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

By Steve Newton I watched that 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 Vancouver's 86 … Continue reading That time Mick Ronson told me he was a rocker, as if I didn’t know

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