Toto’s Steve Lukather Publishes Memoir

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The memoir of Toto co-founder Steve Lukather, The Gospel According to Luke, has been published worldwide on Sept. 18 via Post Hill Press (North America) and Little Brown (U.K.). The book, written by Lukather along with Paul Rees, is described in a press release as “a no-holds barred uncensored look at Luke’s 40+ years of making records with his band Toto along with the countless legendary sessions he’s been a part of.”

Lukather will also narrate the audiobook, which will be available via Audible. “The book takes the reader behind the VIP curtain of rock and pop stardom recounting the vibrant and frequently lurid history of a vanquished golden age of the music business,” according to the release.

The press release provides the following backstory:

“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.

Related: Remembering Toto drummer Jeff Porcaro

“Running parallel to this, and as stellar session players, Lukather and bandmates 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.

Toto’s new greatest hits package titled 40 Trips Around the Sun (Legacy Recordings) debuted in the top of the charts in multiple countries. Their European tour earlier this year saw them performing to packed houses every night including sold-out stops at the 17,000 seat Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam to Royal Albert Hall in London and everything else in between. Most recently, Weezer’s cover of the classic Toto hit “Africa” attracted a ton of media attention and topped the Alternative radio chart.

Lukather finishes a tour with Ringo Starr as a member of Ringo’s current All Starr Band lineup, which he has been in for the past six years. (Tickets available here and here.)

Related: Our September 2018 review of Ringo Starr and the All Starr Band

Toto’s 40 Tours Around the Sun tour resumes in October with dates well into 2019, with more dates and countries to be added. (Tickets are available here and here.)

Watch Toto perform “Africa” in 2015

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