Just hours after the Rolling Stones finished the first of two shows at Hyde Park last July, YouTube started getting flooded with fan-shot videos that showed Keith Richards seriously fucking up the opening chords to the big show’s first song, “Start Me Up”.
It was not a pretty sound.
Ironically, in a voiceover from the Stones’ new concert film of that show, Sweet Summer Sun–Hyde Park Live, Richards had this to say: “If you have done it as long as we’ve done it, it’s only because you believe that you haven’t quite got it right yet.”
Amen, brother. And we’ll be with you when you die tryin’, Keef.
Twenty years ago Seattle grunge masters Pearl Jam released their second album, Vs., and seeing as the band is playing here tomorrow night, I figured it was time to take a quick look back at the disc.
Vs. sold 950,378 copies its first week of release, and outperformed all other entries in the Billboard top ten that week combined.
But more importantly, it kicked ass.
Here’s my review, as it appeared in the Straight's Nov. 26-Dec. 3, 1993 issue.
When word first went out in November of 2011 that Black Sabbath was getting back together for its first studio album since 1978–and a worldwide tour to boot–hard-rock fans far and wide rejoiced.
But the shine came off the project later on when it was revealed that, due to financial squabbles, original Sabbath drummer Bill Ward—who you may remember from such classic drum beats as the ones on “War Pigs” from the 1970 Paranoid album—was not going to be part of either the album or the tour.
Spike Lee’s remake of the horrific 2003 Korean revenge flick Oldboy opened Wednesday, and—mainly due to comparisons to Chan-wood Park’s masterful original—the reviews have not been great. On Rotten Tomatoes right now it’s got a rating of 43 percent, with 52 “rotten” (negative) reviews and 40 “fresh” (positive) ones.
Peaches Geldof, the daughter of former Boomtown Rats singer and Live Aid organizer Bob Geldof—who was once the music editor of the Georgia Straight—is being investigated by police after she tweeted the names of the two women who allowed Ian Watkins to sexually abuse their babies.
The two mothers, both in their 20s, were convicted of a series of sexual offences yesterday, but legally their names cannot be mentioned in order to protect the identities of the victims.
Twenty years ago today–on Sunday, November 28, 1993–Bon Jovi played the Pacific Coliseum. Now, I’m not the biggest fan of the Jersey band, but I wound up going, and my review appeared in the Straight's Dec. 3 issue under the headline “Lame Tunes and Hot Licks Even Out at Bon Jovi Show”.
How can you not want to read a two decades-old review of a hugely popular band that relied heavily on its singer’s incredible cuteness!
It’s a weird feeling, realizing that you’ve spent several minutes of your life casually chatting with a young man who, as it turns out, is one of the most vile human beings alive.
You may have already heard the news about Ian Watkins, the former frontman of ’90s rockers Lostprophets, who admitted yesterday in a court in Cardiff, Wales, that he had attempted to rape a baby and committed a number of other horrific sex crimes involving children.
“This investigation has uncovered the most shocking and harrowing child abuse evidence I’ve ever seen,” Crown prosecutor Christopher Clee told the court.
Nineteen-ninety-four might not have been the greatest year for fans of rootsy, meat 'n' potatoes guitar-rock. Hootie and the Blowfish released their diamond-selling (10-million copies plus) Cracked Rear View album. The Barenaked Ladies were going platinum. And Yanni unleashed Live at the Acropolis.
But if you were lucky enough back then to catch the latest sounds from a relatively unknown band from St. Louis called the Bottle Rockets, man were you in for a treat.
If you're a concert-loving Monster Magnet fan living in Vancouver—or anywhere in North America, for that matter—you may well be wondering where the hell the band has been for the last 10 years. It's been releasing albums every three years or so, but has not toured the U.S. or Canada in a decade. As Dave Wyndorf pointed out on the phone from his New Jersey home last week, the absence came down to business.
"I took the break because I was just getting more work overseas," he explained. "I was getting steadier, better paying work, and better audiences, in Europe. I probably would have gone to Canada, but I had some visa problems, so I had to stay away from there. But it wasn't that I was stayin' away from Canada, it was more like I was staying away from the U.S.A.