Album review: George Thorogood & the Destroyers, Born to Be Bad (1988)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, FEB. 26, 1988 By Steve Newton When it comes to party-time, rockin’ blues, few people deliver with the same kind of no-frills, honest urgency as George Thorogood. Well, the bad-ass guitar ace from Wilmington, Delaware has come through with another sturdy collection of originals and classic blues covers that … Continue reading Album review: George Thorogood & the Destroyers, Born to Be Bad (1988)

Album review: George Thorogood & the Destroyers, Maverick (1985)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, MARCH 29, 1985 By Steve Newton George Thorogood hasn’t changed much since his first album was released in 1978. On that LP he recorded an eight-minute version of John Lee Hooker’s homage to alcohol, “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer”. On his new record, Maverick, he begins side two with Carl … Continue reading Album review: George Thorogood & the Destroyers, Maverick (1985)

George Thorogood resembles Chuck Berry on speed at Vancouver’s Expo 86

john scully photo ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, SEPT. 5, 1986 By Steve Newton George Thorogood likes to claim that he’s “Bad to the Bone”, and last Monday (September 1) at Expo Theatre the rockin’ bluesman from Delaware delighted a sold-out crowd with his don’t-mess-with-me style and down ‘n’ dirty boogie tunes. Like Chuck … Continue reading George Thorogood resembles Chuck Berry on speed at Vancouver’s Expo 86

George Thorogood, no longer a dick, says you gotta have songs about the women

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, AUG. 14, 2003 The last time I interviewed George Thorogood over the phone, back in 1993, he acted like a real dick. I realize the guy’s “Bad to the Bone”, but I wasn’t expecting him to be quite so surly and defensive. In retrospect, I suppose I shouldn’t have … Continue reading George Thorogood, no longer a dick, says you gotta have songs about the women

That time I pissed George Thorogood right off. “Is that funny?”

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, AUG. 19, 1993 By Steve Newton George Thorogood’s latest single, “Get a Haircut”, doesn’t sound like a song you would travel 10,000 miles to discover in an Australian pub. It’s a typical 12-bar blues, with unsophisticated, anti-establishment lyrics most songwriters could come up with in their sleep. Thorogood couldn’t … Continue reading That time I pissed George Thorogood right off. “Is that funny?”

George Thorogood wants to rock with McCartney and play the blues with Dylan

I’ve always enjoy asking guitar heroes which players they’d most like to jam with if they could pick anyone, living or dead. And the last one I interviewed, George Thorogood, had a pretty interesting bucket list. “Well you can’t jam with Robert Johnson ’cause he didn’t need anybody,” replied the 64-year-old blues-rocker. And I can’t jam with Elmore … Continue reading George Thorogood wants to rock with McCartney and play the blues with Dylan

George Thorogood cracks funnies before rocking out in Coquitlam

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, MAY 20, 2012 George Thorogood is a born entertainer. Even before he hits the stage to blast out his patented array of boogiefied blues classics he’ll try to get a reaction from folks anyway he can. That’s what happened backstage before his gig at Coquitlam’s Red Robinson Show Theatre last night … Continue reading George Thorogood cracks funnies before rocking out in Coquitlam

George Benson brings smooth style and a soulful strut to Vancouver

chris cameron photo ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, SEPT. 12, 1986 By Steve Newton After being rocked silly there by the likes of Kim Mitchell and George Thorogood, it was nice to mellow down easy at the Expo Theatre last Saturday (September 6) with the sophisticated uptown jazz of ace guitarist/vocalist George Benson. After … Continue reading George Benson brings smooth style and a soulful strut to Vancouver

Muddy Waters didn’t want Thorogood’s “Bad to the Bone”, but Bo Diddley did

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, APRIL 30, 2014 By Steve Newton When you interview rockers on the road you always try to find out where they’re located, so you can write “When so-and-so calls from wherever” and establish a setting for the conversation. But when I contact blues-rocker George Thorogood–who plays the Hard Rock … Continue reading Muddy Waters didn’t want Thorogood’s “Bad to the Bone”, but Bo Diddley did

Album review: Various Artists, Axe Masters–Legends of Rock Guitar

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JULY 19, 1985 By Steve Newton Now this is more like it–heavy metal with class. But then any album that features the playing of metal martyr Randy Rhoads can’t lose. Rhoads is included via Ozzy Osbourne’s first solo hit “Crazy Train”. And he’s in good company. “Axe masters” K.K Downing … Continue reading Album review: Various Artists, Axe Masters–Legends of Rock Guitar

Album review: Colin James, Bad Habits (1995)

  ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, AUG. 3, 1995 By Steve Newton They say that life begins at 40, but for 30-year-old Colin James the Big Three-O might well be the milestone signifying delivery to the good life. With Bad Habits, the fresh-faced rocker has turned into a goatee-sporting practitioner of funky, soulful, seasoned-sounding … Continue reading Album review: Colin James, Bad Habits (1995)

album reviews

Aerosmith: Honkin’ on Bobo (2004) Eric Clapton: Me and Mr. Johnson (2004) Jimi Hendrix: Axis Outtakes (2003) ZZ Top: Mescalero (2003) Nickelback: The Long Road (2003) Joe Jackson Band: Volume 4 (2003) Led Zeppelin: How the West Was Won (2003) Yardbirds: Birdland (2003) Jimmy Thackery: Guitar (2003) Various Artists: We’re a Happy Family, A Tribute … Continue reading album reviews

Mason Ruffner was inspired by Jimmy Page to inject fire into his Gypsy Blood

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JULY 31, 1987 By Steve Newton The Fabulous Thunderbirds are from Austin, Texas. Mason Ruffner is from Forth Worth. The Fabulous Thunderbirds hit it big last year with an album produced by Dave Edmunds. Mason Ruffner is hitting it big this year with an album produced by Dave Edmunds. … Continue reading Mason Ruffner was inspired by Jimmy Page to inject fire into his Gypsy Blood

Newt’s Top 10 albums of 2011

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, DEC. 14, 2011 By Steve Newton It wasn’t a great year for humanity, what with Fukushima and all, but at least there was some good music released along with the hot particles. Foo Fighters Wasting Light The Foos went back to the garage on their seventh studio album, and lucky for us … Continue reading Newt’s Top 10 albums of 2011

The Newt’s 300 Best Rock Albums of the 1970s

By Steve Newton You had to be there. Abraxas: Santana (“Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen”, “Oye Coma Va”, “Samba Pa Ti”) 1970 A Day at the Races: Queen (“Tie Your Mother Down”, “Somebody to Love”, “Long Away”) 1976 Aerosmith: Aerosmith (“Make It”, “Dream On”, “Mama Kin”) 1973 After the Gold Rush: Neil Young (“Tell Me Why”, “Southern Man”, “When You … Continue reading The Newt’s 300 Best Rock Albums of the 1970s

Johnny Winter is hot, white, and blue in Vancouver

On September 1, 1989, Johnny Winter played the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver. The chance to witness the underrated Texas guitar legend in the confines of one of VanCity’s finest concert venues (for the second time) was not one I was about to pass up. Besides, at the time I was really grooving on his latest album, … Continue reading Johnny Winter is hot, white, and blue in Vancouver

Guitar star Wild ‘T’ displays the spirit of a true blues-rock showman

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, SEPT. 2, 1993 David Bowie has a pretty good eye for guitarists. Whether it’s Mick Ronson, Earl Slick, Robert Fripp, Peter Frampton, or Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bowie tends to pick players whose talent and style put them a healthy cut above the rest. When Bowie saw the video for … Continue reading Guitar star Wild ‘T’ displays the spirit of a true blues-rock showman

Ear of Newt’s Top 30 Rock Albums of 1978

I’ll always remember 1978 as the year I saw Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, when they were touring behind You’re Gonna Get It. I’ll also remember it for that time Thin Lizzy guitarist Scott Gorham took me backstage when the band opened for Styx at the Coliseum. Unfortunately, I’ll … Continue reading Ear of Newt’s Top 30 Rock Albums of 1978

Ear of Newt’s Top 30 Rock Albums of 1977

Cheap Trick and David Bowie led the way in ’77 with two albums each, and the blues was represented by Johnny Winter, Muddy Waters, and Roy Buchanan. Aja: Steely Dan (“Peg”, “Deacon Blues”, “Josie”) American Stars n’ Bars: Neil Young (“Hey Babe”, “Will to Love”, “Like a Hurricane”) Bad Reputation: Thin Lizzy (“Opium Trail”, “Bad Reputation”, … Continue reading Ear of Newt’s Top 30 Rock Albums of 1977

Lions in the Street rekindle classic-rock flame

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, JAN. 27, 2010 AUTHENTIC ’70S-STYLE GUITAR boogie is hard to come by these days, unless you’re hearing it from grizzled classic-rock die-hards like ZZ Top or George Thorogood. But on its self-titled, full-length debut CD, Lions in the Street does a worthy job of rekindling the party-hearty sound that was blasting out … Continue reading Lions in the Street rekindle classic-rock flame

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

David Gogo gets tongue-tied around Jeff Beck, “the best guitarist in the world”

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, APRIL 26, 2001 One of the best perks of being a Media Slut From Hell—I mean, music journalist—is getting backstage to pose for photos with your fave rock gods. At my house, there’s a hallowed location on an office wall where I’ve hung a framed snapshot of me and … Continue reading David Gogo gets tongue-tied around Jeff Beck, “the best guitarist in the world”