Album review: Bad Company, Dangerous Age (1988)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, SEPT. 23, 1988 By Steve Newton Bad Company put some mighty fine albums in the mid-'70s, particularly Straight Shooter and Run With the Pack. But that was when they had soulful crooner Paul Rodgers singing for them. Now they've got some Ted Nugent reject named Brian Howe in the … Continue reading Album review: Bad Company, Dangerous Age (1988)

Album review: Various Artists, Metal For Lunch (1986)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JUNE 6, 1986 By Steve Newton Metal For Lunch is the follow-up to last year's Metal For Breakfast album, a collection of previously released tracks from som great (and not so great) hard rock bands. On this one, the top tunes come via Aerosmith ("Back in the Saddle"), Judas Priest ("Love … Continue reading Album review: Various Artists, Metal For Lunch (1986)

Album review: Various Artists, Axe Masters–Legends of Rock Guitar

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JULY 19, 1985 By Steve Newton Now this is more like it--heavy metal with class. But then any album that features the playing of metal martyr Randy Rhoads can't lose. Rhoads is included via Ozzy Osbourne's first solo hit "Crazy Train". And he's in good company. "Axe masters" K.K Downing … Continue reading Album review: Various Artists, Axe Masters–Legends of Rock Guitar

Damn Yankees with the Nuge kicks ass; Bad Company without Paul Rodgers licks ass

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, MARCH 21, 1991 By Steve Newton Oh man—talk about going back in time! There was Ted Nugent riffing out “Cat Scratch Fever” and screeching like he had a severe case of it. There was former Styx guitarist Tommy Shaw whipping his still-blond locks every which way while churning out … Continue reading Damn Yankees with the Nuge kicks ass; Bad Company without Paul Rodgers licks ass

Rik Emmett embarks on solo career after unhappy breakup of Triumph

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, OCT. 4, 1990 By Steve Newton Following Ted Nugent is not an enviable prospect for anybody, but Terrible Ted opened for yours truly—in the journalistic sense, anyway—just last week. As guest host for Detroit rock station WRIF’s morning show, the Nuge—who had once jammed on a Zeppelin tune with … Continue reading Rik Emmett embarks on solo career after unhappy breakup of Triumph

Giving the Nuge rabbit ears while eating an apple

By Steve Newton This is one of my fave alltime backstage snapshots, courtesy longtime Georgia Straight concert photographer Kevin Statham. I was backstage at a 1991 Damn Yankees show at Vancouver's Pacific Coliseum, with a couple of my buddies, including "Honest" Todd Salive (in the Mad Duck shirt) and Terry "Terr Bear" Cave, the former … Continue reading Giving the Nuge rabbit ears while eating an apple