Twenty-five years ago today--on November 5, 1989--the Hoodoo Gurus played the first of two shows at 86 Street Music Hall.

I'd been a fan of the Aussie guitar-rockers since their Stoneage Romeos debut album of '84. They wrote catchy, jangley tunes; didn't take themselves too seriously.

They were a lotta fun, and apparently original members Dave Faulkner and Brad Shepherd are still at it.

Good on 'em!

This interview is kinda interesting in that it took place right after the Loma Prieta earthquake in San Francisco that killed 63 people and injured over 3700. I'd forgotten all about that disaster until I dug up this old article for some nostalgic jollies.

Nineteen-seventy-five was one hell of an awesome year for rock. That was when Floyd released Wish You Were Here, Zep dropped Physical Graffiti, and Lizzy unleashed Fighting.

And a band named Wings, featuring ex-Beatle Paul McCartney, joined the fray with a 13-track monster titled Venus and Mars.

Some people are really creeped out by clowns. The one that Tim Curry portrayed in the Stephen King mini-series IT freaked a few folks out, no doubt.

Now here to give Pennywise a run for his kid-menacing money is the bozo in Clown, a new horror flick produced by Eli Roth, the frightmeister behind such gruesome efforts as Hostel and Cabin Fever.

Here's the official synopsis:

Twenty-five years ago today–on November 1, 1989–the Rolling Stones played B.C. Place Stadium. It was the first time I’d ever seen them live, so I was pretty psyched. Here’s the review I wrote for the Nov. 10-17 issue of the Straight.


In what was surely the biggest Vancouver concert event of the ’80s, the Rolling Stones hit Vancouver for two nights last week amid a flurry of hype and much grovelling for tickets. Now that Jagger and the boys have gathered up their money-bags (they play the Cotton Bowl in Dallas this weekend), one can take the time to analyze their local shows and come to a decision.

Was it all bloody worth it?

So I was looking through my collection of old Fangoria magazines last night, searching for a story I wrote to post for Halloween, and I came across a set-visit piece from back in '95 on the Tales from the Crypt movie, Bordello of Blood.

Now, that vampire movie really sucked, but going on the Vancouver set did allow me to interview Chris Sarandon, who's a pretty cool guy.

So here's a condensed version of the article that appeared in the January 1996 issue of Fango, which featured the Crypt-keeper on the cover. It was the "special 150th issue!", a "giant double-issue spooktacular!", so I was happy to be in that one.


Ten years ago today the first Saw movie was released, marking Hollywood's entry into the so-called "torture porn" sweepstakes.

And what a windfall it's been! The original Saw of 2004 has so far grossed (good word) over $100 million on its $1.2 million-dollar budget. Its success led Saw's makers to release one sequel every year until 2010, when Saw 3D added a couple more dimensions of gore.

I wasn't that crazy about the first Saw. I felt that star Cary Elwes was just bloody awful in it; he ruined it for me. I much preferred Saw II, which I feel is the best of the bunch.

Twenty years ago today—on October 29, 1994—Guns N' Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke (the one who wasn't Slash) played the Town Pump. At the time the future of GN'R was very much up in the air, but Clarke was rockin' away with his debut solo album, Pawnshop Guitars, which featured all the then-current Guns members. 

I interviewed him on the phone before the Vancouver gig, and here's the story that ran in the Straight to help promote the show and the new album. 

Halloween is fast approaching, and everyone who’s coughed up their 8 bucks a month for Netflix is no doubt scanning the Horror section to see what’s available.

Decent scary movies are hard to find, so here’s a quick rundown of 10 now streaming on Netflix Canada that I’d recommend.

They’re listed in order of how freakin’ awesome they are:

1) The Cabin in the Woods (2012) “It’s the best horror flick ever made in Vancouver.” (At least it was until Horns came around.)

Thirty years ago today—on October 26, 1984—Ian Lloyd played the old Georgia Street party palace known as Outlaws. He was performing with his new band, Fast Forward, and doing tunes from their first (and only) album, Living in Fiction.

But more importantly, Lloyd was the funky-voiced guy who sang that awesome 1973 tune "Brother Louie". You may have heard it more recently as the theme for Louie CK's TV show, Louie.

It's the only song I can think of that has a lead guitar vs. strings battle.

I interviewed Lloyd at a local hotel way back when in advance of the Outlaws gig. For all you dozens of hardcore Ian Lloyd fans out there, here's the story as it appeared in the Oct. 26-Nov. 2 issue of the Straight

Twenty-five years ago last Tuesday—on October 21, 1989—the Tragically Hip played the second of two shows at the 86 Street Music Hall, touring behind its then-new album, Up to Here. That's the one with "Blow at High Dough", "New Orleans is Sinking", and "38 Years Old". You know that one.

I don't remember the show—although I'm sure I went, seeing as they were one of my fave bands back then. But I do recall interviewing Hip vocalist Gordon Downie, who was 25 years old at the time. It was the first article I did on the Hip, though far from the last.

Here's the story that ran in the Straight the week before the gig.