When Nickelback had the power to make grown men stick their dicks in whirling plastic blades

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, DEC. 6, 2001 By Steve Newton If you want to know how well Nickelback lead vocalist, guitarist, and lyricist Chad Kroeger’s musical career is going, you only need look as far as the 27-year-old rocker’s Langley home. He just put in a hot tub. And had the pool enlarged. … Continue reading When Nickelback had the power to make grown men stick their dicks in whirling plastic blades

Tantric rises from the ashes of Days of the New, tours with 3 Doors Down and Lifehouse

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JULY 5, 2001 In November of 1998, an acoustic guitar–based rock band out of Kentucky called Days of the New had the world by the short ’n’ curlies. Its self-titled debut album had gone platinum, it had garnered heavy airplay on MTV, and it had even landed a tour … Continue reading Tantric rises from the ashes of Days of the New, tours with 3 Doors Down and Lifehouse

3 Doors Down thank Superman for “Kryptonite” and God for The Better Life

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, MAY 11, 2000 By Steve Newton At my third annual 40th-birthday bash a few weeks back, a little mickey of Fireball whiskey talked me into taking an extended turn behind the borrowed drum kit set up in our garage. In my altered state I thought I sounded just peachy … Continue reading 3 Doors Down thank Superman for “Kryptonite” and God for The Better Life

Dave Martone shreds with the best of them

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, MAY 26, 2005 By Steve Newton Local instrumental-rock freaks have enjoyed recent Commodore shows by two of the genre's best-known touring guitarists, Joe Satriani and Steve Vai; they should also know that a player of equal talent and similar style has been living (not so) quietly among them for more than … Continue reading Dave Martone shreds with the best of them