Neil Peart, rock drummer extraordinaire, dead at 67

By Steve Newton Neil Peart, arguably the world's greatest rock drummer, has died at age 67. According to a statement issued today by family spokesperson Elliot Mintz, Peart died Tuesday in Santa Monica, California, after having been diagnosed with brain cancer. Born in Hamilton and raised in St. Catherines, the Ontario rocker joined Rush guitarist Alex … Continue reading Neil Peart, rock drummer extraordinaire, dead at 67

Prog-rock legend Keith Emerson of Emerson, Lake & Palmer dies at 71

  By Steve Newton It's a very sad day for fans of progressive rock. Keith Emerson, founding member and keyboardist for British trio Emerson, Lake & Palmer, died last night at his home in Santa Monica at the age of 71. According to the Santa Monica police, Emerson suffered a self-inficted gunshot wound to the … Continue reading Prog-rock legend Keith Emerson of Emerson, Lake & Palmer dies at 71

Everclear’s Art Alexakis channels Angus Young in Vancouver, plays AC/DC’s “Sin City” flat on his back

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, APRIL 4, 1996 By Steve Newton I went to see the 9:15 showing of Dead Man Walking at the Park last Saturday night (March 30), and because of that I missed the 11:15 showing of Naked Man Running at the Commodore. According to sources at the scene, the singer … Continue reading Everclear’s Art Alexakis channels Angus Young in Vancouver, plays AC/DC’s “Sin City” flat on his back

Pete Yorn pushes 40 with an old Gibson and a “hard reset”

By Steve Newton The last time Pete Yorn came through town—for a show at the Commodore in 2011—he was accompanied by a full band, but this time around things are different. When he plays the recently refurbished Imperial at Main and Cordova on Thursday (May 29) it will be as part of a solo tour, … Continue reading Pete Yorn pushes 40 with an old Gibson and a “hard reset”