The Outlaws’ 20 best songs, from wicked to freakin’ awesome

By Steve Newton Hurry Sundown rules. 20. "Stay With Me" (Outlaws, 1975) 19. "Hearin' My Heart Talkin'" (Hurry Sundown, 1977) 18. "Cry No More" (Outlaws, 1975) 17. "Song For You" (Outlaws, 1975) 16. "So Afraid" (Hurry Sundown, 1977) 15. "Waterhole" (Outlaws, 1975) 14. "So Long" (It's About Pride, 2012) 13. "Loverboy" (Lady in Waiting, 1976) … Continue reading The Outlaws’ 20 best songs, from wicked to freakin’ awesome

Album review: Ozzy Osbourne, Bark at the Moon (1984)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, DEC. 16, 1984 By Steve Newton It looks like Ozzy'll be laughing all the way to the bank when the royalty cheques for his new album Bark at the Moon come rolling in. The raunched-out guitars, pounding drums and madman vocals that made his first two albums, Blizzard of … Continue reading Album review: Ozzy Osbourne, Bark at the Moon (1984)

John Doe describes X as “a rock and roll band that loves songs”

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, FEB. 3, 1984 By Steve Newton "They were so close it was scary," claims X bassist John Doe of the near-identical musician's ads he and guitarist Billy Zoom ran in a Los Angeles paper back in 1979. The eerie similarity of the two advertisements brought the players quickly together, … Continue reading John Doe describes X as “a rock and roll band that loves songs”

That time I asked Peter Goalby if the members of Uriah Heep feel old when they see the young lads in Def Leppard take the stage

By Steve Newton Back in June of 1983 I interviewed Uriah Heep vocalist Peter Goalby on the phone from Texas. A week later his band would join Def Leppard on the Canadian leg of its hugely successful Pyromania World Tour. Since the average age of the Def Leppard members was around 21 or something, I … Continue reading That time I asked Peter Goalby if the members of Uriah Heep feel old when they see the young lads in Def Leppard take the stage

Lenny Zakatek’s soulful singing is a special part of the Alan Parsons Project

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, DEC. 9, 1983 By Steve Newton "One day I got this call around ten at night, saying 'Come on down and sing this track. If you make it, fine--if you don't there's a little change in it for you.' "So I went over, went straight in and he said, … Continue reading Lenny Zakatek’s soulful singing is a special part of the Alan Parsons Project

Album review: Richard Pryor, Here and Now (1983)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, NOV. 18, 1983 By Steve Newton Richard Pryor fans with only five bucks in their pocket for entertainment this week would be well advised to shell it out on Pryor's new album Here and Now rather than the movie from which it's culled. Not that the movie isn't funny, … Continue reading Album review: Richard Pryor, Here and Now (1983)

Album review: Saga, Heads or Tails (1983)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, NOV. 18, 1983 By Steve Newton The heavily keyboarded and strongly percussive sound of Saga is thoroughly impressive on their latest release, Heads or Tails. Whether it's the rocking opener "The Flyer" or the more sedate "Intermission", the musicians are in top form. Guitarist Ian Crichton, bassist Jim Crichton, … Continue reading Album review: Saga, Heads or Tails (1983)

That time I called up Steve Clark and asked him how Def Leppard’s Hysteria tour was going

By Steve Newton Back on June 6 of 1988 I called up Def Leppard guitarist Steve Clark at his hotel room in Moncton, New Brunswick. It was the first date of the Canadian leg of the band's hugely successful Hysteria World Tour, and they were as popular as they would ever get. A month later … Continue reading That time I called up Steve Clark and asked him how Def Leppard’s Hysteria tour was going

That time Ronnie James Dio told me that he loved classical music, and that Bach was a real rock ‘n’ roller

By Steve Newton I interviewed Ronnie James Dio back in December of 1985 while he was touring behind his Sacred Heart album, with Yngwie Malmsteen opening up. At one point in the interview I mentioned how Ronnie had started out as a trumpet player when he was five, which led to him confessing his deep love … Continue reading That time Ronnie James Dio told me that he loved classical music, and that Bach was a real rock ‘n’ roller

That time Marc Storace told me that Krokus and Judas Priest gave people hell on the World Vengeance Tour

By Steve Newton Back in 1983 I did an interview with Marc Storace, frontman for Swiss heavy-metal band Krokus. The band had just released its seventh album, Headhunter, which went gold in the States. The album was produced by Tom Allom, who'd helmed the last few Judas Priest records, and featured background vocals by Rob … Continue reading That time Marc Storace told me that Krokus and Judas Priest gave people hell on the World Vengeance Tour

Simon Townshend says that if people don’t like his brother Pete producing his LP, they can stuff it

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, FEB. 17, 1984 By Steve Newton "As soon as I got Pete involved at the production level, and not the musical, it was as if I'd stood up and said, 'Look, I'm Simon Townshend. My brother Pete just happens to be producing my album. If you don't like it, … Continue reading Simon Townshend says that if people don’t like his brother Pete producing his LP, they can stuff it

That time I asked Robin Trower if fans still shouted out “Day of the Eagle!” or “Too Rolling Stoned!”

By Steve Newton Back in February of 1990 I interviewed Robin Trower, one of my all-time favourite rock guitarists from the '70s. At the time he was touring behind his 15th album, In the Line of Fire, which I wasn't that crazy about. It wasn't the same quality as his seventies LPs, like his 1973 … Continue reading That time I asked Robin Trower if fans still shouted out “Day of the Eagle!” or “Too Rolling Stoned!”

That time Ricky Medlocke told me that he was almost on the plane with Skynyrd when it went down

By Steve Newton Back in August of 1997 I interviewed Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Rickey Medlocke in advance of a Skynyrd show in Vancouver with openers Paul Rodgers and Kenny Wayne Shepherd. At one point in the conversation I asked Medlocke, who'd also been a band member in the early days, if he'd been following Lynyrd … Continue reading That time Ricky Medlocke told me that he was almost on the plane with Skynyrd when it went down

That time I asked Gary Moore why he thought Def Leppard got so huge so fast, unlike Thin Lizzy

By Steve Newton Back in May of 1984 I did my one and only interview with Gary Moore, who's one of my all-time favourite guitarists. Man that guy could play. I called him up in Reno, where he was touring with Rush. The previous summer he'd toured with Def Leppard after they released their breakthrough … Continue reading That time I asked Gary Moore why he thought Def Leppard got so huge so fast, unlike Thin Lizzy

That time Chris Whitley told me that he thought Johnny Winter’s debut album was the best blues-rock record ever made

By Steve Newton I interviewed Chris Whitley for the first time back in October of 1991, three months after the release of his debut album, Living With the Law. He called me up from Nashville, where he was opening for Tom Petty on Petty's Into the Great Wide Open Tour. At one point in the … Continue reading That time Chris Whitley told me that he thought Johnny Winter’s debut album was the best blues-rock record ever made

That time Buddy Cage told me about replacing Jerry Garcia in New Riders of the Purple Sage

By Steve Newton I interviewed New Riders of the Purple Sage pedal-steel player Buddy Cage back in November of 2006. I got into that band back in the seventies when they had a reefer-ready radio hit called "Panama Red", which featured some pretty sweet pedal-steel from Cage. Buddy Cage was the guy who replaced Jerry … Continue reading That time Buddy Cage told me about replacing Jerry Garcia in New Riders of the Purple Sage

That time I told Bill Elm that I wished Friends of Dean Martinez had recorded Santo & Johnny’s “Sleepwalk”

By Steve Newton I usually write about loud rock and roll music, but every once in a while I get turned on to something else. Back in September of 1995 I interviewed Bill Elm, lap-steel guitarist for the instrumental group Friends of Dean Martinez. The band was formed in Tucson, Arizona as an experimental side-project by … Continue reading That time I told Bill Elm that I wished Friends of Dean Martinez had recorded Santo & Johnny’s “Sleepwalk”

That time Simon Townshend told me what it was like growing up with one of the world’s most famous rock guitarists for a brother

By Steve Newton Back in February of 1984 I interviewed Simon Townshend, the 23-year-old kid brother of Pete Townshend from the Who. The younger Townshend was touring behind his debut album, the Pete-produced Sweet Sound, and trying to distance himself from the shadow of his 16-years-older bro. At one point in the conversation I asked … Continue reading That time Simon Townshend told me what it was like growing up with one of the world’s most famous rock guitarists for a brother