GUITAR hero Steve Lukather says the Rock’N’Roll Hall Of Fames has little credibility and compares forcing estranged band members back together with asking an ex-wife for sex.
The comments of Lukather, who counts Slash amongst his close friends, come as Axl Rose announced he would boycott this weekend’s induction of Guns N’Roses into the Cleveland institution.
“I think it’s Jann Wenner’s popularity contest, much like his ‘who’s the best singer, guitar player?’,” the man behind soft rock kings Toto told the White Line Fever podcast.
“It’s a ridiculous thing to cause controversy and get people to pay attention.
“If it was really the Rock N’Roll Hall Of Fame, how come Deep Purple’s not in it? How come KISS is not in it?
“What’s the first song every kid learns to play? “Smoke On The Water”. But they’re not good enough to be in it? I could list 1000 slights.
“It’s really not based upon anything. A sports hall of fame is based on stats. What have you done? What have you accomplished? How many goals have you made, how many hits have you made? How many home runs? Whatever.”
Lukather, who recently toured Australia with Steve Vai and Joe Satriani, continues: “Music, it’s subjective. Who’s the prettiest girl in the room – we might as well have that contest. I don’t really pay any attention to it because it’s way under my radar.
“I think that its credibility is going quickly. It’s unfortunate because they try and get these people who have broken up and are rivals back together again. Many times, they should say ‘let’s just do the gig and have a laugh’.
“Often there’s deep-seated stuff that I’m not privy to, there’s reasons why people don’t want to be in the same room as each other,.
“You don’t go back to your first wife and go ‘hey, how about a little fuck for old time’s sake?’ Maybe sometimes it’ll work – most times it won’t.
“So I can’t make any opinion on Guns N’Roses or any other band that has chosen to do it or not to do it.
“Rock’n’Roll Hall Of Fame is what it is. It’s one man’s opinion, a room full of 12 angry journalists that wish they were rock stars and they’re not.
“I mean, really, look at some of the people who are in and some of the people who are out. It’s baffling. What’s the criteria.”
Lukather also revealed Toto would reform for a World Tour next year (see video), talking bluntly about previous tours which led him into depression and alcoholism.