Album review: Yardbirds, Birdland (2003)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, MAY 8, 2003 By Steve Newton You might think, since the current version of the Yardbirds includes only two founding members of the pioneering ’60s Brit-rock act—rhythm guitarist Chris Dreja and drummer Jim McCarty—that the latest installment is just trying to cash in on the group’s famous name. One … Continue reading Album review: Yardbirds, Birdland (2003)

Marty Friedman used his guitars to fight fear after the 2011 Japanese earthquake

By Steve Newton Marty Friedman first made a major name for himself in the metal world as lead guitarist in Megadeth for ten years, but three years after exiting the band he took up residence in Tokyo, Japan. "I just fell in love with the music," Friedman told me last week, during a phone interview to … Continue reading Marty Friedman used his guitars to fight fear after the 2011 Japanese earthquake

Steve Lukather’s smoking guitar rules at Ringo’s All-Starr hitfest in Vancouver

By Steve Newton Not all of the folks attending last night's Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band show at the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver might have known who Steve Lukather was. I suspect a lot of them just went to see the ex-Beatle, hoping to hear him revive Fab Four memories with tunes like "Yellow … Continue reading Steve Lukather’s smoking guitar rules at Ringo’s All-Starr hitfest in Vancouver

Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band to perform at Hard Rock Casino Vancouver

Maybe you saw him at the Grammy's the other night, performing his old hit "Photograph" and then playing drums behind Paul McCartney on some song that wasn't a Beatles tune. Well, now you can see him in the flesh, as legendary Fab Four drummer and all-around good guy Ringo Starr is bringing his All-Starr Band … Continue reading Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band to perform at Hard Rock Casino Vancouver

Kitsilano fingerstyle ace Don Alder set to shine at NAMM’s All Star Guitar Night

Vancouver acoustic guitarist and avowed Wishbone Ash devotee Don Alder will appear at NAMM's All Star Guitar Night this Saturday in Anaheim, California. I've been spreading the word about this stunning player since he won Guitar Player magazine's Guitar Superstar competition back in September of 2010. I interviewed him in his Kitsilano stomping ground a … Continue reading Kitsilano fingerstyle ace Don Alder set to shine at NAMM’s All Star Guitar Night