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

Stevie Ray Vaughan’s soul shines on Texas Flood Legacy Edition

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, JAN. 28, 2013 By Steve Newton I consider myself extremely lucky when it comes to Stevie Ray Vaughan. He's one of my all-time fave guitarists--right up there with Rory Gallagher and Jeff Beck--and I was fortunate enough to see him play live several times before his tragic death on August 27, 1990, at the age … Continue reading Stevie Ray Vaughan’s soul shines on Texas Flood Legacy Edition

Philly’s Silvertide revels in the sweet sounds of the ’70s

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, JULY 28, 2005 By Steve Newton There's no doubt that Motley Crue will be the main attraction when L.A.'s kings of sleaze-rock headline the sold-out Pacific Coliseum on Friday (July 29). Having Canadian punk rock sensations Sum 41 on the bill hasn't hurt ticket sales, either. But you gotta wonder why … Continue reading Philly’s Silvertide revels in the sweet sounds of the ’70s

CKY’s Chad I Ginsburg recalls the 2002 Guns N’ Roses riot in Vancouver

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, AUG. 11, 2005 By Steve Newton The last time Philadelphia hard-rockers CKY were set to play Vancouver, they were just minutes from warming up for Guns N' Roses at GM Place on November 7, 2002. Then dedicated shit-disturber Axl Rose pulled his unpopular no-show trick. Glass shattered, batons swung, teeth flew, … Continue reading CKY’s Chad I Ginsburg recalls the 2002 Guns N’ Roses riot in Vancouver

Stephen King calls Marah America’s best unknown rock band

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, FEB. 2, 2006 By Steve Newton Not only is Stephen King among the world's most popular writers, he also has good taste in music. He's long been known as a devotee of AC/DC and the Ramones, and when it came time to choose a pseudonym to put on the covers of … Continue reading Stephen King calls Marah America’s best unknown rock band