Hello, my friends. It’s been quite an eventful start to 2013 for Renee and I, and I thought I’d share a little bit of what’s been happening.
At the beginning of the year, Renee and I dove into preparing Steve Lukather’s music from his new and old recordings. We will be touring Europe starting in mid-march (please see ‘Upcoming Events‘ on the right of this page). We’re looking forward to the tour!
As we were preparing for this tour, we were also rehearsing for our ‘Observatory‘ album release party. It was quite an interesting endeavor to learn all of that music! The release party (held on January 19th at the legendary ‘Baked Potato’ club) was an incredible success! We once again sold out the club, and had a wonderful time sharing our music with our friends, new and old, at the club. Please see some photos from this event at the ‘Photos‘ link under ‘Gigs & Events‘. I certainly hope this is the first performance of many to follow!
January 24-27 was the NAMM show (NAMM=’National Association of Music Merchants’), and I performed at 3 separate events:
1- I was honored to play with the legendary Alphonse Mouzon (if you don’t know him, please ‘Google’ his name!). This band included guitarist Alex Skolnick and bassist Rhonda Smith.
2- I enjoyed a ‘reunion’ performance with my old buddies and longtime band mates, Marco Mendoza (bass/vocals) and Joey Heredia (drums/vocals).
3- Lastly, I performed at the ‘Bass Bash’ with the great bassist Scott Ambush, along with drummer Joel Rosenblatt, and Eric Marienthal.
It was a weekend to remember! I really enjoyed finding myself standing on the stage and playing with such great musicians. It seems all the problems of the world temporarily disappeared in those moments… Music truly is an international language! Please see some photos from these events also at the ‘Photos‘ link above.
Thanks to Lou Spirito for all the great photos!
Just as soon as the NAMM show drew to a close, I joined Simon Phillips, Andy Timmons and Ernest Tibbs in the studio. We’ve been having an absolute wonderful time in the studio. I’ll be sharing more details about this project as it develops in the near future. Look for some really cool events to come of this!
That’s about all for now. I’ll leave you for now with my Face Book phrase, which I mean sincerely every time I write it:
“Smiles, and have a wonderful day!”
Steve & Renee