Stephen Philip Jones is an English rock guitarist and radio DJ who was born on September 3, 1955. He was a member of the Sex Pistols as a guitarist. He established the Professionals with former bandmate Paul Cook when the Sex Pistols disbanded.
He’s also collaborated with Johnny Thunders, Iggy Pop, Bob Dylan, and Thin Lizzy, and released two solo albums. With members of Guns N’ Roses and Duran Duran, he founded the short-lived supergroup Neurotic Outsiders in 1995. Jones was placed #97 in Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” list, which was released in 2015.
Jones was born in the London neighborhood of Shepherd’s Bush, where he grew up with his young mother, a hairdresser, and his grandparents. He first moved to Shepherd’s Bush’s Benbow Road, then to Battersea’s Nine Elms. He was an only child, and his father, a professional boxer named Don Jarvis, abandoned him when he was two years old.
In his 2016 autobiography Lonely Boy, he disclosed that his stepfather, Ron Dambagella, sexually assaulted him as a child, which he blamed for his later sex addiction and failure to create permanent relationships.
He also revealed that until his 40s, he was functionally illiterate. He was subject to a council-care order after 14 felony offenses and spent a year in a detention center, which he stated was more pleasurable than being at home. Jones has also claimed that the Sex Pistols saved him from a criminal career.
Steve Jones’s net worth
Steve Jones has a net worth of $12.5 million and is an English rock guitarist, singer, and actor. Steve Jones was born in Hammersmith, London, England, on September 3, 1955. He is most known for being the guitarist and founding member of the Sex Pistols, a punk rock band.
Jones co-founded The Strand (called after a Roxy Music song) in the early 1970s with Paul Cook and Wally Nightingale, but the band later changed its name to The Swankers. After dropping Nightingale in August 1975, Jones, Cook, Glen Matlock, and John Lydon reassembled as the Sex Pistols.
Jones was cast as an extra in the 1977 picture The Squeeze, which was released in October 1976.
Jones is a self-taught guitarist who spent his early years mostly on Gibson Les Paul electric guitars. He had barely been playing for three months when he was asked to join the Sex Pistols, and he claims that practicing while under the effect of black beauties helped him focus on learning the guitar.
Malcolm McLaren had received a cream-colored Gibson Les Paul Custom from Sylvain Sylvain of The New York Dolls, and it was his go-to guitar. According to the Sex Pistols documentary The Filth and the Fury, he also stole equipment from a truck parked behind the Hammersmith Odeon, where David Bowie was performing the Ziggy Farewell concerts, when he and some of his friends pretended to be road crew members and stole amplifiers and other gear.
Jones was characterized as one of the tightest guitarists he has ever worked with by Bill Price, the engineer on Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols; this is due to his “chuggy” playing in the studio, as Price put it, with very little sustain and echo, which required overdubs to cover.
Jones also played the lead bass-guitar parts for “Bodies” and “Holidays in the Sun” on Never Mind the Bollocks due to bassist Sid Vicious’ musical incompetence (a part played by Vicious is buried in the mix on “Bodies” and Matlock appears on the other songs as they had previously been recorded as singles and B-sides).
On 1 December 1976, when the Sex Pistols were questioned by Bill Grundy on Thames Television’s local news Today show, Jones swore at Grundy after being provoked, adding to the band’s infamy.
Jones and drummer Paul Cook co-founded the Professionals after the Sex Pistols disbanded in 1978. They issued four singles, a self-titled album that was put on the back burner until 1990, and I Didn’t See It Coming in November 1981.
When band members Paul Cook, Paul Myers, and Ray McVeigh were injured in a vehicle accident, the band’s American tour to promote the record was cut short. While the Professionals were able to return to America in the spring of 1982 after their recovery, Jones’ and Myers’ drug problems impeded the band’s chances even more. They broke up after declining an offer to open for The Clash on tour.
Jones appeared in the second-season finale of Portlandia, “Brunch Village,” which aired on March 9, 2012.
Jones made an appearance on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson in May 2012, playing himself as Prince Charles‘ roommate in a joke and playing guitar on a cover of Ninian Hawick’s “Scottish Rite Temple Stomp” in a cold open to a week of shows recorded in Scotland.
In December 2014, he participated on Ferguson’s final program, playing guitar during a cover of Dead Man Fall’s “Bang Your Drum.”
Jones was placed 97th among the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” by Rolling Stone magazine. Jones inherited the duties of the house band on Russell Brand’s FX television show Brand X with Russell Brand after appearing as a guest on the show in 2013.
On the electric guitar, he performed alone. During the sixth and seventh seasons of the Showtime television series Californication, Jones played the road manager of Tim Minchin‘s character Atticus Fetch as the recurrent character “Krull.”
Jones primarily used two Gibson Les Paul Customs while with the Sex Pistols, a black 1954 Gibson Les Paul Custom and his most famous white 1974 Gibson Les Paul Custom (with the pin-up females on it) that had formerly belonged to Sylvain Sylvain of the New York Dolls.
Jones was promised free Burny Les Paul Customs, straps, picks, and cables if he played their instrument in the late 1990s. They created two models for him, which he utilized on the North American Piss Off Tour in 2002–2003.
He switched back to Gibsons in 2005, although he hasn’t stopped playing his Burny. Gibson released a “Steve Jones Signature Les Paul Model” in 2008 that was built to the exact specifications of his original white 1974 Les Paul Custom.
Jones has been playing via Marshall JCM 800 Stacks since the 1980s, but for Never Mind The Bollocks, he used a silverface Fender Twin Reverb with Gauss speakers (reportedly stolen from Bob Marley at the Hammersmith Apollo). During his 1978 US tour, he also used Musicman Amps and a Fender Super Reverb.
Jones currently uses Hamer Sunburst double-cut guitars, but his preferred instrument is a White Les Paul Custom.