Twenty-five years ago tomorrow--on December 22, 1989--Bonham played the Pacific Coliseum, opening for the Cult. The group was named after 23-year-old drummer Jason Bonham, the son of legendary Zeppelin skin-basher John.
In advance of the concert, Bonham called me from Toronto to chat about his current album, The Disregard of Timekeeping, and his dear old dad.
Here's the story that ran in the Dec. 22-29 issue of the Straight under the headline Bonham Has Four Hearts Beating.
Twenty years ago this month I did a Local Motion story on a band called the Spirit Merchants that ran in the Dec. 16-22 issue of the Straight.
That might not seem like the type of colossal journalistic landmark worth revisiting two decades later, but the Spirit Merchants were not your average Vancouver group. It featured Steve Dawson and Zesse Zubot, who were 22 and 20 years old at the time, and both have gone on to make amazing contributions to the local music scene.
Twenty-five years ago tomorrow—on December 19, 1989—Ian Hunter and Mick Ronson played the 86 Street Music Hall.
For me, it didn't get any better than that. I'd been a huge fan of Hunter ever since I first heard his old band, Mott the Hoople, and Ronson...well, if you liked David Bowie in the '70s you liked him.
Hunter and Ronson had been collaborating for years, starting with Hunter's self-titled 1975 solo album, the one with that awesome version of "Once Bitten, Twice Shy" (not to be confused with Great White's version, referred to below).
When they came to Van they were touring behind the YUI Orta album, which I really loved, especially the track "Women's Intuition".
Southern-rock heroes Lynyrd Skynyrd have just announced a show at the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver.
And it's on a Friday, which is pretty close to a "Saturday Night Special."
As anyone who's followed the band from its early-'70s beginnings knows, Skynyrd's story is composed of the highest highs and lowest lows.
The lowest was the bizarre 1977 plane crash that killed original singer Ronnie Van Zant and fiercely talented guitarist Steve Gaines, as well as Gaines' backup-singer sister Cassie and the group's road manager, Dean Kilpatrick.
Check out good ol' Steve-O goin' to town with some slide on "T For Texas" back in '77.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has made some silly-ass moves over the years, nominating lame-o acts like Chic and inducting Cat Stevens while leaving more deserving nominees such as Link Wray and Deep Purple--artists who actually rock--out in the cold.
Well, just yesterday the Rock Hall took a sizeable step away from being perceived as total bumbling idiots by finally inducting legendary Texas guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan and his band Double Trouble into its hallowed institution.
Couldn't make it out last night? You missed the Beat 94.5's Denai Johnson at Fortune for the club's Hip Hop Karaoke 5 Year Anniversary. Newsha Towfigh was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here's your concert pic of the morning. Denai Johnson at Fortune Sound Club for the Hip Hop Karaoke 5 Year Anniversary on December 15, 2014. Thanks to Newsha. Shout out to Andy Milonakis.
Thanks to a tweet from the fine folks at JamBase I just caught wind of a video of David Gilmour performing the Pink Floyd classic "Wish You Were Here" with some indie-rock band called Bombay Bicycle Club.
Hey, wasn't that the name of a Vancouver nightclub back in the day? Sounds familiar.
Anyway, Gilmour performed with BBC last Saturday at London's Earls Court because it was the last-ever gig at the famed venue before it gets demolished. Pink Floyd had played there many times over the years, and recorded live there as well.
If you were big fan of guitar-based rock in the '70s and your head wasn't too far up your ass you probably listened to Robin Trower, the bluesy British picker who released a string of soulful albums heavy on the Hendrix that went gold on the charts and in my rock-lovin' heart as well.
Now Fender guitars has issued the Robin Trower signature Stratocaster, and guitar technician Greg Koch has shot a video demonstrating how awesome it is.
I like the way he integrates little bits of Deep Purple's "Woman From Tokyo" and Dick Dale's "Miserlou" into the demo. He also throws in some riffs from Trower's "Bridge of Sighs" and "Day of the Eagle" in case you forgot who the model was named after.
The hairstyles were out of this world. And the importance of the cause—fighting famine in Africa—was indisputable.
They came together in a 1985 charity single called "Tears Are Not Enough", written by Bryan Adams, Jim Vallance, and David Foster. Performers included Canadian superstars Neil Young, Geddy Lee, Joni Mitchell, Anne Murray, and Gordon Lightfoot, among others.
My colleague at the Straight, Craig Takeuchi, tweeted earlier today that perhaps Canadian musicians might want to record a new version of the song to raise funds to fight the Ebola virus in Africa.