Static in Stereo sets the controls for the heart of the seventies

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JULY 5, 2001 By Steve Newton A silver Keith Richards–style skull ring catches the glare of the dressing-room lights as Todd Kerns wraps his fist around a can of Coke. The blue and red dragon etched on his right bicep, a ringer for Ozzy Osbourne’s chest tattoo, quivers slightly as … Continue reading Static in Stereo sets the controls for the heart of the seventies

Status Quo box set brings ’70s guitar-boogie in spades

  By Steve Newton One of my favourite things to do as a music-crazed teen in the '70s was to go to record stores and buy albums based solely on how rockin' they looked. I can still remember checking out the record bins and laying my eyes on a 1972 album by a group that … Continue reading Status Quo box set brings ’70s guitar-boogie in spades

Emerson, Lake and Palmer pine for the days of vinyl and art-led music

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, AUG. 27, 1992 By Steve Newton MONTREAL—The only band I liked in the ’70s that didn’t have a rockin’ electric guitarist was Emerson, Lake and Palmer. Over the years, I’ve wondered what it was that attracted me to the British progressive band’s unique keyboards/bass/drums format and made me happy … Continue reading Emerson, Lake and Palmer pine for the days of vinyl and art-led music