Album review: David Lee Roth, Skyscraper (1988)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, FEB. 12. 1988 By Steve Newton Old Diamond Dave had his hands full surpassing his 1986 LP Eat 'Em and Smile, but with this new one, Skyscraper, he's certainly done just that. In his first endeavour as producer Roth has come up with a brilliantly played and varied hard-rock album … Continue reading Album review: David Lee Roth, Skyscraper (1988)

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Album review: Joe Satriani, The Extremist (1992)

  ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, SEPT. 10, 1992 By Steve Newton As much as I admire Kim Mitchell as a musician and songwriter, I must say that he ticked me off somewhat when I interviewed him a couple of months back. We were talking guitarists when Joe Satriani’s name came up, and Mitchell … Continue reading Album review: Joe Satriani, The Extremist (1992)

Marty Friedman on Inferno’s friends and fans and the channeling of Jason Becker’s spirit

By Steve Newton When you’re a legendary heavy-metal guitarist like Marty Friedman you don’t really need no stinkin’ guests on your albums, but for his latest one, Inferno, Friedman got some anyway. If the hyperactive voice raging away on “I Can’t Relax” sounds familiar, it’s because it belongs to Canada’s own Mango Kid himself, Danko Jones. … Continue reading Marty Friedman on Inferno’s friends and fans and the channeling of Jason Becker’s spirit

Steve Lukather’s smoking guitar rules at Ringo’s All-Starr hitfest in Vancouver

By Steve Newton Not all of the folks attending last night's Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band show at the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver might have known who Steve Lukather was. I suspect a lot of them just went to see the ex-Beatle, hoping to hear him revive Fab Four memories with tunes like "Yellow … Continue reading Steve Lukather’s smoking guitar rules at Ringo’s All-Starr hitfest in Vancouver

Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band to perform at Hard Rock Casino Vancouver

Maybe you saw him at the Grammy's the other night, performing his old hit "Photograph" and then playing drums behind Paul McCartney on some song that wasn't a Beatles tune. Well, now you can see him in the flesh, as legendary Fab Four drummer and all-around good guy Ringo Starr is bringing his All-Starr Band … Continue reading Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band to perform at Hard Rock Casino Vancouver