Steve Lukather Announces Memoir, ‘The Gospel According to Luke’
The book, which includes a foreword by Steve Vai, will arrive on Sept. 18.
A statement describes the book as the “outrageous and often hilarious autobiography of [the] legendary session musician and lead guitarist and singer of Toto.” “No one explodes one of the longest-held misconceptions of music history better than Steve Lukather and his band Toto," the publishers said. "The dominant sound of the late ‘70s and ‘80s was not punk, but a slick, polished amalgam of rock and R&B first staked out on Boz Scaggs’ Silk Degrees. That album was shaped in large part by the founding members of Toto, who were emerging as the most in-demand elite session crew in L.A., and further developed on the band’s self-titled multi-platinum debut. A string of massive hits followed for Toto while Lukather and bandmates David Paich, Jeff Porcaro and Steve Porcaro also served as creative linchpins on some of the most successful and influential records of the era, including Michael Jackson’s Thriller."
The statement notes that Lukather "tells the complete Toto story. He also lifts the lid on what went on behind the closed studio doors, shedding light on the unique creative processes of some of the most legendary names in music: from Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney, Stevie Nicks and Elton John to Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, Bruce Springsteen, Don Henley, Roger Waters and Aretha Franklin. Lukather’s extraordinary tale also encompasses the dark side of stardom and the American Dream.”
“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?” Lukather said in a separate statement.