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    Steve Hunter started playing guitar when he was eight years old and has dedicated his life to music. His professional career began in 1971 when he joined a band called Detroit Featuring Mitch Ryder. With that band he recorded his first album. Over the next 40 years, they worked together on many projects including four Alice Cooper albums, Peter Gabriel’s first solo album which included “Solsbury Hill,” and Lou Reed’s Berlin album and Rock and Roll Animal that included Steve’s composition “The Intro” to “Sweet Jane.”

    He later toured with all of the above-mentioned artists as well as touring and/or recording with Julian Lennon, Bette Midler in the movie The Rose, co-wrote and recorded songs with David Lee Roth, toured and recorded with Tracy Chapman and was involved in scoring films and music production. Steve played the first solo on Aerosmith’s “Train Kept Rolling.”

    Along the way, he recorded two solo albums, the first being Swept Away and the second self-produced album called The Deacon. In late 2006, Steve joined up with Lou Reed again to do a live version of Lou's landmark album Berlin from which there is a live DVD and CD.

    There are now two more solo albums, Hymns for Guitar and Short Stories, both available on CDbaby.com. Steve won an Emmy for his contribution to “The Boys of Christ Child House” charity video in 2009.

    In 2011, Steve produced an album for his wife Karen Ann Hunter called Empty Spaces which is also available on CDbaby.com. Most recently, he finished recording on the new Alice Cooper album Welcome 2 My Nightmare, and is currently on tour with Alice and is taking a very short break in order to spend some time with the User Group Forum.

    Steve is a long time Seymour Duncan user and lately has been using Seymour Duncan Custom Shop pickups in his Gretsch Custom Shop CVT hand built by Master Builder Stephen Stern.

    As you can imagine, Steve is a highly in-demand artist with little idle time. However, we are lucky to get him to spend an hour or so with us today. Let's make him feel at home. Ladies and gentlemen, please give a warm welcome to Steve Hunter!
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    Default Re: Live - Q&A with Steve Hunter - 9/6/11 10:45-Noon Pacific

    Steve will be here, together with his lovely wife Karen, at around 10:45 Pacific. Start asking questions anytime and as soon as he arrives, he'll start answering them.
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    Default Re: Live - Q&A with Steve Hunter - 9/6/11 10:45-Noon Pacific

    I'm here and howdy!

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    Default Re: Live - Q&A with Steve Hunter - 9/6/11 10:45-Noon Pacific

    Who did you have the most fun touring with? Got a favorite story you want to share?

    What live rig did you use while touring with Alice Cooper? Guitar, pickups, amps and effects?



    Thanks for taking time to come by and answer our questions!

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    Default Re: Live - Q&A with Steve Hunter - 9/6/11 10:45-Noon Pacific

    Hi Steve, and welcome to our forum.

    I see that Alice Cooper is coming down here to Australia ... will you be coming down on that tour ? Have you been down here before ?
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    Default Re: Live - Q&A with Steve Hunter - 9/6/11 10:45-Noon Pacific

    BTW I am sight impaired so I will be a bit slow but I wanted to be able to answer you guys rather than have Karen try to type stuff for me. Bear with me and thanks!

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    I got to see you back on the "From The Inside" Tour. Great to read you are still touring ang gigging. What is/was your favorite touring guitar?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lucid_Lunatic View Post
    Who did you have the most fun touring with? Got a favorite story you want to share?

    What live rig did you use while touring with Alice Cooper? Guitar, pickups, amps and effects?



    Thanks for taking time to come by and answer our questions!
    Probably the most fun was with Alice especially in the 70s. Lots of fun things happened a lot of which I can't really mention here I think. As far as the rig...I assume you mean what I used back then. That's simple....for a while I used a Les Paul TV Special through a Marshall half stack. Then a little later, a BC Rich Sagull and tehn Mockingbird. But I did not use any pedals. There weren't any then that I liked. We just turned the amp up! I did use an Echoplex a little later on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crusty philtrum View Post
    Hi Steve, and welcome to our forum.

    I see that Alice Cooper is coming down here to Australia ... will you be coming down on that tour ? Have you been down here before ?
    Yes I should be there. I have been to Sydney with Lou Reed a few years ago. Beautiful city! Makes me want to see more of Australia.

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    Default Re: Live - Q&A with Steve Hunter - 9/6/11 10:45-Noon Pacific

    Did you contribute guitar to Get Your Wings or Toys In The Attic or is that an old rumor?
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    Default Re: Live - Q&A with Steve Hunter - 9/6/11 10:45-Noon Pacific

    Quote Originally Posted by BTMN View Post
    I got to see you back on the "From The Inside" Tour. Great to read you are still touring ang gigging. What is/was your favorite touring guitar?
    Well I have had lots of favorites. Probably have to say the early American BC Riches were really great guitars. I did love playing them. On that Inside tour I used a BC Rich double neck....bloody heavy but it played and sounded amazing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BTMN View Post
    Did you contribute guitar to Get Your Wings or Toys In The Attic or is that an old rumor?
    Dick Wagner and I both did and it's no rumor. I played the solos on the "studio" version of Train Kept A Rollin on the Get Yer Wings album but that's it. I think Dick played on more stuff. He also played the solos on the "live" version of Train. I didn't play on Toys in the Attic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Hunter View Post
    Yes I should be there. I have been to Sydney with Lou Reed a few years ago. Beautiful city! Makes me want to see more of Australia.
    So you weren't with Lou when he came to Melbourne in the mid 70's ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoldenVulture View Post
    So you weren't with Lou when he came to Melbourne in the mid 70's ?
    Nope. I only worked with Lou back then anyway, between 73 and early 74.

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    Hi Steve

    Si (and Jenn) here in London. Was great to meet you in the States the other week.

    Wanted to say the lead lines on 'I Am Made Of You' from W2MN are just steller. What a great song and the solo really makes the song. Simply amazing.

    A couple of questions..
    What are you looking forward to most about working with Orianthi on next leg of the tour? Were you aware of her work before now?

    Oh, and is Tommy getting any more RESPECT nowadays haha

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    Hey Steve and Karen. I didn't have a question at the moment, but I wanted to thank you both for spending time with us today. It's really great to have you here!
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    Default Re: Live - Q&A with Steve Hunter - 9/6/11 10:45-Noon Pacific

    Congratulations on an illustrious career, Steve. I grew up on Billion Dollar Babies and Welcome To My Nightmare, so many thanks for the inspiration! From your previous answer re Australia, I take it you weren't on the Australian leg of the 'Nightmare' tour, is that correct?





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    Default Re: Live - Q&A with Steve Hunter - 9/6/11 10:45-Noon Pacific

    Quote Originally Posted by Evan Skopp View Post
    Hey Steve and Karen. I didn't have a question at the moment, but I wanted to thank you both for spending time with us today. It's really great to have you here!
    Your welcome Evan!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SickthingsUK View Post
    Hi Steve

    Si (and Jenn) here in London. Was great to meet you in the States the other week.

    Wanted to say the lead lines on 'I Am Made Of You' from W2MN are just steller. What a great song and the solo really makes the song. Simply amazing.

    A couple of questions..
    What are you looking forward to most about working with Orianthi on next leg of the tour? Were you aware of her work before now?

    Oh, and is Tommy getting any more RESPECT nowadays haha
    First of all thank you for the comments regarding the solo in I Am Made of You. I'm very happy with how it came out.

    I was only aware of Orianthi through the Michael Jacson thing so I didn't really know much about her. Of course, I did some searching and found lots of vids etc. She seems like quite an amazing player. As far as what I might be looking forward to it's a bit hard to tell really. As with any other guitar player, I won't know that until we actually play together. But I am always interested in girl guitar players....not for the obvious reasons....but because they instinctively see the guitar differently than guys. And I always like that.
    And yes...Tommy is now getting much more well deserved respect!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wahwah View Post
    Congratulations on an illustrious career, Steve. I grew up on Billion Dollar Babies and Welcome To My Nightmare, so many thanks for the inspiration! From your previous answer re Australia, I take it you weren't on the Australian leg of the 'Nightmare' tour, is that correct?




    Cheers.......................................... wahwah
    Thank you for the great comment. In a strange way I think I grew up on those albums too.

    You are correct, I did not do the Australia Welcome tour and to be honest I don't remember why other than I must have been doing something else. I am sorry I missed that tour though. I think they had a blast there.

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