Stef Burns

Born in Oakland, California, and raised in Walnut Creek, CA, Stef began playing guitar at age 6 accompanying his father, and formed his first band at age 9.

During his high school years he played in different bands, trying his hand at a variety of musical genres: from funk to rock, jazz to fusion, showing extraordinary technical sensitivity despite his young age.

The first real band that brought the California guitarist to prominence was “Omega,” a great Tower of Power-style funk band that also featured Bill and Reni Slais (later members of the Elvin Bishop band) and Mickey Thomas (later in Starship). In 1983 he embarked on an American tour and recorded the album “Out Of Our Hands” with Pablo Cruise.

Stef Burns, however, came into the world spotlight during his work with Sheila E. between 1983 and 1984. In those two years Stef had the opportunity to play Prince-produced funk in America, Japan and Europe, and to record two Sheila E. albums (“Romance 1600″ and “Sheila E.”) and two B-sides (“Too Sexy,” co-written by Stef himself, and “Save the People”).

Recalling that time Stef says, “It was a great time(…) I learned a lot about funk guitar from Prince.” The Sheila E. band, opening act for Prince’s “Purple Rain tour,” consisted of among others Benny Reitveld (Miles Davis/Santana) on bass, who would also participate in the studio sessions of Stef’s first album “Swamp Tea” in 1999.

Between 1986 and 1987 Stef played and toured with Berlin, and in 1988 he followed singer Michael Bolton on a world tour. This band consisted of, among others, Jonathon Cain on keyboards and Ross Valory on bass, formerly members of Journey.

In 1989 Stef began a long association with Y&T that led him to record 4 albums with this band (“Ten,” “Yesterday and Today Live,” “Musically Incorrect,” and “Endangered Species”). About Stef Burns, Y&T leader David Meniketti said, “Stef is a true musician, he can play any genre and do it with simplicity and style. With Y&T he would always throw in that extra thing that made you realize you were playing with a world-class guitarist.”

In 1991,warmly recommended by Joe Satriani, Stef began his engagement with Alice Cooper , which led him to record two albums with the historic rock star: “Hey Stoopid” and “The Last Temptation.” On “Hey Stoopid” featured in addition to Stef: Mickey Curry on drums (Bryan Adams), Hugh McDonald on bass (Bon Jovi) and as guest guitarists: Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Slash, Vinnie Moore, Mick Mars and Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue. On “The Last Temptation,” however, Stef played all the guitar parts. From 1991 to 1995 he followed Alice Cooper on a variety of both world and American tours, having the opportunity to share the stage with such bands as: Judas Priest, Motorhead, Ozzy Osbourne, Megadeath and Faith No More.

Since 1996 Stef Burns has been part of the basic lineup of Vasco Rossi ‘s band after a first approach with the Italian rocker in 1993, the year in which he had taken part in the recording of the album “Gli spari sopra.” From Gli spari sopra to now, Stef Burns has followed Vasco Rossi on his best-selling albums and numerous sold-out stadiums throughout Italy, becoming a key figure for Vasco fans and entering the hearts of many Italian musicians and audiences.

In 2004, during the “Good or Bad Tour,” he was invited to play a jam at G3 with Joe S a t r i a n i , Steve Va i and Robert Fripp in Rome, thus receiving the ultimate recognition as a world-renowned guitarist. Stef describes that as a wonderful experience.

The year 2005 marked another step forward for the California guitarist’s artistic development: after “Swamp tea” (1998), Stef’s first solo album, “Bayshore Road” (Favored Nations) was released, a work resulting from the collaboration between Stef and world-renowned classical guitarist Peppino D’Agostino.

On the album, Stef Burns’ electric style and D’Agostino’s acoustic style blend to perfection, creating songs somewhere between fusion and world music. The album is followed in 2006 by an Italian tour, recording sold-out shows at major national clubs. Now, after yet another Vasco Rossi tour and a relentless U.S. tour with Huey Lewis and the News (since 2000 Stef has replaced the resigning Chris Hayes), Stef Burns is out with his album “World, Universe, Infinity” (label: Ultratempo), a work that represents a kind of new beginning of a new course in the formidable career of the American guitarist.

Confirming that fans have well received this new, more rock and melodic dimension of the artist, in addition to the excellent critical feedback and sales results, are the two Italian tours (organized by ULive) that have sold out everywhere. The video DVD, Stef Burns Group (aka the SBGs) “In Concert! World, Universe, Infinity… Live!”, is out April 2010 with a live recorded concert of the band plus Backstage Special Features also Video clips of the singles, “Begin” and “Space Time”

NEW Album “Roots & Wings” UltraTempo/Self 2014
U.S. guitarist Stef Burns together with his “league” on stages to present his new record work, “Roots & Wings” (Ultratempo/Self), an album that comes six years after the last chapter of his solo career, and which shows him for the first time in a new guise, that of a singer, to complete his picture as an artist. The album recalls enduring legends, such as Jimi Hendrix, and musicians Burns has crossed paths with throughout his long career, from Alice Cooper to Huey Lewis & the News to Vasco Rossi. A personal and energetic record, also made of references to beloved artists in his life, such as Queen, Beatles, Van Halen and Foo Fighters, for a concentrate of classic rock that is not afraid to challenge contemporary music.

Stef Burns the masterclass

h 17:00 – 19:30
Saint Louis

19/b cimarra street