Over the course of five decades Steve Lukather has placed an indelible stamp on pop culture. Alongside his tenure as the only member of Toto to never take a hiatus from the band, he has performed on thousands of albums as a session musician. Amongst these musical contributions are some of the most successful, influential and enduring records of all-time including Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” Additionally, he released a memoir titled “The Gospel According To Luke” which was a global best-seller. He continues to be Toto’s band leader, a member of Ringo’s All-Starr Band, and a solo artist performing with multiple ensembles.
2021 brings a whole new chapter for Toto, with a new lineup having already been presented on a well-received live stream late last year. Also, both key figures of the band are now releasing solo albums in tandem: Steve brings out “I Found the Sun Again”, while singer Joseph Williams is releasing “Denizen Tenant”. According to Steve, “play both albums on shuffle and you almost get one full Toto release”. Both come out on February 26th, and while the material was recorded and produced in remarkably different ways, they find similar roots in the fact that Steve, Joseph and keyboardist David Paich all worked together in them.
The repertoire of “I Found the Sun Again” features five new original compositions and three covers personally selected by Luke. Those are Traffic’s “Low Spark of High Heeled Boys,” Joe Walsh’s “Welcome To The Club,” and Robin Trower’s “Bridge of Sighs.” It’s an upbeat album with a 70’s vibe, recorded with zero to no overdubs, with modern day technology. The cherry on the cake is a guest spot by Ringo Starr on the song “Run To Me”, written specifically with the former Beatle in mind.
Sonic Perspectives senior interviewer Rodrigo Altaf spoke at length with Lukather, chatting about a few tracks off “I Found the Sun Again”, how the current incarnation of Toto was put together, playing with G3 and much more. Listen to their animated and chock-full of anecdotes chat from the links below; and remember that for more interviews and other daily content, Sonic Perspectives is on Facebook, Flipboard, Twitter and YouTube, where you can be notified about new content we publish on a daily basis.