Album review: Jimmy Page & Robert Plant, No Quarter (1994)

  ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, DEC. 1, 1994 By Steve Newton It’s sort of surprising that Jimmy Page and Robert Plant would name their reunion album No Quarter, since the former Led Zeppelin member who cowrote that tune and played its haunting keyboard parts doesn’t even show up on the new disc. Perhaps, … Continue reading Album review: Jimmy Page & Robert Plant, No Quarter (1994)

Now that he’s in Guns N’ Roses Dizzy Reed can buy drinks for all his freennz

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, AUG. 13, 1992 By Steve Newton Some hard-rock bands like to boast about not using keyboards; they take pride in sticking with the trusty old guitar-bass-drums ideal. Guns N’ Roses might have been such a band in its early days, but when it came time to record its ground-breaking … Continue reading Now that he’s in Guns N’ Roses Dizzy Reed can buy drinks for all his freennz

Philly’s Cinderella finds a bluesier vibe on Heartbreak Station

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, MARCH 28, 1991 By Steve Newton Mandolin, Jew’s harp, pedal steel guitar—those aren’t the kind of instruments you normally find in a hard-rock band’s arsenal. But you’ll find those and plenty more being utilized to great effect on the latest Cinderella album, because the band with the cutesy name … Continue reading Philly’s Cinderella finds a bluesier vibe on Heartbreak Station

Robert Plant and the Band of Joy get raw and rootsy in Vancouver

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, APRIL 18, 2011 A few months ago, shock-rock king Alice Cooper made headlines in the music press when he complained about Robert Plant refusing to get back with Led Zeppelin. “Jimmy Page wants to do it,” griped Cooper. “John Paul Jones wants to do it. And they got [John] Bonham’s son [Jason Bonham], … Continue reading Robert Plant and the Band of Joy get raw and rootsy in Vancouver