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).
If you polled all the classic-rock fans in the world and asked them to name their fave party tune of all time, you can bet that there’d be plenty of votes for Free’s “All Right Now”.
That ultimate ode to chasing chicks has garnered more than a million radio plays in the U.S. alone. There's a damn good chance it will make the setlist tonight when Rodgers plays the River Rock Show Theatre.
Tickets are still available, and you can find them here.
Twenty years ago today—or June 25, 1994, for the calendar-challenged—Pink Floyd played B.C. Place Stadium. Well, I guess it wasn't really Pink Floyd, since Roger Waters wasn't in the lineup at the time. But still...
Here's my review, which was printed in the Straight the week after under the headline: If Pigs Can Fall, Pink Floyd Rules.
Had a nice little chat with Swedish guitar legend Yngwie Malmsteen the other day, in advance of his Guitar Gods show this Saturday (June 28) at the River Rock Show Theatre.
I mentioned that the last time I saw him live was on the G3 Tour at the Orpheum in 2003 or something. We got to talking about his G3 tourmates Joe Satriani and Steve Vai, and how neither of them are big Stratocaster fans. I asked the outspoken picker what it was about the Strat that has kept him so devoted to it all these years.
Any hardcore '70s-rock fans in attendance at the Firefly Festival in Dover, Delaware, last night got a special treat when the Foo Fighters went back in time to raunch out a bit.
"Lemme tell ya something," said Dave Grohl near the end of his band's headlining set, "we're gonna do somethin' we have never done before. I tell you what. I love rock and roll just as much as the next guy. Maybe even fuckin' more than the next guy. I love bein' in the Foo Fighters, but tonight, for the next four or five songs, we're a fuckin' bar band called the Holy Shits that plays fuckin' classic rock songs. What about that shit?!"
For those horror freaks out there who just can't get enough of a masked guy in overalls stabbin' folks, here's some good news.
Anchor Bay Entertainment announced today that on September 23 it will release 10- and 15-disc editions of Halloween The Complete Collection, which gathers up all the Halloweens together on Blu-ray for the first time.
I f***in' love early Queen. That crazy guitar tone Brian May had on the band's self-titled 1973 debut album was unlike anything I'd ever heard before. It kinda freaked me out, in a wonderful way.
The fantasy elements and heavy prog stylings of the 1974 Queen 2 concept album also won me over big time, and later that same year they released Sheer Heart Attack, which I got for Christmas as a teen.
I still remember playing it on my parents' stereo and wondering if there was anything more rockin' than May's monster riffs on "Now I'm Here". (I also appreciated that the lyrics mentioned my other fave band at the time, "Hoople").
Twenty-five years ago tomorrow–on June 16, 1989–the Straight published my interview with British rock guitarist John Sykes.
“Big whoop”, you say.
Well, I probably wouldn’t be celebrating that milestone if it weren’t for the fact that Sykes played guitar on the very last Thin Lizzy studio album, Thunder and Lightning.
And I do f***in’ love my Lizzy.
Plus, he cowrote “Cold Sweat”.
And he was only 23 at the time.
Vancouver has not been kind to Dean Koontz.
Then seven years later you had his fine 1982 supernatural thriller, Hideaway, becoming the type of B.C.-shot trainwreck he tried to sue to get his name off of.
Yesterday the band announced on its website that a six-disc package titled The 1971 Fillmore East Recordings will be released by Universal Music on July 29, and will include 15 previously unreleased Fillmore East performances. The box set will feature a hardcover book and liner notes by “Allmanologist” John Lynskey.