Leland (Lee) Sklar (born Leland Bruce Sklar, May 28, 1947, Milwaukee, WI) has more than 2000 albums to his credit (and still counting), and is considered to be one of the "A" players in the highly selective L.A. rock music community where the competition for recording dates is fierce, and where only the strongest will survive. His very recognizable bass playing style, along with his beard, have been heard on hits by Phil Collins, Billy Cobham, Rod Stewart, Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, Hall & Oates, Jackson Browne, Tommy Bolin, David Bowie, Ray Charles, BB King, The Doors, Peter Frampton, Aaron Neville, Lyle Lovett, to name just a few.
Leland and Party Of The Century:
Giorgio and Leland first met in Tokyo when Leland was sitting for Mike Porcaro during the last leg of Toto's Falling In Between tour. That was the time when Giorgio and his friends had released the IV TOTO single and traveled to Japan to deliver the "gift" to the band. That was the beginning of a new special personal friendship!
Time went by and Giorgio had the occasion to send Leland his first music woks to get his special friend's opinion. During one of their chats Leland got back to Giorgio saying: "you know what? you should go for another record... a new special one." and that's the very first moment in which Giorgio started to think about POTC.
Leland's help on the Party Of The Century started from day one, and that wasn't only about his incredible bass playing, Leland has definitely been a precious and wise guide to Giorgio and the whole team, always there to give the best suggestions... without missing any chance to generate a funny and laughing moment!
Make sure not to miss Leland's POTC greeting message introducing his/her friend "Giorgiette"!
Lee's recordings took place at Simon Phillips Phantom Recording studios and at Peter Erskine's home studio in Santa Monica:
- One Emotional Moment (played together with Peter Erskine).
Studio Sessions for POTC :
This is a little video of Leland and Peter Erskine during the session in Santa Monica! Coming soon a new longer video all dedicated to Leland during his session at Simon Phillips Phantom Recording Studios!!! Fun stuff...
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