20 QUESTIONS WITH…
Steve Stevens has played with everyone from Billy Idol to Michael Jackson to Michael Monroe to Vince Neil. But that’s not shit compared to what he’s doing now….20 Questions with Metal Sludge! We found out that Steve is a Sludgeaholic so we hit him up for 20 Questions and here they are. Enjoy!
Just finished 5 months of shows with Billy Idol in support of the greatest hits record. We are now writting songs for a new album.
This site would be pretty boring if any of the ones that should, did so.
It was very cool to not only be in the studio with Michael, but work with Quincy Jones as well. No little kids, but when we did the Dirty Diana video he had Bubbles the chimp there. Bubbles had his own van with swings and crap in it…. He was also sprayed with Elizabeth Taylor’s Passion perfume, go figure.
5. Rate the following guitar players on a scale of 1 to 10. 1 being somebody who sucks and 10 being a virtuoso.
……and why the hell dont you guys list Jeff Beck, he at least rates a 100 and pretty much was the first metal guitarist anyway
When Ed Van Halen whispered in my ear as i finished a set "hey man, what the hell are you doing with these guys?, perhaps you should give that Idol guy a call, ha ha" Simply put …..it was no longer fun.
Michael was there for every note i played on that record. If he had a problem with anything i was doing he should have spoken up. During the mix he was welcome to suggest any parts to leave off. I am proud of the guitar work on that record. I respect Michael greatly and loved working with him, but some things are just not meant to be
8. What is the most fucked up thing you ever witnessed Billy Idol do?
He put his foot through an interviewers tape recorder when the guy said Billy was no longer a punk. He said "there’s ya punk rock for ya"! I loved it and actually so did the interviewer.. ha ha.
9. Is there a reason the riff on "Dangerous" from Bozzio/Levin/Stevens’ Situation Dangerous album sounds *exactly* like Led Zeppelin’s "Immigrant Song"?
The chick guitarist who replaced you in Michael Jackson = her name is Jennifer Batten, give her a 10….any woman that can play the Beat It solo note for note….and hold her own on stage with Jeff Beck, gets a 10
Can’t Have Your Cake was the title i suggested to Michael, he did’nt use it. I wrote all the music which i produced in my manhattan apartment and never gave permission to be released commercially i might add….Michael did’nt think it was worthy of the Jerusalem Slim record so i presented the music to Vince who wrote the lyrics. Absolutely none of Michaels contributions to that song were used on the Vince Neil album.
I make my call’s when doing interviews….i try to avoid giving out my number. One thing i am not, is cheap….much to my accountants dismay.
probably me after you print this stuff.
Chicago = like a baby new york. Home of EnufZNuff….great band, great guys.
Atlanta = Produced a band named McQueen Street there. The studio had JohnLennons recording console
Boston = played an all ages show at the Paradise club with Billy Idol in 1981. Mothers were offering their daughters and stuff, very Elvis
Detroit = hell, i dont remember…..that means i must have had fun
Denver = thin air
Los Angeles = home now. You have to hold on to your soul with all your might there, but if you do, it can be a great place to live.
Pittsburgh = played there a bit ago with Billy and Slash joined us for a bad ass version of Shakin’ All Over,
Dallas = big women that say y’all
New York City = (i added this one) the greatest city in the world.
he did buy a bottle of Chateau Lafite Rothchild at Tavern On The Green in New York City.
All 3 guys let me play exactly what i wanted to, so thats cool.
Oh a fair bit while doing the demos. Not much while making the actual record….it was more of a booze record. I dont really remember Vince being into blow to be honest.
actually…yeah i do…..plus it gives me a free hand to fix my hair.
Vikki Foxx = stop twirling and groove, good guy, worked hard, he and i are actually the only 2 players on the Vince Exposed record
Billy Idol = the real deal, awesome singer, amazingly intelligent, if i had to go to battle, he’s the guy i would want by my side.
Another good interview as far as we’re concerned!
Steve doesn’t have a website or anything to plug, so if you want more info on him, you’re SOL.