Annihilator’s bizarre path in metal has given Jeff Waters “the funnest job in the world”

By Steve Newton When Jeff Waters picks up the phone at his home in Ottawa to talk about his metal band, Annihilator, and plug its upcoming (June 15) show at Vancouver's Rickshaw Theatre, I remind him that we go way back. I last interviewed him in 1990, just after Annihilator had released its second album, … Continue reading Annihilator’s bizarre path in metal has given Jeff Waters “the funnest job in the world”

Rob Halford says that Priest, Maiden, AC/DC, KISS, Metallica, and Slayer have all stood the test of time

By Steve Newton Back in 2015 I interviewed Rob Halford in advance of Judas Priest's doubleheader at the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver. When I asked him if there were any newer metal bands that had blown him away lately the 64-year-old "metal god" went off on a bit of a tangent. "They're all over the place, … Continue reading Rob Halford says that Priest, Maiden, AC/DC, KISS, Metallica, and Slayer have all stood the test of time

Frank Zappa lives in the middle of the Aristocrats’ Venn diagram

By Steve Newton Guthrie Govan is the type of generous guitar wizard who’s more than happy to reveal his tricks to budding pickers. That’s why, 24 hours before talking to me, he was at California’s Cambria Pines Lodge, taking part in the G4 Experience, a guitar retreat that also featured Joe Satriani, Animals as Leaders, … Continue reading Frank Zappa lives in the middle of the Aristocrats’ Venn diagram

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?

Alice Cooper on KISS, Marilyn Manson, Johnny Rotten, and the Peter Pan syndrome

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, SEPT. 9, 1999 By Steve Newton Last month, a feature-length movie about four rabid KISS fans, Detroit Rock City, was released across North America. It was basically a Gene Simmons–bankrolled homage to his own band, which took glam metal to the extreme in the ’70s and won over legions … Continue reading Alice Cooper on KISS, Marilyn Manson, Johnny Rotten, and the Peter Pan syndrome

Megadeth kicks the most butt on the Clash of the Titans tour

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, MAY 30, 1991 By Steve Newton Marty Friedman is one happy camper. The Megadeth guitarist is soaking up the sunshine in El Paso, Texas, just hours away from the fifth show in the four-band Clash of the Titans tour of the Lone Star state, and he reports that things … Continue reading Megadeth kicks the most butt on the Clash of the Titans tour

Annihilator’s Jeff Waters is getting into the “old hard-rock stuff” again

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, NOV. 15, 1990 By Steve Newton Despite the fact that this city is home to Annihilator—one of the most promising young bands in metal—Vancouver has yet to prove itself as a world-class heavy metal town. Aside from Annihilator, there hasn’t been a successful metal recording act out of this … Continue reading Annihilator’s Jeff Waters is getting into the “old hard-rock stuff” again