That time I asked Alice Cooper if he had a personal fave tune on his new album, Trash

By Steve Newton Back in September of 1989 I did my third interview with shock-rock legend Alice Cooper. The Coop was promoting his latest album, Trash, a star-studded affair that included guest appearances by Jon Bon Jovi, Steve Lukather, Kip Winger, Richie Sambora, and four of the guys from Aerosmith. At one point in the … Continue reading That time I asked Alice Cooper if he had a personal fave tune on his new album, Trash

Album review: Alice Cooper, Dirty Diamonds (2005)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, AUG. 18, 2005 By Steve Newton The shrink-wrap sticker on Dirty Diamonds claims “this is the classic sound of Alice Cooper!”, but that’s what they said about the ’70s shock-rock pioneer’s previous CD, 2003’s pointless The Eyes of Alice Cooper. The classic sound of Cooper is what he was … Continue reading Album review: Alice Cooper, Dirty Diamonds (2005)

Newt’s top 10 Vancouver concerts to see in the second half of 2023

Nita Strauss plays the Rickshaw By Steve Newton There were some darn fine concerts to see in Vancouver during the first half of 2023–including gigs by Jason Isbell, Larkin Poe, John Mellencamp, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Now here’s my top 10 picks for the second half of the year. Rock on, people! Nita … Continue reading Newt’s top 10 Vancouver concerts to see in the second half of 2023

Newt’s top 10 things to do in Metro Vancouver this week, January 9-13

Dita Von Teese is at the Queen E By Steve Newton MONDAY: screening at the VIFF Centre of director Ron Chapman’s music documentary Revival69: The Concert That Rocked the World, featuring John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Chuck Berry, Alice Cooper, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Bo Diddley, and the Doors. MONDAY TO FRIDAY: Canyon Lights at North Vancouver’s Capilano Suspension Bridge features dazzling coloured … Continue reading Newt’s top 10 things to do in Metro Vancouver this week, January 9-13

That time Alice Cooper told me that he would blow “clone bands” like Ratt and Mötley Crüe off the stage

me ‘n the coop. @shotbykevin By Steve Newton When I was a teenager in the early ’70s, Alice Cooper was god. I couldn’t get enough of his nasty image and the killer guitar-rock on albums Love It to Death, Killer, School’s Out, Billion Dollar Babies, and Muscle of Love. I lost interest somewhat after he … Continue reading That time Alice Cooper told me that he would blow “clone bands” like Ratt and Mötley Crüe off the stage

Newt’s top 10 things to do in Metro Vancouver this weekend, June 30 to July 2

Scott Smith plays the Shipyards By Steve Newton FRIDAY: Comedy Here Often?‘s Summer Showcase at 604 Studios features headliner Sophia Johnson, with guests Rory Dunn, George Ridgen, and Rachel Schaefer. Get your laugh on. FRIDAY: the Blind Pig Festival presents performances by Jay Gavin, COL WILL, and the Steve Kozak Band at Granville Island’s Waterfront … Continue reading Newt’s top 10 things to do in Metro Vancouver this weekend, June 30 to July 2

Newt’s top 10 Metro Vancouver concerts in July

Nita Strauss plays the Rickshaw By Steve Newton Nita Strauss: heavy-metal guitar virtuoso, formerly of the Alice Cooper band, with guests Lions at the Gate. July 2 at the Rickshaw Theatre. That lady can play! Scott Smith & the Evil Ways: Vancouver guitarist is featured in a celebration of the music of Santana, accompanied by … Continue reading Newt’s top 10 Metro Vancouver concerts in July

Newt’s top 10 things to do in Metro Vancouver this week, January 2 to 6

Team America: World Police screens at the Rio By Steve Newton MONDAY: final day of the City of Vancouver’s annual Festival of Lights, a winter wonderland featuring more than one million lights decorating 15 acres of VanDusen Botanical Garden. Goes good with hot chocolate. MONDAY TO FRIDAY: Canyon Lights at North Vancouver’s Capilano Suspension Bridge … Continue reading Newt’s top 10 things to do in Metro Vancouver this week, January 2 to 6

Newt’s top 10 things to do in Metro Vancouver this weekend, Dec 23-25

It’s a Wonderful Life screens at the Rio By Steve Newton FRIDAY: vocalist Dawn Pemberton and bassist/bandleader Jodi Proznick lead an all-star band in joyful holiday classics in O Come All Ye Soulful at New Westminster’s Anvil Centre. FRIDAY: screening at the VIFF Centre of Neil Young: Harvest Time, Bernard Shakey’s docu-film that takes an intimate … Continue reading Newt’s top 10 things to do in Metro Vancouver this weekend, Dec 23-25

Newt’s top 10 things to do in Metro Vancouver this week, Dec. 19-23

Revival69 screens at the VIFF Centre By Steve Newton MONDAY: fast-rising Vancouver comic and podcaster Maddy Kelly performs a comedy show with a bunch of her friends at MOTN. MONDAY TO FRIDAY: the Peak of Christmas at Grouse Mountain features visits with Santa in his workshop, light installation, sliding zone, and ice-skating on the 8,000-square-foot … Continue reading Newt’s top 10 things to do in Metro Vancouver this week, Dec. 19-23

That time Mötley Crüe guitarist Mick Mars told me that the music he loves most is blues-based stuff like Edgar and Johnny Winter

By Steve Newton I’ve interviewed Mick Mars a couple of times. The first time was way back in 1985 when Mötley Crüe was touring behind its Theatre of Pain album. The following excerpt is from my second interview with Mars, which happened in March of 1999, when the original lineup had reunited after recording one … Continue reading That time Mötley Crüe guitarist Mick Mars told me that the music he loves most is blues-based stuff like Edgar and Johnny Winter

Shock-rocker Dukey Flyswatter invites horror fans to park in the Haunted Garage

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, AUG. 20, 1992 By Steve Newton Screamin’ Jay Hawkins was probably the first artist to bring together elements of horror and rock ’n’ roll. Back in the late ’50s and early ’60s, he would open his concerts by rising from a coffin and letting loose with a blood-curdling scream. … Continue reading Shock-rocker Dukey Flyswatter invites horror fans to park in the Haunted Garage

That time I asked Duke Robillard if there were big shoes to fill replacing Jimmie Vaughan in the Fabulous Thunderbirds

By Steve Newton I interviewed Rhode Island blues guitarist and vocalist Duke Robillard back in February of 1995, when he was touring behind his eighth album, Temptation, and about to play a show at the famed Antone’s in Austin, Texas. A few years earlier he’d been playing with the Fabulous Thunderbirds, having taken over the … Continue reading That time I asked Duke Robillard if there were big shoes to fill replacing Jimmie Vaughan in the Fabulous Thunderbirds