ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, AUG. 8, 1986 By Steve Newton Anyone who saw or heard Peter Gabriel's performance at the recent Amnesty International concert must admit that he was one of the show's major treats. Two of the songs he performed, "Red Rain" and "Sledgehammer", are included on his great new album So. … Continue reading Album review: Peter Gabriel, So (1986)
By Steve Newton Joe Satriani has long been known as one of the most technically proficient rock guitarists around, a speedy fretburner and masterful creator of—to use the title of his 2002 album—Strange Beautiful Music. The beauty in his tunes has a lot to do with his ability to craft gorgeous melodies. You may recall … Continue reading Joe Satriani isn’t a Gibson man but he’s the ultimate melody maker
ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, MAY 30, 2007 By Steve Newton The Police may be remembered as musical revolutionaries who dragged punk-tinted new wave into the '80s mainstream, but that doesn't mean they didn't commit their share of crimes. Sure, "Message in a Bottle" deserves a spot on the proverbial desert-island jukebox, but hands up everyone … Continue reading The Police reunite in Vancouver, but is it all about the money?