Joe Walsh, the Eddie Shack of rock, flies highest at the Eagles’ Vancouver show

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JUNE 20, 2002 By Steve Newton Boy, I sure took a lotta flack from the hipsters in the Straight’s editorial department for wanting to review the Eagles concert last Wednesday (June 12) at GM Place. “Woo-hoo, ‘Hotel California’!” gibed Mike Usinger, high sheriff of all things musical, before inserting … Continue reading Joe Walsh, the Eddie Shack of rock, flies highest at the Eagles’ Vancouver show

Joe Walsh, the Eddie Shack of rock ‘n’ roll, helps the Eagles soar in Vancouver

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, MARCH 30, 1995 By Steve Newton I have to admit, I was feeling a tad cynical as I took my seat for the Eagles concert on Monday (March 27). Like most everybody else who grew up loving rock music in the ’70s, I had a soft spot in my … Continue reading Joe Walsh, the Eddie Shack of rock ‘n’ roll, helps the Eagles soar in Vancouver

Aussie guitar wizard Tommy Emmanuel on playing with Chet Atkins and looking after Lenny Breau

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, MAY 5, 1994 By Steve Newton When I was in my early 20s, I made what for me was a major investment. I bought a near-new, shiny black Fender Stratocaster. The fact that I couldn't even play guitar at the time didn't matter; I figured anything that cool-looking had … Continue reading Aussie guitar wizard Tommy Emmanuel on playing with Chet Atkins and looking after Lenny Breau

Guitar god Danny Gatton says Lenny Breau is the biggest humbler of all time

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, APRIL 22, 1993 By Steve Newton Guitar World magazine called him “the world’s greatest unknown guitarist”. Guitar Player ran his photo on the cover with his face behind a mask, while inside they asked: “What famous guitarist could outplay him?” So how come virtuoso guitarman Danny Gatton is so … Continue reading Guitar god Danny Gatton says Lenny Breau is the biggest humbler of all time

The Eagles fly high in Vancouver with boosts from Bernie and Joe

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, SEPT. 6, 2013 The concert the Eagles put on at Rogers Arena last night was way more enjoyable than the one they played at the hockey rink three years ago as part of the Long Road Out of Eden Tour. For one thing, this time around the setlist wasn't bogged down … Continue reading The Eagles fly high in Vancouver with boosts from Bernie and Joe

Loyal following keeps Big Head Todd going

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, MARCH 18, 2009 By Steve Newton The day before Todd Park Mohr called the Straight from a friend's place in Chicago, an armed teenager in Germany walked into his former high school and began a suicidal rampage that would claim 16 lives, including his own. Twenty-four hours before that horrific event, another 10 … Continue reading Loyal following keeps Big Head Todd going

The Eagles leave Vancouver fans with an uneasy feeling

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, MAY 10, 2010 In my favourite movie of all time, The Big Lebowski, the main character—brilliantly played by Jeff Bridges—is a scruffy SoCal slacker named “the Dude” who loves Creedence Clearwater Revival but has no time at all for the Eagles. In fact, he gets yanked from a cab and left … Continue reading The Eagles leave Vancouver fans with an uneasy feeling

Joe Walsh brings regular-guy charm and killer James Gang riffs to Coquitlam

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, SEPT. 8, 2012 American rock great Joe Walsh played Coquitlam's Red Robinson Show Theatre last night (September 7), and pretty well packed the place. Judging by the rabid response it got, the vast majority of the crowd of mostly 40- and 50-somethings were hoping to hell he'd play the 1970 James … Continue reading Joe Walsh brings regular-guy charm and killer James Gang riffs to Coquitlam

Bob Seger has all the Night Moves in Vancouver

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, MARCH 28, 2013 By Steve Newton At the aftershow party following Bob Seger's near sell-out gig at Rogers Arena last night (March 27), his longtime saxophonist Alto Reed--best known for the stirring intro to "Turn the Page" and the party-hearty solo on "Old Time Rock and Roll"--was asked about Seger's recent … Continue reading Bob Seger has all the Night Moves in Vancouver