Ear of Newt’s Top 30 Rock Albums of 1975

Ah, 1975. The year I graduated high school. Talk about dazed and confused. Albums listed alphabetically by title, including three choice tracks from each one to help you remember how wicked they really were. Against the Grain: Rory Gallagher (“Bought and Sold”, “Out on the Western Plain”, “Lost at Sea”) America’s Choice: Hot Tuna (“Sleep … Continue reading Ear of Newt’s Top 30 Rock Albums of 1975

Ear of Newt’s Top 30 Rock Albums of 1974

Last year I put together a list of my 30 fave albums from 1973, which was a particularly awesome year since it included the release of what I’ve always felt was the world’s greatest rock album, the Who’s Quadrophenia. Now that you’ve all had a good chance to go out and purchase each and every one … Continue reading Ear of Newt’s Top 30 Rock Albums of 1974

Rush is in, Deep Purple’s out: the Rock Hall’s worth is still in doubt

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, DEC. 12, 2012 By Steve Newton If you’re a Rush freak who’s been holding a grudge against the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for not inducting your heroes, you’ve probably already heard that the Cleveland-based institution broke down yesterday and finally—after 14 years of eligibility—let the Canuck prog-rock legends in. … Continue reading Rush is in, Deep Purple’s out: the Rock Hall’s worth is still in doubt

Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson calls the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame “a popularity contest”

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, OCT. 20, 2012 By Steve Newton If you’re a Rush fan, you’ve no doubt heard that the Canuck power trio has finally been nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The group has been eligible for induction since 1999–25 years after the release of its self-titled debut album (featuring … Continue reading Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson calls the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame “a popularity contest”

slagging the Rock Hall

JAN. 2020: Rock Hall hits rock bottom, inducts Whitney Houston instead of THIN LIZZY OCT. 2019: Braindead twats at the Rock Hall nominate Whitney Houston, spurn RORY, LINK, and JOHNNY DEC. 2018: Newt’s Rock Hall inducts MOUNTAIN, THE CRAMPS, ROY BUCHANAN, NAZARETH, THE GEORGIA SATELLITES, THE NEW YORK DOLLS, and THE TRAGICALLY HIP OCT. 2018: … Continue reading slagging the Rock Hall

Guitar phenom Allan Holdsworth says he’s not impressed by flash

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, NOV. 11, 1983 By Steve Newton Eddie Van Halen calls him “fantastic”. Gary Moore says “he’s frightening. He’s definitely dangerous and getting better all the time.” Carlos Santana gives him “more credit than anyone for just pure expression in soloing.” Journey’s Neil Schon says: “If you play guitar and … Continue reading Guitar phenom Allan Holdsworth says he’s not impressed by flash

Old-school Sora is all about the classic rock

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, DEC. 8, 2005 If Erol Sora had released his new album, Demented Honour, 30 years ago, he’d have been an instant superstar, touring the world, packing 20,000-seat arenas, and drowning in chicks, champagne, and caviar. At least that’s the impression you get from the CD’s boisterously catchy opener, “Guilty”. The singer, … Continue reading Old-school Sora is all about the classic rock

Black Sabbath comes to town as Heaven and Hell

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, MARCH 14, 2007 When Black Sabbath came to town last Sunday—calling itself Heaven and Hell, I guess, to make sure no one expected Ozzy Osbourne to dodder onto the stage—it was the quartet’s first public performance in 14 years. More importantly, it was the group’s first Vancouver show in a quarter-century. … Continue reading Black Sabbath comes to town as Heaven and Hell

“Frankenstein” drummer Chuck Ruff from the Edgar Winter Group dies

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, OCT. 18, 2011 Chuck Ruff–the guy with the coolest name ever who also played drums with the Edgar Winter Group during its mid-’70s heyday–passed away in San Francisco last Friday (October 14) after a long illness. He was 60 years old. Ruff is best known for his shit-hot drumming on the … Continue reading “Frankenstein” drummer Chuck Ruff from the Edgar Winter Group dies

Bruce Dickinson says it would be unthinkable to do an Iron Maiden album without Martin Birch

By Steve Newton On Wednesday, June 29, 1983, Iron Maiden played Vancouver’s Pacific Coliseum on a bill with Saxon (who had that wicked tune, “Dallas 1 PM“) and Fastway (who had “Fast” Eddie Clarke from Motorhead and Pete Way from UFO). Maybe you were there? Maiden was touring behind its month-old album, Piece of Mind, which boasted one of its … Continue reading Bruce Dickinson says it would be unthinkable to do an Iron Maiden album without Martin Birch

interviews

Some of my interviews, arranged alphabetically, from AC/DC to ZZ Top AC/DC Malcolm Young & Brian Johnson, 1983 AEROSMITH Joe Perry, Sept. 2010 AEROSMITH Steven Tyler, 1997 AEROSMITH Joe Perry, 1997 AEROSMITH Tom Hamilton, 1994 AEROSMITH Joe Perry, 1988 AEROSMITH Tom Hamilton, 1983 TOMMY ALDRIDGE 2001 ALICE IN CHAINS Jerry Cantrell, 1991 ALL Bill Stevenson, 1993 … Continue reading interviews