Scott Ian says today’s version of Anthrax will be the only version of Anthrax until there is no Anthrax

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, SEPT. 19, 2012 By Steve Newton Last year American thrash-metal band Anthrax released Worship Music, its first album in eight years. It was also the first one to feature singer Joey Belladonna—the group’s singer in its mid-’80s heyday—in over two decades. So would that qualify it as a “comeback” album? According to … Continue reading Scott Ian says today’s version of Anthrax will be the only version of Anthrax until there is no Anthrax

Aussie rock legend Jimmy Barnes joins Joe Bonamassa on Deep Purple tribute

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, AUG. 11, 2012 By Steve Newton Deep Purple fans saddened by the cancer death of keyboardist Jon Lord last month have something to look forward to, as a 40th-anniversary tribute to the group's biggest album, Machine Head, is scheduled for release this September. On Re-Machined, some of the world's loudest bands will be covering songs from … Continue reading Aussie rock legend Jimmy Barnes joins Joe Bonamassa on Deep Purple tribute

Pink Floyd to release The Story of Wish You Were Here on Blu-ray

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, APRIL 3, 2012 By Steve Newton Diehard Pink Floyd fans have had a lot to be thankful for of late. Just last month the band released the "Immersion" boxed set version of The Wall just in time to psych up Floyd freaks for the big Roger Waters show at B.C. Place next month. And today Eagle Rock … Continue reading Pink Floyd to release The Story of Wish You Were Here on Blu-ray

Strange Euphoria sparks memories of a (Chilliwack) Coliseum concert

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, JUNE 25, 2012 By Steve Newton Over the years I've heard quite a few folks fondly reminisce about seeing Heart play their high-school gym out in Buttfuck, B.C., back in the year of our lord, 1976. That was the same year that the Ann and Nancy Wilson-led band released its debut … Continue reading Strange Euphoria sparks memories of a (Chilliwack) Coliseum concert

Outlaws box set captures the shitkicker glory of the Florida Guitar Army

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, NOV. 6, 2012 By Steve Newton One of the best things about being a teenaged guitar freak in the '70s was waiting on the release of a new album by the Outlaws. The Florida quintet--which blasted onto the scene with its self-titled debut album in '75 and hit its peak two … Continue reading Outlaws box set captures the shitkicker glory of the Florida Guitar Army

Pink Floyd ‘The Wall’ boxed set is a dream come true for Floyd freaks

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, FEB. 27, 2012 By Steve Newton Last November I wrote an ethusiastic blog about the release of the Quadrophenia boxed set, even going to far as to declare that the Who's double disc of 1973 was the world's greatest rock album. A lot of readers disagreed. Some of them would probably contend that Pink Floyd's … Continue reading Pink Floyd ‘The Wall’ boxed set is a dream come true for Floyd freaks

Horror review: Silent Hill–Revelation 3D

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, OCT. 26, 2012 When I walked into the Vancouver media screening of Silent Hill: Revelation 3D the other day, there was a handful of movie critics sitting around looking like they'd rather be anywhere else. One of the writers, when asked how she was doing, sarcastically replied: "Well, I'm at a horror film." … Continue reading Horror review: Silent Hill–Revelation 3D

Horror review: Paranormal Activity 4

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, OCT. 19, 2012 It was inevitable, I suppose. After three extremely scary and engrossing films about regular folks being menaced by demonic forces in their comfy homes, the Paranormal Activity franchise is running out of ways to keep the terror level at 10. The fourth entry in the hugely successful film series just … Continue reading Horror review: Paranormal Activity 4

Horror review: Sinister

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, OCT. 10, 2012 Director Scott Derrickson did not win over horror fans with his previous fright flick, 2005’s The Exorcism of Emily Rose, which pretty much sucked the biggie. He does a lot better with Sinister, which overcomes an iffy script to reel you in with one seriously creepy vibe. Ethan Hawke … Continue reading Horror review: Sinister

Horror review: House at the End of the Street

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, SEPT. 21, 2012 At the age of 20, Jennifer Lawrence became the second youngest woman ever nominated for a best-actress Oscar for her work in the bleak 2010 thriller Winter’s Bone. Two years later she starred in The Hunger Games, one of the highest-grossing movies ever. Here’s hoping that the gifted young actress’s … Continue reading Horror review: House at the End of the Street

Horror review: Resident Evil–Retribution

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, SEPT. 15, 2012 After directing 2002's Resident Evil and 2010's Resident Evil: Afterlife, Paul W. S. Anderson--formerly known as just Paul Anderson--returns to the video game-spawned survival-horror franchise with Resident Evil: Retribution. His main goal throughout the film--apart from numbing your brain with nonstop gunfire--is to make his spouse, star Milla Jovovich, look good. Boy, … Continue reading Horror review: Resident Evil–Retribution

Horror review: Abraham Lincoln–Vampire Hunter

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, JUNE 22, 2012 After watching the period action-horror Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, I had three pressing questions for its director, Timur Bekmambetov: why? Why? And—for the love of God (and movies)—why?! If ever there was a film that had no reason to be, this is it. It goes nowhere and accomplishes nothing. … Continue reading Horror review: Abraham Lincoln–Vampire Hunter

Horror review: Chernobyl Diaries

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, MAY 25, 2012 As a scared-shitless fan of the Paranormal Activity films, I had high hopes for Chernobyl Diaries, which is based on a story by PA creator Oren Peli. Too bad this routine shockfest is not even in the same league as Peli's demonic nightmare maker. The movie starts off okay, shades of Eli Roth's Hostel, … Continue reading Horror review: Chernobyl Diaries

Horror review: The Raven

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, APRIL 25, 2012 After the exhilarating horror high of The Cabin in the Woods, fans of scary movies should brace themselves for a major letdown with The Raven. It’s a woefully misdirected take on the Edgar Allan Poe legend that’s bound to have crazy old Eddie rolling in his grave. John Cusack is … Continue reading Horror review: The Raven

Horror review: The Cabin in the Woods

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, APRIL 11, 2012 The Cabin in the Woods is crammed with so many twists and turns that the mere thought of reviewing it and ruining the fun for others is scary in and of itself. But I don’t feel bad about revealing at least one huge surprise: it’s the best horror flick … Continue reading Horror review: The Cabin in the Woods

Horror review: The Moth Diaries

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, APRIL 4, 2012 If you thought the Twilight films were hard to sit through, wait until you get a load of this toothless attempt to cash in on today’s hormone-fuelled vampire craze. Based on a young-adult novel by Rachel Klein, The Moth Diaries focuses on the mysterious Ernessa (Lily Cole), a moon-faced teen with outta-control … Continue reading Horror review: The Moth Diaries

Horror review: Gone

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, FEB. 27, 2012 You’d think that after starring roles in such failed scary movies as Red Riding Hood and Jennifer’s Body—not to mention Mamma Mia!—that Amanda Seyfried’s handlers would steer her away from genre fare. But no, here she is again, freaking viewers out with her oversized eyeballs in the psychological serial-killer flick Gone. Seyfried stars … Continue reading Horror review: Gone

Horror review: Donovan’s Echo

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, FEB. 22, 2012 Donovan's Echo is a quaint little psychological mystery-thriller, digitally shot in Fort Langley and environs, about an elderly man seeking redemption for a tragedy-laced past. The indie flick's heart is in the right place but, unfortunately, its arteries are seriously clogged up with syrupy sappiness. Danny Glover plays Donovan … Continue reading Horror review: Donovan’s Echo

Horror review: Chronicle

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, FEB. 3, 2012 Man, it would be nice to be in the shoes of Chronicle director Josh Trank and screenwriter Michael Landis right now. The two 26-year-olds have the movie world by the balls because their new “found-footage” sci-fi thriller has blockbuster written all over it. The film wastes no time getting you … Continue reading Horror review: Chronicle

Horror review: The Woman in Black

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, FEB. 1, 2012 By Steve Newton One of the first movies to freak me out as a kid was The Haunting, a 1963 fright flick about a group of paranormal investigators studying an ominous mansion. Robert Wise’s black-and-white ghost story is a masterful study in less-is-more horror, where the fear comes mostly … Continue reading Horror review: The Woman in Black

Horror review: Underworld–Awakening

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, JAN. 22, 2012 It’s been 10 years since British hottie Kate Beckinsale suited up in a skin-tight black-leather jumpsuit to portray Underworld’s Selene, a "death dealer" vampire bent on viciously obliterating any Lycans (werewolves) she can find--unless she falls in love with them first. The actress turns 40 next year, but judging … Continue reading Horror review: Underworld–Awakening

Horror review: The Devil Inside

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, JAN. 6, 2012 Those exorcism flicks can be real hit ’n’ miss affairs. Back in 2010, The Last Exorcism took a documentary-style approach to demon-banishing and acquitted itself quite well, whereas the soul of last year’s priests-versus-Beelzebub epic, The Rite, couldn’t even be saved by Sir Anthony Hopkins. Now comes another feature … Continue reading Horror review: The Devil Inside

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

The Darkness lights up Vancouver with a guitar-rock show for the ages

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, FEB. 25, 2012 By Steve Newton I've seen a lot of great rock concerts at the Commodore over the years, but the one that's always stood out for me as "best ever" was Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers back in '78, just after the release of the You're Gonna Get It! album. I … Continue reading The Darkness lights up Vancouver with a guitar-rock show for the ages

Van Halen’s Vancouver show reveals its glory days are fading fast

photo by rebecca blissett ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, MAY 8, 2012 Some rock bands from the '70s can still bring the dynamite in both hands. The last time I saw Aerosmith—at Rogers Arena in 2010—they overcame rumours of a pending breakup by delivering a flawless, electrifying set. And two years before that, AC/DC roared through … Continue reading Van Halen’s Vancouver show reveals its glory days are fading fast

George Thorogood cracks funnies before rocking out in Coquitlam

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, MAY 20, 2012 George Thorogood is a born entertainer. Even before he hits the stage to blast out his patented array of boogiefied blues classics he'll try to get a reaction from folks anyway he can. That's what happened backstage before his gig at Coquitlam's Red Robinson Show Theatre last night … Continue reading George Thorogood cracks funnies before rocking out in Coquitlam

Roger Waters returns to Vancouver and makes The Wall his biggest ever

photo by the Newt ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, MAY 27, 2012 By Steve Newton When Roger Waters brought Pink Floyd's The Wall to Rogers Arena in December 2010, he delivered nothing short of a prog-rock spectacle for the ages. His mastery of live sound, lighting technique, state-of-the-art video, and immense staging combined to bring that monumental 1979 concept … Continue reading Roger Waters returns to Vancouver and makes The Wall his biggest ever