Guitarist Steve Hunter, who reunited with Alice Cooper on 'Welcome 2 My Nightmare' after several years apart, has decided not to tour with Cooper this year. Hunter posted the following announcement on his Facebook Page:
"Hello all my peeps and fans. I have an announcement to make. I have spent many weeks mulling this over... losing sleep. For many reasons both personal and professional I have reluctantly decided not to join Alice Cooper onstage this year. None of the reasons has to do with my health which is very good at the moment. Nor do any have anything to do with my poor eyesight, because I was able to find ways around my impairment to enable me to perform and play guitar onstage. Nor is Alice any part of the reasons I have made this decision. He is a brother to me and we share a real history.
I think it's time I move on. I have a solo album to finish among other things. I will miss all the beautiful people I met last year. I will miss glancing over to my right and seeing Alice belting out 18 again. I hope you all understand and aren't disappointed in me. But I think I have to do this. I hope to see you all out there again one day soon. Thanks for understanding and God bless!"
Steve Hunter has been contributing his expertise, style and tone to other people's albums for over 40 years. Starting with Mitch Ryder in 1971 and moving on to record and or tour with Peter Gabriel, Lou Reed, Alice Cooper, Julian Lennon, Bette Midler and Tracy Chapman to name a few. He has had a longstanding working relationship and friendship with legendary record producer Bob Ezrin since those early albums, which continues today. From unforgettable tracks such as "Solsbury Hill" (Peter Gabriel), "Train Kept Rolling" (Aerosmith) and "Intro to Sweet Jane" (Lou Reed), Steve's work has spanned four decades, dedicating his life to music despite dealing with a progressive sight impairment.
Hunter has recorded four albums under his own name: "Swept Away", "The Deacon", "Short Stories" and "Hymns For Guitar". The latter two can be currently found on most major online stores including iTunes, CDBaby.com and his new website www.stevehunter.com. Most recently Steve has featured heavily on the Alice Cooper album "Welcome 2 My Nightmare", a successor to the hugely successful "Welcome To My Nightmare" released in 1975 and just completed a world tour with Alice.
Alice Cooper will make an announcement shortly when Hunter's replacement is found.