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Steve Lukather Finds The Sun Again

Posted December 2020

Steve Lukather 008 Cover c Alex Solca Photography WEBLong-time Boomerocity followers already know that Steve “Luke” Lukather has been a generous friend of ours. This interview with Luke makes our sixth chat together (the previous five are here, here, here, here, and here) and each chat is always funny and informative.

The last time we chatted with Luke (Fall of last year), he dropped the bombshell on us that Toto as we knew it was going to be no-more after that particular tour. That configuration of the band went out with a bang, delighting fans all over the world as they did.

After settling a lengthy and very expensive lawsuit regarding the name and ownership of Toto, the band re-configured itself under the leadership Luke and fellow bandmate, Joseph Williams. In parallel with that, each of the men worked on their own solo albums, each helping the other out. Williams’ is ‘Denizen Tenant’ and Luke’s is ‘I’ve Found The Sun Again’ – both coming out in February of next year. It is about that album and a few other subjects that we Zoom called Luke at his home in SoCal. Portions of the sale of Luke's album will be donated to the Ed Asner Family Center. Please consider donating to the Center by clicking on the Asner logo on the lower right side of this page.

You can watch that interview on the right of this page.

For those of you who aren’t quite familiar with Luke, here’s some background info for you:

Over the course of five decades Steve Lukather has placed an indelible stamp on pop culture. Alongside his tenure as the only member of Toto to never take a hiatus from the band, he has performed on thousands of albums as a session musician. Amongst these musical
contributions are some of the most successful, influential and enduring records of all-time including Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Additionally, he released a memoir titled The Gospel According To Luke which was a global best-seller. He continues to be Toto’s band leader, a member of Ringo’s All-Starr Band, and a solo artist performing with multiple ensembles which include Nerve Bundle and Toxic Monkey.


edasnerfamilycenterToto has enjoyed a celebrated resurgence over the last several years tied to the band’s 40th Anniversary, wherein over a thirty-month period they performed for millions of fans across North America, Europe, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia. The band’s repertoire has been streamed over a billion times, while album sales exceed 40 million copies. Simply, Toto is one of the few 70’s bands that have endured the changing trends and styles, and 45 years into a career enjoy a multi-generational fan base.

Keep up with Luke at his website, SteveLukather.com, and with Toto at TOTOOfficial.com.

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Jeff Scott Soto - Wide Awake In His Dreamland

Posted November 2020


JSS in Smoke 0325 2 reduced croppedJeff Scott Soto is no stranger to rock and roll fans. But for those of you who many not have heard of him, here’s a quick rundow
n of his career, to date:

*Vocalist on the first two albums by guitar virtuoso, Yngwie Malmsteen

*Founding member/vocalist for Talisman

*Replaced Steve Augeri in Journey in 2006 – 2007

*Formed the super group, W.E.T., from members of Work Of Art, Eclipse, and Talisman (thus, ‘W.E.T.’) and have begun work on an album together

*Is also part of the super group, Sons of Apollo, that also consists of Derek Sherinian (keys), Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (guitar), Billy Sheehan on bass, and Mike Portnoy on drums

*Soto has also be a singer with the legendary Trans Siberian Orchestra is 2008

Jeff has a phenomenal new solo out entitled, “Wide Awake (In My Dreamland) which afforded Boomerocity the opportunity to finally chat with this rock and roll veteran.

“Wide Awake (In My Dreamland)” is Soto’s 7th official solo album. With more than 85 albums under his belt along with numerous collaborations and recordings, Jeff has established himself as a consummate professional who manages to expertly deliver with his vocal performances across multiple musical genres, from Metal to Hard Rock to Progressive Rock and even Funk.

For “Wide Awake (In My Dreamland)”, Soto has incorporated many of his past influences and blends melodic rock/AOR with hard rock influences throughout. The album was recorded and written together with Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline, Jorn, Revolution Saints, etc).

“Wide Awake (In My Dreamland)” is the best of all the combined worlds of Soto’s previous solo albums and will delight his loyal melodic rock following. The new album also includes a bonus live album recorded at Frontiers Rock Festival in 2019.

Jeff Scott Soto’s previous solo albums include 1994’s‘Love Parade’, followed years later by the acclaimed 'Prism' (2002), then 'Lost In The Translation' (2005), 'Beautiful Mess' (2009), “Damage Control” (2012), and “Retribution” (2017).

Soto is an extraordinary performer and amazing vocalist. He delivers on hard rocking tracks with incredible energy and easily transitions to a powerful performance on epic ballads.

You can keep up with the latest on Jeff at his website, SotoWorld.net.

 

Click Below To Order Your CopyJEFF SCOTT SOTO wide awake in my dreamlandWide Awake (In My Dreamland) Track List:

CD 1
Someone To Love
Mystified
Love's Blind
Without You
Lesson Of Love
Paper Wings
Love Will Find A Way
Between The Lines
Living In A Dream
Wide Awake (In My Dreamland)
Desperate

CD2
Drowning (live)
21St Century (live)
Believe In Me (live)
Look Inside Your Heart (live)
Eyes Of Love (live)
Band Intros (live)
Soul Divine (live)
Our Song (live)
Holding On (live)
I'll Be Waiting (live)
Stand Up feat. Dino Jelusick (live)

Line-up:
Alessandro Del Vecchio – Bass, keys, guitars, backing vocals
Fabrizio Sgattoni – Guitars
Edu Cominato – Drums
Jeff Scott Soto – Vocals
August Zadra – backing vocals, lead guitar on ‘Between The Lines’

Bob Gruen – A Life of Being at the Right Place, Right Time

Posted November 2020

BobAward 300 6779 croppedIf you’ve been following Boomerocity for the past few years then you know that legendary rock and roll photographer, Bob Gruen, is a good friend of ours. We first interviewed Bob back in 2010 (here. The second interview is here and the third is here). It remains one of our more popular interviews on our site.

What we didn’t know until about a year or so later was that that none other than his dear friend, Yoko Ono, had posted that entire interview on her website. ImaginePeace.com. It’s still in the archives (here). That has been such a point of pride for us. Thank you, Yoko, for tipping your stylish hat to us here at Boomerocity.

Back to Bob.

Since that interview we have interviewed Bob two additional times. The interview video that you see on the right side of this page is our FOURTH interview. In it, we talk with him about his new book, Right Place, Right Time., that is basically his autobiography. It's much like an extended interview with Bob and is an excellent book to have for your personal library and will be a great gift for the music and photography lover on your gift list.

Anyway, Bob and I linked up via Zoom. He from his house in upstate New York, and I from the Smoky Mountains. As you will see, we just had a good, laid back chat. Please watch it. You’ll fall in love with Bob just like we did over ten years ago.

After you watch it, we encourage you to order his new book by clicking on its cover on this page. We also encourage you to check out his monthly submissions of his legendary photography in Bob Gruen’s Studio (here). While visiting there, we encourage you to order the prints you love directly from him (here). They are truly rock and roll treasures taken by rock’s royal photographer: Bob Gruen.

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Lilly Winwood Reminds Us That We Need "A Few More Records"

Posted November 2020


Lilly Winwood 1Celebrity offspring often are viewed under a microscope and held to impossible standards. In the case of Lilly Winwood, she’s withstood the scrutiny and is beginning to be viewed as a superb artist in her own right . . . which undoubtedly has put a huge smile on her Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee dad, Steve Winwood.

As the daughter of Steve Winwood, Lilly grew up playing and writing. By growing up in both the States and England, Winwood’s international music influences help inspire her unique sound that’s intertwined with her strong Nashville base. Coming into her own, Winwood’s making a name for herself as an Americana artist with a Brandi Carlile-esque sound. Winwood has set her debut album release Time Well Spent for early 2021.

Lilly Winwood recently released her new single, “Few More Records”, from her forthcoming album, “Time Well Spent”, Lilly agreed to sit for an interview with Boomerocity to talk about it. It’s a fun, easy going interview so please take the time to watch/listen to it and then share it with you friends!

We also encourage you to keep up with the latest on Lilly but visitng her website, www.lillywinwood.org, and signing up for her newsletter.

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J.P. Pennington Talks of Exile and 42 Years of Kissing People All Over

Posted October 2020


ExileBandAny baby boomer who listened to the radio for even just a little bit in the seventies has, undoubtedly, heard the song, “Kiss You All Over” by the band, Exile, from the state of Kentucky. If you heard it once, you heard it a thousand times.

It may come as a complete surprise to you (as it did to Boomerocity) that this year marks the 42nd anniversary of when the song hit number one on the music charts and remained in that spot for four weeks. It was the number five song of 1978 and ranked as the ninth in the 50 Sexiest Songs by Billboard Magazine. Currently, the song has amassed over 15.7 million Spotify streams and is included in 75.2K playlists.

As 2020 has evolved and changed the landscape of fan interaction, the band has released a new Covid-19 mask with the well- recognized ‘Kiss You All Over’ lip logo to commemorate the anniversary and keep fans safe. Fans can order the mask here.

“We’d love to "Kiss You All Over", but in the interest of keeping everyone safe, here’s our solution to keep us allsafe and COVID free!” shares the band members.

They added, "We're extremely pleased and thankful to be one of the lucky Artists that have had a "signature song" in our careers - one of those songs that just stays around through the years, from generation to generation."

“Kiss You All Over” has recently been included in the Soundtrack for the major motion picture, The Big Ugly, starring Vinnie Jones, Ron Perlman, Malcolm McDowell. It has also been included in thirty-two other productions including Happy Gilmore, Man On The Moon, Zookeeper, Wild Hogs, Employee Of The Month, Hello Ladies, American Swing and miniseries Mindhunter (Netflix), Pose (FX), Red Oaks (Amazon) and Imposters (Bravo).

2020 celebrates the 57th anniversary for the band, which formed in Richmond, Ky. Since their beginning in 1963 the band has had No. 1 hits on both the pop and country charts, achieving ten No. 1 hits on the country chart, three Gold albums and over 8 million records sold.

The Kentucky Music Hall of Fame members will continue to tour performing their greatest hits, fan-favorite on-the-road songs from over the years, and will announce new projects later in 2020. More information on Exile can be found at http://www.exile.biz/.

 

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