Steve Hunter played with Alice between 'Welcome To My Nightmare' and 'From The Inside' (but skipped the 177 WTMN tour and 1978 L&W tour), both live and on album. He can also be heard on 'Billion Dollar Babies'. Hunter was also a favourite of Producer Bob Ezrin who often used him on various project he worked on. In March 2011 it was announced that Steve was rejoining the Alice Cooper touring band, having played on the then forthcoming 'Welcome 2 My Nightmare' album.
In early 2012 Steve announced he wouldn`t be touring with Alice but in the official release it was stated that he would continue to work with him in the studio.
Steve "The Deacon" Hunter, born 1948 in Decatur, Illinois, is an American guitarist best known for his collaborations with Lou Reed and Alice Cooper. He first played with Mitch Ryder's Detroit, beginning a long association with record producer Bob Ezrin.
In the 1970s, he appeared on five Alice Cooper albums, four of which were produced by Ezrin. In 1973, he was on the final two albums recorded by the Alice Cooper group, 'Billion Dollar Babies' and 'Muscle of Love'. When Alice Cooper became a solo artist, Hunter followed. He appeared on the 1975 groundbreaking album and live show 'Welcome to My Nightmare' alongside guitarist Dick Wagner, with whom Hunter had already formed a formidable guitar team, as can be heard on the Lou Reed live album 'Rock 'n' Roll Animal' and further demonstrated on the film 'Welcome To My Nightmare'. The film featuring the celebrated guitar battle between Hunter and Wagner that formed part of the Alice Cooper 1975 live show. He and Wagner also played on Peter Gabriel's self-titled first solo album, which was likewise produced by Ezrin, in 1977.
His first collaboration with Lou Reed was for the Berlin album. He also played in the live band captured on Reed's live albums, the aforementioned 'Rock 'n' Roll Animal and 'Lou Reed Live'. Reed and Hunter are currently working on a new live version of 'Berlin'.
Other artists Hunter has worked with include David Lee Roth (in the mid-1990s) and Tracy Chapman. He also contributed music to and is featured on the soundtrack of the film 'The Rose', starring Bette Midler.
It 2011 it was announced that Hunter was working with Alice again on the 'Welcome 2 My Nightmare' (produced again by Ezrin) and would be joining the touring band from May of that year. He also filled Glen Buxton's role when the original Alice Cooper band reunited for the 2010 Christmas Pudding show in Phoenix, and for two shows around the band's induction into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in March 2011. He went on to play extensively on the 'Welcome 2 My Nightmare' album and joined the band for the whole 'No More Mr Nice Guy 2011' world tour.
Steve now has his own Website at www.Stevehunter.com