The Ultimate Professional: STEVE LUKATHER!

Our Brand New Feature 'Elevenses', Throws Eleven Quick Questions At 'The Ultimate Professional' Steve Lukather!

Steve Lukather has written, performed, produced and recorded with more legendary artists than seems possible. Outside of his own hugely successful Grammy winning band Toto, Steve has worked with Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Herbie Hancock, Van Halen, Lionel Richie and Eric Clapton.

And Diana Ross, George Benson, Alice Cooper, Cher, Hall and Oates, Barbara Streisand, Elton John, Miles Davis, Glen Campbell, Don Henley and Roger Waters - the list goes on and on!

Steve Lukather is also a legend and we are delighted to catch up with him for a Christmas Elevenses!

So what’s your drink of choice at 11am in the morning?

That would be a coffee or sparkling water.

Which song/album really made you want to play guitar?

The Beatles first record "Meet the Beatles" and seeing them on Ed Sullivan. It was a defining moment in my life. Many years later I was able to work with Paul and George at different times but I got to play beatle songs with the Beatles! I have no words for what that meant to me.

Who’s the world’s greatest guitarist?

I dont think there is such a thing as the best guitar player or the best anything really. Art is subjective and far be it for ME to say who the best is. I actaully have too many to name here. It depends on mood and style. There sure are ALOT of great players out there. I think there is a fetus on Youtube that plays just like Stevie Ray. Hahaha...

Who’s the world’s most underrated guitarist?

Hmm, Underrated. Maybe Mike Landau as he is a genius. Hell I dont know?

So what are you up to at the moment?

I am getting ready to go back to NYC for Xmas with my wife and new baby, then its off to Japan for pre-promotion for my solo record "Ever Changing Times" that drops at the end of Feb, early March.

Toto has a new live 5.1 DVD of the "Falling In Between Tour" and Toto has about 6 weeks out first quarter.

Check out these links for all tour dates and info for next year, 2008:

What was the last gig you went to (as a member of the audience)?
Who would be in your dream line-up?

James Taylor/ Carole King at the Troubador. It was magic! Sklar, Kootch and Kunkle and it was the set list from 1970! Awesome. Goin' to see my boys Van Halen tommorow night (14th Dec 07) and I was at the rehearsals and it was on fire!

Man... I cant even start. I really think that the current line up of Toto is pretty fucking strong!
Pound for pound , muso by muso, the best out there. It deopends on what music is being played. The guys that played on my upcoming solo record are really tops as well. I have had the honor of jamming with the best of the best so my answer would be quite different than most guys in bands.

How many guitars do your own and which one is ‘your precious’?

Wow, I keep getting more and more. Haha Over 100. My Music Mans are my faves. My black sparkle one is a fave . My most VALUABLE guitar is a 1957 sunburst Les Paul. Worth ALOT! Cant take that one out. I have some great vintage stuff as well. 1951 Fender Esquire. I could go on and on.
Too many really. Haha. Love my Ovation/Adamas acoustics too.

What’s the last great album that you bought (or were given)?

The New Herbie Hancock record is amazing. I love Joni Mitchell's music and there is no one like Herbie anyways. I have had the honor of working with him and Wayne Shorter. True genius.

Do you suffer from stage fright?

NEVER! Too much fun!

So what’s your favourite tipple at 11pm in the evening?

Depends. Sometime a beer, Martini, sake, hahaha - You get my drift.. or just water and bed. Have a good one and thanks!

Luke Xmas 2007