TrailerHawk’s intoxicating roots-rock lights up the new North Delta Centre for the Arts

photos by the Newt By Steve Newton As someone who's been an avid concert-goer since his teens--and has reviewed more than 300 concerts as a professional music writer--I used to dream about how cool it would be if I could just leave my house, walk a block or two, and see a show. Well, thanks … Continue reading TrailerHawk’s intoxicating roots-rock lights up the new North Delta Centre for the Arts

ZZ Top’s reliance on bodacious babes overshadows its musical talents on the Antenna World Tour

kevin statham photo ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, SEPT. 9, 1994 By Steve Newton "Those babes gotta go," said my pal Lindy as our gang of ZZ Top fans strolled from the Coliseum to the PNE beer garden last Saturday (September 3), the sonic blast of Billy Gibbons's down 'n' dirty guitar still ricocheting … Continue reading ZZ Top’s reliance on bodacious babes overshadows its musical talents on the Antenna World Tour

Meaf Loaf is a charismatic special-effect on the Everything Louder Tour

kevin statham photo ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, AUG. 26, 1994 By Steve Newton Boy, there sure are some wacky folks working in the Georgia Straight production department. As soon as they heard I was going to see Meat Loaf on August 22, while the PNE was on, all Brigit and Dwayne could think … Continue reading Meaf Loaf is a charismatic special-effect on the Everything Louder Tour

Crosby, Stills & Nash turn it up too loud, forgetting that they aren’t Young

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JULY 15, 1994 By Steve Newton "Look, there's that crazy guy!" declared the frail-looking, bespectacled chap sitting in front of me at the Queen E. last Thursday. He was pointing at a large, bearded man in the stage-right balcony who was standing up and howling and throwing punches around, … Continue reading Crosby, Stills & Nash turn it up too loud, forgetting that they aren’t Young

Lindsay Mitchell’s guitar heroics help make the reformed Prism’s debut a night to remember

chris cameron photo ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, FEB. 5, 1988 By Steve Newton Considering all the media hype surrounding the recent Prism reformation--all of which hit the presses before the renewed lineup even had a chance to perform live--it wasn't surprising that armchair music critics and opponents of '70s rock were skeptical of … Continue reading Lindsay Mitchell’s guitar heroics help make the reformed Prism’s debut a night to remember

The Church and Blue Aeroplanes bring a night of jangly guitars to Vancouver’s Commodore Ballroom

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JULY 12, 1990 By Steve Newton It was a real toss-up to decide which band—Australia's Church or Britain's Blue Aeroplanes—was the more entertaining at the Commodore last Thursday (July 5). The B.A.'s set was short and sweet; the Church took quite a while to get going. One thing's for … Continue reading The Church and Blue Aeroplanes bring a night of jangly guitars to Vancouver’s Commodore Ballroom

A night on the town in Vancouver circa 1985 starts with “Mick from Paradox” and ends with D.O.A.

bev davies photo ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JUNE 7, 1985 By Steve Newton Most people visit the Fraser Arms Hotel to see the Top 40 bands at Frams, but last Saturday night I had the urge for something a little more mellow. (I knew I'd be ending up at the D.O.A. show later … Continue reading A night on the town in Vancouver circa 1985 starts with “Mick from Paradox” and ends with D.O.A.

Vancouver blues-rocker Dave Chisholm recalls his band the Fins opening for Johnny Winter

The Fins frontman Dave Chisholm opening for Johnny Winter. Photo by Bruce Law. By Steve Newton The Commodore Ballroom is one of the best places in Vancouver to see a concert. Back in the seventies, before I started working as a music writer for the Georgia Straight, I would make the one-hour trek from my … Continue reading Vancouver blues-rocker Dave Chisholm recalls his band the Fins opening for Johnny Winter

Seattle’s Dynette Set tops Vancouver’s b-Sides and Modernettes at Youth Explosion #3

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JUNE 18, 1982 By Steve Newton Seattle's Dynette Set stole the show at last Saturday's (June 12) Youth Explosion #3 in the West End Community Centre. The show, put on by CITR and the Community Centre, saw the popular Vancouver club act the b-Sides headlining, rockers the Modernettes backing … Continue reading Seattle’s Dynette Set tops Vancouver’s b-Sides and Modernettes at Youth Explosion #3

Elvin Bishop dedicates an Elmore James classic to John Lee Hooker’s wife at the Commodore

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JUNE 11, 1982 By Steve Newton Thursday (June 3) was blues night at the Commodore Ballroom with Elvin Bishop and the Brian Butler Band from Seattle. Opening the show was another Seattle group, the Hitch Brothers Band, and their fast-paced set of blues-rock was lively but failed to draw … Continue reading Elvin Bishop dedicates an Elmore James classic to John Lee Hooker’s wife at the Commodore

Blue Öyster Cult don’t need no stinkin’ strobes to light up a stage in 2000

steven c. pesant photo ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN EXPERIENCE HENDRIX MAGAZINE, SUMMER 2000 By Steve Newton On the way in to see Blue Öyster Cult at the Rage on February 17 I thought I was having a '70s flashback: a sign on the door read, "Health warning: strobe lights will be used throughout tonight's performance!!!" Strangely … Continue reading Blue Öyster Cult don’t need no stinkin’ strobes to light up a stage in 2000

Charlie Daniels brings his redneck fiddle noise to my old hometown for the Chilliwack Country Music Festival

@shotbykevin ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, AUG. 10, 1990 By Steve Newton Whether you're a big country music fan or just someone who enjoys partying in the sun with several thousand other folks, the Chilliwack Fairgrounds was the place to be over the long weekend. Twenty-four bands performed, much beer was consumed, and it … Continue reading Charlie Daniels brings his redneck fiddle noise to my old hometown for the Chilliwack Country Music Festival

Iron Maiden was the world’s best metal band in Vancouver last night

all photos by Jeff Sutherland By Steve Newton Your first concert is a big deal--or that's what my nephew Jeff says, anyway. Thirty-five years ago I took him to his very first rock show, at the Pacific Coliseum. It was Iron Maiden on the Powerslave tour. He was 14. It ruled. Last night (Sept. 3) … Continue reading Iron Maiden was the world’s best metal band in Vancouver last night