AC/DC’s undying influence on Vancouver rockers, record-store owners, and radio personalities

ORIGINALLY POSTED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, APRIL 19, 2001 By Steve Newton The members of AC/DC aren’t doing any interviews in advance of their two shows at the Pacific Coliseum on Sunday and Monday (April 22 and 23), but that’s okay, because if they were, they’d probably just want to talk about their latest album, Stiff Upper Lip. … Continue reading AC/DC’s undying influence on Vancouver rockers, record-store owners, and radio personalities

Vancouver metal band Empyria gets raves in Europe and Japan

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, MARCH 2, 2000 It’s dark and dingy in the downstairs “rock room” of Ken Firomski’s Queensborough home, but he doesn’t mind. Firomski’s a heavy-metal bassist, and those guys aren’t always drawn to the sunny side of life. The walls and ceiling are plastered with posters of HM gods like … Continue reading Vancouver metal band Empyria gets raves in Europe and Japan

Steve Vai goes weedley-eedley-eedley at the Commodore

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, APRIL 28, 2005 When you go to a Steve Vai concert these days, you definitely get your money's worth, musicianwise. Not only is Vai one of the most gifted rock guitarists alive, his bandmates hold some serious credentials as well. Rhythm guitarist Dave Weiner is still in his 20s, but he's … Continue reading Steve Vai goes weedley-eedley-eedley at the Commodore