Steve New

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Steve New
Steve New, Rich Kids musician.jpg
Steve New on stage with re-united Rich Kids in 2010
Background information
Birth name Stephen Charles New
Also known as Stella Nova
Born (1960-05-16)16 May 1960
Paddington, London, England[1]
Died 24 May 2010(2010-05-24) (aged 50)
London, England
Genres Punk rock, post-punk
Instruments Vocals, Guitar
Years active 1970s–2010
Labels EMI
Associated acts Sex Pistols, Rich Kids, Vicious White Kids, Kim Fowley, Generation X, Pearl Harbor and the Explosions, Iggy Pop, Wasted Youth, The New, John Sinclair, Beastellabeast

Steve New (16 May 1960 – 24 May 2010) was an English guitarist and singer, known for his/her work with a number of punk and new wave bands in the late 1970s and early 1980s, including Rich Kids with the former Sex Pistols bassist Glen Matlock. Born Stephen Charles New,[2] in the 2000s he changed his name to Stella Nova and formed Beastellabeast, his last music group.[3]


Born in London,[4] he attended Quintin Kynaston School in St. John's Wood, London, and started playing with the London Jazz Orchestra at the age of 14. He came to attention with his connections with the city's punk scene at the age of 15 after being asked to audition for Sex Pistols as a second guitarist alongside Steve Jones [5] When Pistols' bass player Glen Matlock was ousted from the band, he invited New to join his new group Rich Kids alongside Rusty Egan and former Slik singer Midge Ure. He later played with Sid Vicious, Public Image Ltd, Iggy Pop, Chrissie Hynde, Kim Fowley, and a solo Glen Matlock whose last solo album, Born Running was dedicated to New,[6] and featured his last recorded work.[7]

A longtime transexual, in his later years he came out, and preferred to be known as Stella Nova. She was the composer/musician/producer in Beastellabeast,[8][9] along with lyricist/vocalist Beatrice Brown.


Facing terminal cancer,[10] Nova played with a reformed Rich Kids in London in January 2010 at a benefit concert for her family.[11][12][13]

Nova died on 24 May 2010, aged 50, leaving her children, Diva Atlanta New and Frank James Lightning Hopkins-New.[14][15][16][17]


  1. ^ "Search birth records 1837-2006 | Fully indexed birth records". Retrieved 2012-07-04. 
  2. ^ Perrone, Pierre (2010-06-15). "Steve New: Troubled guitarist with Rich Kids, Glen Matlock's post-Sex Pistols band - Obituaries - News". The Independent. Retrieved 2013-06-17. 
  3. ^ Adelle Stripe. "Stella Nova | Music". The Guardian. Retrieved 2014-08-24. 
  4. ^ "PiL People Bios | Miscellaneous". Fodderstompf. Retrieved 2013-06-17. 
  5. ^ "The Rich Kids History part 1 - Early UK Punk Rock band". Retrieved 2013-06-17. 
  6. ^ "Review of: Glen Matlock : Born Running". Retrieved 2012-07-04. 
  7. ^ [1][dead link]
  8. ^ "beastellabeast - MUDKISS FANZINE". Retrieved 2013-06-17. 
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  10. ^ Interview with Steve for Mudkiss Fanzine
  11. ^ "Midge Ure and Glen Matlock resurrect the Rich Kids for one-off gig | News". Nme.Com. 2009-12-02. Retrieved 2013-06-17. 
  12. ^ Guardian Rich Kids concert review
  13. ^ "God Save The Sex Pistols - Rich Kids. Hung On You: For One Night Only". 2010-01-07. Retrieved 2013-06-17. 
  14. ^ "2010 ➤ Rich Kid Steve New (aka Stella Nova) dies at 50". 2010-05-24. Retrieved 2013-06-17. 
  15. ^
  16. ^ Guardian Other Lives Obituary
  17. ^ A personal tribute by Kris Needs

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