Motörhead’s Stone Deaf Forever! box set brings the ear-busting goods

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, DEC. 18, 2003 By Steve Newton So I was hangin’ out in the vicinity of the Straight music editor’s desk—since that’s usually where the CDs go before being parcelled out to the various scrounging contributors—and along comes the shiny new expanded edition of the David Bowie boxed set, Sound … Continue reading Motörhead’s Stone Deaf Forever! box set brings the ear-busting goods

Joe Blanton’s raunchier side asserted itself on the Royal Court of China’s Geared & Primed

  ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, AUG. 2, 1990 By Steve Newton When the Royal Court of China's debut album hit the record racks three years ago, it took a few people by surprise. By the daintiness of the band's name, possible buyers might be forgiven for taking it as yet another panty-waist British … Continue reading Joe Blanton’s raunchier side asserted itself on the Royal Court of China’s Geared & Primed

Jon Bon Jovi in 1986: “As long as there’s a plug, we’ll plug it in.”

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JULY 11, 1986 By Steve Newton When New York rockers Bon Jovi flew into Vancouver to record their third album, it didn't take long for them to become attached to the place. "The first night we got there we were into the Embassy and the Metro," says singer Jon … Continue reading Jon Bon Jovi in 1986: “As long as there’s a plug, we’ll plug it in.”

Vancouver’s Sacred Blade is not your typical thrash act

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, FEB. 14, 1991 Of all the last-minute surprises to befall a young metal band, being called on to replace a monstrously popular act like Metallica must be one of the most daunting. But that’s the type of challenge Vancouver’s Sacred Blade took on, no questions asked, one night in … Continue reading Vancouver’s Sacred Blade is not your typical thrash act

Annihilator’s Jeff Waters is getting into the “old hard-rock stuff” again

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, NOV. 15, 1990 By Steve Newton Despite the fact that this city is home to Annihilator—one of the most promising young bands in metal—Vancouver has yet to prove itself as a world-class heavy metal town. Aside from Annihilator, there hasn’t been a successful metal recording act out of this … Continue reading Annihilator’s Jeff Waters is getting into the “old hard-rock stuff” again

Rob Halford says it’s incredible to be a metalhead in 2008

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, JULY 16, 2008 By Steve Newton On his 1974 album, Past, Present and Future, British folk-pop troubadour Al Stewart recorded “Nostradamus”, a nine-minute opus detailing the predictions of the 16th-century prophet. It told of the visions in which Nostradamus reputedly foresaw such world events as the rise of Hitler and Great Fire … Continue reading Rob Halford says it’s incredible to be a metalhead in 2008