Steve Stevens

Steve Stevens

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64 age

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May 5, 1959 Birthday

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New York, New York, U.S. Birthplace

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Steve Stevens is a guitarist and songwriter known for his glam rock image and his innovative playing. He is best known for his work with Billy Idol in the 1980s on the albums "Billy Idol" and "Rebel Yell." Throughout the 1980s Stevens was an in demand guitarist playing with a variety of artists including Michael Jackson, the Thompson Twins and Ric Ocasek. He won a Grammy for his lead guitar work on the Top Gun Anthem in 1987. In the 1990s Stevens toured with Vince Neil and cofounded the band Bozzio Levin Stevens, which released 2 albums. In the 2000s he performed with the band "Kings of Chaos" and later reunited with Billy Idol releasing the album "Kings and Queens of the Underground" in 2014.


Steve Stevens' stage name was inspired by Sylvain Sylvains' name, the guitarist for the band New York Dolls. Steve Stevens and his wife appeared in the reality show "Married to Rock" in 2010. Steve Stevens developed a signature guitar with Knaggs Guitars.

Early Life

Steve Stevens was born Steven Bruce Schneider in New York in 1959 and grew up in Queens. His father was a music lover and amateur guitarist. He bought Steve his first guitar at age 7. Steve began teaching himself, influenced by popular folk and country music. At age 13 he got an electric guitar and became interested in rock music and later prog rock. He attended LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts in Manhattan after graduating he began playing around New York with his band Fine Maribus.