Newt’s top 10 (or 20) things to do in Vancouver this weekend, September 15 to 17

Hermanos Gutiérrez plays the Commodore By Steve Newton FRIDAY: Charlie Demers hosts East Van Laugh Riot, a standup comedy show featuring Ryan Williams, with guests Cassidy Anhorn and Gavin Banning, at the Rio Theatre. Get your chuckle on. FRIDAY: instrumental surf-rock bands Horsebreaker (from Calgary) and the Reviberators (from Vancouver) play the Painted Ship in … Continue reading Newt’s top 10 (or 20) things to do in Vancouver this weekend, September 15 to 17

Newt’s top 10 things to do in Vancouver this week, July 31 to August 4

Brit Floyd plays the Queen E. By Steve Newton MONDAY: 50th anniversary screening at the Rio Theatre of director D.A. Pennebaker’s Ziggy Stardust & the Spiders From Mars: The Motion Picture, the concert film documenting David Bowie’s final performance as his musical alter-ego Ziggy Stardust, digitally restored with never-before-seen footage. MONDAY: Pink Floyd tribute band Brit Floyd, featuring long-time … Continue reading Newt’s top 10 things to do in Vancouver this week, July 31 to August 4

Newt’s top 10 things to do in Metro Vancouver this week, June 19 to 23

Planet Terror screens at the Rio By Steve Newton MONDAY: screening at the VIFF Centre of director Anton Corbijn‘s documentary Squaring the Circle (The Story of Hipnosis), which tells the story of Storm Thorgerson and Aubrey “Po” Powell, the creative forces behind the iconic album-art design studio, Hipgnosis. MONDAY: screening at the Rio Theatre of Alien (The Director’s Cut), Ridley Scott’s modern … Continue reading Newt’s top 10 things to do in Metro Vancouver this week, June 19 to 23

Newt’s top 10 things to do in Metro Vancouver this weekend, March 3-5

Jason Isbell plays the Queen E By Steve Newton FRIDAY: the West African Music Celebration at North Vancouver's BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts features Kofi Gbolonyo and CapU Jazz Ensembles. FRIDAY: Pi Theatre presents Black Space Jam, an evening of multidisciplinary art at the Biltmore Cabaret, featuring poetry and spoken word by Shayna … Continue reading Newt’s top 10 things to do in Metro Vancouver this weekend, March 3-5

Newt’s top 10 things to do in Metro Vancouver this week, Feb. 20 to 24

Sarah Silverman performs at the Queen E. By Steve Newton MONDAY: final day of Fan Expo Vancouver, which features comics, anime, cosplay, gaming, sci-fi, horror, and celebrity guests at the Vancouver Convention Centre. The guy who played Robocop is there! MONDAY AND TUESDAY: screenings at the Cinematheque and VIFF Centre of Alfred Hitchcock‘s 1958 masterpiece Vertigo, … Continue reading Newt’s top 10 things to do in Metro Vancouver this week, Feb. 20 to 24

Newt’s top 10 things to do in Metro Vancouver this week, January 9-13

Dita Von Teese is at the Queen E By Steve Newton MONDAY: screening at the VIFF Centre of director Ron Chapman’s music documentary Revival69: The Concert That Rocked the World, featuring John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Chuck Berry, Alice Cooper, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Bo Diddley, and the Doors. MONDAY TO FRIDAY: Canyon Lights at North Vancouver’s Capilano Suspension Bridge features dazzling coloured … Continue reading Newt’s top 10 things to do in Metro Vancouver this week, January 9-13

A little Zeppelin goes a long way at Robert Plant’s Vancouver concert

crappy iPhone photo by the Newt By Steve Newton When I interviewed Robert Plant back in 1993, the first thing he said on the phone from New York City was that he was "pissed off" that Black Sabbath wasn't getting back together. He was joking, though. It was more a comment on how frustrated he … Continue reading A little Zeppelin goes a long way at Robert Plant’s Vancouver concert

Jesse Cook collects three “amazing” takes from Tommy Emmanuel’s creativity tap for “Tommy and Me”

By Steve Newton Last week I scored a copy of the new CD from Canadian nuevo-flamenco guitarist Jesse Cook, One World, and before even cracking it open I got a nice surprise. The track listing on the back cover revealed the inclusion of one featuring Tommy Emmanuel, the Australian fingerstyle guitarist who just four days earlier … Continue reading Jesse Cook collects three “amazing” takes from Tommy Emmanuel’s creativity tap for “Tommy and Me”

Eddie Murphy plays Vancouver, so I party with his entourage till 5 a.m.

On May 11, 1985, Eddie Murphy played the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver. This was exactly 12 days before he released "Party All the Time", which reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and is clearly one of the worst songs ever recorded. What bugs me most about this video--besides the music--is the shirt-button-challenged "rock" … Continue reading Eddie Murphy plays Vancouver, so I party with his entourage till 5 a.m.

Joe Bonamassa says “I’m not a full-time rock ‘n’ roll guy. I like blues.”

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, MAY 7, 2015 By Steve Newton For his latest album, American guitar hero Joe Bonamassa came up with one helluva great idea. Or at least his producer, Kevin Shirley, did. The plan was to record a one-off concert dedicated to the music of blues legends Muddy Waters and Howlin’ … Continue reading Joe Bonamassa says “I’m not a full-time rock ‘n’ roll guy. I like blues.”

Steve Stevens’ sparkly Les Pauls rule at Billy Idol’s Vancouver show

all awesome iPhone photos by the Newt By Steve Newton You've got to give Billy Idol credit. For a guy whose career peaked roughly three decades ago, he's hanging in there incredibly well. There's little flab on the 59-year-old's tanned bod, and his vocal cords are in fine shape too. Judging by his recent album, Kings … Continue reading Steve Stevens’ sparkly Les Pauls rule at Billy Idol’s Vancouver show

Yes guitarist Steve Howe says Chet Atkins was–and is–his number one

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JULY 26, 2001 By Steve Newton When Yes guitarist Steve Howe calls the Straight office from Reno, Nevada, it’s not to brag about how well he’s been doing at the blackjack tables. Although he and his bandmates—vocalist Jon Anderson, bassist Chris Squire, and drummer Alan White—have been holed up … Continue reading Yes guitarist Steve Howe says Chet Atkins was–and is–his number one

Jeff Beck’s astonishing Vancouver show crushes the myth that Clapton is God

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, SEPT. 23, 1999 By Steve Newton Apart from an arena show with Rod Stewart in the ’80s, it had been nearly 25 years since fans of Jeff Beck last saw him play here, so the anticipatory vibe that surged through the Queen E around 9 p.m. last Saturday (September … Continue reading Jeff Beck’s astonishing Vancouver show crushes the myth that Clapton is God