Freak Juice's Tori Ruffin talks high-profile gigs with Prince and Morris Day, and backing Eddie Murphy in Coming to America

Tori Ruffin talks about his new album with Freak Juice
(Image credit: Tori Ruffin)

Tori Ruffin has served as the lead guitarist in Morris Day and the Time for roughly a quarter century, and along the way he’s also played with everyone from Prince, Michael Jackson and Mariah Carey to Mick Jagger, Lenny Kravitz and Fishbone. He even performed (poorly, on purpose – more on that later) in the classic 1988 Eddie Murphy comedy Coming to America.

In addition to his high-profile work with other artists, the Oklahoma-based musician also leads his own band, Freak Juice, which meshes funk and R&B with his love for riff-heavy hard rock.

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.