Stef Burns has been playing top level guitar for more than three decades alongside some of the biggest stars in the music world including Alice Cooper, Michael Bolton, Vasco Rossi, Huey Lewis and Sheila E.
Indeed you could say that with the number of bands that Stef Burns has played in and also the wealth of top artists he has recorded with, it is a good job he started his career at an early age – in fact Stef started playing guitar at the age of six and was in his first band by 9! After playing in various acts doing covers he moved into the Jazz/Rock fusion arena before playing Funk in the band Omega at the start of the 80s. After a stint with Pablo Cruise he joined Sheila E’s band and played on two of her albums: Romance 1600 and Sheila E. He was greatly influenced by Prince’s funk playing and got to see it close up while playing with Sheila E and opening for Prince for his Purple Rain Tour.
Stef then toured around the world with Berlin (who had a massive hit at the time with Take My Breath Away), and Michael Bolton. He also played in the bands The VU and Y&T with whom he recorded four albums. The nineties saw Stef playing with Alice Cooper for four years and appearing on the Monsters Of Rock tour with Ozzy Osborne, Megadeth and Faith No More. Stef now regularly tours with Huey Lewis and the News and Vasco Rossi, an Italian artist who has released more than 30 albums and has become a huge star in Europe.
Stef is a very good friend of mine and helped me out for about 15 years bringing me guitars signed by himself and many stars to raise money for my educational substance abuse program in Benicia California. Played many benefit concerts to raise money to help the youth of the community.
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