Twenty-five years ago today--on August 31, 1989--Meat Loaf played 86 Street Music Hall, so I went. Here's my Straight review, published in the September 8-15 issue under the headline "The Bat Out of Hell returns for another bite".
It's been a wonderful week for fans of blues-rockin' Strat masters Rory Gallagher and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
One of the many fine memories from my 13-year stint as Vancouver correspondent for New York horror mag Fangoria involved interviewing screen legend Pam Grier when I was covering the Snoop Dogg flick Bones.
I was expecting good things from Bones because I loved director Ernest Dickerson’s previous fright flick, Demon Knight, but it turned out to be no great shakes. It was still worth it to chat with Foxy Brown herself, though, even if I had to go through some makeup FX artists and secondary actors first.
As I post this it’s been over 20 hours since Slash left the stage at Hard Rock Casino Vancouver, and my ears are still ringing loudly.
It sounds like rock ‘n’ roll.
Holy crap was that an awesome show! I’ve been reviewing rock gigs for nearly 35 years, and I can honestly say that last night’s performance has rocketed into my Top 20 of All Time.
During his show at the Fillmore the top-hatted guitar hero led his group the Conspirators, featuring vocalist Myles Kennedy, in no less than six Guns N’ Roses numbers, including one of my personal faves, “You Could Be Mine”, which you may recall from that kick-ass 1991 action flick, Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
Even though he's been one of my fave rockers since the '70s, Tom Petty didn't offer the likes of me an interview in advance of his gig in Vancouver tonight.
But that's okay. I love the guy so much I'm not gonna hold it against him.
And one of the reasons I love him so much is because his songs have such freakin' awesome guitar bits. Every time I listen to a tune like "Refugee" or "Breakdown" or "You Got Lucky" I marvel at how every note of every guitar lick or solo seems absolutely perfect. The craftsmanship is impeccable.
I’ve seen Tom Petty in concert a bunch of times, and two of those gigs are worthy of my Top 10 Concerts of All Time. Or they would be if I actually compiled my Top 10 Concerts of All Time. I’m saving that one for a rainy day.
The first time I saw Petty and his band the Heartbreakers was at Vancouver’s historic Commodore Ballroom in 1978. The group had just released its second album, You’re Gonna Get It!, and was hungry as hell. It was a lean, mean, rockin’ machine on new tunes like “When the Time Comes”, “I Need to Know”, and “Listen to Her Heart”.
Some sad news out of Texas today.
Marilyn Burns—star of the groundbreaking fright flick Texas Chain Saw Massacre—died yesterday in her Houston home of undisclosed causes.
She was 65.
Burns will always be remembered by horror fans for her portrayal of the sole survivor of Leatherface's gruesome rampage in Tobe Hooper's classic 1974 film, which scared the living hell out of viewers with its shockingly realistic portrait of a family of cannibalistic hicks who prey on a group of innocent travelers.
Its story was based on the real-life exploits of Wisconsin serial killer Ed Gein.
The rock-guitar world lost one of its most amazing artists in February of 2011 when Gary Moore passed away while on holiday in Spain, but now comes word that a concert recording of Moore from 2007 will be released this fall.
Dick Wagner–who played stunning lead-guitar in the seventies for the likes of Aerosmith, Lou Reed, and Alice Cooper–died today in Phoenix at the age of 71. He had been hospitalized after contracting a lung infection following heart surgery in early July.
I was crazy about Wagner’s guitar playing before I even knew who he was. As a hired gun, he played on those awesome Alice Cooper albums like School’s Out, Billion Dollar Babies, and Muscle of Love when Cooper’s lead-guitarist Glenn Buxton was too drug-addled to get it right.