JAMES STEVENSON-CHELSEA/CULT SOLO ALBUM
Guitar hero James Stevenson has just completed his first solo album. Produced by Pete Walsh (Simple Minds, Peter Gabriel, Scott Walker etc.)
Everthing’s Getting Closer to Being Over features a stellar list of contributors, including : Barriemore Barlow (Jethro Tull), Chris Bell (Thompson Twins, Spear Of Destiny, Specimen, Gene Loves Jezebel, Hugh Cornwell) Geoff Dugmore (Killing Joke, Belouis Some, The Waterboys), Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols, Iggy Pop etc) , Craig Adams (Sisters Of Mercy, The Mission, The Cult,) Pete Rizzo (Gene Loves Jezebel), Mark Taylor (Simple Minds, The Alarm, The Cult), Steve Norman (Spandau Ballet), The Sexpistilettos – Maggi Ronson (Mick Ronson’s sister) Elizabeth Westwood (Westworld, Moondogg) , Tracie Hunter (Tracie Hunter Band, Ian Hunter’s Daughter).
The 2014 album promises to put James’ solo talents at the forefront of the musical world. Packed with some sublime influences and sounds the ten track album is not quite what you may have expected. Not that James’ ever really left the forefront as part of a glittering 35 year career.
The 70’s & 80’s
James Stevenson got his first taste of playing guitar professionally when he joined punk band
After leaving the band he played on UK Subs’ singer Charlie Harper’s first solo single "Barmy London Army" before being invited by Billy Idol and Tony James to join the freshly reinvented Gen X. This was to be a short lived stint, lasting less than eight months and incorporating just one
Before he had time to wonder what would come next he was invited by his old school friend Henry Badowski to play on his critically acclaimed Life Is A Grand album and simultaneously by his friend Calvin Hayes, Mickie Most’s son, to play guitar in the video for his Dad’s hottest new signing, Kim Wilde. Kids In America was a huge international hit and James can be seen in the video wealding the white Les Paul Custom that became his trademark.
The 90’s to current
In September 1994 James was invited by his old friend Billy Duffy to play rhythm guitar with The Cult on their forthcoming world tour. "That’s where I first met Craig Adams, though he was legendary before," James confirms with some humour. "The tour was great fun for me, just stand at the back and play A and E all night!" The tour still had three months to run when Ian Astbury threw a wobbler in
Heavenly Bodies had been a huge hit in
When Mike Peters was putting together his new electric band in 1997 Billy Duffy suggested he met with James. The pair got on immediately and have been firm friends ever since. James’ first gig with Mike was at The Gathering VI in
James also still plays with Gene Loves Jezebel (Jay Aston’s version) and also Chelsea – who reformed in 1999 for the infamous Social Chaos tour across
In June 2013 Billy Duffy again asked James to play second guitar with The Cult and he can be seen on their Electric 13 world tour.
James has also played on numerous records as a session guitarist and is featured on albums by artists as diverse as Tricky (Maxinquaye), Jimmy Nail (Crocodile Shoes II) and Scott Walker
(The Drift and 2013’s highly acclaimed Bish Bosch)).
He also wrote the music for the
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