My nephew Jeff didn’t mind getting a Pink Floyd box set for his 50th birthday

shey gonzales photo By Steve Newton A bunch of us got together in Penticton over the weekend to gather around an old friend and celebrate the upcoming 50th birthday of my nephew Jeff. He’s a big Pink Floyd fan. He’s got Pink Floyd artwork all over his house. He even took me to see Roger … Continue reading My nephew Jeff didn’t mind getting a Pink Floyd box set for his 50th birthday

Pink Floyd’s best-of collection A Foot in the Door gets vinyl release, ringing alarm clocks and all!

By Steve Newton Hey Floyd freaks who also love vinyl, here’s some cool news! Sony Music announced today that the band’s 2011 collection, A Foot in the Door–The Best of Pink Floyd, will be released on vinyl for the first time on September 28. If you’re like me, you won’t mind hearing newly remastered versions … Continue reading Pink Floyd’s best-of collection A Foot in the Door gets vinyl release, ringing alarm clocks and all!

Pink Floyd blows Vancouver away on its A Momentary Lapse of Reason tour

chris cameron photo ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, DEC. 18, 1987 By Steve Newton Seeing Pink Floyd live is a luxury that every rock fan should allow him or herself at least once. Yours truly took advantage of the opportunity to do just that last Thursday (December 10), along with about 44,000 other lucky dogs at B.C. Place. … Continue reading Pink Floyd blows Vancouver away on its A Momentary Lapse of Reason tour

Roger Waters brings the best of Pink Floyd to Vancouver

crappy iPhone photos by the Newt By Steve Newton I’ve seen Roger Waters in concert a few times–although never with Pink Floyd, I hate to say. The first time was in June of 2007 at Vancouver’s GM Place on his Dark Side of the Moon Tour.  Then I saw him in December of 2010 at the … Continue reading Roger Waters brings the best of Pink Floyd to Vancouver

Album review: Pink Floyd, p.u.l.s.e. (1995)

  ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JUNE 15, 1995 By Steve Newton Those Pink Floyd guys sure know how to get maximum mileage from a hit album. Evidently not satisfied with selling some 13 million copies (in North America alone) of 1973’s Dark Side of the Moon, they rereleased it in a “limited edition” … Continue reading Album review: Pink Floyd, p.u.l.s.e. (1995)

That time Roy Buchanan told me that Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour was just a bluesman at heart

By Steve Newton I’ve been getting quite a few hits lately for a blog I posted about Danny Gatton, which included an audio excerpt from the interview I did with the underrated guitar genius back in 1993. So I figured maybe it was time to treat that particular group of Ear of Newt readers–the ones … Continue reading That time Roy Buchanan told me that Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour was just a bluesman at heart

That time Kate Bush told me about working with David Gilmour and experiencing the “profound” Pink Floyd

By Steve Newton Back in 1985 I interviewed British art-pop legend Kate Bush, who was promoting her new album Hounds of Love, which you may recall spawned the hit single “Running Up That Hill”. At one point in the conversation she told me about working with David Gilmour as a teenager, discovering Pink Floyd, and … Continue reading That time Kate Bush told me about working with David Gilmour and experiencing the “profound” Pink Floyd

That time David Gilmour told me that he didn’t miss Pink Floyd and didn’t have a fave Floyd album

By Steve Newton Back in May of 1984 I did my first (and so far, only) interview with legendary Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour. Gilmour wasn’t in Floyd at the time, though–he was doing press to promote his second solo album, About Face. But that didn’t stop me from asking him if he missed Pink … Continue reading That time David Gilmour told me that he didn’t miss Pink Floyd and didn’t have a fave Floyd album

Pink Floyd to rerelease entire catalogue on vinyl; it’s time to replace that dog-eared Dark Side LP

By Steve Newton Sony Music has announced that this summer Pink Floyd will start rereleasing its entire catalogue on vinyl for the first time in over 20 years. Pink Floyd Records–manufactured and distributed by Warner Music in the UK and Europe and by Sony everywhere else–has set June 3 as the release date for the … Continue reading Pink Floyd to rerelease entire catalogue on vinyl; it’s time to replace that dog-eared Dark Side LP

Kate Bush on David Gilmour, Pink Floyd, and the new Hounds of Love

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, DEC. 6, 1985 By Steve Newton When Kate Bush was 15 years old, she thought it would be nice if she could get some of her songs published. There was a friend of her family who knew someone that was looking for talent to encourage and produce. That someone … Continue reading Kate Bush on David Gilmour, Pink Floyd, and the new Hounds of Love

David Gilmour performs “Wish You Were Here” at Pink Floyd’s old concert haunt

Thanks to a tweet from the fine folks at JamBase I just caught wind of a video of David Gilmour performing the Pink Floyd classic “Wish You Were Here” with some indie-rock band called Bombay Bicycle Club. Hey, wasn’t that the name of a Vancouver nightclub back in the day? Sounds familiar. Anyway, Gilmour performed with BBC … Continue reading David Gilmour performs “Wish You Were Here” at Pink Floyd’s old concert haunt

Pink Floyd’s The Wall gets a redneck makeover by Luther Wright & the Wrongs

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, APRIL 5, 2001 Luther Wright was 12 or so years old when he first heard Pink Floyd’s The Wall, but it wasn’t until a couple of years ago, while touring with his band Weeping Tile, that he realized the 1979 classic-rock staple was actually a country-bluegrass album in disguise. … Continue reading Pink Floyd’s The Wall gets a redneck makeover by Luther Wright & the Wrongs

Blue Floyd brings a naturally bluesy palette to Pink Floyd

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JAN. 25, 2001 By Steve Newton Most aging rock fans have a little Pink Floyd story to tell. Mine revolves around the last time I saw the British prog-rock kings—sans Roger Waters, sadly—playing at B.C. Place in 1993 or so. We were sitting in one of the media booths, … Continue reading Blue Floyd brings a naturally bluesy palette to Pink Floyd

David Gilmour’s wife leaks news about new Pink Floyd album, The Endless River

Pink Floyd freaks everywhere are all a-twitter about the news that the British prog-rock giants will apparently release their first album in 20 years, titled The Endless River, in three months. Just six hours ago David Gilmour‘s wife, author Polly Samson–who cowrote the lyrics to most of the songs on Floyd’s 1994 album, The Division … Continue reading David Gilmour’s wife leaks news about new Pink Floyd album, The Endless River

Pink Floyd plays Vancouver on the Division Bell tour, David Gilmour’s state-of-the-art guitars shine

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JUNE 30, 1994 By Steve Newton As streams of perked-up Pink Floyd fans strolled north across the Cambie Street bridge en route to the big white marshmallow of B.C. Place last Saturday (June 25), a lot of them were eyeing the sky. It was a fine time to revel … Continue reading Pink Floyd plays Vancouver on the Division Bell tour, David Gilmour’s state-of-the-art guitars shine

Pink Floyd’s Division Bell gets the 20th anniversary box set treatment

By Steve Newton Those folks down at the Pink Floyd boxed-set factory are at it again. Two years ago they put together a deluxe Immersion edition of The Wall that was to die for, and now comes news that the band’s last studio album, 1994’s The Division Bell, will be released June 30 in a 20th anniversary set … Continue reading Pink Floyd’s Division Bell gets the 20th anniversary box set treatment

David Gilmour from Pink Floyd tells me “we don’t do drug songs”

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JUNE 22, 1984 By Steve Newton “Well that’s artistic licence,” remarked guitarist/vocalist David Gilmour. Over the phone from Toronto, Gilmour expanded on the motive behind “Murder”, a song from his new LP About Face which contains the line, “By your own admission, you raised up the knife.” “If I’d … Continue reading David Gilmour from Pink Floyd tells me “we don’t do drug songs”

Pink Floyd to release The Story of Wish You Were Here on Blu-ray

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, APRIL 3, 2012 By Steve Newton Diehard Pink Floyd fans have had a lot to be thankful for of late. Just last month the band released the “Immersion” boxed set version of The Wall just in time to psych up Floyd freaks for the big Roger Waters show at B.C. Place next month. And today Eagle Rock … Continue reading Pink Floyd to release The Story of Wish You Were Here on Blu-ray

Pink Floyd ‘The Wall’ boxed set is a dream come true for Floyd freaks

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, FEB. 27, 2012 By Steve Newton Last November I wrote an ethusiastic blog about the release of the Quadrophenia boxed set, even going to far as to declare that the Who’s double disc of 1973 was the world’s greatest rock album. A lot of readers disagreed. Some of them would probably contend that Pink Floyd’s … Continue reading Pink Floyd ‘The Wall’ boxed set is a dream come true for Floyd freaks

Newt’s 30 best rock albums of the decade, 2010-2019

By Steve Newton 30. Soundgarden King Animal (2012) The classic Soundgarden lineup of singer Chris Cornell, guitarist Kim Thayil, bassist Ben Shepherd, and drummer Matt Cameron releases its first album in 16 years, and it sounds like it’s never been gone. The raging, three-minute “Attrition” might be the best damn rock tune of the year. 29. … Continue reading Newt’s 30 best rock albums of the decade, 2010-2019

The 70 greatest closing tracks of the ’70s

By Steve Newton Remember when the last track on an album would finish and you’d wish the music would just never end? Me too. “All Right Now” (Fire and Water, Free, 1970) “American Girl” (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, 1976) “Another Star” (Songs in the Key of Life, Stevie Wonder, … Continue reading The 70 greatest closing tracks of the ’70s

The 70 greatest opening tracks of the ’70s

By Steve Newton Remember how you’d set the needle down on the opening track of a new rock album and the first tune would just blow you the funk away? Me too. “(Ain’t Nothin’ But a) House Party” (Bloodshot, J. Geils Band, 1973) “All the Way From Memphis” (Mott, Mott the Hoople, 1973) “Already Gone” … Continue reading The 70 greatest opening tracks of the ’70s

Roy Buchanan talks jamming with David Gilmour and boasts about his new Bluesmaster guitar

roger fritz photo ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, APRIL 8, 1988 By Steve Newton Blues guitar giant Roy Buchanan makes his yearly visit to Vancouver this week, and fans of his searingly soulful, technically awesome style can get their 1988 dose of it. This time along, though, Roy will be shooting off those wild licks with … Continue reading Roy Buchanan talks jamming with David Gilmour and boasts about his new Bluesmaster guitar

My 50 fave Vancouver concerts of all time (so far)

By Steve Newton In celebration of the Georgia Straight turning 50 this year, I figured I’d offer a roundup of the 50 top Vancouver concerts I’ve reviewed while writing for the paper since 1982. Maybe you made it out to a couple yourself! Although I doubt you weaseled your way backstage at the Orpheum in ’93 to … Continue reading My 50 fave Vancouver concerts of all time (so far)

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

Guns N’ Roses hit the mark in Vancouver by playing covers better than their own

photo by the Newt By Steve Newton I wasn’t that excited about going to see Guns N’ Roses at BC Place last night, mainly because I wasn’t sure if they were still gonna have what it takes to pull off killer rock shows like they did back in the nineties. There were concerns about Axl … Continue reading Guns N’ Roses hit the mark in Vancouver by playing covers better than their own

The incredible story behind the Ear of Newt autographed guitar

By Steve Newton Back in January of 2013 when I started planning the Ear of Newt website–which I launched on Halloween night that year–I knew I had to get my autographed plexiglass guitar into the picture. I’d been dragging it around to concerts to get it signed by my fave pickers–folks like Link Wray, Ronnie … Continue reading The incredible story behind the Ear of Newt autographed guitar