The first album Andy Stochansky ever purchased was The Beatles: 1967-1970

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, OCT. 31, 2002 By Steve Newton If you want to hear simply beautiful—and beautifully simple—pop tunes, look no further than Five Star Motel, the new CD by Toronto singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Andy Stochansky. When developing the material for the major-label follow-up to his two indie discs, While You Slept … Continue reading The first album Andy Stochansky ever purchased was The Beatles: 1967-1970

When you’re 64, that old Beatles tune really means something

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT ON APRIL 14, 2021 By Steve Newton I was born on April 14, 1957, so the Beatles‘ “When I’m Sixty-Four” is my favourite song today. Listening to that tune really takes me back…to a happier time? Maybe so. Not that I’m doin’ too bad right now, having just gotten … Continue reading When you’re 64, that old Beatles tune really means something

Jesse Cook thinks the best of Crowded House is right up there with the best of the Beatles

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, NOV. 16, 2000 By Steve Newton Jesse Cook is the first to admit that Celtic music isn’t his forte, but that doesn’t mean he won’t give it a shot. The Toronto flamenco-pop guitarist got the opportunity to sit in with one of the genre’s legendary groups recently when he … Continue reading Jesse Cook thinks the best of Crowded House is right up there with the best of the Beatles

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

Steve Cropper recalls almost working with the Beatles in Memphis, before Brian Epstein pulled the plug

By Steve Newton Steve Cropper was recently added to the Dave Mason Band tour, which is totally awesome, and not just because he’ll now be appearing with Mason at Vancouver’s Vogue Theatre next Thursday (March 21). It’s also totally awesome because three days ago I got to interview the guitar legend for the first time … Continue reading Steve Cropper recalls almost working with the Beatles in Memphis, before Brian Epstein pulled the plug

Georgia Satellites’ Rick Richards on covering the Beatles, meeting the Faces, and thanking Jack Daniels

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JULY 29, 1988 By Steve Newton If you were in a rockin’, blues-based guitar band and wanted to cover a song from the Beatles’ White Album, you’d probably pick one of the heavier Lennon/McCartney tunes like “Yer Blues” or “Savoy Truffle” or “Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except Me … Continue reading Georgia Satellites’ Rick Richards on covering the Beatles, meeting the Faces, and thanking Jack Daniels

Badfinger’s Joey Molland on working with the Beatles and dealing with the fallout of suicide

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, DEC. 11, 1987 By Steve Newton Remember that neat movie from 1970, The Magic Christian, which starred Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr and was a cutting farce on the lengths people would go to to get money? And remember that film’s nifty theme song, “Come and Get It”, which sounded like … Continue reading Badfinger’s Joey Molland on working with the Beatles and dealing with the fallout of suicide

Fingerstyle guitarist and Beatles freak Steven King is scary good

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, MAY 30, 2002 By Steve Newton Steven King may not be as well known as the horror scribe who spells his name differently, but he’s been winning acclaim as a technically boggling acoustic fingerstyle guitarist since 1994. That was the year King claimed the U.S. National Fingerpicking Championship, performing … Continue reading Fingerstyle guitarist and Beatles freak Steven King is scary good

Beatles freak Jon Auer says the Posies want to emulate the Fab Four

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JULY 25, 1996 It’s just after 11 p.m. when Jon Auer from the Posies rings up, but he’s still just scraping the sleep dust from his eyes, and the familiar clink of ice cubes is evidence that potent liquid refreshment is speeding the transition to wakefulness. It’s actually late … Continue reading Beatles freak Jon Auer says the Posies want to emulate the Fab Four

Galactic Cowboys create melodic prog-metal with a Beatlesque vibe

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, AUG. 26, 1993 By Steve Newton I heard someone say once that they do things differently down in Texas, and after chatting with Galactic Cowboys vocalist Ben Huggins, I believe it. Take, for example, the photos that accompany the Houston-based band’s latest release, Space in Your Face. While more … Continue reading Galactic Cowboys create melodic prog-metal with a Beatlesque vibe

Neil Finn’s big brother Tim brings a Beatlesque mentality to Crowded House’s Vancouver show

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, SEPT. 5, 1991 By Steve Newton When a band has as much fun on stage as Crowded House usually does, it’s pretty hard for it not to rub off on the audience. At the Orpheum last Sunday (September 1), the four Aussie pranksters could do no wrong with their … Continue reading Neil Finn’s big brother Tim brings a Beatlesque mentality to Crowded House’s Vancouver show

Past Masters reissue brings sweet Beatles nostalgia in stereo

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, NOV. 2, 2009 By Steve Newton I’ll never forget the day I got my very first record. I was six or so, visiting my grandparents at their home in Point Grey, and my mom took me on a walk to a music store on 10th Avenue. I came back with a … Continue reading Past Masters reissue brings sweet Beatles nostalgia in stereo

Beatles On Air LP sparks memories of childhood vinyl purchase

By Steve Newton Last night I listened to the new Beatles album, On Air–Live at the BBC Volume 2, which the fine folks over at MCA Canada were kind enough to supply me with a vinyl copy of. Yeah, vinyl! To be honest, I could do without the 19 “speech tracks” that litter this three-LP … Continue reading Beatles On Air LP sparks memories of childhood vinyl purchase

Paul McCartney leaves Vancouver’s Beatles fans with little to complain about

photo by rebecca blissett ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, NOV. 26, 2012 By Steve Newton Pretty well all of the world’s biggest pop and rock acts have played Vancouver since the ’60s. The Rolling Stones, the Who, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, U2, Guns N’ Roses—our city has played host to … Continue reading Paul McCartney leaves Vancouver’s Beatles fans with little to complain about

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

Craig Northey calls his Strippers Union cohort Rob Baker a very deep musician

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON FEB, 27, 2021 By Steve Newton There’s been some amazing double albums released in the history of rock. Looking through my vinyl stacks, I spot fine examples like the Beatles‘ White Album, the Who‘s Quadrophenia, and Led Zeppelin‘s Physical Graffiti. The new Strippers Union double album, The Undertaking, is amazing as well, … Continue reading Craig Northey calls his Strippers Union cohort Rob Baker a very deep musician

54•40’s Neil Osborne says that Greater Vancouver is not all about the mountains in the tourist brochures

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JULY 31, 2003 By Steve Newton Although they started out in the early ’80s as indie artists on MoDaMu Records, local guitar-rockers 54•40 have been signed to major labels since 1986, first with Warner Bros. and then with Columbia/Sony. But with its 10th studio album, Goodbye Flatland, the band … Continue reading 54•40’s Neil Osborne says that Greater Vancouver is not all about the mountains in the tourist brochures

Steve Miller’s first guitar teachers were Les Paul and T-Bone Walker

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON AUG. 23, 2022 By Steve Newton As a youngster, Steve Miller had the best guitar teachers you could ever ask for. I mean, Les Paul and T-Bone Walker? Are you kidding? That must have been like the ultimate fairy tale for a music-loving kid in the 20th century. “I grew up in … Continue reading Steve Miller’s first guitar teachers were Les Paul and T-Bone Walker