Steve Stevens | grammy winning guitarist rocking the decades with Billy Idol

May 2, 2018 | Travel Wins | Athlete | 1 Comment
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Steve Stevens is my guest today. He shared a lot of stories from the road and some of his guitar playing background starting at the age of 7. Spending nearly 40 years, off and on, with Billy Idol has given him some rare insight to the music industry. Steve worked on albums with Michael Jackson, Ric Ocasek, Vince Neil, soundtracks for the movies “Top Gun” and “Speed”, and more recently supergroup Deathland Ritual. He won his Grammy for the “Top Gun Anthem” and we talked about the possibility of the song making a comeback for this summer blockbuster follow up “Top Gun: Maverick”. He sees a need for the continuation of rock music and live performances but he also spoke about the growth of electronic music and the recent boom of Billie Eilish.

I was completely blown away getting to spend so much time talking with Steve and thankful for his wife, Josie, for setting up our time to chat. They work well together and we spoke about the positives of having your spouse with you while traveling for work.

Steve will be playing with Billy at their new residency at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas over the month of March. Make sure to follow him on social media to see where and with whom he will be playing with for the rest of the year.

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Taking a break from music, Steve likes to relax when he has time. 

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Steve Stevens is an American guitarist and songwriter. He is best known as Billy Idol’s guitarist and songwriting collaborator and for his lead guitar work on the theme to Top Gun – “Top Gun Anthem” – for which he won a Grammy in 1987: Best Pop Instrumental Performance. A session guitarist, he has played for Michael Jackson, Ric Ocasek, Robert Palmer and many others. Stevens was in Vince Neil’s band in 1993, touring and recording on Neil’s album Exposed. In 1995, Stevens and Idol were briefly members of the group Neurotic Outsiders. Stevens was a founding member of the supergroup Bozzio Levin Stevens, which released Black Light Syndrome in 1997 and Situation Dangerous in 2000. He brought Spanish flamenco guitar stylings to the song “Pistolero” (1999) for the trance group Juno Reactor. During 2012–2016, Stevens appeared with Kings of Chaos. His “Steve Stevens” group headlined the closing performance at the Musikmesse in Frankfurt, Germany, in April 2016. He is also a television personality on the E! Show Married to Rock, alongside his wife, Josie Stevens.


Solo albums

The Guitar World According To Steve Stevens (1986 cassette from the music magazine Guitar World)

Atomic Playboys (1989)

Akai Guitar Sample Collection (1994)

Flamenco a Go-Go (1999)

Memory Crash on Magna Carta Records (2008)

Movie soundtracks

“Top Gun Anthem”, Top Gun (1986)

“Speed”, Speed (1994)

Albums with Billy Idol

Billy Idol (1982)

Rebel Yell (1983)

Whiplash Smile (1986)

Devil’s Playground (2005)

Kings & Queens of the Underground (2014)

Albums with Michael Jackson

Bad (1987)

Albums with Robert Palmer

Don’t Explain (1990)

Albums with Jerusalem Slim

Jerusalem Slim (1992) – only released in Europe and Japan

Albums with Vince Neil

Exposed (1993)

Albums as a member of Bozzio Levin Stevens

Black Light Syndrome (1997)

Situation Dangerous (2000)

Albums with Kyosuke Himuro

I·De·A (1997)

Collective Souls (1998)

The One Night Stands (1998)

Mellow (2000)

Beat Haze Odyssey (2000)

Follow the Wind (2003)

Albums with Gregg Bissonette

Submarine (Stevens played on “Train to Willoughby”) (2000)

Albums with Adam Bomb

New York Times (Stevens played on “NY Child” “Cheyenne” “Saluda a Lola” & “Anxiety”) produced by Jack Douglas (2001)

Albums with Sebastian Bach

Give ‘Em Hell (2014)

Other performances

Merry Axemas Vol. 2 ; track 3 “Do You Hear What I Hear” (1998)

The Fallout | Neodymium Project (2012)

Desire | Meg Myers – Sorry (2014)

I Will Always Be Yours | Ben Rector (2018)

Down in Flames | Deadland Ritual (2018)

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