That time Mick Ronson told me that Steve Jones got pulled from the Hunter-Ronson tour because his album fell off the charts

By Steve Newton Back in December of 1989 I did my second interview with Mick Ronson, one of the greatest rock guitarists ever. At the time he was touring with Ian Hunter in support of their amazing YUI Orta album, released two months before. At one point in the conversation I asked Ronson how it … Continue reading That time Mick Ronson told me that Steve Jones got pulled from the Hunter-Ronson tour because his album fell off the charts

That time ex-Thin Lizzy guitarist John Sykes told me about being fired from Whitesnake by David Coverdale

Sykes (right) and Coverdale in happier times By Steve Newton Back in May of 1989 I interviewed English guitar hero John Sykes, who you may know for his fiery fretwork on the final Thin Lizzy album, Thunder and Lightning. Two years before we did that interview Whitesnake had released its self-titled album, the one that … Continue reading That time ex-Thin Lizzy guitarist John Sykes told me about being fired from Whitesnake by David Coverdale

That time Tommy Aldridge called me up from the Whitesnake tour and explained how it was different working for David Coverdale than Ozzy Osbourne

By Steve Newton In April of 1990 hard-rock drum legend Tommy Aldridge called me up from the road in Minneapolis, where he was playing that night with his latest band, Whitesnake. The group was touring behind its eighth studio album, Slip of the Tongue, the one with "Fool For Your Loving 89". I actually preferred … Continue reading That time Tommy Aldridge called me up from the Whitesnake tour and explained how it was different working for David Coverdale than Ozzy Osbourne

That time Joey Molland told me about the “crooks” that stole a ton of royalty money from Badfinger

By Steve Newton Thirty-five years ago today--on  November 26, 1987--I did an interview with Joey Molland of Badfinger. I've loved Badfinger ever since I first heard them doing that 1969 song that everybody thought was the Beatles, "Come and Get It", from the film The Magic Christian. Joey Molland wasn't in the band then, but … Continue reading That time Joey Molland told me about the “crooks” that stole a ton of royalty money from Badfinger

That time back in 1985 when Roger Glover told me about the reunited Deep Purple’s first jam session

By Steve Newton I did my second interview with Deep Purple bassist Roger Glover back in March of 1985, when the band's Mark II lineup--composed of him, guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, singer Ian Gillan, keyboardist Jon Lord, and drummer Ian Paice--had reunited to record the Perfect Strangers album and embark on a sold-out world tour. At … Continue reading That time back in 1985 when Roger Glover told me about the reunited Deep Purple’s first jam session

Nazareth singer Dan McCafferty dead at 76

McCafferty, left, with Nazareth in the '70s By Steve Newton Just had some sad news relayed to me by my nephew Jeff, the rock-loving dude you may have heard about through my backstage memories of Iron Maiden and Motley Crue. Jeff let me know that Dan McCafferty, the original vocalist for Scottish guitar-rockers Nazareth, had … Continue reading Nazareth singer Dan McCafferty dead at 76

Neil Young’s 20 best songs, from wicked to freakin’ awesome

By Steve Newton Please note: this list doesn't include any of the songs Neil wrote and recorded with groups like Buffalo Springfield, CSNY, or the Stills-Young Band, so don't come cryin' to me that "Long May You Run" isn't on there. 20. "Walk On" (On the Beach, 1974) 19. "I Believe in You" (After the … Continue reading Neil Young’s 20 best songs, from wicked to freakin’ awesome

That time Tommy Aldridge told me that they threatened to break his arms if he left Black Oak Arkansas

By Steve Newton I interviewed hard-rock drum legend Tommy Aldridge for the first time back in April of 1990, when he was touring with Whitesnake in support of their latest album, Slip of the Tongue. I'd been a fan of his ever since I first heard him in the '70s, slamming the skins for southern-rockers … Continue reading That time Tommy Aldridge told me that they threatened to break his arms if he left Black Oak Arkansas

Steve Miller’s first guitar teachers were Les Paul and T-Bone Walker

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON AUG. 23, 2022 By Steve Newton As a youngster, Steve Miller had the best guitar teachers you could ever ask for. I mean, Les Paul and T-Bone Walker? Are you kidding? That must have been like the ultimate fairy tale for a music-loving kid in the 20th century. "I grew up in … Continue reading Steve Miller’s first guitar teachers were Les Paul and T-Bone Walker

That time 21-year-old Devin Townsend raved to me about his new band, Noisescapes

kevin statham photo By Steve Newton I interviewed Devin Townsend for the second time in September of 1993, shortly after he'd hooked up with Steve Vai and they'd recorded Vai's Sex & Religion album. Townsend--who has since gone on to become one of the most acclaimed and prolific metal musicians in the world--was 21 at … Continue reading That time 21-year-old Devin Townsend raved to me about his new band, Noisescapes

When you’re 64, that old Beatles tune really means something

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT ON APRIL 14, 2021 By Steve Newton I was born on April 14, 1957, so the Beatles' "When I'm Sixty-Four" is my favourite song today. Listening to that tune really takes me back...to a happier time? Maybe so. Not that I'm doin' too bad right now, having just gotten … Continue reading When you’re 64, that old Beatles tune really means something

That time John Cougar told me that he was really influenced by the ballsiness of Prince

By Steve Newton I interviewed John Mellencamp for the first time in May of 1983, when he was still known as John Cougar. At the time he was touring behind his blockbuster American Fool album, and at one point in the conversation I asked him about his upcoming album, Uh-huh, which would hit record stores … Continue reading That time John Cougar told me that he was really influenced by the ballsiness of Prince

Former Police-man Stewart Copeland still “bangin’ shit” at 70

By Steve Newton Stewart Copeland remembers well when he first discovered his love of music. He was around seven years old, living in Beirut, Lebanon, and gazing intently at the Persian rugs that his mother had bought in Iran. "I was listening to Carmina Burana," he explains on the phone from his home in L.A., … Continue reading Former Police-man Stewart Copeland still “bangin’ shit” at 70

That time Aerosmith’s Tom Hamilton told me that he smoked a big bone right before thinking up the bass lick for “Sweet Emotion”

By Steve Newton The first time I interviewed Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton was back in 1983, during the period when Joe Perry and Brad Whitford were out of the band, and the group was touring behind its Rock in a Hard Place album. The second time we chatted was when the original lineup had been … Continue reading That time Aerosmith’s Tom Hamilton told me that he smoked a big bone right before thinking up the bass lick for “Sweet Emotion”

Kiss lip-synchs and air-guitars its way through “Psycho Circus” for a Halloween episode of Millennium

Paul, Ace, and Newt on the set of Millennium. Would it have killed them to smile? ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, OCT. 1, 1998 By Steve Newton A rocking Halloween came early for a couple of hundred lucky Vancouverites at the Rage nightclub last Tuesday (September 29). American glam-metal kings Kiss were in town, … Continue reading Kiss lip-synchs and air-guitars its way through “Psycho Circus” for a Halloween episode of Millennium

That time I asked Rob Halford what his personal fave tune was on the new Judas Priest album Painkiller

By Steve Newton I've interviewed Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford four times, and he's always been a very amicable, well-spoken chap. The second time was back in October of 1990, one month after the release of Priest's Painkiller album. At one point in the conversation I asked Halford what his personal favourite tune was on … Continue reading That time I asked Rob Halford what his personal fave tune was on the new Judas Priest album Painkiller

Nazareth’s 20 best songs, from wicked to freakin’ awesome

By Steve Newton The sad news about Nazareth guitarist Manny Charlton passing away on July 5 inspired me to compile my list of the band's best songs. Not surprisingly, they're almost all from the '70s. 20. "Just to Get Into It" (No Mean City, 1979) 19. "Silver Dollar Forger (Parts 1 & 2)" (Rampant, 1974) … Continue reading Nazareth’s 20 best songs, from wicked to freakin’ awesome

That time I asked ex-David Lee Roth bassist Billy Sheehan if he would jump at the chance to join Van Halen

By Steve Newton Back in August of 1989 I interviewed American bass god Billy Sheehan, who was promoting the new, self-titled debut album by his latest band, Mr. Big. The previous year Sheehan had been playing with Steve Vai in David Lee Roth's band, so as the conversation was winding down I asked him whether--if … Continue reading That time I asked ex-David Lee Roth bassist Billy Sheehan if he would jump at the chance to join Van Halen