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Steve Lukather Bio

At the early age of seven Steve Lukather discovered his passion for the guitar. Influenced heavily by artists like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, and Miles Davis, Steve eventually developed a very distinct melodic guitar style featuring wide vibratos, string bends, and lighting speed. Later in high school Steve hooked up with Jeffrey Porcaro, Steve Porcaro, David Paich, Bobby Kimball and David Hungate and eventually formed the group Toto.

Steve's reputation and unique guitar sound quickly gained him respect among the music community and was considered one of the most versatile guitarists of the 80's. His guitar skills quickly landed him session work with superstars Michael Jackson, Eric ClaptonPaul McCartney, Don Henley, among others. Steve's guitar licks can currently be heard on over 700 records <see discography left>

With the addition of drumming sensation Simon Phillips Toto is currently on their Reunion World Tour 99, which kicked off late February in Poland to support their new CD Mindfields. Check out a video sample of Toto's new release Melanie & welcome from Steve Lukather (200kbs RM) from the website. Steve has recently released a solo album simply entitled 'Luke' which showcases his guitar influences of Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, & Cream.

Steve Lukather Discography

Artist Title # Tracks Company Year
Airplay Airplay RCA 1980
Alessi Long Time Friends Qwest 1982
Allen, Peter Bi-Coastal A&M 1980
Alpert, Herb Magic Man A&M 1981
Alpert, Herb Greatest Hits A&M 1982
Alpert, Herb Blow Your Own Horn A&M 1983
Alston, Gerald Open Invitation


Motown 1990
America Alibi Capitol 1980
America View From the Ground Capitol 1982
Anderson, Jon In the City of Angels


Columbia 1988
Anderson, Michael Michael Anderson A&M 1990
Anka, Paul Walk a Fine Line CBS 1983
Asia Then and Now Geffen 1990
Atkins, Chet Stay Tuned


CBS 1985
Austin, Patti Every Home Should Have One Qwest 1980
Bade, Lisa Suspicion A&M 1982
Ballard, Russ At The Third Stroke Epic 1978
Beacco, Marc Scampi Fritti Verve Forecast 1994
Beck, Robin Trouble or Nothing Phonogramm 1989
Benson, Gary Moonlight Walking Aural Explorer 1982
Benson, George The George Benson Collection Warner 1981
Berger, Michael Beausejour


Berger, Michael Dreams In Stone Atlantic 1981
Bertucci, Anne I'm Number One Canyon 1981
Bertucci, Anne I Need You Canyon 1982
Bertucci, Anne Ann Bertucci Phonogramm 1989
Bertucci, Anne Cool Hand Ultraphone 1983
Bishop & Gwinn This Is Our Night Infinity
Bishop, Stephen Bowling in Paris Atlantic 1991
Bissonette, Gregg Siblings


BMI 1992
Bissonette, Gregg Gregg Bissonette


Shrapnel 1998
Blake, Karen Just One Heart Canyon 1984
Bolton, Michael Soul Provider


Columbia 1989
Boylan, Terence Terence Boylan


Elektra 1977
Branigan, Laura Branigan Atlantic 1982
Breaux, Zachary Uptown Groove 1997
Bridge 2 Far Bridge 2 Far WTG 1989
Brooklyn Dreams Joy Ride Casablanca 1979
Brooklyn Dreams Music, Harmony And Rhythm Casablanca 1996
Brothers Johnson Winners A&M 1981
Browne, Jackson Lives in the Balance


Asylum 1986
Bugatti & Musker The Dukes Atlantic 1982
Cadd, Brian Yesterday Dreams Capitol 1978
Caldwell, Bobby Carry On Polygram 1982
Carlisle, Belinda Runaway Horses MCA 1989
Carmen, Eric Tonight You're Mine Arista 1980
Carnes, Kim Cafe Racer EMI 1983
Carter, Raymone Raymone Carter Reprise 1971
Carter, Valerie Wild Child CBS 1978
Cerrone Cerrone V - Angelina EMI 1979
Cetera, Peter Peter Cetera Full Moon 1981
Champaign Women In Flames Columbia 1984
Champlin, Bill Single Epic 1978
Champlin, Bill Runaway


Elektra 1981
Champlin, Bill Burn Down the Night


Turnip the Music 1992
Champlin, Bill Through It All Turnip the Music 1994
Char U.S.J. Seesaw 1981
Cheap Trick Dream Police Epic 1979
Cher Take Me Home Casablanca 1979
Cher Prisoner


Casablanca 1979
Cher I Paralyze Columbia 1982
Cher Cher


Geffen 1987
Cher Love Hurts


Geffen 1991
Cher Heart of Stone Geffen 1991
Chicago Chicago 16 Warner 1982
Chicago Chicago 18 Warner 1986
Child, Desmond Discipline


Elektra 1991
Choir, Yves By Prescription Only New Musidisc 1989
Claudia Claudia Scotti Bros. 1981
Clapton, Eric Behind the Sun Warner 1985
Cliff, Jimmy Give Thankx Warner 1978
Clooney, Rosemary Still On the Road Concord 1994
Cocciante, Riccardo Sincerita' Virgin 1983
Cocker, Joe Civilized Man


Capitol 1984
Cocker, Joe Best of Joe Cocker Impact (France) 1993
Cooper, Alice From the Inside Warner 1978
Cooper, Alice Trash


Epic 1989
Crane, Stephan Stephen Crane


MCA 1984
Crane, Stephan Kicks MCA 1984
Crawford, Randy Secret Combination Warner 1981
Crawford, Randy Windsong Warner 1982
Crawford, Randy Nightline


Warner 1983
Criss, Peter Pete Criss Casablanca 1978
Criss, Pete Out of Control Casablanca 1980
Criss, Pete Let Me Rock You Mercury 1981
Crosby, David Oh Yes I Can


A&M 1989
Cross, Christopher Another Page Warner 1983
Crusaders Healing the Wounds


GRP 1991
Cummings, Burton Sweet Sweet


Alfa 1981
Cummings, Burton Save My Soul Atlantic 1982
Currie, Cherie & Marie Messin' With the Boys Capitol 1979
Dal Bello, Lisa Lisa Dal Bello


MCA 1977
Dal Bello, Lisa Pretty Girls Talisman 1978
Dee, Kiki Stay With Me Rocket 1979
Desario, Teri Caught Casablanca 1980
Diamond, Neil Headed For the Future CBS 1986
Diamond, Neil Best Years of Our Lives Columbia 1988
Diamond, Neil In My Lifetime [Box, 3 CDs] Columbia 1996
Donohue, Dane Dane Donohue


Columbia 1978
Dore, Charlie Listen


Chrysalis 1981
Earth, Wind & Fire I Am CBS 1979
Earth, Wind & Fire Faces


CBS 1980
Earth, Wind & Fire Elements of Love: Ballads Columbia 1996
Easton, Sheena A Private Heaven Capitol 1984
Edelman, Randy You're the One Arista 1979
England Dan & John Ford Coley Dr. Heckle & Mr. Jive Big Tree 1979
England Dan & John Ford Coley Best Big Tree 1980
Essex, David Be Bop the Future Mercury 1981
Evans, Linda You Control Me Ariola
Eye to Eye Shakespeare Stole My Baby Warner 1983
Falk, Dieter Dieter Falk Myrhh 1989
Far Corporation Division One Atco 1985
Far corporation Solitude BMG (Eur) 1994
Farina, Sandy All Alone In the Night MCA
Feehan, Tim Tim Feehan Scotti Bros. 1987
Feehan, Tim Full Contact 1 MCA 1990
Fields, Brandon Other Places


Nova 1990
Foster, David River of Love


Atlantic 1990
Foster, David A Touch Of David Foster WEA 1992
Frampton, Peter Breaking All the Rules A&M 1981
Frampton, Peter Shine On: A Collection A&M 1992
Franklin, Aretha Aretha Arista 1980
Franklin, Aretha Love All the Hurt Away


Arista 1981
Fuller, Craig & Eric Kaz Craig Fuller & Eric Kaz Columbia 1978
Gardestad, Ted Blue Virgin Isle Epic 1978
Garfield, David & Friends L.A. Keyboard Project


Intercord 1997
Garfield, David & Friends Tribute To Jeff


Pony Canyon 1997
Garfield, David & The Cats I Am The Cat,...............Man


Intercord 1998
Garfunkel, Art Lefty CBS 1988
Gebhard, Nicky No Cry, Just Music 1998
Gianco, Ricky E' Rock'n'Roll


Fonit Cetra 1991
Gil, Gilberto Realce [Highlight] Elektra 1989
Goffin, Louise Kid Blue


Asylum 1979
Goodrum, Randy Caretaker of Dreams Nova 1993
Goodrum, Randy Words and Music Polydor 1994
Goodrum, Randy Songbook


Beverly 1995
Gorky Park Moscow Calling Ariola 1993
Gruska, Jay Which One of Us Is Me Warner 1984
Guitar Workshop Tribute to Otis Redding


JVC 1989
Gurtu, Trilok Hathak


Cream 1998
Hadley, Tony The State of Play EMI 1992
Hall and Oates Along the Red Ledge RCA 1978
Hamada, Shogo Home Bound CBS,So 1980
Hancock, Herbie Lite Me Up


CBS 1982
Harnen, Jimmy Can't Fight the Midnight WTG 1989
Henderson, Finis Finis Motown 1983
Henley, Don I Can't Stand Still


Elektra 1982
Henley, Don Actual Miles: Henley's Greatest Hits Geffen 1995
Holland, Amy On Your Every Word Capitol 1981
Horn, Jim Work It Out Warner 1990
Houston, Whitney Exhale [CD5] Arista 1995
Howell, Kurt Kurt Howell


Reprise 1992
Hungate, David Souvenir CBS 1990
I-Ten Taking a Cold Look Epic 1983
Ingram, James It's Real Warner 1990
Ingram, James The Power of Great Music: The Best of... Warner 1991
Iwasaki, Hiromi I Want to Break Your Heart Victor 1984
Jabara, Paul Keeping Time Casablanca 1978
Jackopierce Finest Hour A&M 1996
Jackopierce Decade 1988-1998 Crystal Clear Sound 1997
Jackson, Jermaine Precious Moments Arista 1986
Jackson, Michael Thriller 3 Epic 1982
Jackson, Michael History: Past, Present & Future Book One Epic 1995
Jacksons Victory


Epic 1984
Jans, Tom Champion


Canyon 1982
Jarreau, Al Breakin' Away


Warner (GB) 1981
Jarreau, Al Best Of Al Jarreau WB 1996
Jay Graydon / Rake & the Surftone Surfers Drive Woodies Pioneer(Japan) 1996
Jefferson Airplane Jefferson Airplane Epic 1989
John, Elton Victim of Love Rocket 1979
John, Elton 21 At 33 Rocket 1980
John, Elton The Fox Geffen/MCA 1981
Jones, Booker T. Runaway MCA 1972
Jones, Quincy Superdisc A&M 1979
Jones, Quincy Dude A&M 1981
Jones, Quincy Back On the Block Qwest,Warner 1989
Jones, Rickie Lee Pirates Warner 1981
Jones, Rickie Lee The Magazine


Warner 1984
Jordan, Marc Mannequin Warner 1978
Jordan, Marc Blue Desert


Warner 1979
Jordan, Marc A Hole in the Wall Sound Design 1983
J├╝rgens, Udo Leave A Little Love BMG Ariola 1981
Karizma Dreams Come True


Karizma Cuba Half Moon 1989
Kassav Dife Epic 1995
Katsuragi, Yuki L.A. Spirits Radio C. 1982
Kawai, Naoko 9


Columbia / 1985
Kaz, Eric Fuller/Kaz CBS 1978
Kennedy, Ray Ray Kennedy American 1980
Khan, Chaka I Feel For You Warner 1984
Kipner, Steve Knock the Walls Down Elektra 1980
Kisugi, Takao Zigu Zagu Kitty 1977
Kunkel, Leah Leah Kunkel CBS 1979
Kunkel, Leah I Run With Trouble


CBS 1980
L.A. Blues Authority L.A. Blues Authority


Roadrunner 1992
L.A. Keyboard Project Joined Together Sohbi 1990
L.A. Workshop Norwegian Wood


Denon 1988
L.A. Workshop with New Yorker Norwegian Wood II


Denon 1989
LaBounty, Bill Bill LaBounty Warner 1982
Ladd, Cheryl Cheryl Ladd Capitol 1978
Ladd, Cheryl Dance Forever Capitol 1979
Lake, Greg Greg Lake & Gary Moore Chrysalis 1981
Lake, Greg Manoeuvres Chrysalis 1983
Lake, Greg From the Beginning: Retrospective Rhino 1997
Landau, Michael Tales From the Bulge


Sobhi 1990
Larsen, Neil Through Any Window


MCA 1987
Lean Ware Lean Ware Electra 1982
Leslie, Kelly & John Ford Coley Leslie, Kelly, & John Ford Coley A&M 1981
Loggins, Kenny High Adventure Columbia 1982
Loggins, Kenny Vox Humana CBS 1985
Loggins, Kenny Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow: The Greatest Hits 1997
Los Lobotomys Los Lobotomys


Creatchy 1989
Los Lobotomys Candyman


Viceroy 1994
Longfellow, Barron Barron Longfellow Master 1983
Lover Speaks, The The Lover Speaks A&M 1986
Lukather, Steve Lukather


CBS 1989
Lukather, Steve Candyman


Columbia 1994
Lukather, Steve Luke Columbia 1997
Lynn, Cheryl Start Over Columbia 1977
Lynn, Cheryl Cheryl Lynn Columbia 1978
Lynn, Cheryl Got To Be Real: Best of Cheryl Lynn Columbia 1996
MacGregor, Mary Mary MacGregor RSO 1980
Man Doki So Far Red-rock Music 1998
Manchester, Melissa Hey Ricky Arista 1982
Manchester, Melissa Greatest Hits


Arista 1983
Manchester, Melissa Mathematics MCA 1985
Manchester, Melissa Essence of Melissa Manchester 1997
Manhattan Transfer Extensions


Atlantic 1979
Manhattan Transfer Mecca For Moderns


Atlantic 1981
Manhattan Transfer Anthology: Down In Birdland Rhino 1992
Marian Marginal Love Columbia 1981
Mars, Steve Somebody Somewhere Columbia 1982
Martin, Eric Eric Martin Capitol 1985
Marx, Richard Repeat Offender


Capitol 1989
Marx, Richard Rush Street


Capitol 1991
Marx, Richard Flesh And Bone


Capitol 1997
Mason, Harvey Groovin' You Arista 1979
Mathieson, Greg (Project) Baked Potato Super Live


CBS-Sony 1982
Mathis, Jonny / Williams, Deniece That's What Friends Are For CBS 1978
Matsui, Kazu Time No Longer


RVC 1981
Mayall, John (& the Bluesbreakers) Bottom Line DJM 1979
McCartney, Paul Give My Regards To Broad Street


EMI 1984
McClusky, David A Long Time Coming GRT 1978
McDonald, Michael If That's What It Takes


Warner 1982
McDonald, Michael Sweet Freedom Warner 1986
McIan, Peter Playing Near the Edge Columbia
Meat Loaf Live Around The World Tommy Boy 1996
Mitchell, Adam Redhead In Trouble


Warner 1979
Mitchell, Joni Wild Things Run Fast Geffen 1982
Mitchell, Joni Dog Eat Dog Geffen 1985
Mitchell, Joni Hits Reprise 1996
Mizukoshi, Keiko I'm Fine Tourus 1982
Nash, Graham Earth and Sky EMI 1980
Newman, Randy Trouble in Paradise Warner 1983
Newman, Randy Land of Dreams Reprise 1988
Newton, Juice Well Kept Secret Capitol 1978
Newton-John, Olivia Totally Hot MF 1978
Newton-John, Olivia Physical MCA 1981
Newton-John, Olivia Greatest Hits MCA 1982
Newton-John, Olivia Soul Kiss Polystar 1985
Nicks, Stevie The Wild Heart   Warner 1983
Nicks, Stevie Time Space [Best Of] Modern 1991
Nielsen-Pearson Blind Luck EMI 1983
Night Plane Night Plane Hand Shake 1982
(Nitty Gritty) Dirt Band Make a Little Magic United Artists 1980
(Nitty Gritty) Dirt Band Jealousy Liberty 1981
Noguchi, Goro Last Joke
Nolan, Kenny Song Between Us Polydor
O'Kane, John Solid 1991
Okumoto, Ryo Makin' Rock SeeSaw 1980
Omura, Kenji Kenji Shock Alfa 1978
Ozaki, Ami Hot Baby


Canyon 1981
Pasquale, Joe Prey


MCA 1988
Pasquale, Joe Riccochet Pioneer 1994
Peeples, Nia Nia Peeples Charisma 1991
Pockets Take It On Up Sony 1978
Powell, Cozy The Drums are Back


Preston, Billy The Way I Am Motown 1981
Rankin, Kenny Hiding In Myself


Cypress 1988
Raymond, Brett Only Love Sixty 1986
Richie, Lionel Can't Slow Down


Motown 1983
Richie, Lionel Dancing On the Ceiling Motown 1986
Richie, Lionel Louder Than Words


PolyGram 1996
Richman, Jeff The Way In MGR 1989
Ritenour, Lee Feel the Night


Elektra 1979
Roberts, David All Dressed Up


Elektra 1982
Rodgers, Michael I Got Love WTG 1989
Rogers, Kenny We've Got Tonight EMI-Manhattan 1983
Rogers, Kenny Heart of the Matter RCA 1985
Rogers, Kenny They Don't Make Them Like They Used To RCA 1986
Ross, Diana Baby It's Me


Motown 1977
Ross, Diana Ross Motown 1978
Russell, Brenda Love Life


A&M 1981
Sager, Carol Bayer Too Elektra 1978
Sager, Carol Bayer Sometimes Late at Night Epic 1981
Sands, Evie Suspended Animation RCA 1979
Saunders, Fernando Cashmere Dreams Grudge 1989
Sayer, Leo Thunder In My Heart


Warner 1977
Sayer, Leo Leo Sayer


Warner 1978
Sayer, Leo Here


Chrysalis 1979
Sayer, Leo World Radio Warner 1982
Sayer, Leo Have You Ever Been In Love Chysalis 1984
Sayer, Leo All the Best Chrysalis 1993
Scaggs, Boz Down Two Then Left


CBS 1977
Scaggs, Boz Middle Man


CBS 1980
Scaggs, Boz Hits CBS 1980
Scaggs, Boz Other Roads


CBS 1988
Scaggs, Boz Boz The Ballade Sony 1992
Schascle (Chess-EL) Haunted By Real Life


Reprise 1991
Sharretts, The You Turn Me Around Dayspring 1978
Schmit, Timothy B. Playin' It Cool


Asylum 1984
Schultz, Ben Tri Ality TVT 1992
Sciuto, Tony Island Night Epic 1980
Seals, Dan Stones Atlantic 1980
Sedaka, Dara I'm Your Girl Friend Canyon 1982
Seger, Bob The Fire Inside


Capitol 1991
Seger, Bob Greatest Hits


Capitol 1994
Sherwood Ball 'n Chain White Light Ball Records 1995
Sorrenti, Alan Sorrenti RCA 1981
Soundtrack (film) What Have You Done For Love London 1978
Soundtrack (film) Arthur Warner 1981
Soundtrack (film) In Harmony 2 Columbia 1981
Soundtrack (film) Zapped!


Regency 1982
Soundtrack (film) Two Of A Kind MCA 1983
Soundtrack (film) Dune Polydor 1984
Soundtrack (film) Footloose Columbia 1984
Soundtrack (film) Wildcats Warner 1985
Soundtrack (film) St. Elmo's Fire Atlantic 1985
Soundtrack (film) Back To School MCA 1986
Soundtrack (film) Raw Deal Varese 1986
Soundtrack (film) Road House Arista 1989
Soundtrack (film) For the Boys Atlantic 1991
Soundtrack (film) Straight Talk Hollywood 1992
Soundtrack (film) Dune PEG 1997
Soundtrack (TV) Balko Ultrapop 1997
Spinal Tap Break Like the Wind


MCA 1992
St. Nicklaus, Dick Sweet & Dandy Epic 1980
Stealin' Horses Stealin' Horses Arista 1985
Steven T. West Coast Confidential


Dream 1978
Stevens, Jon Jon Stevens MCA 1982
Stewart, Rod Vagabond Heart


Warner 1991
Streisand, Barbra Songbird


Columbia 1978
Streisand, Barbra Wet


CBS 1979
Streisand, Barbra Emotion CBS 1984
Sugano, Anri Show Case EMI 1981
Sugiyama, Kiyotaka Kiyotaka Sugiyama
Summer, Donna Bad Girls Casablanca 1979
Summer, Donna The Wanderer Geffen 1980
Summer, Donna Donna Summer


Casablanca 1982
Syreeta Syreeta [1975] Motown 1975
Takeuchi, Mariya Miss M


RCA 1980
Tanner, Marc No Escape Elektra 1979
Taupin, Bernie He Who Rides the Tiger Asylum 1980
Tavares Supercharged EMI 1980
Terrana, Michael Man In Machine


Think Out Loud Think Out Loud A&M 1988
Torpey, Pat Odd Man Out Pioneer Japan 1998
Toto Toto


Columbia 1978
Toto Hydra


Columbia 1979
Toto Turn Back


Columbia 1980
Toto Toto IV


Columbia 1982
Toto Isolation


Columiba 1984
Toto Fahrenheit


Columbia 1986
Toto The Seventh One


Columbia 1988
Toto Past To Present, 1977-1990


Columbia 1990
Toto Kingdom of Desire


Relativity 1992
Toto Absolutely Live


Columbia 1993
Toto Best Ballads Sony 1994
Toto Tambu


Columbia 1995
Toto XX


Columbia 1998
Toto Mindfields


Sony 1999
Triumvirat Russian Roulette Harvest 1980
Trooper Flying Colors MCA 1979
Tubes Completion Backwards Principle Capitol 1982
Tubes Outside Inside Capitol 1983
Tubes The Best of The Tubes


Capitol 1992
Tutone, Tommy National Emotion Columbia 1983
Van Halen Balance Warner 1995
Van Halen For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge


Various Artists Official Music of the 23rd Olympiad


Columbia 1984
Various Artists Hands Across America


EMI 1986
Various Artists A Very Special Christmas A&M,MFSL 1987
Various Artists Guitar Workshop - Tribute To Otis Redding JVC 1989
Various Artists Guitar's Practicing Musicians II


Guitar 1991
Various Artists The Guitarist [2 CD] Sony 1992
Various Artists Night Of The Proms 1994 EVA,EMI 1994
Various Artists Return Of Westcoast Pop,Vol.I Beverly 1994
Various Artists Jeffology: A Guitar Chronicle


JVC 1995
Various artists People: a musical celebration of diversit Lightyear, Warn 1995
Various Artists In From the Storm (Jimi Hendrix Tribute) RCA 1995
Various Artists Carols Of Christmas, Vol. 2 1997
Various Artists Best Of Smooth Jazz 1997
Various Artists One Steps Up/Two Steps Back: The Songs Of Bruce Springsteen Capitol 1997
Various Artists Balko - die Musik zur Serie


Edel - ultrapop 1997
Various Artists Merry Axemas Vol. 2
More guitar for Christmas


Various Artists Humanary Stew
(Tribute to Alice Cooper)


Triage 1999
Various Artists Sounds Of Wood & Steel 2


Windham Hill Records 1999
Various Artists Aerosmith Tribute Cleopatra 1999
Walsh, Brock Dateline: Tokyo Warner 1983
Warwick, Dionne Friends In Love Arista 1982
Watanabe, Misato Hello Lovers Epic 1992
Waters, Roger Amused To Death Columbia 1992
Watson, Helen Blue Slipper EMI 1987
Watts, Ernie Chariots of Fire Qwest 1982
Waybill, Fee Read My Lips Capitol 1984
Waybill, Fee Don't Be Scared By These Hands IRS 1996
Webb, Jimmy Angel Heart Columbia 1982
Webb, Jimmy Suspending Disbelief


Elektra 1993
Weisberg, Tim Outrageous Temptations


Wells, Corey Touch Me A&M 1978
Werner, Pe Weibsbilder


EMI,Intercord 1989
Wetton, John Voice Mail Canyon [Japan] 1994
Wetton, John Battle Lines Cromwell 1995
Williams, Deniece That's What Friends Are For CBS 1978
Williams, Deniece When Love Comes Calling CBS 1979
Williams, Deniece Best of: Gonna Take A Miracle Columbia,Legacy 1996
Williams, Joseph Joseph Williams


MCA 1982
Williams, Joseph 3


Kitty 1997
Wilson Brothers Another Night Atco 1979
Wilson Phillips Wilson Phillips EMI,SBK 1990
Wilson, Phillips Shadows and Light


SBK 1992
Wilson, Nancy Friends In Love Arista
Wood, Lauren Lauren Wood Warner 1979
Woods, Stevie Take Me To Your Heaven Cotillion 1982
Wright, Gary When Love Comes Calling
Wright, Gary Headin' Home


Warner 1979
Yazawa, Eikichi It's Just Rock 'n Roll Elektra 1982
Young, Jesse Colin The Perfect Stranger


Elektra 1982
Zappa, Dweezil Confessions


Barking Pumpkin 1991
Zevon, Warren Envoy


Asylum 1982
Zevon, Warren I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (Anthology) Rhino 1996

Chat Archive - Intro

WolfMarshall: Guitarist Steve Lukather is the consummate rock specialist, in and out of the recording studios. Luke brought a hard-rock vitality to the L.A. session scene of the late 1970s and has been a leading kingpin ever since. He simultaneously garnered greater public attention and recognition outside the studios with the highly successful and innovative rock band Toto. Burning tracks like "Hold The Line" and "Rosanna" redefined commercial music of the era while Luke's contributions to the work of Lionel Ritchie, Michael Jackson and countless others are the stuff of which studio legends are made.

scott: where's everyone from

Richard_UK: England

Eric: Calif

keith: Saskatoon, Canada

scott: Florida USA

alco17: there are regular live lessons???

Birro666-BR: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Assistant: I'd like to introduce Steve Lukather

KSthamer: Hi Steve greetings from Hamburg Germany !

SteveLukather: Hey you guys

Assistant: Wolf Marshall is also a host for this event

Birro666-BR: greetings from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil !

Richard_UK: Big fan here Steve... got all the TOTO and solo albums

Rob: Hi from Australia

stratman: Great two guitar legends

SteveL: U R too kind

cfh: hey Steve when's the newest Toto album gonna be available in the us?

Richard_UK: He was talking about me and Wolf, not you Steve :)

Richard_UK: Mindfields is amazing

keith: You can order Mindfields at CDNow-I did

Click Here to order Toto's Mindfields 

SteveL: The new record will be coming in the next 2 months in the US. We had litigation with Sony. Dick-heads they are. ha ha ha

stratman: When is it coming to Sweden

scott: steve who were your influences?

SteveL: Hendrix, Beck, Beatles-Stones Page-Clapton

Ryan: hendrix right

cfh: i saw that the "baked potato" gig is going to be released as an import soon... i've heard that it is one of your most smokin' performances...any thoughts?

Richard_UK: Steve... what's your favorite track off Mindfields ?

  scott: steve, you like metallica any?

SteveL: I like Metallica, Bob Rock is a pal and I dig his stuff. Enter sandman was a killer track

SteveL: Man, I hear so much stuff these days. My son is really into the new stuff Limp Bizcut Korn Zombie etc.. real cool stuff there sound wise

scott: steve, you like some good stuff!

stomp: steve what first sparked in your head that made everything fit together. what made the fretboard make sense?

scott: steve, what made you want to play guitar?

SteveL: I'm still trying to figure out how to play, you have breakthroughs but they come at weird times. I started playin' cause of the Beatles
SteveL: I hear so many great players these days, its humbling really

Richard_UK: Steve, are there any plans for a new studio album in the pipeline, and will Bobby be on it ?

scott: steve, what do you think of kirk hammett?

SteveL: Were still touring for the rest of the year on Mindfields

Click Here for Toto's tour schedule

WolfM: Luke, Toto is active and out again. Tell us about the new album and your current activities.

Richard_UK: yes,... I'm looking forward to the concert at the Birmingham NEC in October
keith: Steve, Please come to Canada!

stratman: I saw your concert in Stockholm, missed Pamela

Birro666-BR: I would like you to come to Brazil. but now i wanna rock :)

SteveL: Were looking forward to the UK gigs as well. We want to come to Canada.

SteveL: I wanna rock too dude. hahaha

Birro666-BR: lol :)

Richard_UK: There's only one gig in the UK... how come you're not doing any more ?

Richard_UK: How about we do some guitar work, and leave the questions until the end

Ryan: all warmed up

Birro666-BR: i'm tiring of warming up... my hands are burning :)

SteveL: Ouch

Birro666-BR: hahaha :)

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High Price of Hate

WolfM: Luke, one of my favorite riffs on the new record is from "High Price of Hate." We're going to send out the intro riff now. Can you tell us about how you came up with this unique line?

SteveL: I came up with this lick backstage before a gig warming up.

SteveL: Looking for the lost chord if you will

WolfM: Luke, how about those exotic chords in Hate?

SteveL: Well, I sort of got into Miles Davis sort of mood, very modal and I was dickin around at the 12th fret and it just came to me

WolfM: Was it a jazz-oriented line?

SteveL: A hard edge blues with adult chords

SteveL: I don't know how many of you have heard this?

WolfM: It is a 12-bar isn't it?

SteveL: Sort of a 12 bar, there's some weird stuff here and there

WolfM: We're going to send the audio for this now: High Price of Hate

SteveL: this is a trip, so sci-fi haha

SteveL: these are not considered "rock" chords but I think that there's more to music than just fifths, you can still make it heavy just with more notes

Skor: yes!

keith: that's cool!

SteveL: Wow, this is cool. I'm just checking this out for the first time myself!

SteveL: You can slow it down as well and stay in pitch. Wolf, this is awesome

WolfM: It's filled with all sorts of unusual chords

WolfM: Seriously check out all the odd voicings--yet it rocks in a very modern way.

scott: steve yes this is so cool

<check High Price chords link (left nav) for images of hand positions>

High Price of Hate Chord Positions

SteveL: Wolf has pic of me playing this riff

WolfM: We're going to send Luke's personal hand shots of the riff. Dig it.

Em7 chord        Ebm+5 chord

Dm13 chord          A 6/9 chord

E 6/9/G# chord         Gm13 chord

 WolfM: These pics were taken at Luke's pad on an acoustic--a Taylor.

SteveL: ha ha ha, I always practice on acoustic, makes the fingers stronger

scott: steve do you depend on calluses/

SteveL: nah, don't be so hard on yourself bro (Alco) it takes time, nothin worth a shit is easy

Brian: This is the coolest thing I've ever seen!

SteveL: I got the thumb fingering from watching Jimi, its the sixth finger concept

WolfM: Guys, this is rock evolving.



WolfM: Luke, one of your classic solos is during the outro of Toto's "Rosanna.

WolfM: We're going to send out an excerpt now. Could you tell us about your approach on this one?

WolfM: This is one of the most notable guitar solos in rock history!!

Richard_UK: oh yes indeed

SteveL: Well this was a first take solo. We had just cut the track and Jeff and Dave wanted me to do the solo right away, we were partyin' and some friends were hangin' and I just went for it and that's what you hear now

Richard_UK: I love jamming along to this

LANTZO: are most of your solos first take?

alco17: wow, that sounds amazing

SteveL: No, I get lucky sometimes but generally I don't like to labor on things. The best stuff comes right away, at least for me, I start thinking about it too much after that and I lose the "vibe" or feel if you will

alco17: im not even gonna try to tackle that

Birro666-BR: what do you mean about lost your vibe?

stratman: For some reason, it sounds better when you play it Steve!

Richard_UK: I know exactly what it's like.. sometimes you just go stale on a solo, improvising is really spontaneous, but if you try for too long you lose it a bit

WolfM: Check out those wide string bends--that's a Luke trademark

SteveL: By vibe I mean spontaneity, you know, it sounds limp, its gotta have a vibe or it sucks

alco17: thanks steve, but your stuff is just too good for me

Richard_UK: stick with it alco... I started playing when I was 16, never really got good until I was 20

alco17: oh, good, no more playing

SteveL: Nah, give it some time. I have been playin' since I was 7 , I'm 41, it takes time and patience, don't give up

chaz: that's a damn good lead steve

SteveL: thanks


Breakdown Dead Ahead

WolfM: Luke, one of the early breakthrough solos was on Boz Scagg's "Breakdown Dead Ahead." We're going to send out the first part of the solo now. Could you tell us about how it went down?

stomp: wolf can you send the solo for that first example that was killer steve as usual

SteveL: Well I was called back for some overdubs by Boz and he just let me run with it and it came real quick as I remember, 1 or 2 takes

Richard_UK: this has such an amazing feel to it, it's loose bluesy and get's you rocking

Richard_UK: I love that Vibrato

Richard_UK: Steve... did it take you a long time to master vibrato on bended strings ?

chaz: another great lick

chaz: love the way the 5th line walks down

stomp: that last example sounds a lot like robben ford steve but with your own twist i love the section after the long vibrato

SteveL: I am a huge fan of Robben's, Carlton as well

Jay: Steve the walking chromatic lick lines seem to be one of your signature licks

SteveL: Well I have been studying with Carlton as we have been working together on a project. We have a live album in the can and were gonna tour together next year

stomp: do you use any hybrid picking in runs like that?

WolfM: Luke, what was your guitar and amp setup back then?

SteveL: I don't think about it anymore, it just comes naturally

Jay: you use those cool slide licks also

SteveL: I don't think about how I'm picking, it just comes naturally

SteveL: It just happens naturally

Richard_UK: Like this one, I love the Solo on 'One Road' from the Mindfields album

Richard_UK: Did you do the One Road solo in a few takes ?

SteveL: Thanks, that one was a first take as well. I had an octave divider on

Richard_UK: Amazing

SteveL: Just lucky


Chat Archive - Guitar Gear

stomp: i love the design of the Musicman

stomp: how did the new music man model come about

  SteveL: I love the Music Man stuff. Sterling Ball is one of my best pals and they are incredible to work with and the quality is top notch!!

Click Here for Musicman website

scott: Steve, what was your first guitar

alco17: yeah, man, what is the first guitar you had?

SteveL: it was an Astrotone guitar from Thrifty drug store. I was 8 years old, I had a Kay acoustic guitar I got on my 7th birthday alone with a copy of Meet the Beatles, changed my life forever

WolfM: Luke, what is the recipe for your current tone? What guitars and amps?

scott: Steve, have you ever put 9 gage electric strings on an acoustic?

SteveL: Well I use a new version of the LUKE model Music man and I use River amps that I designed with Paul called the Bonehead. It has a subwoofer system that we got a patent for. VERY cool, you should check it out

SteveL: I have tried that when I was young but the sound sucked, NO bottom
SteveL: I was referring to the alco question

WolfM: Here comes the amp rig. It's awesome

Click Here for Rivera website

WolfM: We were fortunate to be able to go behind the scenes and share a look inside Luke's musical toolbox with our audience. Luke opened several cases at Andy Brauer's studio rentals and brought out the following historical pieces for your viewing pleasure. DON'T DROOL ON YOUR COMPUTER!!

WolfM: Luke can you give us a rundown of the amp rig?

keith: do you still have the "sex box", Steve?

scott: Steve, what do you think of peavey?
SteveL: Well its kinda complicated. I have 3 4/12 cabs with 30 watt Celestians I sub woofer cab and I run in stereo middle dry, right and left wet, a little delay mostly as I have stopped using all the jizz I used to in the 80's. Too much weed I think. ha ha ha ha

SteveL: The sex box was just a Univibe

  SteveL: Here's my 58 Les Paul

scott: steve>what's the sex box?

SteveL: Peavey, well Ed's one of my best pals

SteveL: I am a Music man guy

WolfM: Luke is the Les Paul what you used for Rosanna

SteveL: The Sunburst one was the Gold top I used on the first couple of albums


  WolfM: Posing with a beauty

  SteveL: 58 gold top





Thats the old Deluxe I used. Modified by Rivera before he was makin amps for himself
SteveL: I used this on ALOT of records, late 70's to mid 80's

WolfM: How was it modified?

SteveL: He put a midrange boost in a 5 position selector switch and just tuned the amp. It was a killer back then but I retired it cause it just didn't have THE sound anymore.

 SteveL: That's the Soldano I have. I think its serial # 3. He brought it to me when i was making the 7th One record in 86-87, something like that. VERY cool amp!


  scott: steve,what effects do you use? 

SteveL: That's the pedal board. I have gone thru MANY incarnations with this. Bob's stuff is amazing and very versatile.

stratman: looks expensive

Richard_UK: looks like you need to take out a mortgage just to insure it!

  SteveL: Well its just a PCM 70 for delays, a compressor, Wah, G-force by TC for stereo imaging, not that much junk anymore.



And here's the Candyman!

scott: that is really cool

SteveL: That's Sammy Davis Jr.'s REAL golf bag, I got it at an auction

Richard_UK: you play golf Steve ?

SteveL: Auction, sorry

SteveL: VERY badly, ask around, Its fun though

Richard_UK: Where did you get the 'Candyman' album name from Steve ?

            click here for Ernie Ball's Steve Lukather Musicman guitar











Chat Archive - General Q & A

WolfM: We're going to move into an open question and answer section with the audience now. Who has a question for our man of the hour?

thomas: Will you make another solo album soon?

Richard_UK: me oh my

corey: What's it like jammin' with Wolf?

bryanr: steve, in your early years did you practice on a routine or just play?

alc017: steve, i heard that there is a special way to string my guitar that can help me play better, do you know anything about that???

SteveL: I will do another solo album next year. Steve Vai is after me to do an all instrumental record that really shows off the guitar thing but I'm not sure yet, I'm just starting to think about it

WolfM: I always dig it

Richard_UK: I like Mad about You, because it's a groovy song, but it strikes me as one that's been done for commercial reasons

SteveL: I don't change my own strings, except at home, so I don't think they do anything weird

Richard_UK: Do you like the song, and have you had much financial success with it ?

chopsfromhell: steve, do you have any thoughts on the "baked potato" gig? i've been looking for this disc for about 10 years, as i've heard it just kills (in respect to your playing)...

SteveL: Yeah, well I personally hate trying to write for radio but they still give us shit about it. I like the weirder stuff, Better World, High Price etc.

SteveL: They have just re-issued that Baked Potato album, look for it

Richard_UK: Better world really demonstrates Dave's ingenuity (as well as yours of course)

Richard_UK: Does Simon get involved in the melody writing ?

SteveL: We like that one, actually Simon wrote the hard keyboard part

Richard_UK: a man of many talents then

SteveL: yes sir

Richard_UK: sir ?

alc017: where can i go to hear some more of your stuff?

SteveL: Just kiddin

RiffAholic: what do you think of Pink Floyd

SteveL: man, I have done like 800 records, it depends on what style of music ya wanna hear

Richard_UK: I don't know how many people have heard the album, but I think Caught in the Balance is one of the best on the album


SteveL: LOVE Dave Gilmour, a friend and a legend

Richard_UK: That's got loads of downloadable stuff to preview before buying albums

SteveL: One of my faves as well

alc017: do you have a website or a record label website with some songs on it?

keith: Did you re-cut the solo on "Tale of a Man" from the "XX" album? I love it

corey: If you do the instrumental with Steve Vai, does that mean you'll be the next guest on the G3 tour?

chopsfromhell: steve, can you tell us anything about "the steakhouse"?

SteveL: is our website. It has updated info on every aspect of us solo and Toto. Check it out!

Brian: That would be cool if you were on a G3 tour

alc017: ok, ill do that, thanks

Richard_UK: The way that Caught in the Balance has a heavy synth bias, but reverts back to gutsy guitar riffs is cool

Richard_UK: they'd have to call it G4

SteveL: The Steakhouse is my studio along with Risk and Lee Becnch. We just got an old Neve, very exciting 

SteveL: G-3-4.. Hey I'd love to play with those guys, as a matter of fact when Joe played in LA Vai and me came out and played with him. They are my friends and they are brilliant. It was an honor

corey: Do you ever tire of the studio?

SteveL: I like playing live ALOT more, I look at the studio as painting a picture and playin live is like great sex

WolfM: The producers would like to thank Stan Lamendola and the crew for their assistance during our visit to Brauer's studio rentals.

Richard_UK: do you prefer doing it solo though ?

SteveL: Yeah thanks to the guys at Brauers, Stan especially


               Click Here for Andy Brauer's 

WolfM: Stan Lamedola

Richard_UK: Steve, who came up with the Mindfields album title, and especially the cover art idea ?

corey: Thanks, Steve. And Wolf. You guys rule!!

Brian: What is this picture we are looking at?

stomp: id love to see you in a solo format steve

SteveL: It was a band effort along with our art guru Doug brown. We have a live album coming out in Sept called LIVEFIELDS, its really cool, has alot of good playing on it from everyone


corey: look forward to it, thanks.

chopsfromhell: i've got an import laserdisc of toto live at le zenith, in do a lot more tapping live than i hear of you on tape...i don't really hear that much tapping in your recordings, but you definitely have it mastered....along with everything

stomp: how come you californians stay away from jersey when you do shows and clinics i wish youd come around the east coast more often

SteveL: Well tapping is cool but I always thought I was baggin on Eddie, we play together sometimes and I just can't do it in front of him without laughing

chaz: good cause it will take some time to learn these riffs

SteveL: I was just in Jersey 3 weeks ago and my girlfriend is a Jersey girl

Brian: haha

chaz: lol

corey: Steve, thanks a lot. You can rock, that's for sure.

Richard_UK: Steve, thanks this is great

SteveL: Thanks alot for comin by and hanging out. I really had a great time, thanks to Wolf and Dave and the guys for the opprtunity, I hope to do it again soon

WolfM: Thanks for your participation

Richard_UK: What are you going to do with the rest of the day, Steve ?

WolfM: Let's hear it for Luke!!

SteveL: Thanks again to you all

stomp: sorry steve . ive been married to a jersey girl for 13 years

Richard_UK: no, but pulling the clawhammer out again must have hurt
Richard_UK: thanks steve

SteveL: Thanks to you guys. have a beer on me

keith: Thanks a ton, Steve

Matthias_-_Germany: Thanks from Germany

WolfM: Luke you're the man

Richard_UK: and the UK



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