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Guitarist Finds Life Beyond Toto

Of the Oakland Press

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Having left, and effectively ended, Toto earlier this year, Steve Lukather isn’t wasting any time on the next phase of his career.

“I’m a workaholic, what can I say?” the 50-year-old guitarist, the only constant in Toto’s 31-year history, says with a laugh. “Whenever the band was off, some guys would go off, take a vacation, and I’d be in the studio — much to my wife’s chagrin.

“I just love my job. It’s a drag to be away from home, but these guys that say, ‘I hate the road, I can’t do it, blah, blah, blah ...’ Well, then don’t do it. I love it. I was built for this life.”

Lukather actually has a little bit of home with him on his fifth solo album, “Ever Changing Times,” which came out in February.

He co-wrote two of the songs with his son, Trevor, who also plays and sings on the album, while his daughter Tina provides some backing vocals.

“Trev is really talented, man,” says Lukather, who also has an infant at home in California. “He’s gonna go far. He’ll have a record out next year. And my daughter’s, like, a normal person. She has a regular job but she’s happy and grooving and healthy. I got the best of all worlds, y’know? I’m truly grateful.”

Steve Lukather performs Thursday (Aug. 21) at the Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Doors open at 8 p.m. Admission is $25. Call (248) 544-1991 or visit www.themagicbag.com.

Web Site: www.themagicbag.com

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