That time Lemmy from Motörhead made me feel like a twit because I hadn’t heard Skunk Anansie yet

By Steve Newton One thing you had to love about Lemmy Kilmister--apart from his brain-rattling music--was how good he was at being himself. He wasn't the type to put on airs. He said whatever he wanted, whenever he wanted. And if he happened to hurt your wittle bitty feelings being Lenny, tough titty. That was … Continue reading That time Lemmy from Motörhead made me feel like a twit because I hadn’t heard Skunk Anansie yet

Album review: Various Artists, Dragon Attack: A Tribute to Queen (1997)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JUNE 5, 1997 By Steve Newton The folks behind previous Jeff Beck, Ace Frehley, and Stevie Ray Vaughan tribute CDs deliver a fourth laudatory project, which pays its respects to the estimable Queen catalogue while allowing an all-star lineup of hard-rock guitarists to get their fret-hopping jollies. The list … Continue reading Album review: Various Artists, Dragon Attack: A Tribute to Queen (1997)

The one-hit wonders behind “I Wanna Be a Cowboy” got Lemmy in their video for a bottle of vodka

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JULY 11, 1986 By Steve Newton When Britain's Boys Don't Cry open for Platinum Blonde at Expo Theatre this Monday and Tuesday (July 14 and 15), it's a sure thing that their current hit "I Wanna Be a Cowboy" will be a highlight of the set. A funky rocker … Continue reading The one-hit wonders behind “I Wanna Be a Cowboy” got Lemmy in their video for a bottle of vodka

Eagles singer-guitarist Glenn Frey dies at 67

By Steve Newton It's been a rough few weeks for music fans with the deaths of Lemmy Kilmister and David Bowie, and things aren't getting any better. Legendary country-rock band the Eagles released a statement today announcing the death of founding member Glenn Frey. “It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the … Continue reading Eagles singer-guitarist Glenn Frey dies at 67

Lemmy Kilmister thinks Motörhead should have its own category by now

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, MAY 9, 2002 By Steve Newton I’ve always respected Motörhead for what it’s done over the past quarter-century to further the cause of heavy metal, and for its ability to do so, like Rush, within the confines of the power-trio format. But as far as Motörhead albums go, it’s … Continue reading Lemmy Kilmister thinks Motörhead should have its own category by now

Motörhead’s Lemmy Kilmister says his secret to staying alive is not dyin’

photo by Bev Davies ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, MAY 6, 1999 By Steve Newton I’ve seen some funny things at rock concerts over the years, but one of the funniest goes way back to 1981, when the original Motörhead opened for Ozzy Osbourne at the acoustically absurd Kerrisdale Arena. Lemmy Kilmister and the … Continue reading Motörhead’s Lemmy Kilmister says his secret to staying alive is not dyin’

Dave Brock says Hawkwind’s space-rock wasn’t influenced by anyone

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, DEC. 13, 1990 By Steve Newton Hawkwind may just well be the ultimate cult band. The British progressive/space metal act has released more than 20 albums since its inception in 1969—and sold millions. Yet ask the person next to you if they’ve ever actually heard the band—least of all … Continue reading Dave Brock says Hawkwind’s space-rock wasn’t influenced by anyone

Lemmy doc profiles Motorhead’s “motherf***er” Kilmister

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, OCT. 16, 2010 By Steve Newton The movie's tagline reads: "49% motherf**ker. 51% son of a bitch", so you know it's gotta be about Motorhead bassist-vocalist Lemmy Kilmister. Lemmy is the feature-length documentary about the life and career of British metal legend Kilmister, which gets its U.K. premiere at the London Film … Continue reading Lemmy doc profiles Motorhead’s “motherf***er” Kilmister

Corrosion picker Pepper bashes his (ear)drums

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, APRIL 7, 2005 By Steve Newton One of the stock questions I like to toss out when interviewing rockers is, "So, what have you been listening to lately?" When I call up Corrosion of Conformity guitarist-vocalist Pepper Keenan in the midst of his band's North American tour with Motorhead, that query … Continue reading Corrosion picker Pepper bashes his (ear)drums

Motorhead all business in Vancouver

photo by rebecca blissett ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, FEB. 8, 2011 I should have known that I’d run into Metal Ron—the long-time cohost of CiTR Radio’s popular heavy-metal show Powerchord—at Motorhead on Monday (February 7). I should have also known that he’d still be reeling from the shocking news of Irish guitar hero Gary Moore's death … Continue reading Motorhead all business in Vancouver

Glenn Tipton says Judas Priest was shocked by K.K. Downing’s departure

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, OCT. 26, 2011 By Steve Newton When Judas Priest announced its final world tour last month headbangers far and wide, young and ancient, stained their black-leather pants with a torrent of tears. The British metal icons had been bringing the noise to its followers—off and (mostly) on—since 1969, traversing the globe … Continue reading Glenn Tipton says Judas Priest was shocked by K.K. Downing’s departure