Steve’s Interview On “The Road Taken” Includes His Famous Chuck Berry Story!!


Host Vicki Abelson writes:


“Recorded some weeks ago, I held on to this gem, not knowing why… until Saturday, when Chuck Berry passed. Old pal, Steve Conte, who’s got one of the greatest rock voices of all time (he was Paul Simon’s vocal stand-in for years) has played with just about everyone throughout his career, has a classic Berry story, which he shares here. Time has come today. Steve’s first road gig, was touring with Blood Sweat & Tears in the mid-80s, right around the time I began booking him on Bleecker Street in NY. From there Steve played with J. Geils Band frontman Peter Wolf, the beforementioned Chuck Berry, toured with Billy Squier, Willy Deville, Eric Burdon, was a member of reformed New York Dolls and has shared the stage with an innumerable number of his heroes from Sam Moore, to Springsteen. Steve’s been writing for, recording and touring with former Hanoi Rocks frontman Michael Monroe for the past six years, supporting Guns & Roses, The Foo Fighters and Motorhead. Steve’s solo debut, The Steve Conte NYC Album, included a tune, OK DJ, which earned him the #2 Coolest Song of the Year, behind Bruce Springsteen, on Little Steven’s Underground Garage… members of the Foo Fighters, Alice Cooper, Mott The Hoople, The Wallflowers, , Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, to name a few, joined Steve on the album. But, it’s Steve’s own “covers” album, International Cover-Up. currently enjoying much airplay on Little Steven’s Underground Garage and the opening track, “Somebody’s Gonna Get Their Head Kicked In Tonight” which was voted #5 Coolest Song Of The Year, behind The Monkees and Ian Hunter, which signals what will no doubt be the solo recognition he’s long deserved. It’s thrilling to see this day come for one of my all-time favorite rockers. It’s been a lotta years. So fun to sit down and catch up.”


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