Album review: The Everly Brothers, Born Yesterday (1986)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, APRIL 18, 1986 By Steve Newton The Everly Brothers' second "comeback" album is a worthy successor to their first, EB84. The latter album sported a nice hit single written by Paul McCartney ("On the Wings of a Nightingale"), and once more Phil and Don have carefully chosen other people's … Continue reading Album review: The Everly Brothers, Born Yesterday (1986)

Link Wray loses to Bon Jovi as the Rock Hall’s uncanny ineptness soars

By Steve Newton If you're a fan of real rock 'n' roll you've probably already heard the bad news: Link Wray has been snubbed yet again by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And to put the poo-flavoured icing on the cake, Bon Jovi got in instead. Yeah, that's right. The eighties hair-metal band was … Continue reading Link Wray loses to Bon Jovi as the Rock Hall’s uncanny ineptness soars

Album review: Dire Straits, On Every Street (1991)

  ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, SEPT. 19, 1991 By Steve Newton What the hell happened to Dire Straits over the years? When the band’s debut album came out in ’78, you were hard-pressed to find one song on it that wasn’t a gem. Thirteen years later, it’s the exact opposite: you’ve gotta search … Continue reading Album review: Dire Straits, On Every Street (1991)

Mark Knopfler’s scintillating guitar steals the show as Dire Straits plays Vancouver on the Brothers in Arms tour

mila geran photo ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, SEPT. 27, 1985 By Steve Newton "Rock and roll Vancouver," announced Mark Knopfler half-way through Monday's (September 23) Dire Straits show at the Pacific Coliseum. And when his band swung into the twist-and-shout rocker "Walk of Life", the crowd did as they were told. A mass … Continue reading Mark Knopfler’s scintillating guitar steals the show as Dire Straits plays Vancouver on the Brothers in Arms tour

Hal Lindes on joining Dire Straits, performing for royalty, and not writing like Mark Knopfler

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, APRIL 6, 1984 By Steve Newton Stepping out of nowhere into one of the world's most popular and critically acclaimed bands would be a momentous move for any rock musician--and probably a scary one as well. Especially if the member you were hoping to replace was the band leader's … Continue reading Hal Lindes on joining Dire Straits, performing for royalty, and not writing like Mark Knopfler

Red Rider releases Neruda, Tom Cochrane rails against “trendy bullshit”

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, APRIL 15, 1983 By Steve Newton Red Rider plays the Commodore Ballroom Tuesday, April 19. I spoke to the group's lead vocalist and songwriter Tom Cochrane over the phone from Toronto last Monday. I understand your group had a bus accident in the Rocky Mountains not long ago. Well … Continue reading Red Rider releases Neruda, Tom Cochrane rails against “trendy bullshit”

Dire Straits rips off its own tunes in Vancouver

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, APRIL 2, 1992 By Steve Newton I don’t know which is worse, a rock band copying another artist, or a rock band copying itself. Dire Straits has always been somewhat guilty of the first offence, but the sizeable debt it owes to J.J. Cale has never really bothered me. … Continue reading Dire Straits rips off its own tunes in Vancouver

Ear of Newt’s Top 30 Rock Albums of 1978

I'll always remember 1978 as the year I saw Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, when they were touring behind You're Gonna Get It. I'll also remember it for that time Thin Lizzy guitarist Scott Gorham took me backstage when the band opened for Styx at the Coliseum. Unfortunately, I'll … Continue reading Ear of Newt’s Top 30 Rock Albums of 1978