The Gospel Ac­cord­ing To Luke

Steve Lukather with Paul Rees

Classic Rock - - The Hard Stuff - Dave Ling

And you thought ses­sion mu­si­cians lived bor­ing lives? The au­to­bi­og­ra­phy of Toto gui­tarist Steve Lukather is a lively yet far from li­bel­lous read. A-List mu­si­cians, ac­tors and su­per­mod­els drift through its pages, but de­spite be­ing in­fa­mous for his con­sump­tion of “the old sleep re­pel­lent” Lukather dishes the dirt only on those who granted per­mis­sion. All the same, The Gospel re­veals some great anec­dotes, such as the gui­tarist be­ing hu­mil­i­ated at an early au­di­tion for Frank Zappa’s band, and de­mand­ing that Michael Jack­son call back at a more civilised hour when he ap­proached to play on Thriller.

The book will be a painful read for orig­i­nal Toto singer Bobby Kim­ball, who was busted for in­tent to sell co­caine dur­ing the 80s as his voice be­gan to wane. Lukather even fleet­ingly ac­cuses Kim­ball, who later got the boot for “smok­ing the shit”, of lip­synch­ing dur­ing a sec­ond, ill­fated spell with Toto.

Clean and sober at 60, Lukather is in a good place right now and this con­tented mem­oir mir­rors that sta­tus.

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