Brooklyn, New York, USA
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Guitar player for Billy Idol and Vince Neil
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Steve Stevens (born as Steven Schneider on May 5, 1959, in Brooklyn, New York) is an American guitarist and songwriter. He is best known for playing for other artists (most notably Michael Jackson, Billy Idol, and Vince Neil) and less known for his critically acclaimed solo efforts (Atomic Playboys and Flamenco A Go-Go), collaborations (Bozzio Levin Stevens, a.k.a. Black Light Syndrome), and as an in-demand session guitarist.
His hit-making collaboration with Billy Idol began when Idol moved from the UK to the U.S., shortly after the latter`s band Generation X disbanded. Stevens co-wrote and played on the albums Don`t Stop EP, Billy Idol (1982), Rebel Yell (1984), Whiplash Smile (1986), and the remix collection Vital Idol (1985). Musical differences during the Whiplash Smile sessions led to the pair`s parting of ways (namely, Steve`s jazz-laden guitar work on the cut "Man For All Seasons"). In (1987) Michael Jackson hired Stevens to back him on the Dirty Diana track. Following his departure from Billy Idol`s band, Stevens pursued a solo career, releasing his first album Atomic Playboys in 1989 and receiving good comments from the critics and a moderate commercial response.
In 1991 he recorded an album with Michael Monroe called Jerusalem Slim, only released in Japan in 1992. In 1992, Mötley Crüe singer Vince Neil was put into the studio to record a single for the movie Encino Man called "You`re Invited But Your Friend Can`t Come" with Jack Blades and Tommy Shaw of Damn Yankees fame, respectively. To help record the song, Vince put together a solo band, bringing Stevens in to play guitar. The following year, a $4 million deal was closed for Neil at Warner Bros. (Stevens was brought back into the fold and subsequently played all bass and guitar tracks on the debut album at the Record Plant in Los Angeles.) The album, Exposed, was released on April 27, 1993. It debuted at #13 on the charts, although it soon began a downward spiral. It had notable quasi-successful singles with the songs "Sister of Pain", "Can`t Have Your Cake", and the aforementioned "You`re Invited But Your Friend Can`t Come". The album was moderately successful Mötley Crüe-styled rock. It sold somewhere between 200,000 and 400,000 copies. Afterward, the band, including Stevens, toured opening for Van Halen in 1993, and then embarked on a `93-`94 club tour. Upon completion of the tour, Stevens left the band. Stevens recorded his second solo album, Flamenco A Go-Go, in his home studio entirely by himself. This effort stemmed from the inspiration he received after attending a concert by Flamenco virtuoso Paco de Lucía.
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Steven Bruce Schneider
Steve Stevens (born Steven Bruce Schneider on May 5, 1959) is an American guitarist and songwriter. He is best known for playing for other artists (most notably Billy Idol, Michael Jackson, and Vince Neil) and less so for his solo efforts (Atomic Playboys and Flamenco a Go-Go), collaborations (Bozzio Levin Stevens, a.k.a. Black Light Syndrome), and as an in-demand session guitarist. He is also a television personality on the E! show Married to Rock, alongside his wife, Josie Stevens. He is also known for his diverse collaborations. One notable example is his Spanish guitar stylings for the trance group Juno Reactor in the song Pistolero.
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Hard rock, Glam Metal, Heavy Metal, Post-Punk, Electronica, Blues Rock, Progressive Rock, Instrumental Rock, Jazz Fusion, Tribal House, Goa Trance, Flamenco
Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Billy Idol, Michael Jackson, Bozzio Levin Stevens, Juno Reactor, Vince Neil, Sebastian Bach
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