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About Steve Stevens
Steve Stevens is one of the most gifted guitarists to emerge from the ’80s music scene. Stevens picked up the acoustic guitar at only seven years of age and by the age of 13 he got his first electric guitar and was soon influenced by early progressive rock bands like Genesis, Yes and King Crimson.
It was in the early ’80s that Stevens hooked up with ex-Generation X singer Billy Idol. Idol found the perfect partner in Stevens, and Idol’s career skyrocketed, as he became one of MTV’s early video stars spurred on by Stevens’ inventive guitar work and outrageous glam rock image. Stevens is well known for his use of a raygun sound effect in the Billy Idol song "Rebel Yell."This sound effect was, according to a Guitar World interview created by using a toy ray gun held up to the pickups. Stevens now uses a toy ray gun equipped with a pitch bender and a repeat changer to produce the sound effect.
Later Stevens played on recordings by Michael Jackson, Ric Ocasek and Robert Palmer among others. Additionally, Stevens appeared on the mega-selling 1986 soundtrack to the Tom Cruise movie Top Gun which earned Stevens a Grammy Award for Pop Instrumental Performance that year.
By the end of the´80s Stevens longed to launch his own solo career, and left Idol’s band. He soon formed his own group, Atomic Playboys. The early ’90s saw Stevens keep up his busy schedule, as he formed a new group named Jerusalem Slim. Stevens then signed on to work with ex Mötley Crüe singer Vince Neil on 1993’s ‘Exposed’ tour as openers for that summer’s Van Halen tour. Numerous reviews stated that Steve was the best guitarist to grace the stage on many an evening.
Stevens finally got his chance to show off his lifelong appreciation of progressive rock when he united with bassist Tony Levin and drummer Terry Bozzio in the bombastic outfit ‘Bozzio, Levin, Stevens’, issuing a pair of releases: 1997’s ‘Black Light Syndrome’ and 2000’s ‘Situation Dangerous’. Around the same time, Stevens reunited with Idol.
In 2008, Steve released the critically acclaimed instrumental album ‘Memory Crash’ and in 2011, we will see Steve Stevens and Billy Idol celebrate a 30 year partnership that is stronger today than ever.