Steve Bolton, also known as Steve ‘Boltz’ Bolton, is an English rock musician who, since the start of his career in the 1970’s, has played guitar on video, film and television and recorded as well as toured with a number of well-known artists.
1971 – Manchester born Steve was recruited into Rooster for the new line-up of Rooster that was to record the 3rd Rooster LP, Made In England, released later in ’72. Steve was playing a more “funky” fusion style of guitar in Rooster, Vincent taking the band along that musical road, away from the harder side of Rock. Steve’s playing on the album is refined rather than raw and Steve contributed the songs Never To Lose and Breathless to the LP (He also appears on Devil’s Answer: Live on the BBC released later in ’98, and on the later release of In Satan’s Name: The Definitive collection).
1973 – Leaves Atomic Rooster.
1974/75 – joins Headstone – appears on Headstone Bad Habits, Headstone Headstone. 20th Century, mainstream rock outfit with Mark Ashton from Rare Bird.
1978 – Joe O’Donnell band Gaodhal’s Vision.
1980 – appears on BZaine Griff Ashes & Diamonds, Jimmy Hibbert Heavy Duty.
1981 – appears on Philip Rambow Jungle Law, Richard Strange Phenomenal Rise of Richard Strange.
1982 – Forms Vampire Bats From Lewisham.
1983 – with Paul Young No Parlez 1985 – with Paul Young, Secret of Association.
1986 – Matthew Sweet Inside.
1988 – joins Richard Strange and the Engine Room.
1989 – One of the twelve supporting musicians to the Who on their “Kids are Alright” 25th anniversary tour with Steve playing lead guitar due to Townshend’s tinnitus problems. A concert shown on TV of that tour has an all star cast for the live rendition of “Tommy” featuring Elton John, Billy Idol, Phil Collins as Uncle Ernie and others.
1990 – with Paul Young, Other Voices.
1996 – Played rhythm guitar on “Broken China” by Rick Wright (Pink Floyd).
1997 – appears on Mary McLaughlin Daughter of Lir. Steve has also worked with Keith Richard, Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Belinda Carlisle, Dave Gilmore, Joe O’Donnell, Pino Palladino, Mark Pinder, Laurie Latham, Matt Irving, Mark Ashton, Bill Smith, Bad Habits, Graham Prekett, Carl Palmer, Dominic Miller, Tony Lukyn, Kim Lesley, Ian Kewley, Manu Katche, John Otway.