Album review: Ten Years After, About Time (1989)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, NOV. 24, 1989 By Steve Newton After seeing Alvin Lee kicking royal (not to mention Steppenwolf's) butt at the Expo Theatre three years back, I was really hoping he'd get back on the recording scene and unleash some of his hurricane guitar licks for home consumption. I didn't expect … Continue reading Album review: Ten Years After, About Time (1989)

Album review: Various Artists, Guitar Speak (1988)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, DEC. 9, 1998 By Steve Newton The lineup of incredible guitarists on this all-instrumental string-fest says it all: Alvin Lee, Randy California, Eric Johnson, Leslie West, Ronnie Montrose, Steve Howe, Paul Manzanera, Rick Derringer, Pete Haycock, Steve Hunter, Hank Marvin, and Robby Krieger. Each player does one song, and … Continue reading Album review: Various Artists, Guitar Speak (1988)

Guitar star Wild ‘T’ displays the spirit of a true blues-rock showman

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, SEPT. 2, 1993 David Bowie has a pretty good eye for guitarists. Whether it’s Mick Ronson, Earl Slick, Robert Fripp, Peter Frampton, or Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bowie tends to pick players whose talent and style put them a healthy cut above the rest. When Bowie saw the video for … Continue reading Guitar star Wild ‘T’ displays the spirit of a true blues-rock showman

I was there to see Tom Cochrane, not Glass Tiger

By Steve Newton One of the few worthwhile legacies of the 1986 Vancouver Expo was the Expo Theatre, where I saw a few good shows around that time, including Kim Mitchell, Joe Jackson, and Alvin Lee from Ten Years After. One summer day in '87 I visited the outdoor venue to see Tom Cochrane, who I've … Continue reading I was there to see Tom Cochrane, not Glass Tiger

Seventies guitar hero Alvin Lee of Ten Years After fame dies at 68

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, MARCH 6, 2013 It's a sad day for fans of British blues-rock, as guitar hero Alvin Lee--best known for his work with Ten Years After--has died. The following message was posted on his website today: With great sadness we have to announce that Alvin unexpectedly passed away early this morning after … Continue reading Seventies guitar hero Alvin Lee of Ten Years After fame dies at 68

Alvin Lee’s guitar heroics keep the spirit of Ten Years After alive in Vancouver

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, AUG. 1987 By Steve Newton There are a lot of rock and roll superstars that today's average rock fan never had the opportunity to see live, either due to drug overdoses (Hendrix, Tommy Bolin), car crashes (Marc Bolan), plane crashes (Ronnie Van Zandt, Randy Rhoads), or other tragedies. Then … Continue reading Alvin Lee’s guitar heroics keep the spirit of Ten Years After alive in Vancouver