The 70 greatest opening tracks of the ’70s

By Steve Newton Remember how you'd set the needle down on the opening track of a new rock album and the first tune would just blow you the funk away? Me too. "(Ain't Nothin' But a) House Party" (Bloodshot, J. Geils Band, 1973) "All the Way From Memphis" (Mott, Mott the Hoople, 1973) "Already Gone" … Continue reading The 70 greatest opening tracks of the ’70s

Album review: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Pack Up the Plantation (1985)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, DEC. 20, 1985 By Steve Newton One of my fondest concert memories dates back to 1978, when Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers played the Commodore Ballroom. Petty had just released his second album, You're Gonna Get It, and was his band hot--I mean sizzlin'. I saw him again a year … Continue reading Album review: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Pack Up the Plantation (1985)

Eagles singer-guitarist Glenn Frey dies at 67

By Steve Newton It's been a rough few weeks for music fans with the deaths of Lemmy Kilmister and David Bowie, and things aren't getting any better. Legendary country-rock band the Eagles released a statement today announcing the death of founding member Glenn Frey. “It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the … Continue reading Eagles singer-guitarist Glenn Frey dies at 67

Joe Walsh, the Eddie Shack of rock, flies highest at the Eagles’ Vancouver show

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JUNE 20, 2002 By Steve Newton Boy, I sure took a lotta flack from the hipsters in the Straight’s editorial department for wanting to review the Eagles concert last Wednesday (June 12) at GM Place. “Woo-hoo, ‘Hotel California’!” gibed Mike Usinger, high sheriff of all things musical, before inserting … Continue reading Joe Walsh, the Eddie Shack of rock, flies highest at the Eagles’ Vancouver show

Robert Plant says the Eagles are bored, Don Henley thinks Plant should keep his shirt on

It looks like there's a bit of a feud brewing between a couple of seventies-rock heavyweights. While doing interviews to promote the upcoming release of expanded Led Zeppelin reissues, Robert Plant held fast to his opinion that the band should not reunite simply to make a shipload more money. "Do you know why the Eagles … Continue reading Robert Plant says the Eagles are bored, Don Henley thinks Plant should keep his shirt on

Joe Walsh, the Eddie Shack of rock ‘n’ roll, helps the Eagles soar in Vancouver

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, MARCH 30, 1995 By Steve Newton I have to admit, I was feeling a tad cynical as I took my seat for the Eagles concert on Monday (March 27). Like most everybody else who grew up loving rock music in the ’70s, I had a soft spot in my … Continue reading Joe Walsh, the Eddie Shack of rock ‘n’ roll, helps the Eagles soar in Vancouver

The Eagles fly high in Vancouver with boosts from Bernie and Joe

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, SEPT. 6, 2013 The concert the Eagles put on at Rogers Arena last night was way more enjoyable than the one they played at the hockey rink three years ago as part of the Long Road Out of Eden Tour. For one thing, this time around the setlist wasn't bogged down … Continue reading The Eagles fly high in Vancouver with boosts from Bernie and Joe