Album review: Various Artists, Songs in the Key of X (1996)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, APRIL 11, 1996 By Steve Newton In the liner notes to this collection of mostly new tunes “from and inspired by” the cult TV series The X-Files, the show’s executive producer, Chris Carter, takes time out from justifying yet another product marked with the guaranteed money-making X-Files logo to … Continue reading Album review: Various Artists, Songs in the Key of X (1996)

The Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl rides the rock throne to glory at a hellraising show in Vancouver

all crappy iPhone photos by the Newt By Steve Newton Nobody really expects a millionaire rock star to, after breaking his leg falling off a stage, design a special chair--or "rock throne", if  you will--that allows him to get around like royalty on stage. Is it a burning need to rock out that compels a fellow … Continue reading The Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl rides the rock throne to glory at a hellraising show in Vancouver

The ferocious fire of Eddie Van Halen lights up early soundboard recording

By Steve Newton Well, hey--good things come in pairs, I suppose. No sooner had I finished blogging about the possibility of the Foo Fighters playing some Van Halen in Vancouver tomorrow than I came across this newly uploaded video of VH performing the Kinks' "All Day and All Of the Night" live at the Pasadena Civic … Continue reading The ferocious fire of Eddie Van Halen lights up early soundboard recording

Will the Foo Fighters blast out some old-school Van Halen riffs in Vancouver?

By Steve Newton The Foo Fighters have been paying respects to some fine classic-rock acts on their current tour. During their last gig, in Scotland on Tuesday, the Seattle guitar-rockers played snippets of Van Halen's "Eruption", Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust", and Big Country's "In a Big Country" during the band introduction. And two days earlier … Continue reading Will the Foo Fighters blast out some old-school Van Halen riffs in Vancouver?

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