That time Canadian rock-guitar wizard Dave Martone got choked up talking about Eddie Van Halen

By Steve Newton Vancouver-based guitarist Dave Martone knows wicked guitar players. As well as having collaborated and toured with his good friend Joe Satriani over the years, Martone has managed to work with such acclaimed six-string slingers as Yngwie Malmsteen, Jennifer Batten, Tosin Abasi, Greg Howe, Paul Gilbert, and Marty Friedman. But when I interviewed Martone in November … Continue reading That time Canadian rock-guitar wizard Dave Martone got choked up talking about Eddie Van Halen

That time I asked Canadian fingerstyle-guitar virtuoso Don Ross how he got so good

By Steve Newton I interviewed Canadian guitar virtuoso Don Ross for the first time back in 2001, when he was touring behind his Huron Street album. Ross is the only person to win the National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship twice (1988 and 1996), so yeah, he's shit-hot. At one point in the conversation I asked him … Continue reading That time I asked Canadian fingerstyle-guitar virtuoso Don Ross how he got so good

That time Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson told me that he never had the desire to make a solo album

By Steve Newton Back in January of 1992 I interviewed Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson while his band was touring behind its Roll the Bones album. At one point in the conversation I asked Lifeson if he ever had the desire to make a solo album, and he claimed that he didn't. Guess he changed his … Continue reading That time Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson told me that he never had the desire to make a solo album

That time Mason Ruffner told me about the “special thanks” to Jimmy Page on his new Gypsy Blood album

Ruffner and Page try each other's guitars By Steve Newton I interviewed Strat-playing Texas blues-rocker Mason Ruffner back in July of 1987. At the time he was touring in support of his second album, the Dave Edmunds-produced Gypsy Blood. His music was along the same lines as his Epic Records labelmate Stevie Ray Vaughan, so I … Continue reading That time Mason Ruffner told me about the “special thanks” to Jimmy Page on his new Gypsy Blood album

That time I asked Rickey Medlocke if he and Hughie Thomasson might get to sneak a Blackfoot or Outlaws tune into Skynyrd’s set

By Steve Newton I interviewed Rickey Medlocke in 1997, the year after he'd joined Gary Rossington and Hughie Thomasson in Lynyrd Skynyrd's three-guitar lineup. While Rossington was a founding Skynyrd guitarist, and Medlocke had played drums for them in their early days, Medlocke and Thomasson had made their names in two of my other fave … Continue reading That time I asked Rickey Medlocke if he and Hughie Thomasson might get to sneak a Blackfoot or Outlaws tune into Skynyrd’s set

That time I told Jeff Beck that the first time I ever saw him was with Aerosmith on the Rocks Tour in ’76

By Steve Newton Over the past 40 years or so I've seen hella concerts in the Vancouver area, either at clubs, soft-seat theatres, arenas, or stadiums. But I've also enjoyed the odd memorable gig outside Metro Vancouver. Back in the mid-'80s I was fortunate enough to see both Midnight Oil and Angel City play club … Continue reading That time I told Jeff Beck that the first time I ever saw him was with Aerosmith on the Rocks Tour in ’76

That time Long John Baldry told me that Jeff Beck’s wife wouldn’t let him join Baldry’s band back in ’64

By Steve Newton Ever since hearing the sad and shocking news of Jeff Beck's death last Tuesday (January 10) I've been thinking of how huge a loss his passing was. By all accounts he was an incredibly fine person, above and beyond being the greatest rock guitarist who ever lived. I've been recalling some of … Continue reading That time Long John Baldry told me that Jeff Beck’s wife wouldn’t let him join Baldry’s band back in ’64

Jeff Beck, the world’s greatest rock guitarist, dead at 78

kevin statham photo By Steve Newton I can barely believe the shocking and terrible news. I just heard that Jeff Beck died yesterday after suddenly contracting bacterial meningitis. That is surely one of the most profound losses the music world has ever suffered. Jeff Beck's guitar playing spoke to me more than any other player. … Continue reading Jeff Beck, the world’s greatest rock guitarist, dead at 78

Famed guitar writer Jas Obrecht releases never-before-heard interview with Eddie Van Halen

Jas n' Eddie By Steve Newton If you were a dedicated guitar freak in the late-'70s and through to the '90s, there's a good chance you picked up a copy of Guitar Player magazine with a cover story written by Jas Obrecht. I still remember picking up a copy that featured an awe-inspiring new guitarist … Continue reading Famed guitar writer Jas Obrecht releases never-before-heard interview with Eddie Van Halen

New York guitar ace Stephen Ulrich likes working with a gun to his head

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON JUNE 22, 2022 By Steve Newton Doing research for an interview with guitarist Stephen Ulrich can be a fun thing--especially if you're a Beatles fan. Searching around on YouTube, it doesn't take long to discover a version of the John Lennon-penned "Girl", off the 1965 Rubber Soul album. The tune, performed by … Continue reading New York guitar ace Stephen Ulrich likes working with a gun to his head

That time Buddy Guy told me how thrilled he was to finally record with B.B. King

By Steve Newton I did the second of my five interviews with Chicago blues legend Buddy Guy back in March of 1993. At the time Buddy was promoting his new album Feels Like Rain, so I called him up at a tour stop in Buffalo, New York. After clarifying that we were both definitely doin' … Continue reading That time Buddy Guy told me how thrilled he was to finally record with B.B. King

That time I asked B.B. King why he chose guitar as his instrument

bev davies photo By Steve Newton Way back in January of 1984 I did my first interview with B.B. King. He was playing a string of shows at the Plazazz! Showroom in North Vancouver, so I drove my '66 Dodge Polara on over the Lions Gate Bridge to visit the blues great in his room … Continue reading That time I asked B.B. King why he chose guitar as his instrument

That time I asked Albert Collins which blues artists he liked listening to, and he mentioned three biggies

By Steve Newton Way back in September of 1985 I did my one and only interview with blues legend Albert Collins, the "Master of the Telecaster". He was getting ready for a tour that would bring him to Vancouver for two nights at a Gastown nightclub called the Town Pump. At one point in the … Continue reading That time I asked Albert Collins which blues artists he liked listening to, and he mentioned three biggies