When you go backstage to meet your idol John Fogerty and your buddy Ferg hogs the photo

By Steve Newton Back in August of 1997 I went to see John Fogerty at the Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver. One of my favourite all-time rockers--wicked vocalist, brilliant songwriter, and killer guitarist--Fogerty was touring behind his Grammy-winning Blue Moon Swamp album, and I'd scored free front-row seats because I'd interviewed the man in advance of … Continue reading When you go backstage to meet your idol John Fogerty and your buddy Ferg hogs the photo

Chillin’ with blues legend Buddy Guy backstage at the Commodore

By Steve Newton Here's me hangin' with one of my fave all-time bluesmen, Mr. Buddy Guy. It was backstage at the Commodore Ballroom, one of the top concert venues in Vancouver. I remember this meeting well, because the former proprietor of the Commodore, local legend Drew Burns, also showed up to say hi to Buddy. … Continue reading Chillin’ with blues legend Buddy Guy backstage at the Commodore

Meeting with the Alien: hangin’ with Joe Satriani backstage in Vancouver

By Steve Newton Went and saw Joe Satriani at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver last night, and holy crap was he smokin'! I must have seen Satch live around 10 times over the years--including on various G3 tours--and I don't think he's ever played better. Having such a wicked backing band--guitarist-keyboardist Mike Kenneally, bassist Bryan … Continue reading Meeting with the Alien: hangin’ with Joe Satriani backstage in Vancouver

For my first-ever caricature I became a rocker with a Flying V

By Steve Newton The night before last I went to the Georgia Straight's 50th anniversary bash. For those out of the loop, the Georgia Straight is the weekly Vancouver newspaper that I've worked at for 35 years. The Straight was founded as a counter-culture publication in 1967, the Summer of Love, and has managed to … Continue reading For my first-ever caricature I became a rocker with a Flying V

That time Jethro Tull was so smokin’ I bought a hat just like Ian Anderson’s

By Steve Newton I don't go nuts buying t-shirts and hats at concerts because they're usually pricey as hell, but when the band puts on a smokin' show I sometimes break down and score myself a souvenir. If I recall correctly, Jethro Tull was pretty smokin' at the Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver on December 10, 1991, … Continue reading That time Jethro Tull was so smokin’ I bought a hat just like Ian Anderson’s

Backstage at an Arc Angels show with Charlie Sexton, David Gogo, and the blind date I never saw again

By Steve Newton Here's a photo that was taken backstage at the 86 Street Music Hall in Vancouver on July 22, 1992. It was after a show by the Arc Angels, a bluesy band from Austin that featured guitarist-vocalists Charlie Sexton and Doyle Bramhall II along with Stevie Ray Vaughan's old rhythm section, bassist Tommy … Continue reading Backstage at an Arc Angels show with Charlie Sexton, David Gogo, and the blind date I never saw again

Shocking photo: Bubbles from Trailer Park Boys offered joint by Snoop Dogg!

  BREAKING: through sources that will remain nameless, the Newt has managed to aquire a photo of evil L.A. gangsta rapper Snoop Dogg trying to corrupt innocent Canadian TV character "Bubbles" with what looks like a marijuana cigarette, or "joint" as the Yankee drug fiends like to call it. The shocking incident apparently occured at … Continue reading Shocking photo: Bubbles from Trailer Park Boys offered joint by Snoop Dogg!

Taking my sis to see the Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man

By Steve Newton It's nice when you can pay somebody back for turning you on to great music when you were a kid. Back in the '70s, my older sister got me into everybody from Steely Dan to Robin Trower to Lynyrd Skynyrd. But I'll always be especially thankful for her getting me into Bob … Continue reading Taking my sis to see the Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man

That time I turned down a swig of Slash’s JD at a Guns N’ Roses gig

By Steve Newton Guns N' Roses were probably the biggest rock band in the world--or was fighting it out with U2 for that title--when this telling photo was snapped backstage in the early '90s sometime. The thing I remember most about meeting Slash was when he offered me a guzzle from the bottle of Jack … Continue reading That time I turned down a swig of Slash’s JD at a Guns N’ Roses gig

Good times with Great White, before the fire

By Steve Newton I was never a big Great White fan--especially after they went platinum with their 1989 mockery of Ian Hunter's '70s classic, "Once Bitten, Twice Shy". But for some reason--no doubt work-related--I wound up going to a show at Club Soda and saying howdy to lead singer Jack Russell behind the bar while … Continue reading Good times with Great White, before the fire

I was there to see Tom Cochrane, not Glass Tiger

By Steve Newton One of the few worthwhile legacies of the 1986 Vancouver Expo was the Expo Theatre, where I saw a few good shows around that time, including Kim Mitchell, Joe Jackson, and Alvin Lee from Ten Years After. One summer day in '87 I visited the outdoor venue to see Tom Cochrane, who I've … Continue reading I was there to see Tom Cochrane, not Glass Tiger

That time Billy Idol told me “I don’t sign autographs! I’m no fucking star!”

By Steve Newton There's a bit of an interesting story behind this picture, another one taken by the awesome Bev Davies. I'd interviewed Billy Idol on the phone then gone to see him play UBC's War Memorial Gym on the Rebel Yell Tour. I was hanging out backstage with a gaggle of fans way more … Continue reading That time Billy Idol told me “I don’t sign autographs! I’m no fucking star!”

Backstage with the King of Nasty Rock, Alice Cooper

By Steve Newton After his Vancouver performance on the Hey Stoopid Tour, I think it was, I got to say howdy to one of my biggest rock idols of all time. I still think Alice Cooper's string of early '70s albums--Love It to Death, School's Out, Killer, Billion Dollar Babies, and Muscle of Love--is unmatchable … Continue reading Backstage with the King of Nasty Rock, Alice Cooper

B.B. King: The nicest bluesman I ever met

By Steve Newton I've interviewed a lot of incredible bluesmen over the years, including Stevie Ray Vaughan, Albert King, Albert Collins, and Roy Buchanan. But far and away the nicest was B.B. King. Famed Vancouver punk-rock photographer Bev Davies snapped this shot of me 'n' B.B. in his hotel room at the Plazazz Showroom in … Continue reading B.B. King: The nicest bluesman I ever met

Meeting the world’s greatest living rock guitarist

Oh man was I stoked when I headed backstage at the Queen Eiizabeth Theatre on Saturday, September 19, 1999. I was getting to meet the legendary Jeff Beck, who I believe is the world's greatest living rock guitarist. The guy on the right is Ferg, who was the best man at my wedding. Never mind … Continue reading Meeting the world’s greatest living rock guitarist

Chattin’ with Roy Buchanan at the Town Pump

By Steve Newton Not sure exactly when this was taken. Mid-'80s, maybe? I'd interviewed The Master of the Telecaster on the phone and then gone to see him play the Town Pump. Former Georgia Straight accountant/photographer/man-about-town Mila Geran took this shot. I like how that old Town Pump piano shows up behind us. It was … Continue reading Chattin’ with Roy Buchanan at the Town Pump

“Would you buy a used car from one of these guys?”

By Steve Newton I've been fortunate enough to interview Steve Earle a number of times over the years. On a pretty well regular basis since his second album, Exit O, actually. During one phoner I made the mistake of pronouncing the title "Exit Oh", and he kindly corrected me. "It's Exit Zero." He's always been very … Continue reading “Would you buy a used car from one of these guys?”

Giving the Nuge rabbit ears while eating an apple

By Steve Newton This is one of my fave alltime backstage snapshots, courtesy longtime Georgia Straight concert photographer Kevin Statham. I was backstage at a 1991 Damn Yankees show at Vancouver's Pacific Coliseum, with a couple of my buddies, including "Honest" Todd Salive (in the Mad Duck shirt) and Terry "Terr Bear" Cave, the former … Continue reading Giving the Nuge rabbit ears while eating an apple