Guitar Influences Jeff Beck, Jesse Edwin Davis, Doug Hastings & Danny Weiss, Steve Cropper, Randy California, Jimi Hendrix, Stephen Stills, Paul Kosoff, Jim Messina, Don Felder, David Gilmore and Nile Rogers.
Vocal Influences Little Richard, Roy Orbison, John & Paul, Mitch Ryder, Bill Medley, Bonnie Bramlett, Taj Mahal, Kenny Loggins, Billy Joel, Chaka Khan, Philippe (Soul) Wynne and Paul Rogers.
Brushes with Greatness BB King - performed on the same bill for one glorious week. Paul Revere & The Raiders - performed on same bill for one week. Tommy James & The Shondells - their roady used to work for Rhinoceros. Parliament/Funkedelic – jammed with Bootsy Collins & the drummer. George Massenburg - engineered F&I demo @ Track Studios in Silver Spring. Eagles - they saw F&I in a Sheraton Lounge. Don Felder liked Steve’s voice. Fleetwood Mac - same lounge. Stevie Nicks was about 10 feet away from stage. Jay Black of Jay & The Americans - recorded & produced him singing "Come A Little Bit Closer" for a jingle. The Spinners - friend Carlos took backstage & saw Bobby Smith in his underwear & without his teeth. Paul McCartney - recorded an interview with him. Peter Hume - old F&I partner is Melissa Manchester’s Guitarist & Musical Director. Julie Burton - Steve produced her early demos and hired her for her first band. She is now a successful Nashville Songwriter and Singer. Terry Gregory - Fire & Ice's 2nd female vocalist, she went on to record several Top 20 country albums on Capital & Columbia Records Performed for Neal Schon and Greg Rolle (Santana, Journey) at Neil's wedding
Dirty Pleasures ABBA, Keep On Loving You - REO Speedwagon
Favorite Albums The Beatles Revolver, Beatles IV and Magical Mystery Tour The Notorious Byrd Bros
Other Favorites Earth Wind & Fire, Buffalo Springfield, Prince, Brill Building Writers