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Toto Guitarist Steve Lukather Releasing New Solo Album, "Transition"

Mascot RecordsFounding Toto guitarist Steve Lukather has had a busy year.  Not only did he hit the road with his old group, with Ringo Starr's All-Starr Band and as part of Steve Vai's G3 tour, but he also found time to record a new solo album.   Lukather will release Transition, his seventh solo effort, on January 21.

The nine-song collection includes guest appearances by Red Hot Chilli Peppers drummer Chad Smith, veteran session bassist Lee Sklar, and Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen, who contributed backing vocals to the project.

Reflecting on the tunes on Transition, Lukather says, "When we were writing the songs, I was thinking about everything I've seen -- all the people I've lost in my life, the great and the difficult experiences I've had, and how ultimately it was time to get it together and embrace things for what they are."

Adds the guitarist, "I wanted to make Transition a big, beautiful album with lots of fine details and shadings and colors. That's what I do and that's what my favorite albums -- Sgt. Pepper's, Dark Side of the Moon, Electric Ladyland, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road -- are all about."

Lukather will join Ringo's All-Starr Band on the group's tour of Australia, New Zealand and Japan this February and early March.  He's also lined up a series of solo European dates, running from mid-March to late April.  Visit SteveLukather.net to check out the complete itinerary.

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