Album review: Mick Jagger, Wandering Spirit (1993)

  ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, APRIL 8, 1993 By Steve Newton Not satisfied with being just “the world’s greatest rock ’n’ roll band”, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, and Mick Jagger are now shooting for the title of “world’s greatest rock ’n’ roll solo artists”. And, for the most part, they hit the mark. … Continue reading Album review: Mick Jagger, Wandering Spirit (1993)

Sonny Greenwich Jr. thinks that Bootsauce’s Baculis is a better bassist than Flea

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, OCT. 4, 1990 By Steve Newton Some rock critics will go to any lengths to describe the sound of a band as diverse as Montreal’s Bootsauce. Take Mike Marrone of the Hard Report, who came up with this hearty interpretation: “Captain Beefheart meets The The on Shriekback street beauty.” … Continue reading Sonny Greenwich Jr. thinks that Bootsauce’s Baculis is a better bassist than Flea

Chili Peppers rile up Vancouver after Dave Grohl gets his nipple pinched

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JUNE 1, 2000 Nobody rocks like Flea. As soon as the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ hyperkinetic bassist stepped on the GM Place stage last Sunday (May 28), he started churning out monstrous hard-funk licks, and he didn’t slow down until the gig was over. And when Flea wasn’t laying … Continue reading Chili Peppers rile up Vancouver after Dave Grohl gets his nipple pinched

Chili Peppers bass god Flea won’t answer to Mr. Ugly Stinky

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, APRIL 11, 1996 By Steve Newton That Flea guy is a real character. For my phone interview with the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ wildman bassist, I was instructed to call and ask for Mr. Ugly Stupid, the moniker Flea goes by when he’s on the road. But I started … Continue reading Chili Peppers bass god Flea won’t answer to Mr. Ugly Stinky

Warren Haynes says Dickey Betts and Derek Trucks are “two distinctly different personalities”

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, NOV. 10, 2004 By Steve Newton When original Gov't Mule bassist Allen Woody died of a heart attack in August of 2000, he left a sizable pair of shoes that have taken bandmates Warren Haynes and Matt Abst more than three years to fill. At first, the two remaining members didn't … Continue reading Warren Haynes says Dickey Betts and Derek Trucks are “two distinctly different personalities”