Album review: Jr. Gone Wild, Simple Little Wish (1995)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, MARCH 23, 1995 By Steve Newton Jr. Gone Wild lead vocalist and main songwriter Mike McDonald continues to prove himself an underrated genius of the simple lyric and the snappy melody on the Alberta band’s latest release. The disc’s 15 tracks run the gamut from traditional-sounding country and western … Continue reading Album review: Jr. Gone Wild, Simple Little Wish (1995)

Reviewing Nickelback in honour of pot-lovin’, hard-rock musicians from Alberta

photo by Luke Seagrave ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, OCT. 31, 2002 By Steve Newton For more than 10 years I rented a dumpy old house near 58th and Main that was known as the Rock Palace because of the all-night rock-’n’-roll parties held there. The best thing about those cop-attended bashes was when … Continue reading Reviewing Nickelback in honour of pot-lovin’, hard-rock musicians from Alberta

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