~Jeff, Steve Lukather and Edgar Winter jamming in Europe – 2000~
I still can’t believe Jeff has gone to heaven already. I know he is still deep in my heart and soul. I was very lucky to have had a brief laugh with him the day before he passed. I still hold the memory. I had NO idea that would be the last time we would speak. However, I got a little chuckle out of him. I was good at that with him. I told him I loved him. I am one of the lucky ones who got to say the most important words.
Jeff and I met many years ago in Europe on tour, doing the jazz and blues festivals. I was with Edgar Winter and we all just sort of clicked. I was a fan first but we hit it off. You know in the kind of way that you can’t explain. He was an amazing musician and funnier than most people know.
He touched me and we had a connection from the first time we met and we kept the friendship and that was so important to me. He would invite me up to the club every year to jam and hang. We had many a memorable jam and many, many laughs. I shall NEVER forget that or any of the time we spent together.
I know Jeff is still with us all and will always be with us. We had some great times and he was SUCH a great musician… a voice that is missed.
Jeff. I miss you so much. Please meet me when it’s my turn.
With deep love and respect,
–Steve Lukather is a guitarist, singer, songwriter, arranger and producer best known for his work with the band Toto. An extremely prolific session musician, Lukather has recorded guitar tracks for more than 1,500 albums representing a broad array of artists and genres. Also, he is a hell of a nice guy… Steve’s brand new solo album, ‘Transition’ comes out Monday January 21, 2013. Pre-order yours HERE. www.stevelukather.net
Thanks for sharing your memories with us Steve
Awesome story. I appreciate it. I will always pop in Jeff’s music and turn it all the way up, then it is like he is sitting next to me head bobing, singing and jamming on his guitar as I cruise down the highway. I hope he would be having a good time. I sure am. To his children I want to say your Dad’s music is great and I hold it up to anybody else’s out there and say top this…
Wow Steve.. This brings sooo many thoughts in sooo many ways.. I remember assisting Jeff and the band, during a performance in the late 90’s, at Universal Orlando.. And of course seeing and talking to You, Steve Morse, and Sterling ball about Jeff in Orlando at a local GC a few years back. Thanks for the sharing and keeping Jeff and his talent in our Hearts and Minds.. Keep in touch, hope fully we will cross on the performance stage again in the future.. Can’t wait to hear the new CD, and most of all Hope Jeff’s Family,friends, and fans are blessed with a Great Holiday Season, and fulfilled New Year… J.A.M.
Nice. Loved Toto. Two of my fav groups. Jeff will always hold a special place in my heart. Angel Eyes was on the jukebox when I met my wife in 1989. I seen her eyes across a smoky room and its always been our song. Just watched him play the guitar with his tongue on a video clip from the eighties In My Eyes or something like that. Never seen that before. Def gave old Jimi Hendrix a run for his money. Both had very cool styles. Miss hearing his voice. Cool page lots of good stuff on here. It will be great to get messages from my email. Thanks for the memories Jeff and friends and family.