Ayreon – 01011001
Steve Lee – vocals
Arjen explains: I still can’t believe Steve is not with his anymore…guess I just don’t want to…it’s so unreal. This horrible accident could not have happened to a nicer guy. I met Steve for the first time back in the eighties when we played in Italy with Vengeance, my band at the time. He still was a drummer and a goldsmith back then and I immediately recognized his amazing vocal talent after I heard him sing on a demo they gave me. A bit later he stayed at my house for a few days because I asked him to sing in my band, but (luckily) he choose to form his own band with Leo, later called Gotthard.
A few years ago we met again because he came to my studio in Holland and sang on one of my Ayreon albums. His manager back then only wanted him to sing on 4 tracks, but once Steve got going there was no stopping him and in the end he sang on 8 tracks! I still remember, we started at 10 in the morning and his voice was perfect, amazing… We had such a great time here, he is one of the nicest guys I’ve worked with. I wish lots of strength to his wife, family and closest friends. The world will miss him, a great singer and a great person…