Steve Lukather Discusses Toto / Michael McDonald Tour
Fresh off of his stint with Ringo Starr‘s All-Star Band, guitarist Steve Lukather is set to kick off his new tour tonight (Aug. 2) with Toto tonight alongside co-headliner and five-time Grammy winner Michael McDonald. Just before the curtain rises however, he took a bit of time to shed some light on what fans can expect to see at the show.
In an interview with ABC News Radio, Lukather revealed that his band intends to collaborate on a nightly basis with their golden-throated tour mate. “He’s gonna come out and play with us and we’re gonna come out and play with him,” Lukather explained. “And both of us are gonna do our sets as well.”
For fans of Toto and McDonald, the urge to work together shouldn’t come as a surprise given their intertwined histories. “Michael was in Steely Dan with [late founding Toto drummer] Jeff Porcaro when we were still in high school,” Lukather noted. He also added that the singer “was at one point approached to be in our band, but he had just joined the Doobie Brothers like a week before.”
If that wasn’t all, the band has also brought back a familiar face who will hit the road with the group for the first time in more 30 years. David Hungate who held down the bass position in Toto from their inception in 1977 until 1982 is set to join his old band for one last go-around. “[He’s] coming out to play with us for the first time in 30-some-odd years and we’re thrilled to have him back,” Lukather said. “[W]e’ll have a million laughs.”
The Toto and Michael McDonald co-tour kicks off tonight with their first show in Grand Ronde, OR and will wind its way across North America through the beginning of September.