Newt’s top 10 things to do in Metro Vancouver this weekend, Feb. 3 to 5

Stick Men play the Rickshaw By Steve Newton FRIDAY: American progressive-rock supergroup Stick Men, featuring King Crimson's Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto, plays the Rickshaw Theatre. FRIDAY: screening at the VIFF Centre of director Kyle Edward Ball’s experimental, micro-budget horror film Skinamarink. FRIDAY: MRG Live presents Vancouver singer-songwriter Dan Mangan at the Fox Cabaret, performing … Continue reading Newt’s top 10 things to do in Metro Vancouver this weekend, Feb. 3 to 5

Newt’s top 10 things to do in Metro Vancouver this week, January 23-27

Stephen Nikleva plays Guilt and Co. By Steve Newton MONDAY: Vancouver guitar great Stephen Nikleva leads his band--which includes second guitarist Noah Walker, bassist Patrick Metzger, and drummer Paul Townsend--at Gastown's Guilt and Co. MONDAY TO FRIDAY: Toronto’s Ronnie Burkett Theatre of Marionettes presents the world premiere of Little Willy, a twisted retelling of Romeo and Juliet, at the Cultch Historic … Continue reading Newt’s top 10 things to do in Metro Vancouver this week, January 23-27

Steve Cropper’s musical career has been touched by tragedy but his killer guitar licks endure

By Steve Newton On the phone from his home in Nashville, Steve Cropper sounds happy and full of life. He talks a lot and ends most of his sentences with a chuckle, as you might expect from a guy who's spent the last 60-or-so years of his life doing exactly what he loves the most: … Continue reading Steve Cropper’s musical career has been touched by tragedy but his killer guitar licks endure

Warren Haynes says that playing guitar with Derek Trucks comes naturally, “like drinkin’ water”

kirk west photo By Steve Newton I love talking to Warren Haynes. Apart from being one of my fave guitarists, he's just such a cool, cool guy. I did my sixth interview with Haynes in 2017, when Gov't Mule was playing a show at Vancouver's Vogue Theatre. At one point in the interview I had … Continue reading Warren Haynes says that playing guitar with Derek Trucks comes naturally, “like drinkin’ water”

King Crimson freak suggests watching the band like it’s an orchestra

By Steve Newton I was a huge fan of prog-rock in the seventies, but for some reason I did not follow King Crimson much. About all I remember about them was the heavy riffs of "21st Century Schizoid Man". Guess I was too busy getting my prog-rock jollies from Yes, Tull, Floyd, Wishbone, and Genesis. … Continue reading King Crimson freak suggests watching the band like it’s an orchestra

The world’s greatest acoustic guitarist takes his fans over the rainbow in Vancouver

photos by "Honest" Todd Salive By Steve Newton “I’m not out to prove I’m the world’s greatest guitar player," Tommy Emmanuel told me back in 1994. But if that's the case, just what the hell did he think he was doing at the Vogue Theatre last night? The 59-year-old picker from Australia spent the majority … Continue reading The world’s greatest acoustic guitarist takes his fans over the rainbow in Vancouver

Sloan goes to town, ’70s guitar-rock style, on Action Pact

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, OCT. 16, 2003 By Steve Newton When Sloan headed into an L.A. studio with producer Tom Rothrock earlier this year, diehard fans of the Halifax-bred power-pop quartet might have had cause for concern. The last two projects Rothrock had helmed at that point were Badly Drawn Boy’s Have You … Continue reading Sloan goes to town, ’70s guitar-rock style, on Action Pact

Fingerstyle guitar ace Leo Kottke is deeply attracted to sloth

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JUNE 13, 2002 By Steve Newton Ever since he blasted onto the music scene with his 1969 debut on John Fahey’s tiny Takoma label, 6 and 12-String Guitar, Leo Kottke has been acknowledged as one of the greats of fingerstyle acoustic guitar. But that wasn’t his first instrument—or “victim”, … Continue reading Fingerstyle guitar ace Leo Kottke is deeply attracted to sloth

Ear of Newt’s top five Vancouver concerts of 2014

  DBT photo by the Newt For me, it's always a good year for concerts when the Drive-By Truckers can be included in the year-end wrap-up, and their performance at the Vogue Theatre on April 22 was one of the two best gigs I attended in 2014. It helped that the Alabama/Georgia-based band was touring behind one … Continue reading Ear of Newt’s top five Vancouver concerts of 2014

Steve Hackett leaves Vancouver aglow with a major Genesis buzz

all crappy iPhone photos by the newt By Steve Newton At the Vogue Theatre last night former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett and his killer band performed the best-loved songs from his old group's '70s heyday. Those included "The Fountain of Salmacis" from 1971's Nursery Cryme, the seven-part "Supper's Ready" from 1972's Foxtrot, "Firth of Fifth" from my … Continue reading Steve Hackett leaves Vancouver aglow with a major Genesis buzz

Hey guitar freaks: you’d be friggin’ nuts not to go see Tommy Emmanuel

He might not be the most famous guitarist in the world, but, man, I'm tellin' ya—Tommy Emmanuel might just be the best. All-around, that is. We all know Jeff Beck is tops when it comes to rock. (Especially since Jimi, Stevie Ray and Rory blues-shuffled off this mortal coil.) But if you're looking for an … Continue reading Hey guitar freaks: you’d be friggin’ nuts not to go see Tommy Emmanuel

Kenny Wayne Shepherd never played with Stevie Ray, but still has hope for Clapton

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, SEPT. 7, 2000 By Steve Newton When Kenny Wayne Shepherd calls the Straight on a crapping-out cellphone from the wasteland of Duluth, Minnesota, it feels like a mixed blessing. On one hand, I’m happy to chat with anyone who’s helping to keep the Strat-ified blues-raunch spirit of Stevie Ray … Continue reading Kenny Wayne Shepherd never played with Stevie Ray, but still has hope for Clapton