Led Zeppelin’s 20 best songs, from wicked to freakin’ awesome

By Steve Newton I realize millions of Zep fans might complain about "Stairway to Heaven" not being Number One, but they'll get over it. 20. "Ten Years Gone" (Physical Graffiti, 1975) 19. "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" (Led Zeppelin, 1969) 18. "Celebration Day" (Led Zeppelin III, 1970) 17. "Achilles Last Stand" (Presence, 1976) 16. "In … Continue reading Led Zeppelin’s 20 best songs, from wicked to freakin’ awesome

Creedence Clearwater Revival’s 20 best songs, from wicked to freakin’ awesome

By Steve Newton There might be a more impressive triple-threat musician--singer, songwriter, and guitarist--than John Fogerty. But I have no idea who it is. 20. "Long As I Can See the Light" (Cosmo's Factory, 1970) 19. "Penthouse Pauper" (Bayou Country, 1969) 18. "Susie Q" (Creedence Clearwater Revival, 1968) 17. "Someday Never Comes" (Mardi Gras, 1971) … Continue reading Creedence Clearwater Revival’s 20 best songs, from wicked to freakin’ awesome

David Bowie’s 20 best songs, from wicked to freakin’ awesome

By Steve Newton David Bowie would have turned 75 today. Man was he special. 20. "Time Will Crawl" (Never Let Me Down, 1987) 19. "Panic in Detroit" (Aladdin Sane, 1973) 18. “The Secret Life of Arabia” (Heroes, 1977) 17. “Young Americans” (Young Americans, 1975) 16. “The Man Who Sold the World” (The Man Who Sold … Continue reading David Bowie’s 20 best songs, from wicked to freakin’ awesome

The Beatles’ 20 best songs, from wicked to freakin’ awesome

By Steve Newton Now here's a list that was hard to keep down to 20 songs. Really hard. "All My Loving" (With the Beatles, 1963) "Can't Buy Me Love" (A Hard Day's Night, 1964) "I'm Looking Through You" (Rubber Soul, 1965) "I Saw Her Standing There" (Please Please Me, 1963) "Eleanor Rigby" (Revolver, 1966) "Come … Continue reading The Beatles’ 20 best songs, from wicked to freakin’ awesome

The Rolling Stones’ 20 best songs, from wicked to freakin’ awesome

By Steve Newton I guess Sticky Fingers might be the best Stones album. 20. "Little T&A" (Tattoo You, 1981) 19. "Bitch" (Sticky Fingers, 1971) 18. "Time Waits for No One" (It's Only Rock 'n Roll, 1974) 17. "When the Whip Comes Down" (Some Girls, 1978) 16. "Wild Horses" (Sticky Fingers, 1969) 15. "Under My Thumb" … Continue reading The Rolling Stones’ 20 best songs, from wicked to freakin’ awesome

Ian Hunter’s 20 best songs, from wicked to freakin’ awesome

Man, this was hard, trying to keep a list of Ian Hunter's best songs down to just 20 tunes. By Steve Newton 20. "I Get So Excited" (Ian Hunter, 1975) 19. "All American Alien Boy" (All American Alien Boy, 1976) 18. "Cleveland Rocks" (You're Never Alone with a Schizophrenic, 1979) 17. "Boy" (Ian Hunter, 1975) … Continue reading Ian Hunter’s 20 best songs, from wicked to freakin’ awesome

Mott the Hoople’s 20 best songs, from wicked to freakin’ awesome

Mott the Hoople are not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Neither is Ian Hunter, or either of the Micks (Ralphs and Ronson). Screw the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. By Steve Newton 20. "Death May Be Your Santa Claus" (Brain Capers, 1971) 19. "Walkin' with a Mountain" (Mad Shadows, 1970) 18. … Continue reading Mott the Hoople’s 20 best songs, from wicked to freakin’ awesome

That time Ronnie James Dio told me that music was given to us to colour our world

By Steve Newton When I interviewed Ronnie James Dio back in 1985 there was a backlash going against heavy metal, with groups like the PMRC (Parents Music Resource Centre) trying to depict it as dangerous to the wellbeing of young kids. Dio was well aware of how metal artists were being stereotyped for their music … Continue reading That time Ronnie James Dio told me that music was given to us to colour our world

Bad Company’s 20 best songs, from wicked to freakin’ awesome

By Steve Newton No Paul Rodgers, no Bad Company. 20. "Weep No More" (Straight Shooter, 1975) 19. "Peace of Mind" (Burnin' Sky, 1977) 18. "Sweet Lil Sister" (Run with the Pack, 1976) 17. "Painted Face" (Rough Diamonds, 1980) 16. "Rhythm Machine" (Desolation Angels, 1979) 15. "Ready for Love" (Bad Company, 1974) 14. "Deal With the … Continue reading Bad Company’s 20 best songs, from wicked to freakin’ awesome

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

By Steve Newton Ritchie with Ronnie rules. 20. "Difficult to Cure" (Difficult to Cure, 1981) 19. "Still I'm Sad" (Rainbow, 1975) 18. "Rainbow Eyes" (Long Live Rock 'n' Roll, 1977) 17. "Snake Charmer" (Rainbow, 1975) 16. "Tarot Woman" (Rising, 1976) 15. "Sensitive to Light" (Long Live Rock 'n' Roll, 1977) 14. "Since You've Been Gone" … Continue reading Rainbow’s 20 best songs, from wicked to freakin’ awesome

The Allman Brothers’ 20 best songs, from wicked to freakin’ awesome

By Steve Newton If you're wondering why "Statesboro Blues" and "One Way Out" aren't on here, it's because I didn't include live recordings, just studio ones. Sorry about that. 20. "Old Friend" (Hittin' the Note, 2003) 19. "Dreams" (The Allman Brothers Band, 1969) 18. "Pegasus" (Enlightened Rogues, 1979) 17. "Kind of Bird" (Shades of Two … Continue reading The Allman Brothers’ 20 best songs, from wicked to freakin’ awesome

The Outlaws’ 20 best songs, from wicked to freakin’ awesome

By Steve Newton Hurry Sundown rules. 20. "Stay With Me" (Outlaws, 1975) 19. "Hearin' My Heart Talkin'" (Hurry Sundown, 1977) 18. "Cry No More" (Outlaws, 1975) 17. "Song For You" (Outlaws, 1975) 16. "So Afraid" (Hurry Sundown, 1977) 15. "Waterhole" (Outlaws, 1975) 14. "So Long" (It's About Pride, 2012) 13. "Loverboy" (Lady in Waiting, 1976) … Continue reading The Outlaws’ 20 best songs, from wicked to freakin’ awesome

That time I asked Peter Goalby if the members of Uriah Heep feel old when they see the young lads in Def Leppard take the stage

By Steve Newton Back in June of 1983 I interviewed Uriah Heep vocalist Peter Goalby on the phone from Texas. A week later his band would join Def Leppard on the Canadian leg of its hugely successful Pyromania World Tour. Since the average age of the Def Leppard members was around 21 or something, I … Continue reading That time I asked Peter Goalby if the members of Uriah Heep feel old when they see the young lads in Def Leppard take the stage

That time Ronnie James Dio told me that he loved classical music, and that Bach was a real rock ‘n’ roller

By Steve Newton I interviewed Ronnie James Dio back in December of 1985 while he was touring behind his Sacred Heart album, with Yngwie Malmsteen opening up. At one point in the interview I mentioned how Ronnie had started out as a trumpet player when he was five, which led to him confessing his deep love … Continue reading That time Ronnie James Dio told me that he loved classical music, and that Bach was a real rock ‘n’ roller

That time Simon Townshend told me what it was like growing up with one of the world’s most famous rock guitarists for a brother

By Steve Newton Back in February of 1984 I interviewed Simon Townshend, the 23-year-old kid brother of Pete Townshend from the Who. The younger Townshend was touring behind his debut album, the Pete-produced Sweet Sound, and trying to distance himself from the shadow of his 16-years-older bro. At one point in the conversation I asked … Continue reading That time Simon Townshend told me what it was like growing up with one of the world’s most famous rock guitarists for a brother

That time Aldo Nova told me that the guys in Blue Öyster Cult were not as wild as you’d think they are

By Steve Newton I interviewed Aldo Nova back in December of 1983, when he was touring with one of my favourite all-time bands, Blue Öyster Cult. This was a month after BOC released the Bruce Fairbairn-produced The Revolution By Night, which isn't one of my fave Cult albums. But it does include a pretty cool … Continue reading That time Aldo Nova told me that the guys in Blue Öyster Cult were not as wild as you’d think they are

That time Steven Adler told me that he wished he’d checked out Iron Maiden when Guns N’ Roses opened for them in the ’80s

By Steve Newton I interviewed original Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler back in August of 2011, the same year he appeared in Season 5 of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. At the time he was heading to Vancouver for a club show with his own band, Adler's Appetite, performing originals and the tunes he … Continue reading That time Steven Adler told me that he wished he’d checked out Iron Maiden when Guns N’ Roses opened for them in the ’80s

That time Jakob Dylan told me that his dad wasn’t a lightweight

By Steve Newton I interviewed 23-year-old Jakob Dylan back in February of 1993, five months after the release of the Wallflowers' self-titled debut album. That was three years before his band struck it rich with the quadruple-platinum Bringing Down the Horse CD and number-one hit "One Headlight". At one point in the conversation I said … Continue reading That time Jakob Dylan told me that his dad wasn’t a lightweight