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SC's 2010 In Review!
It surely was a helluva year!
In this puzzle of a life I somehow fit pieces together to be able accomplish quite a bit in 2010... touring the globe with The Crazy Truth, New York Dolls and Michael Monroe, recording 2 albums with Michael and 1 with Bad Company/Free drummer Simon Kirke and playing charity shows on 2 continents; In Europe, solo acoustic sets for “Light Of Day” Parkinson’s disease shows w/Alejandro Escovedo, Willie Nile, Joe D’urso & Jesse Malin in Amsterdam & Belgium and an electric set for the “Casey Cares” foundation in Baltimore, MD w/ Jack Blades & Kelly Keagy (Night Ranger), Jeff Carlisi (.38 Special), Mark Rivera (Ringo, Foreigner) & Anton Fig (Letterman Show, etc).
I also played a solo acoustic show in the former Tower Records space on Broadway & Bleecker in NYC. It was an exhibition by the art group “No Longer Empty” - featuring work by The Ramones’ artist, Arturo Vega - who take over vacant spaces and fill them with art specific to that location. The show illuminated the economic and social changes caused by the emergence of the Internet as the dominant means of music distribution (in its heyday, Tower Records was sales central for indie and contemporary music, as well as a gathering place for musicians and music lovers). My brother John Conte & keys player Jeff Kazee invited me to play guitar w/ Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes for some shows but sadly, my schedule would not allow it…though I did a few rehearsals with them to help audition drummers. Those guys play really well, the kind of blue-eyed soul I could groove on for days.
Besides all the playing & singing, I coached actors Zach Galifianakis & Emma Roberts to play onstage like rock stars in the feature film, “It’s Kind Of A Funny Story”, had a Crown Jewelssong, “Money Don’t Help” placed in the Fox TV series “The Good Guys” and made my radio DJ debut taking over for Steve Lillywhite on his East Village Radio program, “The Lillywhite Sessions”.
The details…
Steve Conte & The Crazy Truth
In January 2010, Classic Rock magazine gave our album a stellar review, 8 stars out of 10 saying, “Music to instigate & soundtrack fighting, fucking, speeding, hurling abuse and waking up buck-naked in a stranger’s bathroom…the crazy truth is, this might be even better than the last Dolls album” (not my words people…)
In addition to NY/NJ shows this year at Bowery Electric, Maxwell’s, The Court Tavern, The Wonder Bar and John Varvatos Showroom (formerly CBGB) The Crazy Truth made their SXSWdebut at Stubb’s Barbecue in Austin, TX to play Rachel Ray’s “Feedback” party (New York Dolls played the party last year where I struck up a friendship with Rachel & her musician husband John…super-cool Italians!) Leeko, Phil and I had a blast down there and it was a killer bill w/Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine, Andrew WK and Jackob Dylan.
The song “Busload Of Hope” from The Crazy Truth’s debut album was used in an episode of theFX channel TV series “Sons Of Anarchy” (Season 2, Episode #11)
When the band played Maxwell’s in Hoboken I performed a song with 2 of my childhood heroes;Richie Ranno and Joe X. Dube from Starz, who were also in the band Stories. I played guitar and sang the Stories hit “Brother Louie” with them – what a gas!
In early July, I decided to become “bi-continental” and live both in NYC and The Netherlands. I recruited a band of excellent Dutch musicians to play with me on the European side of the Atlantic, Jeroen Polderman & Jozz Verhailen. By the end of the month we were doing our 1st UK tour, playing London, Southampton, Wolverhampton and Cardiff, Wales supported by Melodramas. The London show was a zoo…in the audience were members of The Quireboys, Thunder and the great Frankie Miller. That night we were joined onstage by Paul-Ronny Angel from The Urban Voodoo Machine and Gypsy Flamenco guitar legend Raimundo Amador from Sevilla, Spain. In December we returned, this time playing London, Manchester, Birmingham, Leicester, York and Glasgow. The tour ended with Wildhearts frontman Ginger jumping onstage in Manchester to rock a smokin’ version of Cheap Trick’s “Surrender” with us.
Michael Monroe
In February I got a call from fellow New York Doll, Sami Yaffa who was playing and writing new material with his old Hanoi Rocks band mate Michael Monroe. They asked if I would like to join up with them and having been in a band with Sami for 6 years and knowing what an incredible front man Michael is - plus the fact that Ginger of The Wildhearts was also playing guitar, it made my decision easy. So off I went to LA to rehearse, play shows at the Finnish Consulate, Viper Room and a handful of other Cali venues before heading down to Austin, TX to play 4 shows at SXSW. Our 1st show of South-By was opening for Motorhead @ Austin Music Hall...and on the 2nd show Cheetah Chrome of the Dead Boys joined us onstage for “Ain’t Nothin’ To Do”!
The band started vibing immediately and people began calling it some sort of a “Supergroup” (again, not my words…) Next stop was Michael & Sami’s homeland of Finland followed by dates in Sweden, New York, London and finishing out the summer in Japan. The band played the Download, Summersonic & Ruisrock festivals among others, sharing the bill w/ acts like Guns ‘n Roses and Skunk Anansie and being joined by Hanoi Rocks' Nasty Sucide @ Tavastia in Helsinki & Charlie Harper of UK Subs @ Islington Academy for a rendition of his band’s song, “Endangered Species”.
During the summer we negotiated and finally signed a deal with Universal’s London-based label, Spinefarm and in the fall released the live album “Another Night In The Sun” recorded @ the Tavstia club in Helsinki.
We’d been writing songs all year long so we were more than ready in September when we entered the studio in Los Angeles with legendary producer Jack Douglas (Cheap Trick/Aerosmith/John Lennon) to make the new Michael Monroe album. The record features guest appearances fromLemmy of Motorhead & Lucinda Williams and will be released on March 14. In November we did an amazing 3 week tour with Motorhead in the UK to celebrate their 35th anniversary. Our band was pleasantly well received by the hardcore Motorhead crowd and many a bottle of Jack was emptied.
New York Dolls
In mid-April I headed to Europe w/ David, Syl, Sami & Brian. First stop was France to play Paris, Caen & the famous LeMans raceway. We then moved on to London, Dublin, Holland, Belgium and Berlin where I had dinner w/ The Fuzztones’ Rudi Protrudi and “99 Red Balloons” singer Nena, who is a real sweetheart…we ended the night throwing flaming napkins at each other in the restaurant of the “White Trash” club! The tour finished up in Copenhagen (finally made it to Christiania, love that place), Sweden and a fairytale gorgeous, snow-covered Norway.
In late May we reconvened in London to play an event for Ray Ban (yes, I did manage to get a few pair of shades for myself & family) and afterwards, many drinks were consumed with Bobby Gillespie of Primal Scream, Patti Palladin of Johnny Thunders fame and family members of 2 of my favorite musicians; Tracie Hunter and Maggi Ronson.
In mid-June Sami and I did our last Dolls shows of 2010 in Pittsburgh, Chicago (w/ Nash Kato of Urge Overkill hanging @ front of stage all night), Detroit and finally Burlington, Ontario. During this tour the Dolls announced that there would be a new album and that recording sessions would start on September 6th in Newcastle, England. Ironically, that was the exact date Sami & I were already booked to start recording the Michael Monroe album in Los Angeles. Needless to say, it was a tough decision because I really love playing, writing & recording w/ the Dolls. But such is life and for New Yo

5 Dec – Leicester,
6 Dec – London,
7 Dec – York,
8 Dec – Kendal,
10 Dec – Sheffield,
11 dec – TBA,
12 dec - Manchester ,
13 dec – Glasgow (The Classic Grand)

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crown jewels - bubble & squeak, bootleg rarities (thunderdog recordings)
crown jewels - linoleum, spitshine (thunderdog music)
new york dolls - morrissey presents: the return of the new york dolls, live from royal festival hall (attack/sanctuary)
new york dolls - one day it will please us to remember even this (roadrunner)
adrienne frantz - anomaly (wrong records)
dr. selflove - deuce bigalow: european gigolo soundtrack, SC - better things (sony)
various artists - altogether now: a beatles children's album featuring SC, the bangles, grandaddy & rachel yamagata (little monster)
maceo parker - funk overload (W.A.R.)
peter wolf - fool's parade (mercury records)
billy squier - tell the truth (capitol records)
yoko kanno - cowboy bebop, wolf's rain, brain powerd, song to fly, ghost in the shell (victor)
company of wolves - company of wolves, rhythm & booze (mercury records), steryl spycase, shakers & tamborines (ryf records)
various artists - bigger than the beatles: a beatles tribute (main man records) SC - working class hero
steve conte - turn, turn, turn-(CNR/arcade)
mr. henry - tremolux, jackhammer, 40 watt fade (mighty hudson music)
jessica owen - ever-so-slightly rearranged (sway gypsy records)
better days - leaving the blue (bd records)
pancho's lament - leaving town alive (as you wish music)
slaves of new brunswick - (westwood entertainment)
paul king - joy (epic records)
alex rozum - lost to the street (warner bros.)
drive she said - (music for nations)

new york dolls - morrissey presents: the return of the new york dolls, live from royal festival hall
new york dolls - dance like a monkey
new york dolls - gotta get away from tommy
company of wolves - call of the wild, the distance
glen burtnick - follow you

guitars: gibson - ’59 & ’60 les paul juniors, ’70 les paul custom, ’77 ES-335, early ‘60s melody makers (6 & 12 string), 2005 white les paul supreme, 2006 non-reverse firebird w/ 3 p-90s
fender - ’62 stratocaster, ’68 telecaster w/B bender, ’63 fender VI (6 string bass)
other - ’59 danelectro "jimmy page", MSA pedal steel, lap steel
acoustics - martin D-18, gibson J-160E, guild 12 string
amplifiers: ’67 marshall "plexi" 100 watt head w/ ‘70s 4x12 cabinet
’62 vox AC30 (non-top boost)
’65 blackface fender bandmaster head w/ 2x 12 cabinet
‘60s ampeg reverb rocket
‘60s brownface fender princeton
‘60s sano hi-fi lounge amp
effects: boss CE-1 chorus ensemble
maestro echoplex
colorsound & vox wah-wah pedals
electro harmonix small stone phase shifter
mutron II envelope filter
voodoo lab tremelo pedal
ibanez analog delay pedal
ibanez tube screamer Pedal
boss octaver pedal
boss graphic EQ pedal
sans amp stomp box
jen tonebender pedal
ampeg "scrambler" pedal
seek-wah pedal
digitech "jam man" looping pedal

B.A. in jazz guitar performance from rutgers university, NJ (studied with kenny barron, ted dunbar & paul jeffrey)
A.A. in music, brookdale college, NJ
private studies with barry finnerty, dennis sandole, chris spedding, harry leahey and mike santiago

(musical director, televison, touring, recording, songwriting)
jill jones (paisley park), glen burtnik (A&M), john waite, chuck berry, the uptown horns, robert gordon, etta James, phoebe snow, dan hartman, charlie midnight, delmar brown & bushrock, jules shear, francesca beghe (SBK), tina arena, bernard "pretty" purdie & the hudson river rats, chynna phillips (EMI), suzi quatro (polydor), blood, sweat & tears, sam moore, taylor dane, david cooper (FNAC), fiona flanagin, shy talk (CBS), the late show with david letterman, late night with conan o'brien, the henry rollins show, the jonathan ross show (UK), the chart show (UK), canal tv (FR), new year's eve 2006 little steven's underground garage, live from hard rock cafe (ESPN), the today show, solid gold, top of the pops, MTV, MTV europe, much music (canada), regis & kathy lee, westwood one radio network and sony worldwide radio network (live) and the uncle floyd show.

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