Steve Gunner

Profile Updated: April 5, 2010
Residing In: Thousand Oaks, CA
Occupation: wandering troubadour
Yes! Attending Reunion
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All my life I've been rockin' and rollin'!

My first move out of Redding was 1972 with Steve Lockhart and Chris Littleton with "Eli", we got a "band house" in Vancouver, B.C. Then I quit to rejoin Chris Ritchie and Rob Swendiman and moved to Seattle (1973) where we got another band house. They kicked me out in '74, and I rejoined Eli who had since moved to Marin County.

In 1978 I moved to the Deep South to play with Artimus Pyle (Lynyrd Skynyrd) after their tragic plane crash, and grew my first beard. I got tired of grits and saying "y'all", but mainly it was that evil woman (who shall remain nameless) that made me decide to return to California in 1981.

By 1986 Rick Phillips and I were playing with Belinda Carlisle (Go Go's) and appeared on "Johnny Carson's Tonight Show" together. Also "Solid Gold" and some other TV stuff.

Since then I have had my own "Gunner" band and played in many others as well. In 1994 I got a call from Stu Cook of Creedence Clearwater, and have been on the road with them ever since. We have toured around the world, recorded a platinum selling double live gonzo CD, and there is no end in sight. This year we are going to China, Australia, Brazil.

I have no intention of retiring. Ever.

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Steve Gunner has left an In Memory comment for Bill Nicol.
Feb 18, 2015 at 1:33 PM

I became friends with Bill Nicol in the 8th grade, and man did we get away with some s**t...! That summer we would spend all night wandering the Kutras and Garden tracts until dawn, then crashing until 3pm or later. Sometimes John Piatkin was the Third Musketeer. His older sister Kathy would sometimes come to my house with Bill and we would go swimming. Once my mom drove us up by Dunsmuir and dropped us off on the river for a few hours, where we hiked and explored like Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. Bill seemed always upbeat and happy, and was fun to hang out with. It was a very sad loss when he passed.

 

Steve Gunner has left an In Memory comment for Niles McTucker.
Sep 27, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Niles was my neighbor during the 60's in the Kutras tract, about a block away, although I met him years before when I lived on East Street. We caught fish and frogs, tadpoles, snakes, lizards around the ponds at Kutras and Turtle Bay. Niles was into music too, and often came over when the Warlox were jamming at my house. The last time I saw him was December 1993, in the lounge at the motel by the Civic Auditorium.... what was the name? He seemed in good spirits, the same Niles I always knew. RIP bro.

Steve Gunner has left an In Memory comment for Lee Roberts.
Sep 27, 2014 at 1:33 PM

I first met Lee at Cypress Elementary when we were both 9 years old. Often times Rick Phillips and I would hang out at Lee's house after school, building things with Erector sets and magnets, dissecting frogs, the usual kid stuff(!). I think we used some ether we got from Lee's dad to anesthetise the poor things though. We lost touch in high school, never saw him much after that. All the memories are good ones.