Album review: Phantom, Rocker & Slick (1984)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON NOV. 15, 1984 By Steve Newton When I first heard this album, two weeks ago, I thought it was good.s I mean really good. But after repeated listenings the LP’s initial impact deteriorated a little. The main reason is singer/bassist Lee Rocker‘s vocals. He did backup vocals in his former band, the … Continue reading Album review: Phantom, Rocker & Slick (1984)

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

Album review: Paul Dean, Machine (1994)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON JULY 22, 1994 By Steve Newton I first heard the Texas blues-style rhythm intro and moaning lead surge of Paul Dean‘s “Couldn’t Get Arrested” on the radio while mixing margaritas in my kitchen one sunny afternoon a month or two ago, but I had no idea who it was until the announcer … Continue reading Album review: Paul Dean, Machine (1994)

Does the new Rolling Stones song suck, or is it awesome?

By Steve Newton The Rolling Stones threw a huge schmooze in the London borough of Hackney, England today, to announce the details of its upcoming album, Hackney Diamonds, scheduled for release on October 2o. The band also released the debut single from the album, “Angry”, and I gotta admit: the first time I heard it … Continue reading Does the new Rolling Stones song suck, or is it awesome?

TrailerHawk’s intoxicating roots-rock lights up the new North Delta Centre for the Arts

photos by the Newt By Steve Newton As someone who’s been an avid concert-goer since his teens–and has reviewed more than 300 concerts as a professional music writer–I used to dream about how cool it would be if I could just leave my house, walk a block or two, and see a show. Well, thanks … Continue reading TrailerHawk’s intoxicating roots-rock lights up the new North Delta Centre for the Arts

Former Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler is a real chatterbox

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON AUG. 14, 2011 By Steve Newton Former Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler called from L.A. to promote his upcoming gig at Vancouver’s Venue on August 25, and once he started talking, he didn’t want to stop. He chatted about everything from the tuna salad sandwich he’d just had for lunch in the … Continue reading Former Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler is a real chatterbox

The votes are in: according to the Internet, the new Rolling Stones song doesn’t suck

By Steve Newton A few days ago I published a blog with the headline: Does the new Rolling Stones song suck, or is it awesome? I posted it just a few hours after the Stones had released the video for “Angry”, the first single off its upcoming Hackney Diamonds album. Since then, the clip–which portrays … Continue reading The votes are in: according to the Internet, the new Rolling Stones song doesn’t suck

Buckwheat Zydeco says everybody has a different vibration, man

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, MAY 23, 2002 By Steve Newton You’ll rarely find Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural, Jr. without his trusty Hohner accordion—or the mile-wide grin that comes whenever he plays it. But the 54-year-old musician wasn’t always so enamoured of the instrument. When he was a youngster in Lafayette, Louisiana, Dural couldn’t stand … Continue reading Buckwheat Zydeco says everybody has a different vibration, man

Versatile Michelle Malone just as comfortable touring with ZZ Top as with Indigo Girls

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED BY THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, MARCH 26, 1998 By Steve Newton I wasn’t expecting to uncover any local angles as I scanned the liner notes to Georgia singer-songwriter Michelle Malone’s latest CD, Beneath the Devil Moon, so I was surprised to find that it was mixed here at Armoury Studios on Pine Street. The … Continue reading Versatile Michelle Malone just as comfortable touring with ZZ Top as with Indigo Girls

Newt’s top 20 things to do in Vancouver this weekend, Dec. 16-18

Keithmas XIII is at the Rickshaw By Steve Newton FRIDAY: Canadian rock legend Tom Cochrane performs at the Pacific Coliseum as part of the PNE Winter Fair, which includes holiday-themed food and beverages, an outdoor marketplace, live kids’ shows, and ice-skating in the Agrodome. If Cochrane doesn’t play “Life is a Highway” you should ask … Continue reading Newt’s top 20 things to do in Vancouver this weekend, Dec. 16-18

The Reverend Horton Heat confesses that he used to drink a lot of Jack Daniel’s

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JULY 6, 2000 By Steve Newton Jim Heath, aka the Reverend Horton Heat, has had some pretty impressive folks produce his records over the years. Back in ’93, Gibby Haynes of the Butthole Surfers put his stamp on The Full Custom Gospel of the Reverend Horton Heat, then a … Continue reading The Reverend Horton Heat confesses that he used to drink a lot of Jack Daniel’s

Eddie Van Halen’s favourite AC/DC album was Powerage

By Steve Newton I’ve long held the opinion that AC/DC’s Powerage is their best album. Keith Richards agrees, and he knows a thing or two about rockin’. And more importantly, Malcolm Young himself has named Powerage as Number One. When I met Young backstage after an AC/DC show in Vancouver back in 2001 I mentioned that … Continue reading Eddie Van Halen’s favourite AC/DC album was Powerage

Gibson picked the top 50 guitar solos of all time, and boy did they ever blow it

Geez, even Jimi knew Johnny ruled. By Steve Newton Back in September of 2010 Gibson.com posted what it felt were the 50 greatest guitar solos of all time, and boy did they ever blow it. Most conspicuous by his absence is Texas blues-rock legend Johnny Winter. I for one am getting sick and tired of … Continue reading Gibson picked the top 50 guitar solos of all time, and boy did they ever blow it