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Steve Lukather

Steve Lukather’s best-known work with Toto yielded some mighty popular pop-rock songs in the ’70s and ’80s. But his solo offerings — which began in the ’80s when his band was at the height of its popularity — offer a much broader spectrum of sounds. Lukather developed his endlessly versatile, melodic but very intense playing style around the ace musicians who made up Toto, which he co-founded as a teenager. But he’s also worked on hundreds of sessions as a first-call studio guitarist. Along the way, he would collaborate with everyone from Boz Scaggs and Alice Cooper to Chicago and Cheap Trick, among many others. Albums issued under his own name reflect his varied career, including excursions in hard rock, prog, blues and fusion. Over the years, he’s worked with Eddie Van Halen, Chicago’s Bill Champlin, Chad Smith and Paul Rodgers on his solo recordings. By 2010, with his old band on a temporary hiatus, Lukather began to incorporate more of the classic ballad style into his own music and appeared onstage with artists as diverse as Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and Ringo Starr.

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SteveLukather.com / Hulton Archive/Keystone, Getty Images

Toto’s Steve Lukather Credits George Harrison With Inspiring Him to Play Guitar

Steve Lukather's music career spans most of his life, but he can still remember the exact moment he was inspired to pick up a guitar.

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Toto’s Steve Lukather and Joseph Williams Share the Story of ‘Toto XIV’: Exclusive Interview

At the peak of the band's popularity, critics derided Toto as a faceless "corporate rock" band, but underneath the complex arrangements that fueled their immaculately produced hits, the group's music has always been the byproduct of a brotherly bond.

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Photo by Frazer Harrison / Getty

Steve Lukather Discusses Toto / Michael McDonald Tour

Steve Lukather tells what fans can expect from the upcoming co-headlining tour between Toto and Michael McDonald.

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Steve Lukather Talks New Toto Album: ‘I Think This Is Gonna Surprise People’

In an exclusive interview, Steve Lukather gives some information on Toto's next album.

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Steve Lukather Blasts Streaming Royalties and Modern ‘McRecords’

Legal streams and downloads have helped take some of the bite out of the music industry's piracy problem, but they haven't done much to stem the financial bleeding for a lot of artists. And as far as Toto's Steve Lukather is concerned, the shift in how music is delivered has coincided with a change in the way it's written and recorded too.

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Interview: Steve Lukather Recounts 35 Years of Toto History

Thirty-five years ago this month, Toto released its debut album, turning a group of high school friends and sought-after session musicians into one of the biggest rock bands on the planet. They've been through an incredible number of ups and downs since then, from the high of winning multiple Grammy Awards for 1982's 'Toto IV' to the awful low of drummer Jeff Porcaro's sudden death 10 years later.

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Steve Lukather on His New Album ‘Transition’ and the Insidious Nature Of Internet ‘Haters’

When you think about the busiest guys in the music business, Steve Lukather could probably beat every single one of them (or certainly most of them) with the musical resume that he has accumulated in over 35 years of working in the industry.

Sure, there were gold and platinum albums with Toto -- the so

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David Klein, Getty Images

Exclusive Preview: Two Tracks from Steve Lukather’s New Album ‘Transition’

Toto guitarist and session superstar Steve Lukather releases a new solo album entitled 'Transition' today (Jan. 22). To celebrate, we've got exclusive streams of not just one, but two of the album's tracks -- 'Judgement Day' and 'Right the Wrong' -- for your listening enjoyment.

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