During a recent interview in Joe Bonamassa’s Live From Nerdville, Toto’s co-founder and guitarist, Steve Lukather, talked about his career as well as working with Michael Jackson on his legendary album ‘Thriller.’
As you may already know, Thriller is the sixth studio album of Michael Jackson and it was released back in 1982. While he was reunited with Quincy Jones, he also worked with the iconic star Steve Lukather who played the rhythm guitar parts of the album.
In his latest interview, Steve talked about his friendship with Michael as well as if he was nice to him or not. According to Steve, it was a scary experience at first. However, after some time, MJ’s body language would change and he would start dancing around time by time.
Here is what he said:
“Interesting cat. Don’t know him as a friend but he was friendly in the studio, we worked together – thought I was a little bit crazy because of my sense of humor. I don’t edit for anyone, including my children.
And he was huge to me. He was fun, he was cool, I mean, there was ‘the’ Michael, from ‘Thriller.’ It was kind of scary to me, to be honest with you.
I fell for the cat, that he felt the need to do that because he was a handsome, young cat. I guess it just bothered him, I guess too much time in front of a mirror worrying about it, I don’t know.”
“I kind of don’t know enough about Michael’s personal life to be truthful with you, he was very nice to me, and a complete pro.
When it was working, for him, his body language would change and he would start dancing around, you knew you’re onto the right feel or what he wanted. He would make demos using his voice as all the instruments, he knew what he wants, but at the same time, he welcomed any input.
If you did something, he was like, ‘Yeah, I like that part, let’s work on that. I feel it, just a little differently.’ And you had to be like, ‘OK, take that input,’ and give him what he wanted.”
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