That time Lemmy from Motörhead made me feel like a twit because I hadn’t heard Skunk Anansie yet

By Steve Newton One thing you had to love about Lemmy Kilmister--apart from his brain-rattling music--was how good he was at being himself. He wasn't the type to put on airs. He said whatever he wanted, whenever he wanted. And if he happened to hurt your wittle bitty feelings being Lenny, tough titty. That was … Continue reading That time Lemmy from Motörhead made me feel like a twit because I hadn’t heard Skunk Anansie yet

That time I asked Jeff Healey about his 1989 Grammy nomination and he told me that Jimmy Page would probably win

By Steve Newton On February 16, 1989, I did the second of my three interviews with Canadian guitar hero Jeff Healey. He was only 22 at the time, but holy crap could that guy play! Anyway, this was about five months after the release of his wicked debut album, See the Light, which you may … Continue reading That time I asked Jeff Healey about his 1989 Grammy nomination and he told me that Jimmy Page would probably win

That time Adam Levine of Maroon 5 told me that he needed more spicy plum sauce–and didn’t love the White Stripes

By Steve Newton Maroon 5 are pretty huge these days. Huge enough that they're playing the Super Bowl halftime show today, for what that's worth. I interviewed the band's 24-year-old frontman, Adam Levine, when they weren't nearly as huge. It was back in May of 2003, when they were touring North America with Matchbox Twenty, … Continue reading That time Adam Levine of Maroon 5 told me that he needed more spicy plum sauce–and didn’t love the White Stripes

That time B.B. King told me that Eric Clapton could make him do whatever he wants

By Steve Newton I've been lucky enough to have interviewed blues legend B.B. King twice, once way back in 1984, then again in 2002. The last time was a couple of years after he and Eric Clapton had recorded the awesome Riding With the King album, which was a shoo-in for my Top 10 albums … Continue reading That time B.B. King told me that Eric Clapton could make him do whatever he wants

That time I called Susan Tedeschi to talk about Just Won’t Burn and her mom said she was in the tub

By Steve Newton I did my first interview with Susan Tedeschi in November of 1998, just eight months before she met husband-to-be Derek Trucks while opening for the Allman Brothers and they started the relationship that would result in two beautiful kids and the formation of the equally stunning Tedeschi Trucks Band. At the time … Continue reading That time I called Susan Tedeschi to talk about Just Won’t Burn and her mom said she was in the tub

That time Mick Ronson told me he was a rocker, as if I didn’t know

By Steve Newton I watched that recently released documentary on Mick Ronson, Beside Bowie, the other day, and it inspired me to digitize another snippet off my first interview with Ronno, from 1988. You're welcome, fellow Ronson freaks! The conversation happened on September 9, '88, in advance of a show by the Hunter-Ronson Band at … Continue reading That time Mick Ronson told me he was a rocker, as if I didn’t know

That time Robin Trower told me that most of the pop music in England was “rubbish”

By Steve Newton Robin Trower is one of my fave guitarists of all time. His string of wicked albums in the seventies--in particular Twice Removed from Yesterday, Bridge of Sighs, and For Earth Below--were a major part of the soundtrack to my teenage existence. He's never gotten the cred he deserves, partly due to the … Continue reading That time Robin Trower told me that most of the pop music in England was “rubbish”

That time Leslie West told me that Eddie Van Halen inspired him to get back into guitar after rehab

By Steve Newton In the Year of Our Lord, 1974, Mountain was one of my favourite bands. Back then I played the crap out of their new live album, Twin Peaks, marvelling at how totally rockin' a cowbell could sound on "Mississippi Queen". And Leslie West's guitar playing wasn't too bad either. Four years later another American … Continue reading That time Leslie West told me that Eddie Van Halen inspired him to get back into guitar after rehab

That time Warren Zevon told me that “Werewolves of London” wasn’t as big a hit as people think

By Steve Newton As we enter a new year I find myself thinking: "Man, there aren't many singer-songwriters like Warren Zevon around anymore." That dude was one of a kind, that's for sure. In my 35-plus years of interviewing musicians, chatting with him has gotta be in my Top 10. Too bad I only got … Continue reading That time Warren Zevon told me that “Werewolves of London” wasn’t as big a hit as people think

That time Tony Iommi told me about the early rivalry between Black Sabbath and Deep Purple

By Steve Newton When I interviewed guitar legend Tony Iommi back in March of 2007 he was bringing his Ronnie James Dio-fronted version of Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell, to Vancouver for a show at the Pacific Coliseum with Megadeth and Down. At one point I asked Iommi whether he was a fan of Dio's … Continue reading That time Tony Iommi told me about the early rivalry between Black Sabbath and Deep Purple