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

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, SEPT. 5, 1991 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 playful approach to … Continue reading Tim Finn brings a Beatlesque mentality to Crowded House’s Vancouver show

Music’s a family affair for Crowded House’s Neil Finn

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, AUG. 25, 2010 By Steve Newton When Crowded House singer and main songwriter Neil Finn picks up the phone at his home in Auckland, New Zealand, he’s “catching up on a few things” between legs of a North American tour supporting his band’s latest CD, Intriguer. The 52-year-old tunesmith is also enjoying … Continue reading Music’s a family affair for Crowded House’s Neil Finn

Pseudo Echo rises from Down Under to turn North America into “Funkytown”

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, DEC. 11, 1987 By Steve Newton They say that rock ‘n’ roll is a young man’s game, although the number of aging rock stars raking in big bucks today makes you wonder. Still, there are always some fine young whipper-snappers whose youthfulness comes through in the freshness and vitality of their … Continue reading Pseudo Echo rises from Down Under to turn North America into “Funkytown”

Capitol Records 60th Anniversary box gets the Newt’s noggin noddin’

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, DEC. 19, 2002 By Steve Newton To celebrate 60 years in business, Capitol Records has released an ambitious, six-CD boxed set, with each disc containing 16 tunes from one particular decade, spanning the ’40s to the ’90s. Not surprisingly, some of my fave pop and rock tunes of all … Continue reading Capitol Records 60th Anniversary box gets the Newt’s noggin noddin’

Neil Finn got passion from his dad and ability from his mom

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JULY 4, 2002 By Steve Newton I might not be the most sensitive guy in the world—what Skynyrd-loving bozo ever could be?—but there are certain heart-rending pop songs that can get even my old throat aclenchin’. Neil Finn’s “Lullaby Requiem” is one such pensive tune. It’s included on the … Continue reading Neil Finn got passion from his dad and ability from his mom

Neil Finn makes his solo debut with Try Whistling This

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, AUG. 9, 1998 After making the agonizing decision in 1996 to break up his world-famous Kiwi pop combo Crowded House, Neil Finn wasn’t exactly sure what to do next. An Aussie artist-musician friend of his suggested Finn try painting, so he spent two weeks at a beachside location doing … Continue reading Neil Finn makes his solo debut with Try Whistling This

Aussie songwriting great Paul Kelly hits 40 and treads into Deeper Water

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, NOV. 23, 1995 By Steve Newton Ever wonder what happened to the Aussie Invasion? Back in the early- to mid-’80s it seemed as if a band wasn’t on top unless it was from Down Under. Two-hit wonders Men at Work kick-started the worldwide interest in the music of koala … Continue reading Aussie songwriting great Paul Kelly hits 40 and treads into Deeper Water

Neil Finn recruits loved ones to reach Dizzy Heights

As a singer-songwriter, Neil Finn has been known to create tunes that are both beautifully simple (Split Enz’s “One Step Ahead”) and simply beautiful (Crowded House’s “Don’t Dream It’s Over”). Simplicity has been part of his oeuvre since day one, but on his latest solo album, Dizzy Heights, things get a bit more involved. As … Continue reading Neil Finn recruits loved ones to reach Dizzy Heights

Finn Brothers focus on fraternal harmony with Everyone Is Here

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, JULY 8, 2004 By Steve Newton When you hear the compelling vocal harmonies of the Finn brothers, Neil and Tim, it’s easy to imagine that they took a lot of stylistic inspiration from John Lennon and Paul McCartney. But when the Beatles were famously showcasing their collaborative singing skills to the … Continue reading Finn Brothers focus on fraternal harmony with Everyone Is Here

O.A.R. Dips Its Paddle in the Big-League Ocean

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, FEB. 24, 2005 By Steve Newton Most independent bands have a tough go of it, struggling just to make it to low-paying gigs, scraping money together to make records, and then having a rough time selling them. But there are exceptions. Before Washington, D.C.-based O.A.R. (Of a Revolution) became a major-label … Continue reading O.A.R. Dips Its Paddle in the Big-League Ocean

concert reviews

So, yeah, I’ve reviewed a few shows over the years. IRON MAIDEN at Rogers Arena, Sept. 3, 2019 SONNY LANDRETH at the Rio Theatre, Aug. 24, 2019 BAND OF FRIENDS at the Fox Cabaret, Dec. 18, 2018 ROGER WATERS at Rogers Arena, Oct. 28, 2017 GUNS N’ ROSES at BC Place Stadium, Sept. 1, 2017 THE … Continue reading concert reviews

interviews

Some of my interviews, arranged alphabetically, from AC/DC to ZZ Top AC/DC Malcolm Young & Brian Johnson, 1983 AEROSMITH Joe Perry, Sept. 2010 AEROSMITH Steven Tyler, 1997 AEROSMITH Joe Perry, 1997 AEROSMITH Tom Hamilton, 1994 AEROSMITH Joe Perry, 1988 AEROSMITH Tom Hamilton, 1983 TOMMY ALDRIDGE 2001 ALICE IN CHAINS Jerry Cantrell, 1991 ALL Bill Stevenson, 1993 … Continue reading interviews

Helen Shaver gives demonic birth on the Vancouver set of Poltergeist: The Legacy

By Steve Newton When I was covering the Vancouver horror scene as a correspondent for Fangoria back in the ’80s and ’90s, I would normally make an effort to see the projects I’d previewed when they were finally released in theatres or on the tube. But it wasn’t always fun. In fact it was often quite painful, … Continue reading Helen Shaver gives demonic birth on the Vancouver set of Poltergeist: The Legacy

Anything goes for Cinemuerte curator Kier-La Janisse

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, OCT. 27, 2005 By Steve Newton Standing amidst the rows of horror rentals at Cambie’s Black Dog Video, Kier-La Janisse hunts for a title she’d consider watching. It takes a little while-she’s already seen a lot of them-but then her eyes fall on the spine of a DVD called Barbed Wire … Continue reading Anything goes for Cinemuerte curator Kier-La Janisse