Luke Interview with

How an ‘accidental rock star’ became rich and worked with Macca, Elton and Ringo

Steve Lukather was just drifting off when the phone rang. “It was 8am, I’d just got to bed and I really needed to sleep,” the Toto guitarist recalls. “I answered and a voice said – he goes up two octaves – “‘Hi, this Michael Jackson…'”

Steve’s reply, before he slammed down the receiver, remains entirely unprintable. It happened twice more, always early in the morning, and both times the caller received the same tetchy, four-letter response. “Yeah, it’s Michael Jackson here…I thought it was friends pulling my leg. Then Quincy Jones called and explained it really was Michael.

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