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Lukather, Steve & Los Lobotomys: In Concert-DVD

Taped in front of a live audience at Ohne Filter Studio in Germany on June 29, 1994, this DVD features a stellar performance from Toto's guitarist Steve Lukather and his band Los Lobotomys. Combining equal parts hard rock, fusion, and blues, the foursome provide many moments of musical bliss throughout this 60 minute concert.

Along for the ride with guitarist/vocalist Lukather is drummer Simon Phillips, keyboard player David Garfield, and bassist John Penn. The band kicks into high gear with with opening number "Hero with a 1000 Eyes", an uptempo hard rocker with meaty guitar riffs and catchy hooks. "Extinction Blues" follows a similar path, yet this one is a moody rocker with Lukather's melodic vocals in fine form. Both these numbers are very close to early-mid 90's Toto, which is much harder-edged than the earlier commercial material. The band covers the Jimi Hendrix classic "Freedom", and also serves up a Robin Trower influenced heavy blues number called "Never Walk Alone", complete with a killer guitar solo from Lukather. Other highlights include the instrumental fusion of "Dismemberment", which include solos from the whole band (check out Penn's wild, acrobatic bass solo!), the Zeppelin influenced 'The Bomber", and the complex jazz-rocker "Party in Simon's Pants." The latter is fusion with balls, and features manic electric piano from Garfield, melodic lead guitar (Lukather's mix of incredible chops, tone, and whammy bar theatrics makes for a huge wall of sound), and a climax which is like a lethal four headed monster, with a thunderous solo from octopus-like Phillips on the drums.

The crowd obviously loved every minute of it, and you will too. Check this out and be witness to one of the worlds best guitar players (yes, he's up there with Vai, Satriani, Morse, and Van Halen) and his team of hot shot musicians. Camera work and picture quality are top notch on this DVD, and while no extras worth noting, the concert itself is a must see.

Added: November 5th 2002
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
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Language: english

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