Toto’s Steve Lukather On The Challenge Of Working With Ringo Starr

Toto’s Steve Lukather recently discussed the challenges of working with The Beatles drummer Ringo Starr. Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band was invited for an interview by Fox17 Rock & Review, where the members were asked how they approached to the songs that are ‘iconic’ and their way of inserting their voices and styles into the mixes. Lukather replied:

“I was sort of born trained to be a studio musician since I was a teenager, so I love the challenge of playing other people’s music. I want to try to stay as true to it as they expect you to be true sonically as well as playing all the parts.”

The Toto guitarist seems to be enjoying what he is doing. He continued:

“I have more fun playing their stuff than mine; I can tell you that. Plus, playing all the great Ringo hits and Beatles stuff never gets old. I love it when we’re such great musicians and such great friends; they are such a joy. This is not work; this is a vacation, as far as I’m concerned.”

He added:

“It’s not like me playing it with my other band or anything like that. It’s got the zone; we have our own sound playing everybody’s material.”

During a previous interview, Lukather shared his thoughts on his time with the band and working with Starr. He made a similar comment to his most recent one, referring to Starr as a ‘great wise man.’ he said:

“I love all the other guys in the band. I love playing their music. I love being a support player. The hang is world class and Ringo treats us like kings. Who wouldn’t want to do this gig? Ringo and I have become really good friends over these years. It’s such an inspiration. He’s like a big brother to me, a great wise man who keeps my shit together when I start going crazy. He’s been great. I’ve gone through my darkest bits and when I messed up he was there for me and supported me and loved me, in spite of myself.”

See the interview below.