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We discuss Toto’s legacy and chat with founder Steve Lukather
On The Music Universe’s inaugural podcast episode, hosts Matt Bailey and Buddy Iahn discuss the legacy of iconic rock band Toto. Plus, Matt chats with founding member Steve Lukather.
Lukather is the only member of Toto to have toured consistently with the group since its inception. What started out as an interview for a promotional article for the final leg of Toto’s 40 Tours Around the Sun, turned into a freewheeling conversation perfect for a podcast.
In this conversation, Luke — as they call him — is candid about his time with the band, his shoulder injury, and even the trials of becoming Toto’s manager. While the band still has a team, Luke says, everything is done in-house. When a band has been around for over four decades like Toto, they certainly have earned that kind of creative control.
Luke also discusses going from wild party animal to the quiet life of gratitude he lives now.
Speaking candidly, Luke reveals that a lawsuit has forced the group to restrategize, and that you may not see them on the road for some time after this tour wraps. While he does not go into detail about the lawsuit, he is open about the toll it took on the band, and how they are coping with a verdict not exactly in their favor.
Meanwhile, Matt and Buddy tackle Toto’s legacy. Once the red-headed stepchild to Punk’s emergence in the 70’s and 80’s. But Matt and Buddy think history will be kind to Toto’s skillful musicianship and their sweeping production numbers. “Africa” alone has surpassed its initial reception to become one of the best-loved classic rock ballads of all time.
We have more details surrounding the final leg of Toto’s 40 Tours Around the Sun. There are dates in the Midwest and East Coast through October 20th. If a show in your area is not sold out, get tickets before there are not any left. This may well be your last chance to see Toto as it exists in its current form.
Author: Matt Bailey
Matt Bailey is podcast producer and writer located in the Northeast. Since 2013, Bailey has produced more than 160 episodes of his own online radio show, Talk For Two. In 2016 alone, he interviewed Kevin Bacon, Crystal Gayle, Bob Barker, and Gilbert Gottfried, among several other stars. As a Correspondent for The Music Universe, his focus is Broadway, country music and concert reviews.