Album Review: The Radiators, Zigzagging Through Ghostland (1989)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, AUG. 18, 1989 By Steve Newton It's a real shame that the Radiators had to cancel a scheduled show at 86 Street a while back, because the New Orleans-based band is a real cooker, as Zigzagging Through Ghostland attests. The Radiators' funky southern soul is reminiscent of Little Feat, … Continue reading Album Review: The Radiators, Zigzagging Through Ghostland (1989)

Ian Hunter and Mick Ronson tour behind YUI Orta, so the Newt talks to Ronno

By Steve Newton On December 19, 1989, Ian Hunter and Mick Ronson played the 86 Street Music Hall in Vancouver. For me, it didn't get any better than that. I'd been a huge fan of Hunter ever since I first heard his old band, Mott the Hoople, and Ronson...well, if you liked David Bowie in … Continue reading Ian Hunter and Mick Ronson tour behind YUI Orta, so the Newt talks to Ronno

The Hoodoo Gurus’ Brad Shepherd talks Aussie rock and Magnum Cum Louder

By Steve Newton Twenty-five years ago today--on November 5, 1989--the Hoodoo Gurus played the first of two shows at Vancouver's 86 Street Music Hall. I'd been a fan of the Aussie guitar-rockers since their Stoneage Romeos debut album of '84. They wrote catchy, jangley tunes; didn't take themselves too seriously. They were a lotta fun, and apparently … Continue reading The Hoodoo Gurus’ Brad Shepherd talks Aussie rock and Magnum Cum Louder

The Rolling Stones play Vancouver on the Steel Wheels Tour

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, NOV. 10, 1989 By Steve Newton In what was surely the biggest Vancouver concert event of the '80s, the Rolling Stones hit Vancouver for two nights last week amid a flurry of hype and much grovelling for tickets. Now that Jagger and the boys have gathered up their money-bags … Continue reading The Rolling Stones play Vancouver on the Steel Wheels Tour

25-year-old Gordon Downie talks “38 Years Old” on the Tragically Hip’s Up to Here tour

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, OCT. 1989 By Steve Newton What's the most important element in a new band as far as making it in rock goes? Some might say financial backing, although when you look at groups like Kiss or the Sex Pistols it's pretty clear that image and/or hype are as effective … Continue reading 25-year-old Gordon Downie talks “38 Years Old” on the Tragically Hip’s Up to Here tour

Kim Mitchell ponders Max Webster’s past while on the Rockland tour

Twenty-five years ago today--on October 15, 1989--a 37-year-old Kim Mitchell played the Orpheum Theatre, touring behind his third solo album, Rockland. In advance of the show I interviewed him on the phone from his Toronto home, and we talked a bit about the new album, which was gettting a buzz at the time from the raucous … Continue reading Kim Mitchell ponders Max Webster’s past while on the Rockland tour

Steve Stevens on leaving Billy Idol and branching out with Atomic Playboys

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, OCT. 6, 1989 By Steve Newton You might have seen the movie Fame--or the TV series that followed it--which traced the exploits of young students at Manhattan's renowned High School of the Performing Arts. With all the dancing in the streets that went on, you'd figure anyone enrolled in the … Continue reading Steve Stevens on leaving Billy Idol and branching out with Atomic Playboys

Bass god Billy Sheehan pooh-poohs Mr. Big’s supergroup status

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, SEPT. 8, 1989 By Steve Newton Seeing a destined-to-be-huge band in a small venue can make for one of the most memorable nights in any rock fan's existence. Kiss at the Commodore, Jeff Healey at the Yale, Living Colour at the Town Pump, Metallica at the New York Theatre--those … Continue reading Bass god Billy Sheehan pooh-poohs Mr. Big’s supergroup status

Johnny Winter is hot, white, and blue in Vancouver

On September 1, 1989, Johnny Winter played the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver. The chance to witness the underrated Texas guitar legend in the confines of one of VanCity's finest concert venues (for the second time) was not one I was about to pass up. Besides, at the time I was really grooving on his latest album, … Continue reading Johnny Winter is hot, white, and blue in Vancouver

Meat Loaf plays Vancouver, threatens to kick 900 asses

On August 31, 1989, Meat Loaf played Vancouver's 86 Street Music Hall, so I went. Here's my review, published in the September 8-15 issue of the Georgia Straight under the headline "The Bat Out of Hell returns for another bite". Meat Loaf was one of the most unusual rock personalities of the '70s. First off, unlike … Continue reading Meat Loaf plays Vancouver, threatens to kick 900 asses

Rod Stewart plays Vancouver with Tom Cochrane and Jeff Healey

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JULY 21, 1989 By Steve Newton All the acts at last Sunday's (July 16) rock 'n' roll bash at B.C. Place had played Vancouver last year—Rod Stewart at the Coliseum, Tom Cochrane at the Orpheum, and Jeff Healey at the Commodore. But that didn't stop 21,000 rock fans from shelling out … Continue reading Rod Stewart plays Vancouver with Tom Cochrane and Jeff Healey

Ex-Thin Lizzy guitarist John Sykes on Blue Murder, Bob Rock, and the Little Mountain sound

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JUNE 16, 1989 By Steve Newton By now, most every rock fan in Vancouver must be aware that many of North America's best-selling bands--Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, and the Cult to name a few--have been making their latest chart-topping records right here in town. Little Mountain Sound on West 7th … Continue reading Ex-Thin Lizzy guitarist John Sykes on Blue Murder, Bob Rock, and the Little Mountain sound

Metallica’s young guns of sonic mayhem slay Vancouver on the …And Justice for All Tour

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JUNE 9, 1989 By Steve Newton The Pacific Coliseum may as well have been a Roman coliseum last Wednesday (May 31), because things got about as uncivilized as they've ever been in the home of the Canucks. Not since the Broad Street Bullies took their orange jerseys into the … Continue reading Metallica’s young guns of sonic mayhem slay Vancouver on the …And Justice for All Tour

Cult guitarist Billy Duffy says it all boils down to the Les Paul

By Steve Newton On May 31, 1989, the Cult opened for Metallica at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver. A month earlier the band had released its fourth album, Sonic Temple, which wasn't no Electric, but did boast one of my fave tunes that year--"Fire Woman". And the album cover was definitely rockin: In advance of … Continue reading Cult guitarist Billy Duffy says it all boils down to the Les Paul

Lars Ulrich denies that Grammy “loser” Metallica is mellowing out with …And Justice For All

By Steve Newton On May 31, 1989, Metallica played Vancouver's Pacific Coliseum on a bill with the Cult. This was just three months after the band had its expected Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance stolen away by Jethro Tull--whose Crest of a Knave album somehow beat out Metallica's mighty ...And Justice for All--and metal … Continue reading Lars Ulrich denies that Grammy “loser” Metallica is mellowing out with …And Justice For All

Bon Jovi brings New Jersey to Vancouver, Aerosmith and Motley Crue crash the party

On May 11, 1989, Bon Jovi played Vancouver's B.C. Place Stadium. The quintet was touring behind its fourth album, the locally-made, Bruce Fairbairn-produced New Jersey, which spawned five singles and has sold more than seven-million copies in the U.S. alone. The concert was memorable by late-'80s standards, I suppose, because it included appearances by members of … Continue reading Bon Jovi brings New Jersey to Vancouver, Aerosmith and Motley Crue crash the party

Braving Vancouver’s seedy Granville strip for Midnight Matinee in 1988

By Steve Newton One of the first set-visit stories I did for Fangoria was back in 1988, when I went down to Vancouver's Granville Mall to cover a low-budget flick called Midnight Matinee, which is also known as just Matinee, not to be confused with Joe Dante's Matinee of 1993. The movie--which nobody bothered telling … Continue reading Braving Vancouver’s seedy Granville strip for Midnight Matinee in 1988

Steve Earle follows the Copperhead Road to Vancouver

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, April 21, 1989 How many famous touring stars hang around backstage after a show, tirelessly signing autographs and posing for pictures, till nearly all the hangers-on have snagged their mementos and headed off, leaving the object of their affection looking around and thinking, "Where'd everybody go?" Steve Earle is … Continue reading Steve Earle follows the Copperhead Road to Vancouver

Dickey Betts plays Vancouver, with a “wicked” Warren Haynes on slide

By Steve Newton On April 2, 1989, southern-rock legend Dickey Betts brought his new band to Vancouver for a show at the 86 Street Music Hall. One of the coolest things about that gig was that it was the Vancouver debut of 28-year-old guitarist Warren Haynes, who would go on to huge acclaim as the driving … Continue reading Dickey Betts plays Vancouver, with a “wicked” Warren Haynes on slide

Horror review: Pet Sematary

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, MAY 5, 1989 By Steve Newton The long list of movies based on Stephen King's writings range from excellent (The Dead Zone, Carrie), to mediocre (Christine, Firestarter), to downright terrible (Maximum Overdrive). Unfortunately for fans of the horror genre, the latest King story to hit the screen, Pet Sematary, … Continue reading Horror review: Pet Sematary

Tom Cochrane and Red Rider dangle a plastic shark over the Northern Pikes in Vancouver

On March 2, 1989, Tom Cochrane and Red Rider played Vancouver's Orpheum Theatre with guests the Northern Pikes, a band from Saskatoon that I liked almost as much as the headliner. Red Rider was touring behind its latest album, Victory Day, which featured the singles "Good Times", "Big League", and the title track. This was two … Continue reading Tom Cochrane and Red Rider dangle a plastic shark over the Northern Pikes in Vancouver

23-year-old guitar star Jeff Healey says “I’ve got a lot of listening to do”

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, FEB. 24, 1989 By Steve Newton Now that a third show has been added to Jeff Healey’s Commodore stint (February 26 to 28), it’s pretty obvious that the Toronto guitar sensation has, as they say, “arrived”. Though not quite as impressive as the five-night stand that fellow blues-rocker Colin James pulled … Continue reading 23-year-old guitar star Jeff Healey says “I’ve got a lot of listening to do”

Cheap Trick plays AC/DC with Motley Crue in Vancouver

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, MARCH 2, 1989 By Steve Newton Back in the late '70s, one of this scribbler's favourite pastimes was throwing Cheap Trick's In Color album on the turntable and cranking 'er up. The band's thoroughly rockin' power-pop was just the right brain lube between heavy bouts of exam cramming. At … Continue reading Cheap Trick plays AC/DC with Motley Crue in Vancouver

Horror review: Night of the Demons

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, SEPT. 8, 1989 By Steve Newton The newspaper ads for Night of the Demons show a vampiric female demon holding a party invitation, and the caption reads: "Angela is having a party. Jason and Freddy are too scared to come... But you'll have a hell of a time." Well, … Continue reading Horror review: Night of the Demons

Horror review: A Nightmare on Elm Street 5–The Dream Child

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, AUG. 25, 1989 By Steve Newton In the original Nightmare on Elm Street, Freddy Krueger stole the show. As the new face of evil, Robert Englund's character was mean and menacing, and writer/director Wes Craven played up the unique look and style of Krueger in a film that few … Continue reading Horror review: A Nightmare on Elm Street 5–The Dream Child

Horror review: Friday the 13th Part VIII–Jason Takes Manhattan

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, AUG. 18, 1989 By Steve Newton Okay, okay--so the Friday the 13th movies are not exactly cinematic works of art. But people realize, when they lay down their money, that they're not getting The Last Emperor. They're only going to a Friday movie for two things: to see Jason … Continue reading Horror review: Friday the 13th Part VIII–Jason Takes Manhattan

Hangin’ with Kane Hodder on the Vancouver set of Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason takes Manhattan

By Steve Newton As dedicated Vancouver horror fans know, the city has had its fair share of terrible flight flicks filmed here. Some were worse than others, of course. For example, the adaptation of Dean Koontz's Watchers was way worse than the adaptation of Stephen King's It. Then again, it was way worse than anything. Except maybe Uwe … Continue reading Hangin’ with Kane Hodder on the Vancouver set of Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason takes Manhattan