That time Motörhead’s “Fast” Eddie Clarke told me he just wanted to be a member of a really hot band

By Steve Newton The heavy-metal world is still in mourning after yesterday's news that former Motörhead and Fastway guitarist "Fast" Eddie Clarke has passed away from pneumonia at the age of 67. Clarke was part of the "classic" Motörhead lineup, with also included singer-bassist Lemmy Kilmister and drummer Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor--both of whom died in … Continue reading That time Motörhead’s “Fast” Eddie Clarke told me he just wanted to be a member of a really hot band

That time I asked 24-year-old Bruce Dickinson why Iron Maiden had replaced Clive Burr with new drummer Nicko McBrain

By Steve Newton I've seen Iron Maiden in concert most every time they've played Vancouver since 1982, the year I interviewed original drummer Clive Burr, who sadly succumbed to multiple sclerosis in 2013 at the age of 56. In '83 I did another Maiden interview, this time with singer Bruce Dickinson, before the band played Vancouver … Continue reading That time I asked 24-year-old Bruce Dickinson why Iron Maiden had replaced Clive Burr with new drummer Nicko McBrain

Fastway’s “Fast” Eddie Clarke on his days with Motorhead and not wanting to be a guitar hero

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JULY 8, 1983 By Steve Newton Fastway, the new band put together by former Motorhead guitarist "Fast" Eddie Clarke and featuring original Humble Pie drummer Jerry Shirley, opened last Wednesday's Iron Maiden concert at the Pacific Coliseum. I spoke to "Fast" Eddie that afternoon and caught a few glimpses … Continue reading Fastway’s “Fast” Eddie Clarke on his days with Motorhead and not wanting to be a guitar hero

Ozzy Osbourne promises me no bat-biting in Vancouver, “just a rock and roll show”

By Steve Newton Thirty years ago tomorrow--on March 23, 1984--Ozzy Osbourne played Vancouver's Pacific Coliseum on a bill with guests Motley Crue and Waysted. The Ozzman was touring behind his third solo album, Bark at the Moon, which introduced primo guitarist Jake E. Lee to the hard-rock world. (By the way, Lee's current band, Red … Continue reading Ozzy Osbourne promises me no bat-biting in Vancouver, “just a rock and roll show”

Bruce Dickinson says it would be unthinkable to do an Iron Maiden album without Martin Birch

By Steve Newton On Wednesday, June 29, 1983, Iron Maiden played Vancouver's Pacific Coliseum on a bill with Saxon (who had that wicked tune, "Dallas 1 PM") and Fastway (who had "Fast" Eddie Clarke from Motorhead and Pete Way from UFO). Maybe you were there? Maiden was touring behind its month-old album, Piece of Mind, which boasted one of its … Continue reading Bruce Dickinson says it would be unthinkable to do an Iron Maiden album without Martin Birch