“I’m busier than a three-legged cat trying to bury a turd on an ice rink,” says Steve Lukather, colorfully describing his current state of affairs. The venerable guitarist and founding member of the Grammy-winning band Toto, whose work adorns a veritable encyclopedia of rock, pop and jazz, is taking a rare breather. Only not for long.
In two weeks, Lukather will join fellow guitar gods Joe Satriani and Steve Vai on the first G3 run in five years. The axe excursion will touch down in Australia and New Zealand, and fan expectation is high. “There’s a lot of awareness,” Lukather says. “Truthfully, though, I’m still trying to figure out my role. You’ve got Joe, you’ve got Steve Vai… I must be the crazy cartoon before the double feature.”
Comedic candor comes naturally to Luke. Problem is, it used to take on other forms – self-loathing and doubt – which triggered what the guitarist calls “a 35-year-cycle of Saturday nights. At least I’m lucky enough to see another day. Some of my friends weren’t so fortunate.” [read]