Just before she started getting recognized for her appearances in a string of videos for Aerosmith power-ballads, Alicia Silverstone made her feature film debut in the low-budget 1993 thriller The Crush. The film was shot in Vancouver, so naturally I did the set visit for Fangoria magazine.
I interviewed Silverstone, who had recently turned 16, on Halloween, 1992. This was nearly three whole years before a certain high-falutin' magazine put her on the cover.
The hard-rock/metal world is all a-buzz with today's news that the mighty Black Sabbath will release a CD boxed set containing the band's first eight albums—the ones it recorded before Ozzy Osbourne got the boot and was replaced by Ronnie James Dio in 1979.
That's all well and good. The more masterful Tony Iommi riffs circulating around the globe the better, in my books.
Thirty years ago today—on March 5, 1984—local glam-metal band Kradle played Burnaby’s James Cowan Theatre with Black Knight. At the time I was the guy with the Judas Priest cap at the Georgia Straight who was covering the metal scene, and I was mightily impressed by these young lads from the 'burbs.
Looking back, they reminded me of a less sleazy Motley Crue, but just didn’t get the break they needed to move up in the music biz. Before retyping this dusty article I did a bit of research on the ‘net and was saddened to learn that lead singer Tod Larkin had drowned in a “boating-related accident” in 1989.
Here’s the admittedly amateurish Local Musicians story I did on the band in the Straight's March 2, 1984 issue.
Back in October of ’92, a mindblowing array of the world’s top recording artists performed at New York’s Madison Square Garden for Bob Dylan’s 30th anniversary concert celebration. Tomorrow (March 4), a deluxe edition of the concert is being released on CD, DVD and Blu-ray.
I watched the Blu-ray over the weekend, and, man, there’s some mighty tasty stuff on there.
Universal Music Canada has just announced that Canadian prog-metal band Rush will reissue its self-titled 1974 debut album on vinyl to mark its 40-year recording career.
Here's the promotional bumph:
Twenty-five years ago today—on March 2, 1989—Tom Cochrane and Red Rider played the Orpheum with guests the Northern Pikes, a band from Saskatoon that I liked almost as much as the headliner.
Red Rider was touring behind its latest album, Victory Day, which featured the singles “Good Times”, “Big League”, and the title track. This was two years before Cochrane would hit solid freakin’ gold with his most famous song, “Life is a Highway”, but Victory Day did quite well, going double-platinum in Canada.
Here’s my review of the show from the following week's Straight.
When I was covering the Vancouver horror scene as a correspondent for Fangoria back in the '80s and '90s, I would normally make an effort to see the projects I'd previewed when they were finally released in theatres or on the tube.
Twenty-five years ago today—on February 26, 1989—Jeff Healey kicked off a three-night stand at the Commodore, touring in support of his debut album, See the Light. In advance of the gig I chatted on the phone with the fast-rising blues-rocker, who would sadly die of cancer in 2008—though not before proving himself one of the most gifted guitarists of all time.
Here’s the story that ran in that week’s issue of the Straight.
Less than two weeks ago, Universal Music Canada announced that it would be releasing a remastered 40th-anniversary edition of Bachman-Turner Overdrive's best-selling album, Not Fragile, on March 18.