That time Jeff Beck told me that John McLaughlin was “the greatest player around”

me 'n Jeff By Steve Newton In my 35 years of writing about rock musicians I've never been as psyched as I was back in January 2001 when I got the chance to interview Jeff Beck. He was heading to Vancouver for a rare club appearance at the historic Commodore Ballroom, and I contacted him in … Continue reading That time Jeff Beck told me that John McLaughlin was “the greatest player around”

Randy Hansen was baptized by the rain dripping off Jimi Hendrix’s boots

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, AUG. 16, 2001 By Steve Newton Randy Hansen has been immersing himself in the music of Jimi Hendrix since 1967, when an older acquaintance tipped him off about this amazing guitarist who had just played the Monterey Pop Festival. Taking this fellow’s advice, Hansen went out and bought the … Continue reading Randy Hansen was baptized by the rain dripping off Jimi Hendrix’s boots

Interviewing Jeff Beck, the world’s greatest living rock guitarist

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, FEB. 15, 2001 By Steve Newton Like most teenage guitar-rock freaks in the ’70s, I was big on Aerosmith. I made every effort to see them if they got within driving range of Chilliwack; I even hauled my skinny hick ass out to Seattle when they played the cavernous … Continue reading Interviewing Jeff Beck, the world’s greatest living rock guitarist

Major keys keep Champs’ instro-metal upbeat

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, SEPT. 5, 2007 By Steve Newton When the Straight calls up Tim Green of the Fucking Champs, the San Francisco–based guitarist is on vacation with his girlfriend, visiting his dad and stepmom in Maine. He says they're not too far from Bangor, the fabled hometown of Stephen King, which kinda makes … Continue reading Major keys keep Champs’ instro-metal upbeat

Carlos Santana says you get the tone with what you’re thinking

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, AUG. 24, 2011 By Steve Newton There's a quote on Carlos Santana’s official website that reads: “When you love what you do, you don’t have to work a day in your life.” If that’s true, then anyone who’s heard Santana effortlessly channel the sound of pure joy through his instrument knows that he … Continue reading Carlos Santana says you get the tone with what you’re thinking