Ringo Starr begins work on a new studio album, with Toto’s Steve Lukather on board
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MARCH 5, 2014
Ringo Starr is at work on his first studio project since the aptly named Ringo 2012, with Steve Lukather again at his side. The Toto guitarist, a current member of the All Starr Band, tells us he wrote a song for the as-yet-unnamed album.
Lukather says he will also be touring again with Starr this summer, continuing a relationship that began in the summer of 2012. This lineup, the 12th for Ringo’s All Starr amalgams, also includes Gregg Rolie, Todd Rundgren and Richard Page of Mr. Mister fame. Lukather also sat in with Starr for the recent 50th anniversary-related concerts with Paul McCartney.
All of this Beatles-related activity comes as Lukather is also completing a pair of new projects with Toto, beginning with a new live DVD set for release in April 2014 via Eagle Rock. Next comes a new studio effort, Toto’s initial disc since 2006′s Falling in Between.
Lukather says they are five songs into the record, which is being produced by CJ Vanston and features new drummer Keith Carlock, a Steely Dan collaborator: “He blew the roof off Capital studios yesterday,” Lukather says of Carlock. “You will all be blown away. We were.” Toto is then set to tour the U.S., along with Michael McDonald.