Newt’s top 10 things to do in Vancouver this week, Nov 28-Dec 2

Neil Young: Harvest Time screens at the Rio By Steve Newton MONDAY: screening at the VIFF Centre of Let There Be Drums!, director Justin Kreutzmann's documentary in which the world’s most famous drummers reflect on the art of drumming and how it has shaped their lives. Includes interviews with Stewart Copeland, Ringo Starr, and the … Continue reading Newt’s top 10 things to do in Vancouver this week, Nov 28-Dec 2

That time Joey Molland told me about the “crooks” that stole a ton of royalty money from Badfinger

By Steve Newton Thirty-five years ago today--on  November 26, 1987--I did an interview with Joey Molland of Badfinger. I've loved Badfinger ever since I first heard them doing that 1969 song that everybody thought was the Beatles, "Come and Get It", from the film The Magic Christian. Joey Molland wasn't in the band then, but … Continue reading That time Joey Molland told me about the “crooks” that stole a ton of royalty money from Badfinger

That time Martha Davis told me that the Motels lost 60 grand a week on their last tour

By Steve Newton I wasn't a huge fan of new-wave music in the mid-'80s--I was too busy banging my head to Maiden and Priest and Scorps and such--but for some reason in November of 1985 I sat down with Martha Davis for an interview that was never actually published. She was promoting the Motels' fifth … Continue reading That time Martha Davis told me that the Motels lost 60 grand a week on their last tour

That time back in ’85 when I asked Brian Vollmer if Helix were hometown heroes in Kitchener

By Steve Newton Way back in November of 1985 I interviewed Helix frontman Brian Vollmer. This was right after the band had released its fifth album, Long Way to Heaven, and were quite popular on the Canadian heavy-metal scene. Anybody remember 1983's "Heavy Metal Love"? At one point in the conversation I asked Vollmer if … Continue reading That time back in ’85 when I asked Brian Vollmer if Helix were hometown heroes in Kitchener

This year’s Keithmas Food Bank benefit at the Rickshaw will rock your freakin’ socks off

By Steve Newton Anyone who knows me knows that I never skip a chance to post the photo I have of me touching skull rings with Keith Richards. The latest opportunity came with today's announcement of the lineup for this year's Keithmas concert. The annual Vancouver Food Bank benefit, which takes place at the Rickshaw … Continue reading This year’s Keithmas Food Bank benefit at the Rickshaw will rock your freakin’ socks off

Newt’s top 10 things to do in Metro Vancouver this weekend, Nov 25-27

The Vancouver Vinyl Record Show is at Heritage Hall By Steve Newton FRIDAY: Vancouver rockers the Graham Brown Band perform tunes from latest album Spirit and Soul at Seymour's Pub & Grill in North Vancouver. FRIDAY: A Family Curse, a family band created by 54•40 singer-songwriter Neil Osborne and his daughter Kandle, performs at Bez … Continue reading Newt’s top 10 things to do in Metro Vancouver this weekend, Nov 25-27

When Graham Brown plugs in his Telecaster he’s 12 years old again

rob bubek photo ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON JUNE 23, 2022 By Steve Newton When I try calling Graham Brown at the time specified for our interview there's no answer, so I leave a message and try again a few minutes later. This time we do connect, only to have the local rocker apologize and explain that … Continue reading When Graham Brown plugs in his Telecaster he’s 12 years old again

The Sheepdogs’ Ewan Currie wanted to tell John Fogerty that he liked 60 of his songs

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, DEC. 13, 2012 By Steve Newton When the Straight calls Sheepdogs singer, songwriter, and guitarist Ewan Currie, he’s hanging out in rainy Toronto, just hours away from playing at the 60th anniversary of the fabled Horseshoe Tavern. The gig has special significance for Currie, since the Horseshoe was the … Continue reading The Sheepdogs’ Ewan Currie wanted to tell John Fogerty that he liked 60 of his songs

That time I asked Steve Vai if he had any desire, like his buddy Satch, to try his hand at vocals

By Steve Newton I did my first interview with American guitar legend Steve Vai on May 31, 1990, eleven days after the release of his second album, Passion & Warfare--you know, the one with "For the Love of God". Seven months earlier Vai's former guitar teacher, Joe Satriani, had released his third album, Flying in … Continue reading That time I asked Steve Vai if he had any desire, like his buddy Satch, to try his hand at vocals

Newt’s top 10 things to do in Metro Vancouver this week, Nov. 21-25

Horror director Gigi Saul Guerrero appears at the Rio By Steve Newton MONDAY: American indie-rockers Built to Spill, featuring singer-guitarist Doug Martsch, play the Commodore Ballroom, with guests Braided Waves and Anchorbaby. MONDAY: the Vancouver Canucks take on the red-hot Vegas Golden Knights in National Hockey League action at Rogers Arena. Blue Rodeo plays the … Continue reading Newt’s top 10 things to do in Metro Vancouver this week, Nov. 21-25

That time I asked Richard Marx if he was hoping to sell nine million copies of his followup to Repeat Offender

By Steve Newton When I interviewed Richard Marx back in November of 1991 he was one of the most popular singer-songwriters around. His self-titled 1987 debut album had sold three million copies, and his 1989 followup, Repeat Offender--the one with "Right Here Waiting"--had moved six million copies. So, doing the math, I asked him if … Continue reading That time I asked Richard Marx if he was hoping to sell nine million copies of his followup to Repeat Offender

Newt’s top 10 things to do in Metro Vancouver this weekend, November 18 to 20

Trace Bundy plays the Rio By Steve Newton FRIDAY: the Vancouver Canucks take on the Los Angeles Kings in National Hockey League action at Rogers Arena. FRIDAY AND SATURDAY: the Vancouver Symphony performs live to a screening of The Wizard of Oz at the Orpheum Theatre. FRIDAY AND SATURDAY: American comedian and actor Jay Mohr … Continue reading Newt’s top 10 things to do in Metro Vancouver this weekend, November 18 to 20

That time 21-year-old Devin Townsend told me that he and Steve Vai give each other ulcers

Actual footage of Townsend giving Vai an ulcer By Steve Newton Back in September of 1993 I did my second interview with Canadian metal genius Devin Townsend. He was only 21 at the time, and had recently joined up with guitar virtuoso Steve Vai to record the vocals for Vai's Sex & Religion album and … Continue reading That time 21-year-old Devin Townsend told me that he and Steve Vai give each other ulcers

Rob Frith’s Neptoon Records marks 40 years of bringing vinyl joy to Vancouver

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON MARCH 23, 2021 By Steve Newton Rob Frith knows exactly where and when his lifelong love affair with vinyl started. From the basement of Neptoon Records, where he sits surrounded by thousands upon thousands of albums, Frith recalls how, when he was four years old, his mother owned an old flip-top record … Continue reading Rob Frith’s Neptoon Records marks 40 years of bringing vinyl joy to Vancouver

That time blues legend John Mayall told me why he handles his own gear and never uses roadies

By Steve Newton I did the second of my three interviews with British blues great John Mayall back in May of 1990, when he was heading to Vancouver for a show with his band the Bluesbreakers. He was touring to promote his latest album, A Sense of Place, which featured slide-guitar ace Sonny Landreth on … Continue reading That time blues legend John Mayall told me why he handles his own gear and never uses roadies

That time back in 1985 when Roger Glover told me about the reunited Deep Purple’s first jam session

By Steve Newton I did my second interview with Deep Purple bassist Roger Glover back in March of 1985, when the band's Mark II lineup--composed of him, guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, singer Ian Gillan, keyboardist Jon Lord, and drummer Ian Paice--had reunited to record the Perfect Strangers album and embark on a sold-out world tour. At … Continue reading That time back in 1985 when Roger Glover told me about the reunited Deep Purple’s first jam session

Newt’s top 10 things to do in Vancouver this week, Nov. 14 to 18

The Eastside Culture Crawl kicks off Thursday By Steve Newton MONDAY: screening at the Rio Theatre of Moonage Daydream, director Brett Morgan’s documentary exploring David Bowie’s creative and musical journey. MONDAY: Organ.ic Chemistry--a Vancouver jazz-funk quartet composed of organist Jason de Couto, saxophonist Tom Keenlyside, guitarist Adam Rohrlick, and drummer Nick Bracewell--performs at Guilt & Co. TUESDAY TO FRIDAY: … Continue reading Newt’s top 10 things to do in Vancouver this week, Nov. 14 to 18

That time I called Allan Holdsworth up to talk guitar and he just wanted to chat about beer

By Steve Newton Back in November of 1983 I did my first interview with British guitar legend Allan Holdsworth, when he was touring with his band I.O.U. His latest album at the time was the six-song EP Road Games, and one point in the conversation I asked him about the "special thanks" on the back … Continue reading That time I called Allan Holdsworth up to talk guitar and he just wanted to chat about beer