Toto guitarist and studio veteran Steve Lukather has some thoughts on Spotify culture and the current state of recorded music in general. He’s not so crazy about it. Via Mike Collins’ blog:

It is TOO easy to play ‘pretend pop star’ now. With all the fakery and auto tune-time correction -cut and paste etc.. fuck most young people don’t know how to play a song from top to bottom in a studio in tune and in time and with feeling? I am in the studios all the time and hear the stories from the producers and engineers.. and yet NO ONE cares that ’ so and so’ who sold a shit load  of records ( how much IS that these days? )  cant sing or play. They make ‘McRecords’ for people who don’t even really listen.  It’s background music for people to either find a mate or shake their heads while texting or skyping or doing other things. Environmental noise for the multi-tasker.

And there’s a lot more vitriol where that came from. Read it all at Mike Collins Talks Music, Biz & Technologie.

Right here.

A hot tip from Mr. Beau Bledsoe.

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Mutants

This Fernandes ad comes from Guitar Player, August 2001. In those days Robert Fripp and Adrian Belew were back in the saddle with King Crimson, having released The ConstruKction of Light the previous year. Fellow endorser Reeves Gabrels was into his post-Bowie solo career, Ulysses (Della Notte) being his most recent issue.

The text also cites Steve Vai, The Edge, and Steve Lukather as Fernandes Sustainer users.

From the Rooney Archive

Ever heard of these guys?

Now that’s a fine roster of endorsers. Steve Lukather, Albert Lee, and Steve Morse have appeared on thousands of recordings as band members, solo artists, and session men. And they all deservedly have their own Music Man signature models.

Scanned from Guitar Player, October 1995.

Joe Satriani’s G3 franchise is in its 16th year of existence and going strong. The current installment, featuring Satriani, G3 regular Steve Vai, and Steve Lukather (not to mention “sidemen” Mike Keneally and Dave Weiner) has been in the air and on the road in New Zealand and Australia. Satriani bassist Allen Whitman has been keeping an amusing blog about the excursion. For example, here’s his report from a hotel in the Australian capitol, Canberra:

I had a room with windows I could open despite dire warnings of blood sucking multi-legged, mandibled, misbegotten creatures feeding off the liquids in my brain as I slept.

Read it all right here.

This past weekend saw a star-studded ensemble turn out for the ALS benefit, the Jason Becker’s Not Dead Yet Fest. Named after the guitarist who was diagnosed with the disease in the late 1980s, the concert featured a preponderance of guitar giants: Michael Lee Firkins, Steve Lukather, Marty Friedman, Jeff Watson and Joe Satriani were among the performers. The show’s namesake was present too, as Matt Blackett reports at Guitar Player:

The man of the hour, Jason Becker, caught the whole show from the side of the stage and caught the love that filled the room from start to finish. Just about every performer talked about how awed they were by Jason’s talent and spirit. The guys in Flametal put it best when they said, “We’d love to play some of Jason’s music but it’s just too f***ing hard.”

Amen.

How about that Jason Becker? I’ve forever been wowed by his towering skills, but am even more blown away by his spirit.

Read the full report at GP.

Right here.

Mall bangs?

When this Rocktron ad ran in  the February 1988 Guitar Player, Toto was on the eve of releasing their seventh album, The Seventh One (get it?). Interestingly, there’s nary a mention of that opus or Toto at all. Still, that record did eventually reach #1 (on the Dutch album charts), no doubt largely owing to this full page item.

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