Aaah! Great to hear that Steve Stevens has salvaged his cancelled Australian clinic tour (which was mothballed when Allans Billy Hyde went under – don’t worry, they’ve been bought by new owners now, but that’s another story). Stevens will be showcasing the latest and greatest gear from Roland and BOSS, including the Roland G-5 VG Stratocaster and Roland GR-55 Guitar Synthesizer, as well as offering insights into guitar playing and cool-being.
2013 AUSSIE CLINIC & CONVERSATION TOUR
Presented by Roland in association with Ellaways Music, Better Music, World of Music & Big Music
Brisbane: Thursday 21 March (Buy)
Canberra: Friday 22 March (Buy)
Melbourne: Saturday 23 March (Buy)
Sydney: Monday 25 March (Buy)
Steve Stevens is one of the most gifted and original guitarists to emerge from the 80s music scene.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Stevens first picked up the guitar at age seven. Immersing himself in the great early 70s Brit guitar heroes like Beck, Page and Clapton, Steve would eventually became an avid prog-rock fan. Post his graduation from the highly prestigious LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts, Stevens hooked up with Generation X singer Billy Idol. Idol and Stevens released the smash hit albums Billy Idol, Rebel Yell and Whiplash Smile. Stevens co-wrote the hits ‘Rebel Yell,’ ‘Eyes without a Face’ and ‘Flesh for Fantasy.’
As an in-demand hired gun, Stevens has played on recordings by Michael Jackson (‘Dirty Diana’) and Robert Palmer (‘Don’t Explain’). His guitar wizardry featured on the mega-selling 1986 soundtrack to the Tom Cruise movie Top Gun, which earned Steve a Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance for ‘Top Gun Anthem.’ You can also hear Stevens rip it up on the Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Speed, Coyote Ugly and The Matrix trilogy soundtracks.
Steve launched his solo career with his band Atomic Playboys and recorded the flamenco inspired Flamenco A Go-Go, the prog-rock influenced Memory Crash and collaborated with bassist Tony Levin and drummer Terry Bozzio to release several critically acclaimed albums. He has taken the reality show plunge, alongside his charismatic wife Josie, on the E! channel’s hit show Married to Rock which aired in 120 countries around the world and let viewers in on what Steven’s life is like beyond music and touring.
Steve recently embarked on a successful tour with the Rock N Roll All-Stars (now Kings of Chaos), performing with Gene Simmons, Matt Sorum, Duff McKagan, Ed Roland, Joe Elliott, Mike Inez, Sebastian Bach, Billy Duffy, Glenn Hughes and Gilby Clarke to sold-out stadiums across South America. 2013 sees Stevens releasing a new album with Billy Idol and writing and recording with Sebastian Bach!
See Steve showcase the latest and greatest gear from Roland and BOSS, including the Roland G-5 VG Stratocaster® and Roland GR-55 Guitar Synthesizer plus gain a rare and intimate insight into the workings of a true guitar hero.
Stevens’ inventive guitar work and outrageous glam rock image is legendary. Do not miss, the incomparable and enigmatic Steve Stevens!