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

That time Dave Brock told me that Hawkwind wasn’t influenced by anybody

By Steve Newton Back in December of 1990 I interviewed Hawkwind guitarist and founding member Dave Brock. I called him up in Cleveland, where his space-rock band was touring behind its latest album, Space Bandits. At one point in the conversation I asked Brock if Hawkwind was influenced by prog groups like Pink Floyd and … Continue reading That time Dave Brock told me that Hawkwind wasn’t influenced by anybody

That time Lee Rocker told me that the Stray Cats instantly connected with people, even in the early days

By Steve Newton Lee Rocker is best known as the bassist for the Stray Cats, but he also made some great music with a band called Phantom, Rocker & Slick, which included guitar great Earl Slick and Stray Cats drummer Slim Jim Phantom. When I interviewed Rocker in March of 2007 he was touring behind … Continue reading That time Lee Rocker told me that the Stray Cats instantly connected with people, even in the early days

That time I asked Roger Hodgson why he left Supertramp anyway

By Steve Newton Like most kids growing up in the seventies who were into prog rock, I liked Supertramp. Probably not as much as my sisters did, though. They were crazy about Supertramp. I interviewed one of the band's two main guys, singer-songwriter-guitarist Roger Hodgson, in March of 1998, long after he'd quit the group … Continue reading That time I asked Roger Hodgson why he left Supertramp anyway

That time Joe Elliott told me that Def Leppard wasn’t a big-hair band, and didn’t belong in “the Winger/Warrant/Ratt category”

By Steve Newton Joe Elliott is the fourth Def Leppard member I've interviewed. I started off with bassist Rick Savage in 1983, hooked up with guitarist Steve Clark in '88, and chatted with VIvian Campbell--the guy who took Clark's place after he died--in 1992. I didn't get around to talking with Elliott until 2003, when … Continue reading That time Joe Elliott told me that Def Leppard wasn’t a big-hair band, and didn’t belong in “the Winger/Warrant/Ratt category”

That time Heart’s Ann Wilson told me that the only movie scripts she ever got were for hard-drinking, Janis Joplin-type roles

By Steve Newton Heart were one of the first great rock bands I ever saw. Back in the early seventies they would play gigs in my hometown of Chilliwack, showcasing wicked tunes like "White Lightning and Wine" and "Magic Man" that would eventually appear on their 1975 debut album, Dreamboat Annie. I didn't get to … Continue reading That time Heart’s Ann Wilson told me that the only movie scripts she ever got were for hard-drinking, Janis Joplin-type roles

That time Joe Jackson told me that Duke Ellington was wrong: there’s actually three kinds of music

By Steve Newton I interviewed Joe Jackson in August of 2003, when he had reunited with his original band for its 25th anniversary, and to record the album Volume 4. That's the same band--guitarist Gary Sanford, bassist Graham Maby, drummer David Houghton, and Jackson on vocals and piano--that played on his awesome 1979 albums, Look … Continue reading That time Joe Jackson told me that Duke Ellington was wrong: there’s actually three kinds of music

That time Ronnie James Dio told me that Black Sabbath’s “Heaven and Hell” was his favourite song out of all the things he’d done

By Steve Newton Way the funk back in 1985 I did my one and only interview with Ronnie James Dio. He was touring behind Dio's Sacred Heart album, and he got tickets and backstage passes to the show in Vancouver at the Pacific Coliseum. I'll never forget how kind and generous he was when we … Continue reading That time Ronnie James Dio told me that Black Sabbath’s “Heaven and Hell” was his favourite song out of all the things he’d done

That time David Lee Roth told me that a reunion with Van Halen was possible as long as he could “bang that high note like a freebie from a Vegas call girl”

By Steve Newton Back in June of 2003 I did my second interview with David Lee Roth. At the time he was touring behind his most recent solo album, Diamond Dave, but of course I had to ask him about the possibility of getting back together with Van Halen, which had been on hiatus for … Continue reading That time David Lee Roth told me that a reunion with Van Halen was possible as long as he could “bang that high note like a freebie from a Vegas call girl”