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Interview with Steve Lukather from UltimateClassicRock July 2015:
Paul McCartney – Give My Regards to Broad Street (1984)
It was a great experience to work with Paul and hang with him and George Martin and Geoff Emerick and all of the rest of it. That was magical. We didn’t know we had to wear the wig and the makeup until we got there. There was no warning about that. [Laughs] But then again, Paul and Linda did it, so we didn’t bitch about it. He took a shine to Jeff Porcaro and I on the Thriller sessions and he and Linda invited us over to work on this project. We were there for a couple of weeks just filming one song. But all of the gear was set up live, like the Mellotron, I started playing “Strawberry Fields Forever” on it, he turned around and he started laughing.
Somebody told us, “Don’t say anything about the Beatles in front of Paul,” and I’m like, “What? How can you not say anything about the Beatles in front of Paul, for God’s sake.” I kind of broke the invisible barrier, because I went to Linda, I was standing next to her — who was a fantastic woman, God, I don’t understand why anybody could ever say anything negative about her, because she was just a great woman, who was like, “Look, I don’t want to be in the band — he wants me in the band!” She was so funny and so cool. I was standing on the riser with her and we were just working on the song that we were doing and we had gotten to know each other a little bit and she was really cool, so I said, “Yeah, they told us not to say anything about the Beatles in front of Paul, which is really sort of weird, because it’s the reason why we all play.” She goes, “Who told you that?” I said, “Well, you know, the director, they said, “Whatever you do, don’t say anything about it, don’t ask him about the Beatles,” and she goes, “Rubbish!”
So I said, “Well, there’s the Mellotron, I’m going to play something” and I’m going, “Oh please, God, don’t let me f— this up.” I played the opening Mellotron part on “Strawberry Fields” and Paul looked right up and went, “Hey, right, good on ya!” I said, “Well, sorry, I couldn’t help myself” and everyone was laughing. He goes, “No, no” and then he starts telling a story about when they were cutting the track and then I had a guitar and it was plugged in and I started playing the intro to “Please Please Me,” Jeff jumped in, Paul started singing it and we played the song and at the end of it, the whole place erupted in applause, with all of the techs and people working. Then it was on — we’d go out and have lunch and George Martin would be there, Geoff Emerick, the engineer and I’d go, “How’d you get the drum sound on this,” and they loved talking about it. it was totally cool! So it was an incredible time for us.
Paul was so great. He invited us to the premiere and we all sat next to him and then we lost touch. Then I got to meet George, who around 1992, right after Jeff passed, he came and played live with us at the Jeff Porcaro Tribute. He came out and played “With a Little Help From My Friends” and then three and a half years ago, I got the call to do Ringo and I went and did that and this has been the longest All-Starr Band kept together and we’ve become really good friends. He lives near me, we hang and I adore the man. I got to do the 50th anniversary TV show with Paul and Ringo.
I’m sitting there looking up, right before we go onstage after rehearsing and all of that stuff and there’s Paul and Ringo and they played clips from A Hard Day’s Night and it really kind of hit me, my God, every relative, every neighbor, everybody I could get to take me to see this movie multiple times as a child, I’m standing there and I’m going, “I’m getting ready to celebrate 50 years ago.” This hit me hard. I’m standing there with the guys walking on the stage and there was a total moment, “My God, I’ve actually pulled off the dream. Here I am.” How did that work out?
If you’d have told me when I was a kid, “Oh yeah, in 50 years, you’ll be hanging with these guys celebrating and things,” you might as well have told me I was going to be the first man on Venus. But you know, my little dream worked out and it’s not lost on me. Believe me, I’m very appreciative and kind of like, “Wow, did that really happen?” I’m still very humbled by it all.
Last updated on July 7, 2019