Steve Stevens

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Steve Stevens
Stevens in 2022
Stevens in 2022
Background information
Birth nameSteven Bruce Schneider
Born (1959-05-05) May 5, 1959 (age 64)
New York City, U.S.
GenresHard rock, glam metal, heavy metal, instrumental rock
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, producer
Instrument(s)Guitar, keyboards
Years active1979–present

Steve Stevens (born Steven Bruce Schneider; May 5, 1959) is an American guitarist. He is best known as Billy Idol's guitarist and songwriting collaborator,[1] and for his lead guitar work on the theme to Top Gun – "Top Gun Anthem" – for which he won a Grammy in 1987: Best Pop Instrumental Performance.

Stevens has played for Michael Jackson, Ric Ocasek, Robert Palmer, and many others.[2] Stevens was in Vince Neil's band from 1992 to 1994, touring and recording on his album Exposed. Stevens was a founding member of the supergroup Bozzio Levin Stevens, which released Black Light Syndrome in 1997 and Situation Dangerous in 2000. He brought Spanish flamenco guitar stylings to the song "Pistolero" (1999) for the trance group Juno Reactor. During 2012–2016, Stevens appeared with Kings of Chaos. His "Steve Stevens" group headlined the closing performance at the Musikmesse in Frankfurt, Germany, in April 2016. He is also a television personality on the E! show Married to Rock, alongside his wife, Josie Stevens.


His solo album releases include Atomic Playboys (1989),[1] Flamenco a Go-Go (1999), and Memory Crash (2008).


Stevens (left) and Billy Idol in 2003

Studio albums[edit]

with Billy Idol[edit]

with Ric Ocasek[edit]

with Jerusalem Slim[edit]

  • Jerusalem Slim (1992)

with Vince Neil[edit]

with Bozzio Levin Stevens[edit]

with Kyosuke Himuro[edit]

  • I·De·A (1997)
  • The One Night Stands Live (1998)
  • Mellow (2000)
  • Beat Haze Odyssey (2000)
  • Follow the Wind (2003)

with Deadland Ritual[edit]

Guest appearances[edit]


Release Other artist(s) Album
"First Day in the Rain" 1982 Peter Criss Let Me Rock You
"Dirty Diana" 1987 Michael Jackson Bad
"You're Amazing" 1990 Robert Palmer Don't Explain
"Two Worlds" 1991 McQueen Street McQueen Street
"Do You Hear What I Hear" 1998 Merry Axemas Vol. 2
"Train to Willoughby" 2000 Gregg Bissonette Submarine
"NY Child" 2001 Adam Bomb New York Times
"Saluda a Lola"
"Alpha Burst" 2004 Derek Sherinian Mythology
"El Flamingo Suave"
"A View from the Sky"
"Ghost Runner" 2011 Derek Sherinian Oceana
"The Fallout" 2012 Neodymium Project non-album single
"Jet Airliner" 2013 John Wetton, Billy Sherwood Fly Like an Eagle – An All-Star Tribute to Steve Miller Band
"Sorry" 2014 Meg Myers Sorry
"Push Away" Sebastian Bach Give 'Em Hell
"Had Enough"
"Gun to a Knife Fight"
"I Will Always Be Yours" 2018 Ben Rector Magic
"I Melt with You" 2019 David Hasselhoff Open Your Eyes
"The Vortex" 2022 Derek Sherinian Vortex
"Seven Seas"
"Thoughtful Distress" 2023 Albert Hammond Jr. Melodies On Hiatus

Soundtrack appearances[edit]


Release Other artist(s) Soundtrack album
"Top Gun Anthem" 1986 Harold Faltermeyer Top Gun
"Power of Suggestion" 1994 Perry McCarty Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
"Speed" Billy Idol Speed
"Top Gun Anthem" (re-recording) 2022 Harold Faltermeyer Top Gun: Maverick


  1. ^ a b Colin Larkin, ed. (1995). The Guinness Who's Who of Heavy Metal (Second ed.). Guinness Publishing. p. 343. ISBN 0-85112-656-1.
  2. ^ Prato, Greg. "Biography: Steve Stevens". AllMusic. Retrieved May 24, 2010.