If you’re a hardcore John Mellencamp fan and you just lost your entire Mellencamp CD collection because your house burned down, and now you’ve gotta go live in a small apartment without a lot of space for discs, have I got the thing for you.

Tomorrow (July 22), Universal Music Canada is releasing John Mellencamp 1978-2012, which compiles 19 of his albums into one small box. It ain’t cheap, but you do get a total of 223 tracks for your money. And hey–you had replacement insurance for your personal belongings, right?

Dinosaur Jr. plays the Pemberton Music Festival tomorrow at 1:30 pm. Here's a classic interview I did with J. Mascis way back in 1991.


J. Mascis is a man of few words—and many pauses, sighs, and yawns.

That’s when he’s being interviewed, anyway.

In concert, with his band Dinosaur Jr., Mascis creates quite a ruckus, as should be the case when the band plays 86 Street next Saturday (June 22).

The Georgia Straight called singer/writer/guitarist/producer Mascis in Toronto recently and coaxed a few words from the Reticent One about his new album, Green Mind.

You produced and wrote everything on Green Mind yourself. Have you always made albums that way?

I’ve produced before.

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: