While their guitars gently weep - virtuoso Steve Lukather heads-up 2010 dates by top guitarists
The name Steve Lukather is probably not on the lips of many people who think of great guitarists - Jimmy Page, Brian May, Jimi Hendrix, BB King and Ry Cooder normally attract muso's ears, although I personally prefer Vini Reilly, Glenn Phillips, Jeff Beck, J Mascis, John Abercrombie and Pat Metheny.
Steve Lukather's pedigree might also turn a few noses up - Toto are probably remembered for "Africa" and "Rosanna", rather than "Hold the Line" and the good stuff. Apart from Toto, however, the man has sessioned for some of the biggest names in 80s rock and pop including Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Lionel Richie, Jackson Browne, Eddie Van Halen and The Tubes. Add to that a few solo albums of note, including a new album for 2010, "All's Well That Ends Well", and you have a repertoire worth singing about - well, maybe riffing about in Steve's case. Check his discography on his website for a full list of appearances and recordings - it literally runs into the hundreds!
He has announced a European tour in November, including three dates in the UK that really shouldn't be missed. The first is in London at the Islington Academy on the 18th, followed by Wolverhampton on the 19th and Southampton on the 20th - Tickets for London go on sale tomorrow morning, Wednesday at 9am, priced at £25. The others are on sale now.
Robert Cray Band
There are other superb guitarists doing the rounds throughout the remainder of the year - bluesman Robert Cray and band, plus Andy Fairweather Low in support, is due to play the Barbican on Wednesday [watch this space for a review - Ed], as well as a few dates across the country including the Maryport Festival (tickets are still available).
Peter Green and Friends
Other blues-men include Fleetwood Mac's ex-guitarist Peter Green and Friends (three dates from 31st July - 2nd Aug) in the North and Walter Trout (extensive October tour from Hull to Exeter and back again - 5th to 30th Oct). Tickets are still available for most of those too.
If you want a bit more 'rock' for your buck, then try Joe Satriani on tour in October (16th - 23rd) opening in Dublin on 16th, with dates in Manchester, Bristol, London, Newcastle, Glasgow and finally Birmingham, for around £33 a ticket .
Finally, former Mr Big and Poison man Richie Kotzen is on the Road for a short November tour (with possibly more dates to be added - watch this space) , tickets costing between £12 and £15. Steve Hackett also hits the road in November, hitting Southampton, Manchester, Swansea, Brighton and many more before finishing in London at the Shepherds Bush Empire on Tuesday 30th November. Tickets cost around the £20 mark. See below for more details and ticket availability.
- Sun 3rd Jun 2018 Walter Trout, Dr Feelgood, The Groundhogs, Ben Poole, Stacie...: Leicester Blues FestLeicester Arena (Leicester)Buy Tickets
- Mon 4th Jun 2018 Walter TroutBrudenell Social (Leeds)Buy Tickets
- Tue 5th Jun 2018 Walter TroutThe Live Rooms (Chester)Buy Tickets
- Wed 6th Jun 2018 Walter TroutThe Apex (Bury St Edmunds)Buy Tickets
- Tue 19th Jun 2018 Richie KotzenRobin (Wolverhampton)Buy Tickets
- Thu 21st Jun 2018 Richie KotzenThe Rescue Rooms (Nottingham)Buy Tickets
- Fri 22nd Jun 2018 Richie KotzenManchester Academy (Manchester)Buy Tickets
- Sat 23rd Jun 2018 Richie KotzenWaterfront (Norwich)Buy Tickets
- Sun 24th Jun 2018 Richie KotzenThekla (Bristol)Buy Tickets
- Thu 6th Sep 2018 Andy Fairweather LowCavern (Liverpool)Buy Tickets
- Mon 1st Oct 2018 Steve Hackett: Genesis RevisitedTheatre Royal Concert Hall (Nottingham)Buy Tickets
- Wed 3rd Oct 2018 Steve Hackett: Genesis RevisitedThe Bridgewater Hall (Manchester)Buy Tickets
- Thu 4th Oct 2018 Steve Hackett: Genesis RevisitedRoyal Festival Hall (Lambeth)Buy Tickets
- Fri 5th Oct 2018 Steve Hackett: Genesis RevisitedSymphony Hall (Birmingham)Buy Tickets
- Sun 7th Oct 2018 Steve Hackett: Genesis RevisitedThe Sage (Gateshead)Buy Tickets
- Mon 8th Oct 2018 Steve Hackett: Genesis RevisitedRoyal Concert Hall/ Strathclyde Suite (Glasgow)Buy Tickets
- Wed 10th Oct 2018 Steve HackettRegent Theatre (Ipswich)Buy Tickets
- Thu 11th Oct 2018 Steve HackettLondon Palladium (Westminster)Buy Tickets
- Mon 15th Oct 2018 Robert Cray BandDe La Warr Pavilion (Sussex)Buy Tickets
- Tue 16th Oct 2018 Robert Cray BandThe Lowry (Salford)Buy Tickets
- Wed 17th Oct 2018 Robert Cray BandAylesbury Waterside Theatre (Aylesbury)Buy Tickets
- Fri 19th Oct 2018 Andy Fairweather LowThe Platform (Morecambe)Buy Tickets
- Fri 19th Oct 2018 Robert Cray BandGlasgow City Halls (Glasgow)Buy Tickets
- Sat 20th Oct 2018 Robert Cray BandUsher Hall (Edinburgh)Buy Tickets
- Mon 22nd Oct 2018 Robert Cray BandCity Hall/ Memorial Hall/ Ballroom (Sheffield)Buy Tickets
- Tue 23rd Oct 2018 Robert Cray BandCheltenham Town Hall (Cheltenham)Buy Tickets
- Wed 24th Oct 2018 Robert Cray BandWarwick Arts Centre (Coventry)Buy Tickets
- Fri 26th Oct 2018 Andy Fairweather LowDarwen Library Theatre (Blackburn)Buy Tickets
- Fri 26th Oct 2018 Robert Cray BandBarbican Centre (York)Buy Tickets
- Sat 27th Oct 2018 Andy Fairweather LowSt John's Church - Farncombe (Godalming)Buy Tickets
- Sat 27th Oct 2018 BluesFest, Robert Cray Band, Don Bryant, The Bo-KeysIndigo at the O2 (Greenwich)Buy Tickets
- Sun 28th Oct 2018 Robert Cray BandThe Philharmonic Hall (Liverpool)Buy Tickets
- Mon 29th Oct 2018 Robert Cray BandG-Live (Guildford)Buy Tickets
- Fri 2nd Nov 2018 Andy Fairweather LowNells Jazz and Blues (Kensington and Chelsea)Buy Tickets
- Sat 17th Nov 2018 Andy Fairweather LowThe Flowerpot (Derby)Buy Tickets
- Sun 25th Nov 2018 Walter TroutRobin (Wolverhampton)Buy Tickets
- Tue 27th Nov 2018 Walter TroutHolmfirth Picturedrome (West Yorkshire)Buy Tickets
- Wed 28th Nov 2018 Walter TroutOran Mor (Glasgow)Buy Tickets
- Thu 29th Nov 2018 Walter TroutWylam Brewery at Palace of Arts (Newcastle-upon-Tyne)Buy Tickets
- Sun 9th Dec 2018 Andy Fairweather LowTramshed (Cardiff)Buy Tickets