Album review: The Black Crowes, Amorica (1994)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, NOV. 10, 1994 By Steve Newton You know there are too many crows in the backyard when premier music-trade mag Billboard, in its October 15 issue, runs a promo shot of the Black Crowes and mistakenly calls it a picture of Counting Crows. Although both bands are similar in … Continue reading Album review: The Black Crowes, Amorica (1994)

Album review: Rod Stewart, Unplugged…and Seated (1993)

  ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JUNE 17, 1993 By Steve Newton I always thought that the opening riff of Derek and the Dominos’ “Layla” was one of the most simple and beautiful things in rock ’n’ roll, so I wasn’t too thrilled when I first heard Clapton’s lounge-style, Unplugged version of the song, … Continue reading Album review: Rod Stewart, Unplugged…and Seated (1993)

Rod Stewart box set captures his post-Faces hits and the odd clunker

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, DEC. 19, 2002 By Steve Newton Before Rod the Mod became the kind of guy who would release a CD of golden-oldie pop standards called It Had to Be You—and then shamelessly plug it on Larry King Live—he was quite a ferocious rock crooner. Nothing will ever match the … Continue reading Rod Stewart box set captures his post-Faces hits and the odd clunker

Sax great Bobby Keys was much more than a sideman for the Stones

Bobby Keys passed away this morning at the age of 70 after battling cirrhosis. He was best known as the saxophonist for the Rolling Stones, having blasted out that unforgettable solo on "Brown Sugar". He also blew like crazy on such Stones gems as "Happy" (from Exile on Main Street) and "Live With Me" (from Let It … Continue reading Sax great Bobby Keys was much more than a sideman for the Stones

Santana’s guitar magic outshines Rod Stewart’s showmanship in Vancouver

photos by Jet Sutherland By Steve Newton In a perfect rock 'n' roll world, Rod Stewart would quit releasing those snoozy Great American Songbook golden-oldie albums, hook back up with Ronnie Wood and whatever other old Faces members are still kickin', start drinking again, and go out in a blaze of glory on a Faces club tour … Continue reading Santana’s guitar magic outshines Rod Stewart’s showmanship in Vancouver

Quireboys pride themselves on “proper” rock ‘n’ roll

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, NOV. 19, 1990 By Steve Newton There are some bands out there that are just made to play in bars—they have that certain something that demands you sip a frosty cold one while wallowing in their raucous boogie noise. The Beat Farmers are one of those, the Georgia Satellites … Continue reading Quireboys pride themselves on “proper” rock ‘n’ roll

The London Quireboys pulverize Vancouver (and Long John Baldry) with irresistible barroom boogie

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, AUG. 16, 1990 By Steve Newton Rock critics are human too—they make mistakes. Like when I first saw the London Quireboys via their video for "7 O'clock". I figured they were just too much of a blatant Faces rip-off—right down to the guitarist's Ron Wood-type top hat. I even … Continue reading The London Quireboys pulverize Vancouver (and Long John Baldry) with irresistible barroom boogie

The only thing missing from Faces box set is a big honkin’ bottle of JD

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, DEC. 9, 2004 By Steve Newton Believe it or not, Rod Stewart used to rock. You wouldn't know it from those snoozy Great American Song Book volumes he's released in the last few years, but at one point the gravelly-voiced crooner fronted the world's greatest party band: the Faces. That group was only … Continue reading The only thing missing from Faces box set is a big honkin’ bottle of JD

Rod Stewart shows he’s still got it in Vancouver

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, APRIL 23, 2011 Who’d have thought that two Vancouver concerts in the same week by a couple of ancient rock headliners from the ”˜70s would be so damned impressive? Rod Stewart’s hugely entertaining show at Rogers Arena Friday night (April 22) was a real nice follow-up to Robert Plant’s impeccable performance … Continue reading Rod Stewart shows he’s still got it in Vancouver