Jon Stevens

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Jon Stevens

Jon Stevens (born 8 October 1961) is a New Zealand-born Australian singer of Māori descent. Stevens is the brother of New Zealand Idol judge, Frankie Stevens.


Stevens was born in Upper Hutt, New Zealand where he used to play rugby league.[1] He formed his first band while at Heretaunga College.[2] Stevens moved to Australia after success as a pop star in New Zealand in the 1970s (his best-known songs from this era are "Jezebel" and a cover version of "Montego Bay"); he subsequently became an Australian citizen.[3]


Stevens is most recognised for his work as the lead singer of Sydney band Noiseworks. The band experienced success in the 1980s with "Take Me Back" and "Touch".[4] In July 2012, Jon teamed up with production outfit Silver Sneakerz for a dance remix of Noiseworks' 1988 hit "Touch". It was released on dance label Hussle Recordings (a division of Ministry of Sound).[5]


From 2000 to 2003, Stevens fronted Australian rock band INXS after the death of their lead singer Michael Hutchence. Stevens toured with the band for a year before he was officially announced as their lead singer in March 2002, prior to a 40-city US tour.[6]

The Stevens-fronted INXS released a song in 2003 called "I Get Up," but he quit the band in October of that year before an album was released.[7][8] Stevens explained in a May 2009 interview that his departure from the band was due to a creative lull:

After 3½ years I'd had enough - the creativity was too slow. I had too much going on with my own stuff and I just said, "No". No need to be going away for months on end, away from home, away from family. It's hard to justify it when you're just playing other people's songs.[9]


Stevens was part of three Australian productions of Jesus Christ Superstar, and played the character of Judas twice. On the third occasion, during the 2013 live arena tour, he played the character of Pontius Pilate.

Solo career[edit]

In 1994, Stevens collaborated with Kate Ceberano on "Don't Knock My Love" for her album Kate Ceberano and Friends.[10]

Stevens co-wrote the official song for the Sydney 2000 Olympics Torch Relay, entitled "Carry the Flame", with Barbara Griffin, who arranged the composition.[11]

In late 2004, Stevens released "Ain't No Life For The Faint Hearted", a modern R&B album that features a cover version of The Doors' "Light My Fire".

In 2005, Stevens released "The Works", recorded as part of the Liberation Blue acoustic series. After a national tour with Ian Moss and Choirboys— "Six Strings & The Works"—he completed a smaller acoustic tour, followed by a short break and an announcement that Noiseworks were preparing to tour again in late September 2007.

After two months on the road across Australia, Stevens took a break. In January 2008, Stevens's management confirmed plans for a massive national tour with Ian Moss, Jack Jones and Tania Doko. The tour was entitled 'Let's Get Together' and was scheduled to begin in Melbourne in April 2008, following Stevens's acoustic tour of regional Victoria with Australian country music singer Adam Brand.

In August 2011, Stevens released a new single "Just A Man" to Australian radio. A new solo album on new record label Universal Music Australia, called Changing Times, was scheduled for release in September 2011.

In November 2011, Universal Music Australia revealed that a new album of soul music cover versions, called Testify!, would be released. The lead single, which was released on Australian radio in the last week of October 2011, is also called "Testify".

The Dead Daisies[edit]

In 2012, Stevens formed The Dead Daisies with guitarist David Lowy.

In early 2013 The Dead Daisies were invited to open for ZZ Top in Australia.

The first single released in April 2013 was "Lock N Load" featuring Slash, with an accompanying short film released in May 2013. As of the date of the single release, the band were recording their debut album.

The Dead Daisies opened for Aerosmith during the Australasian leg of their 2013 'Global Warming Tour' and, in addition to the original songs on the setlist, performed three cover versions: "All Right Now", by Free, "Stay With Me", by The Faces and "Helter Skelter", by The Beatles.

The Dead Daisies’ self-titled debut album was released in the US and Canada through Caroline/Universal on 9 August to exceptional reviews and was a featured iTunes release. Their first single "Lock ’N’ Load", a new track written by Stevens and Slash received airplay on radio networks across the US including national airplay on SiriusXM satellite radio, both Alice Cooper’s and Nikki Sixx’s popular syndicated radio programs and was named Rolling Stone’s Daily Download.

November - December 2013 saw The Dead Daisies opening on US and UK dates with Black Star Riders. The Dead Daisies Uproar line-up featured Jon Stevens, Americans Richard Fortus (Guns N' Roses/Thin Lizzy) on guitar, Charley Drayton (X-Pensive Wino's/Cold Chisel/The Cult) on drums, Darryl Jones (Miles Davis/The Rolling Stones) on bass and Dizzy Reed (Guns N' Roses) on keyboards. They also had their own headlining show at Camden Underworld, London on 20 November.


In 2012, Stevens is listed as a supporter of the "Oscar's Law" campaign, together with other publicly known figures. The campaign protests against the factory farming of companion animals and is named after a neglected dog found in central Victoria, Australia. Other notable supporters include Mark McEntee (musician), Mick Molloy (comedian) and the Essendon Football Club (Australian Football League).[12]


Solo albums[edit]

  • Jezebel (1980): NZ #7
  • Are U Satisfied (1993): AUS #27
  • Circle (1995)
  • Ain't No Life For The Faint Hearted (2004)
  • The Works (2005)
  • Changing Times (2011)
  • Testify! (2011)
  • Woman (2015) AUS #86[13]


The Dead Daisies[edit]


  • Lock N Load (2013): featuring Slash
  • Man Overboard EP (2013)
  • Washington (2013)


  • The Dead Daisies (2013)


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Paul Cashmere (18 November 2013). "The Dead Daisies". Noise 11. Retrieved 23 February 2014. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ Magazine Editor (28 July 2013). "Jon Stevens & Noiseworks". Awesome Entertainment Magazine. Retrieved 23 February 2014. 
  4. ^ ABC (27 January 2011). "ABC: Jon Stevens Escorted Off Flight". Retrieved 23 February 2014. 
  5. ^ Ministry of Sound. "Silver Sneakers Feat. Jon Stevens". Retrieved 23 February 2014. 
  6. ^ Stephanie Marcucci (3 March 2002). "INXS TO TOUR U.S. WITH NEW LEAD SINGER". HOLLYWOOD.COM. HOLLYWOOD.COM, LLC. Retrieved 12 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "INXS – I Get Up". Discogs. Discogs. 2013. Retrieved 12 October 2013. 
  8. ^ Nath Martyn (11 April 2012). "INXS: Keeping It Together". Scene. Eyeball Media Pty Ltd. Retrieved 12 October 2013. 
  9. ^ "My time with INXS was boring, says singer Jon Stevens". The Daily Telegraph. 13 May 2009. Retrieved 12 October 2013. 
  10. ^ "Kate Ceberano – Kate Ceberano & Friends". Discogs. 2013. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  11. ^ "2000, English, Printed music edition: Carry the flame / music and lyrics by Barbara Griffin and Jon Stevens. [music] /". National Library of Australia Trove. National Library of Australia. 2013. Retrieved 12 October 2013. 
  12. ^ "Home". Oscar's law. Oscar's Law. 2012. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 
  13. ^ Ryan, Gavin (26 September 2015). "ARIA Albums: Lana Del Rey 'Honeymoon' Tops Australian Chart". Noise11. Retrieved 26 September 2015. 

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