That time I asked Gary Moore why he thought metal was so big in Britain

By Steve Newton Way back in May of 1984 I did my one and only interview with guitar legend Gary Moore, while he was on tour with Rush. That was five months after the release of his fourth album, Victims of the Future, which was still during his pre-blues, hard rock/heavy metal phase. At one … Continue reading That time I asked Gary Moore why he thought metal was so big in Britain

25 rock albums from 1977 that are way better than Meat Loaf’s Bat Out of Hell

By Steve Newton Since the death of Meat Loaf last Thursday I've been hearing an awful lot about his 1977 debut album, Bat Out of Hell. The media's been falling all over itself, declaring how it's one of the best-selling albums of all time--moving over 40 million copies--and how much people love the music on … Continue reading 25 rock albums from 1977 that are way better than Meat Loaf’s Bat Out of Hell

ZZ Top’s 20 best songs, from wicked to freakin’ awesome

By Steve Newton God bless that little ol' band from Texas. 20. "Just Got Back from Baby's" (ZZ Top's First Album, 1971) 19. "She's a Heartbreaker" (Tejas, 1976) 18, "Just Got Paid" (Rio Grande Mud, 1972) 17. "Tube Snake Boogie" (El Loco, 1981) 16. "Master of Sparks" (Tres Hombres, 1973) 15. "PCH" (Antenna, 1994) 14. … Continue reading ZZ Top’s 20 best songs, from wicked to freakin’ awesome

Led Zeppelin’s 20 best songs, from wicked to freakin’ awesome

By Steve Newton I realize millions of Zep fans might complain about "Stairway to Heaven" not being Number One, but they'll get over it. 20. "Ten Years Gone" (Physical Graffiti, 1975) 19. "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" (Led Zeppelin, 1969) 18. "Celebration Day" (Led Zeppelin III, 1970) 17. "Achilles Last Stand" (Presence, 1976) 16. "In … Continue reading Led Zeppelin’s 20 best songs, from wicked to freakin’ awesome

That time Rickey Medlocke told me that the rebel flag was just a symbol of where Skynyrd came from

By Steve Newton Lynyrd Skynyrd doesn't fly the rebel flag in concert anymore, from what I've heard. But back in 1997 they sure did. So when I interviewed guitarist Rickey Medlocke before a '97 show in Vancouver I asked him if, from his Native American perspective, he found there to an intolerance among southern-rock fans … Continue reading That time Rickey Medlocke told me that the rebel flag was just a symbol of where Skynyrd came from

Creedence Clearwater Revival’s 20 best songs, from wicked to freakin’ awesome

By Steve Newton There might be a more impressive triple-threat musician--singer, songwriter, and guitarist--than John Fogerty. But I have no idea who it is. 20. "Long As I Can See the Light" (Cosmo's Factory, 1970) 19. "Penthouse Pauper" (Bayou Country, 1969) 18. "Susie Q" (Creedence Clearwater Revival, 1968) 17. "Someday Never Comes" (Mardi Gras, 1971) … Continue reading Creedence Clearwater Revival’s 20 best songs, from wicked to freakin’ awesome

That time Joe Perry told me that Aerosmith’s best album, it’s Exile on Main Street, was yet to come

By Steve Newton I've interviewed Joe Perry four times so far, 'cause back when I was teenager in the '70s, Aerosmith ruled. I went crazy for albums like Get Your Wings, Rocks, and Draw the Line. Our last chat was in September of 2010, which was long after I'd grown disenchanted with Aerosmith albums, which … Continue reading That time Joe Perry told me that Aerosmith’s best album, it’s Exile on Main Street, was yet to come

That time I took my nephew backstage for autographs on Mötley Crüe’s Theatre of Pain tour and naughty Nikki scribbled “do drugs”

bev davies photo By Steve Newton Way back in November of 1985 I took my nephew Jeff to see Mötley Crüe at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver. It was the second big concert of his 15-year life, the first being Iron Maiden the previous year. I took him to that one too, thinking the more … Continue reading That time I took my nephew backstage for autographs on Mötley Crüe’s Theatre of Pain tour and naughty Nikki scribbled “do drugs”

David Bowie’s 20 best songs, from wicked to freakin’ awesome

By Steve Newton David Bowie would have turned 75 today. Man was he special. 20. "Time Will Crawl" (Never Let Me Down, 1987) 19. "Panic in Detroit" (Aladdin Sane, 1973) 18. “The Secret Life of Arabia” (Heroes, 1977) 17. “Young Americans” (Young Americans, 1975) 16. “The Man Who Sold the World” (The Man Who Sold … Continue reading David Bowie’s 20 best songs, from wicked to freakin’ awesome

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

By Steve Newton Now here's a list that was hard to keep down to 20 songs. Really hard. "All My Loving" (With the Beatles, 1963) "Can't Buy Me Love" (A Hard Day's Night, 1964) "I'm Looking Through You" (Rubber Soul, 1965) "I Saw Her Standing There" (Please Please Me, 1963) "Eleanor Rigby" (Revolver, 1966) "Come … Continue reading The Beatles’ 20 best songs, from wicked to freakin’ awesome

The Rolling Stones’ 20 best songs, from wicked to freakin’ awesome

By Steve Newton I guess Sticky Fingers might be the best Stones album. 20. "Little T&A" (Tattoo You, 1981) 19. "Bitch" (Sticky Fingers, 1971) 18. "Time Waits for No One" (It's Only Rock 'n Roll, 1974) 17. "When the Whip Comes Down" (Some Girls, 1978) 16. "Wild Horses" (Sticky Fingers, 1969) 15. "Under My Thumb" … Continue reading The Rolling Stones’ 20 best songs, from wicked to freakin’ awesome

That time I asked Slash if he was having more fun with Slash’s Snakepit than he was with GN’R

By Steve Newton When I interviewed American guitar hero Slash in April of 1995 he was playing with his own band, Slash's Snakepit, which originally included two of his Guns N' Roses bandmates—drummer Matt Sorum and guitarist Gilby Clarke—as well as Alice in Chains bassist Mike Inez and former Jellyfish member Eric Dover on lead … Continue reading That time I asked Slash if he was having more fun with Slash’s Snakepit than he was with GN’R

Ian Hunter’s 20 best songs, from wicked to freakin’ awesome

Man, this was hard, trying to keep a list of Ian Hunter's best songs down to just 20 tunes. By Steve Newton 20. "I Get So Excited" (Ian Hunter, 1975) 19. "All American Alien Boy" (All American Alien Boy, 1976) 18. "Cleveland Rocks" (You're Never Alone with a Schizophrenic, 1979) 17. "Boy" (Ian Hunter, 1975) … Continue reading Ian Hunter’s 20 best songs, from wicked to freakin’ awesome

Mott the Hoople’s 20 best songs, from wicked to freakin’ awesome

Mott the Hoople are not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Neither is Ian Hunter, or either of the Micks (Ralphs and Ronson). Screw the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. By Steve Newton 20. "Death May Be Your Santa Claus" (Brain Capers, 1971) 19. "Walkin' with a Mountain" (Mad Shadows, 1970) 18. … Continue reading Mott the Hoople’s 20 best songs, from wicked to freakin’ awesome

That time Steve Vai told me that he only got offered demonic roles in movies after Crossroads

By Steve Newton Way back in May of 1990 I did my first interview with guitar virtuoso Steve Vai, who was 29 at the time. Four years earlier Vai had portrayed Jack Butler, the devil's guitar player, in the blues movie Crossroads, which was inspired by the legend of Robert Johnson. The climax of the … Continue reading That time Steve Vai told me that he only got offered demonic roles in movies after Crossroads

God bless Hughie Thomasson’s guitar solo on the Outlaws’ “Hurry Sundown”

By Steve Newton I really, really enjoy guitar solos sometimes. When a geetar player hits just the right notes with just the right feel, it's almost like a religious experience for me. That's why I've asked God to bless exquisite guitar solos by Scott Gorham on Thin Lizzy's "Romeo and the Lonely Girl", Donald "Buck … Continue reading God bless Hughie Thomasson’s guitar solo on the Outlaws’ “Hurry Sundown”

That time Ronnie James Dio told me that music was given to us to colour our world

By Steve Newton When I interviewed Ronnie James Dio back in 1985 there was a backlash going against heavy metal, with groups like the PMRC (Parents Music Resource Centre) trying to depict it as dangerous to the wellbeing of young kids. Dio was well aware of how metal artists were being stereotyped for their music … Continue reading That time Ronnie James Dio told me that music was given to us to colour our world

Bad Company’s 20 best songs, from wicked to freakin’ awesome

By Steve Newton No Paul Rodgers, no Bad Company. 20. "Weep No More" (Straight Shooter, 1975) 19. "Peace of Mind" (Burnin' Sky, 1977) 18. "Sweet Lil Sister" (Run with the Pack, 1976) 17. "Painted Face" (Rough Diamonds, 1980) 16. "Rhythm Machine" (Desolation Angels, 1979) 15. "Ready for Love" (Bad Company, 1974) 14. "Deal With the … Continue reading Bad Company’s 20 best songs, from wicked to freakin’ awesome