Jerry Cantrell doesn’t need no stinkin’ manager, or record label either

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, APRIL 19, 2001 By Steve Newton Not every established rock star in the world has a recording contract. Some of them don’t even have managers. Take Jerry Cantrell, for instance. The former guitarist for Seattle grunge-metal heroes Alice in Chains has no label and no manager, so it’s a … Continue reading Jerry Cantrell doesn’t need no stinkin’ manager, or record label either

Metallica are masters of metal wherever they may roam, including Vancouver

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JULY 22, 1994 By Steve Newton What better way to get primed for a Metallica gig than to take a four-hour cruise around the harbour with a smokin' blues-rock band and 75 beer-crazed party animals? None, thought I, so I hopped on board the Boomtown at noon on Sunday (July 17) and … Continue reading Metallica are masters of metal wherever they may roam, including Vancouver

Layne Staley says “No booze for yooz” as Alice in Chains goes all-ages in Vancouver

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, DECEMBER 23, 1992 What does it mean when a venue loses its liquor licence and a concert is changed from an all-you-can-drink show to an “all-ages” event? Does it mean that anyone who goes can act like a 16-year-old and get away with it? I guess so. “All right, … Continue reading Layne Staley says “No booze for yooz” as Alice in Chains goes all-ages in Vancouver

Screaming Trees find themselves suddenly cool with Sweet Oblivion

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, DEC. 10, 1992 By Steve Newton A little while back, the Screaming Trees were musical guests on Late Night with David Letterman. Dressed in grubby alternative garb, the band raunched it up with its latest single, “Nearly Lost You”, and everything was fine. But Letterman, noting the wide girths … Continue reading Screaming Trees find themselves suddenly cool with Sweet Oblivion

Van Halen goes mild in Vancouver while Jimmy Page watches from the wings

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, NOV. 21, 1991 By Steve Newton Twice during Van Halen’s show at B.C. Place last Wednesday (November 13), shaggy-maned vocalist Sammy Hagar apologized for having throat problems and not being able to sing up to par. The second time, he added, “But the band’s hot, and that’s all that … Continue reading Van Halen goes mild in Vancouver while Jimmy Page watches from the wings

Megadeth kicks the most butt on the Clash of the Titans tour

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, MAY 30, 1991 By Steve Newton Marty Friedman is one happy camper. The Megadeth guitarist is soaking up the sunshine in El Paso, Texas, just hours away from the fifth show in the four-band Clash of the Titans tour of the Lone Star state, and he reports that things … Continue reading Megadeth kicks the most butt on the Clash of the Titans tour

Alice in Chains matches drug-war desperation with Facelift’s angry riffs

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JAN. 10, 1991 By Steve Newton It’s been pretty hard to skip through any Seattle TV news broadcasts lately without hearing all about the devastation that Washington’s largest city and its outlying areas are feeling from drug wars. Reports on crack houses and citizens under gang-related fire are nightly … Continue reading Alice in Chains matches drug-war desperation with Facelift’s angry riffs