Steve Conte was our first musical guest, and boy what a scoop! Still the biggest name we've ever had, there are very few artists in the world with a career as diverse and interesting as his. When he came to play we had never hosted a band before, and it was the first year we had ever handled guests of honor and we were pretty bad at both, but he was gracious and understanding every step of the way. He partied with us, jammed with the house band in the atrium, and put on an absolutely fabulous acoustic show!
Steve Conte is an American singer and rock musician and lead singer of the band The Contes, along with his brother John Conte, both formerly members of the band Crown Jewels. He is perhaps more popularly known for his collaborations with composer Yoko Kanno, as well as being former lead guitarist of the New York Dolls. Conte also plays guitar in Hanoi Rocks singer Michael Monroe's new band, The Michael Monroe Band—along with fellow New York Doll and bassist Sami Yaffa, and guitarist Dregen of The Backyard Babies. Dr. Conte currently fronts his latest band, Steve Conte & The Crazy Truth.
Conte often works with composer Yoko Kanno and lyricist Tim Jensen, creating soundtracks to anime series, such as "Stray," the opening theme to the Wolf's Rain, as well as the tracks "Heaven's Not Enough" and "Could You Bite the Hand?" All three appear on the OST albums.
Conte's vocals can also be heard in some episodes of Cowboy Bebop, as well as the film most notably for the song "Call Me Call Me," as well as "Words That We Couldn't Say," "No Reply," and "Diggin'." He also sang the OST CD version of "Rain," which is sung by Mai Yamane in the series. He would later sing alongside Shanti Snyder on "Living Inside the Shell," the ending theme to Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG.
He also performed on the duet "The Garden of Everything" with Japanese singer Maaya Sakamoto on her RahXephon-related single "Tune the Rainbow." He provided the vocals for the video game Sonic and the Secret Rings closing credits song titled "Worth a Chance," as well as the game's main theme "Seven Rings in Hand."