST Toto I will rest for
a few weeks, do promotion and then put my band together for aworldwide solo
tour. I am busy. Haha!
Could you take us through your new album 'Ever Changing Times'
Man, that would take a long time. Haha. I would say we just went in everyday and
sat and starting writing. seems like its cliche but everyday brings new
inspiration and I just let it flow and these are the songs that came. I am
very proud of them.
How did you decide which musicians to use on your solo album? Do they much
musical input into the songs composition?
I am lucky I get to work with the best musicians in the world! Various styles. I
put together a basic band of young guys and older guys and some in the middle.
I have basic
sketches on paper, sometimes write out parts that are more difficult. It helps
that everyone reads music but its not like every note is written out. I welcomed
the guys input and they gave a lot to me!
When the band records such a great album and similarly with other classic
albums like 'Isolation', 'The Seventh One' or 'IV', do the band get a feel/sense
in the studio you are creating something special?
Yeah we did. I did on my new record as well. There was an unspoken "Vibe" and
the reaction of outsiders that would hear the music and go "man this is
happening". You don't get that all the time.
What have been the live highlights so far for you? Toto have a massive
European fan base but this is not the case in the US - why do you think fans
have fallen away in the US?
Well the European and WORLD fans out there have stuck with us. We are not
percievd as an "oldies band" and they have all of our 17 records and there KIDS
are now coming to the shows so we have all grown up together. They keep coming
The USA has always
been hard for us for some reason but most big bands in the USA don't even bother
with the places we go to. Our music is world music in the true sense. I don't
know why but that's kind of where it's at.
How do you think your guitar playing has developed through the years? Do you
have any tips for a beginner and what style of music do you find the most
challenging to play?
I keep practicing as much as I can. I am trying to grow as a guitar player. You
never stop. If you do, you start to get stale and that is never good.
I study be bop and
all that kind of stuff. VERY challenging and I let that creep into my rock
Advice, take a few
lessons and learn to relax when you play and learn how to GROOVE! Anyone can
learn fast scales and tricks. The key is if you want to play with other people.
I am still a student so I don't have much more to say than that.
Photo: Lee Millward/GRTR!
What have Toto
planned for their 30th anniversary tour? Former vocalist Fergie Frederikson is
mentioned as being involved along with 'retired' keyboards player David Paich.
There are NO plans after this next leg of the tour. I think we need to put it to
rest for an indefinite amount of time. I am not saying NEVER but I do not see it
in the near future and certainly not in this configuration.
I am starting my
solo tour end of June for all of this year and well into 2009. That will keep me
How do you view the internet and downloads? How has the internet helped get
your music out there?
Well there are good and bad bits. It's a fantastic viral marketing tool but it
IS a drag that we get our life stolen from us. You wouldn't like to work hard
and not get paid for it would you?
The major labels
fucked everything up by NOT jumping on in the begining. I have hope for the
future and see the
internet as THE future like it or not!
What do you like doing with your spare time outside of music?
Well I have a new baby girl Lily, 5 months old so THAT keeps me busy but I like
a simple life. Dinner with friends and family and TV. I NEVER watch TV on the
road and I am out 8-9 months a year so TV is a novelty to me.
I read a lot on
the road and maybe watch the news. At home I watch all my fave tiVoed shows.
Message for your fans...
Thanks SO much for
the last 30 years. I owe you guys a lot. I hope you are all groovin and happy
and healthy and hope to catch you out there somewhere soon
Interview © 2008 Jason Ritchie.
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