This fall, acclaimed guitarist/iconic rocker Steve Lukather will release his official memoir, The Gospel According to Luke.
The book aims to tell the story of the celebrated Toto guitarist and solo artist (and proud member of Ringo’s All-Starr Band), as only he could tell it. It will be released on September 18 via Post Hill Press in North America and Little Brown in the UK, and was co-written with Paul Rees, noted rock biography author.
From the press release:
Few ensembles in the history of recorded music have individually or collectively left a larger imprint on pop culture than the members of TOTO. The band has sold over 40 million albums and have over half a billion streams worldwide as of 2018. They continue to be a worldwide arena draw staging standing-room-only events across the globe. They are pop culture, and are one of the few ’70s bands to have endured the changing trends and styles.
Running parallel to this, and as stellar session players, Lukather and band-mates David Paich, Jeff Porcaro, Steve Porcaro, David Hungate and Mike Porcaro were also the creative linchpins on some of the most successful, influential and enduring records of all time, including Michael Jackson’s Thriller.
“How many bands collectively (all members past to present) can say that they have played on 5,000 albums, had around 225 Grammy nominations, and were pretty much the house band on the biggest album in history?” writes Lukather.
Remember, Weezer recently released covers of Toto’s “Africa” and “Rosanna,” much to the delight of the internet — and Lukather himself!
Toto is out celebrating its career with a globe-trotting world tour in honor of its 40th anniversary — and the North American string of dates begins in two weeks. This comes after the recent release of 40 Trips Around the Sun, a special Best Of collection featuring three new recordings.
And back in late 2017, the always-chatty Luke appeared as a special guest on one of our RockCellarTV installments — enjoy that conversation here:
Lukather joins the ranks of those we’ve spoken with in this capacity, a growing list that includes Stewart Copeland, Judy Collins, Rita Coolidge, Peter Noone of Herman’s Hermits, Steve Hackett, John Oates, Rick Springfield, Gene Simmons of KISS, Mike Love of the Beach Boys, Todd Rundgren, Ringo Starr and more.