Steve Lukather

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Steve Lukather (October 21, 1957, San Fernando Valley, California) is an American guitarist, singer, songwriter, arranger and producer, most famous as a member of the group Toto.

When Lukather was 17 years old he auditioned for Zappa. He was told to read a score with complicated time signatures, but felt it was too complex for him. In the March 2001 issue of the Japanese magazine "Young Guitar" Lukather recalled that he said: "I can read it, but I have to take it home and learn,", which put Zappa in a bad mood. Lukather was instructed to replay what Zappa played on the spot, but struggled to do that. In the end, Frank Zappa told him: "I guess you lack the skill of musical comprehension. You should learn some more." Lukather later was one of the guitarists who played on Dweezil Zappa heavy metal cover-version of The Bee Gees Stayin' Alive. The song features a long guitar solo in the middle, where 5 guitarists rip the song totally apart.

Lukather claims that his favorite Zappa albums are Fillmore East and the Beat The Boots collection.

An interesting sidenote is that Zappa satirized Lukather's band Toto on his album Joe's Garage Act I.

Lukhater is also interviewed in the documentary Cry Baby:The Pedal that Rocks the World.

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