Steve Jones

Steve Jones

English rock guitarist and singer
Date of Birth: 03.09.1955
Country: Great Britain

Biography of Steve Jones

Steve Jones is an English rock guitarist and singer. He is best known for being the guitarist and founding member of the punk band Sex Pistols. Jones was born in the Shepherds Bush area of Hammersmith and Fulham, London. He started playing guitar at the age of nineteen, just three months before the first Sex Pistols show. He was influenced by bands like Iggy & The Stooges and glam rock acts like Roxy Music and David Bowie.

Steve Jones

Jones grew up as the only child. His father, an amateur boxer, left him when he was two years old. Until the age of twelve, he lived in Hammersmith with his young mother, who worked as a hairdresser, and his grandparents. He then moved to Benbow Road in Shepherds Bush with his mother and stepfather, where they lived in a one-bedroom apartment. Jones never got along with his stepfather, who made a living by making plates for electric stoves.

As a teenager, Jones was a kleptomaniac and had fourteen criminal convictions. He was under the supervision of the council and spent a year in a detention center, which he claimed was better than being at home. He also stated that Sex Pistols saved him from a life of crime. He was also a member of the QPR hooligan firm and received several more convictions for his involvement in football hooliganism.

Jones co-founded the band The Strand (named after a Roxy Music song) with Paul Cook and Wally Nightingale in the early 1970s. The Strand was a precursor to Sex Pistols, where Jones learned to play guitar. After Nightingale's departure in the mid-70s, the band became known as The Swankers.

In 1975, Jones joined forces with Cook, Glen Matlock, and later Johnny Rotten to form Sex Pistols. Although they released only one studio album, Sex Pistols continued to be one of the most influential punk bands of the 20th century. Jones was a self-taught guitarist, and his first electric guitar was a cream-colored Gibson Les Paul, which he reportedly stole from Mick Ronson at a David Bowie concert when he and other Sex Pistols members posed as road crew members and stole amps and other equipment. Bill Price, the engineer of "Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols," considered Jones to be one of the most accurate guitarists he had ever worked with, as his chords and rhythm were precise and flawless. He also used double-cutaway Hamer Sunburst guitars and preferred the classic white Les Paul as his first guitar, as stated in Guitar Hero 3: Legends of Rock Sex Pistols.

Jones became known for his trademark handkerchief on his head and his permanent hairstyle. He also shared Johnny Rotten's extreme dislike for Sid Vicious' girlfriend, Nancy Spungen, whom he referred to as "that fucking awful bird" in an interview for Filth and the Fury.

After Sex Pistols disbanded in 1978, Jones and drummer Paul Cook formed the band The Professionals. They released one album but disbanded after a serious car accident during a tour in the US in 1981. Jones also became a member of Chequered Past (led by Michael Des Barres) from 1982 to 1985. In 1984, they released a self-titled album.

Jones also worked on his solo career alongside his work with Sex Pistols. He contributed to Johnny Thunders' solo album "So Alone". Siouxsie and the Banshees considered hiring Jones after the departure of two of their original members. Rehearsals took place in early 1980, and Jones recorded guitar parts for three songs on the album Kaleidoscope. But it didn't go beyond a simple session recording. Jones also played with Thin Lizzy, Joan Jett, Adam Ant, Bob Dylan, Iggy Pop, Andy Taylor, Megadeth, Neurotic Outsiders, and had a solo career in the 1980s and early 1990s. His song "Mercy", from the album of the same name, was used in an episode of the popular TV show Miami Vice and included on the soundtrack album. In 1989, he released another solo work, which had a heavier sound. It was called "Fire and Gasoline", with Jones on guitar and vocals, Terry Nails on bass, and Mickie Curry on drums.

Steve Jones was a guest star in an episode of the television comedy "Roseanne".

In 1992, a unique and original project called Fantasy 7, also known as F7, was registered but not officially released. They had a local tour in Los Angeles and a few shows in South America, with the late singer Mark McCoy.

In 1996, Jones formed a band called "Neurotic Outsiders" with Duff McKagan from Velvet Revolver on bass, Matt Sorum, also from Velvet Revolver, on drums, and John Taylor from Duran Duran on bass. They released a self-titled album in 1996.