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 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 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!