That time Ronnie James Dio got me backstage on the Sacred Heart Tour

By Steve Newton I did my one and only interview with Ronnie James Dio back in December of 1985. The metal legend, 43 at the time, was headed to Vancouver for a show on his Sacred Heart tour, with opening act Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force. I'd been a fan of his since I first heard Elf … Continue reading That time Ronnie James Dio got me backstage on the Sacred Heart Tour

Pink Floyd ‘The Wall’ boxed set is a dream come true for Floyd freaks

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, FEB. 27, 2012 By Steve Newton Last November I wrote an ethusiastic blog about the release of the Quadrophenia boxed set, even going to far as to declare that the Who's double disc of 1973 was the world's greatest rock album. A lot of readers disagreed. Some of them would probably contend that Pink Floyd's … Continue reading Pink Floyd ‘The Wall’ boxed set is a dream come true for Floyd freaks

Remembering Thin Lizzy and Phil Lynott on the anniversary of his death

It was 28 years ago today that Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott, suffering from a kidney and liver infection, died of heart failure and pneumonia at a hospital in England. Years of drug and alcohol abuse had taken their toll, and he was taken away from all who loved him—and his exhilirating brand of guitar-heavy … Continue reading Remembering Thin Lizzy and Phil Lynott on the anniversary of his death