Gig Of The Week: Steve Lukather
WHO: Steve Lukather
WHERE: London Islington O2 Academy
WHEN: Thursday, November 18
The celebrated Toto guitarist/vocalist is having the time of his life on this solo tour.
“I’m loving every minute of it,” he reveals. “We’re packing the crowds everywhere we go, and the band’s getting a great reception.”
Lukather has a 22-year solo career on which to draw (his latest release being the album All’s Well That Ends Well), and he’s making the most of this catalogue.
“I’m varying the set every night, which keeps it fresh for me as well as the audience. I’m doing one or two more obscure numbers from the Toto past, rather than anything too obvious. One thing I won’t do are the Toto hits. What’s the point? They’ll just sound like karaoke versions of the real thing. I can do those when Toto tour, so why would I want to dig them out when the whole point is to showcase me as a solo artist.”
Lukather also promises that his band – bassist/vocalist Renee Jones, keyboard player Steve Weingart and drummer Eric Valentine – will be right in the groove by the time they come over here.
“The band’s really getting warmed up. By the time we get over we’ll be smokin’. You guys are gonna get us at our best. You’ve been warned!”
The rest of the brief tour shapes up as follows:
Nov. 19: Bilston Robin
Nov. 20: Southampton Brook
Find out more at http://www.stevelukather.net/