Twenty years ago today—on July 17, 1994—Metallica played UBC's Thunderbird Stadium. The world's most popular heavy-metal band was still touring in support of its hugely successful self-titled release of 1991, aka The Black Album, so of course I went. 

Here's my review, which was published in the Straight's July 22-29 issue under the headline "Sun Shines on Headbanger Heaven". 

It’s a very sad day for fans of rocking blues. Legendary guitarist Johnny Winter died in a hotel room in Zurich, Switzerland, yesterday, at the age of 70.

Winter has never been widely acknowledged as being in the same league as the Big Three–Clapton, Beck, Page–but anyone who’s followed his career knows that he totally deserves to be remembered among the world’s greatest rock guitarists.

Twenty-five years ago today—on July 16, 1989—Rod Stewart played to a crowd of 21,000 at B.C. Place Stadium, with backup from Tom Cochrane and Jeff Healey.

Rod the Mod was touring behind his 1988 Out of Order album, which spawned four singles—"Lost In You", "Forever Young", "My Heart Can't Tell You No", and "Crazy About Her"—and has sold nine million copies worldwide. It was his biggest-selling album of the Eighties.

For anyone who didn't get enough nostalgia at Ringo's show last night, here's the review that ran in the July 21-28 issue of the Straight, under the subhead "Three bands, thousands of people, and no encores".

Not all of the folks attending last night's Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band show at the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver might have known who Steve Lukather was. I suspect a lot of them just went to see the ex-Beatle, hoping to hear him revive Fab Four memories with tunes like "Yellow Submarine" and "With a Little Help From My Friends", which he certainly did do.

But I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of Ringo fans left the place thinking, "Man, that curly-haired guitar dude on the left sure could play!"

Twenty years ago today—on July 10, 1994—David Lee Roth played the Commodore Ballroom. I interviewed him on the phone before the show because—hey, who wouldn't want to interview Diamond Dave?

So here's the story that ran in the Straight's July 8-15 edition. First time ever on the Internet, far as I can tell. Tell your friends. Then read it and try to remember where you were when the O.J. verdict went down. 

Legendary rock powerhouse AC/DC has finished recording its new album in Vancouver, the first-ever AC/DC album not to feature ailing rhythm-guitarist Malcolm Young, whose illness was announced by the band in April. His nephew, Stevie Young, took over the guitar duties in his stead.

In a story posted on the Classic Rock website today, AC/DC vocalist Brian Johnson talked about making the followup to 2008's Black Ice, which was also helmed here.

Judas Priest released its 17th studio album, Redeemer of Souls, today, and I've been giving it a listen. All in all, I've gotta say that the British metal legends deliver the goods on the 13-track CD—which includes an extra five tunes on a bonus disc if you're lucky enough to get Sony Music to send you the deluxe edition for review purposes.

David Gilmour's wife, Polly Samson, let the cat out of the bag over the weekend, tweeting about the upcoming release of a new album by her husband's legendary group, Pink Floyd. The story went viral, and today the band broke down and confirmed the news on its website with the following statement: 


Pink Floyd freaks everywhere are all a-twitter about the news that the British prog-rock giants will apparently release their first album in 20 years, titled The Endless River, in three months.

Just six hours ago David Gilmour‘s wife, author Polly Samson—who cowrote the lyrics to most of the songs on Floyd’s 1994 album, The Division Bell—tweeted this message:

There’s a ton of incredible musicians who make appearances in B.B. King: The Life of Riley, a documentary about the Mississippi blues legend released on DVD and Blu-ray today (July 1).