That time I asked Mike Rutherford about the biggest highlights of Genesis’ career

By Steve Newton Way back in December of 1983 I did an interview with Mike Rutherford, who at the time was the guitarist-bassist in Genesis, joined by singer-drummer Phil Collins and keyboardist Tony Banks. Two months earlier the band had released a self-titled album that was a huge success, spawning the hits "Mama", "That's All", … Continue reading That time I asked Mike Rutherford about the biggest highlights of Genesis’ career

If Barbra Streisand gets a heavy-metal T-shirt, why not Michael Bublé?

By Steve Newton A few months ago I was watching the Comedy Network and one of those heavily rotated ads for the network's awful @midnight show came on. What caught my eye was the T-shirt that one of the program's guests was wearing. It was black with the type of scary, devil-skull design you often … Continue reading If Barbra Streisand gets a heavy-metal T-shirt, why not Michael Bublé?

Genesis box set goes heavy on The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, DEC. 17, 1998 By Steve Newton Before paying the hefty list price for this boxed set, you’ll want to make sure you’re a big fan of Genesis’s 1974 double album, The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, because a live version of it—recorded at L.A.’s Shrine Auditorium in January of … Continue reading Genesis box set goes heavy on The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway

The soul-destroying legacy of “Sussudio” puts damper on Genesis box

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM. DEC. 5, 2007 By Steve Newton For me, "Sussudio" was the last straw. Even though it was part of Phil Collins's solo career, that tune irritated me so much that it threw a pall over everything he'd done before as Genesis's lead singer. Never again could I listen to worthwhile Collins-era … Continue reading The soul-destroying legacy of “Sussudio” puts damper on Genesis box

Jason Bonham remembers Bonzo as “a regular dad”

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, NOV. 24, 2010 By Steve Newton John Bonham is often called the greatest rock drummer who ever lived. And whether you agree with that assessment or not—I’m a Keith Moon man, myself—you’ve gotta admit that “Bonzo” was a master of the groove. Thirty years after his alcohol-related death at the age … Continue reading Jason Bonham remembers Bonzo as “a regular dad”

Ear of Newt: my first and last interview with bass-guitar legend Donald “Duck” Dunn

  When they say "Duck" Dunn is smokin' on bass, they aren't jokin' around.   ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, MAY 13, 2012 By Steve Newton American bass-guitar legend Donald "Duck" Dunn passed away in his sleep this morning, after a gig in Tokyo last night. Back in June of '85 I interviewed him on the phone … Continue reading Ear of Newt: my first and last interview with bass-guitar legend Donald “Duck” Dunn