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.
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.
On their own, drummer Jeff Porcaro, keyboard player David Paich, bassist David Hungate, guitarist Steve Lukather and vocalist Bobby Kimball were some of the most in-demand session players of the '70s and '80s. Together, they formed Toto's original lineup -- and starting with the October 1978 release of their debut album, they kicked off a recording career that would soon see them topping the charts and selling millions of records on their own.
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