Twenty-five years ago today--on October 15, 1989--a 37-year-old Kim Mitchell played the Orpheum Theatre, touring behind his third solo album, Rockland.

In advance of the show I interviewed him on the phone from his Toronto home, and we talked a bit about the new album, which was gettting a buzz at the time from the raucous single "Rock N Roll Duty".

But mostly we talked about Max Webster. Man, I loved that band.

What took you so long to get Rockland out? It's been three years since Shakin' Like a Human Being.

Thirty years ago today—on October 13, 1984—British pop-rock/new-wave group the Fixx played the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. The previous year the band had had a million-selling album called Reach the Beach, which you may recall for the hit single "One Thing Leads to Another".

In advance of the show I interviewed frontman Cy Curnin and we chatted about the band's origins, video censorship, Tina Turner, and other stuff. Since the turkey's in the oven and I've got nothing else to do for the next four hours, I'm gonna retype the brunt of the story for all those hardcore fans just jonesing for their 30-year-old Fixx fix.

Here's the story that ran in the Oct. 12-19 issue of the Straight

Twenty-five years ago last night—on October 11, 1989—Steve Stevens played Club Soda. Since I was a big fan of his wild guitar playing with Billy Idol on the Rebel Yell album I interviewed him in advance of the gig.

Here's the story that ran in the Oct. 6-13 issue of the Straight

You might have seen the movie Fame—or the TV series that followed it—which traced the exploits of young students at Manhattan's renowned High School of the Performing Arts. With all the dancing in the streets that went on, you'd figure anyone enrolled in the institution was having the time of his or her life.

Guitarist Steve Stevens was accepted into that school, but he was far from the model student. In act, he couldn't stand his teachers.

Yesterday AC/DC released the song titles for its highly anticipated new album, and by all accounts the Aussie blues-metal legends will continue to rock. It's right there in the titles: "Rock the House", "Rock the Blues Away", "Got Some Rock & Roll Thunder", and the title track, "Rock or Bust".

It appears that the nasty rumour about the boys going all soft and wimpy with the loss of rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young is nothing but a load of crap.

I knew it.

When you love the Tragically Hip as much as I do—or did, anyway, back in the '90s—it's hard to pinpoint one favourite album. But let's try anyway.

My alltime fave song of theirs—the one that has given me the most chills when heard either on record or live—is "Nautical Disaster", so sometimes I think that the album it was on, 1994's Day for Night, is the one.

Hey guitar freaks: get ready for the best news you've heard all week. Eagle Rock Entertainment announced today that it will release a new Jeff Beck live Blu-ray (or DVD for you neanderthals) on November 24.

Live in Tokyo will features the world's greatest living rock guitarist with his new backing band of guitarist Nicolas Meier, bassist Rhonda Smith, and drummer Jonathan Joseph. (Yeah, I don't get why he needs a second guitarist either.) 

By now most everyone who follows the Vancouver music scene has heard the sad news about the passing of local concert-biz legend Drew Burns. The longtime proprietor of the Commodore Ballroom died on Saturday, leaving scores of friends and fans feeling down--until memories of him got them up again.

Yesterday AC/DC announced on its website that it would be releasing a new album, Rock or Bust, on December 2. The band also made it known that founding rhythm-guitarist Malcolm Young would no longer be performing with the group, as he had fallen ill with an undisclosed condition.

Now comes word that Young, 61, has been admitted into a nursing home in Sydney, Australia, suffering from dementia.

As reported here yesterday, Conan O'Brien is celebrating the release of a new George Harrison box set with a week (well, four days, actually) of guest artists performing songs by "the quiet Beatle".

On Monday, Beck performed "Wah Wah", a track from Harrison's 1970 All Things Must Pass triple-album, which is among the discs remastered for the new The Apple Years 1968-75 package.

Then last night Paul Simon showed up and--because he can--said "Screw the solo catalogue, I'm gonna do one of my fave Beatles tunes!"

Well, he didn't exactly say that, but you get the drift.

Blues-metal legends AC/DC announced today that they will release a new album, titled Rock or Bust, on December 2. The 11-track disc was recorded right here in Vancouver last spring, with Brendan O’Brien producing and Langley's Mike Fraser mixing.

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