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. 

Couldn't make it out last night? You missed Vancouver's own Johnny Jover at Venue celebrating the club's five-year anniversary. Here's a moment of the show caught on Instagram. Your concert pic of the morning. Johnny Jover at Venue on October 27, 2014. Congrats and here's to five more.

Live Nation has announced that American doom-metal band Sleep will play a show at the Commodore Ballroom on Saturday, February 7, 2015.

Formed in San Jose in 1990, Sleep earned critical and record label attention early in their career. Critic Eduardo Rivadavia describes them as "perhaps the ultimate stoner rock band", and notes they exerted a strong influence on heavy metal in the '90s.

The group currently consists of Al Cisneros, Matt Pike, and Jason Roeder.

Tickets for the 19+ show are priced at $25 (plus service charges and fees) and go on sale Friday, October 31, at 10 a.m. on the Live Nation website.

Couldn't make it out last night? You missed perfectly minimalist duo the Kills at the Commodore. Sarah Jules was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pic of the morning. The Kills at the Commodore Ballroom on October 26, 2014. Thanks Sarah.

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. 

Couldn't make it out last night? You missed Canadian folk-rock band the Rural Alberta Advantage at the Commodore. Nick Tubes was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pic of the morning. The Rural Alberta Advantage at the Commodore Ballroom on October 23, 2014. Thanks Nick.

For all those diehard Black Sabbath fans who saw the band in concert last year and went, "Man, that was wicked, but how cool would it have been with Bill Ward!", there is still hope.

According to Sabbath vocalist Ozzy Osbourne, the British metal legends intend to record one final album and embark on one final tour. And this time, instead of just featuring himself, guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler, and hired drummers Brad Wilk (on record) and and Tommy Clufetos (on tour), the lineup could possibly include original skin-basher Ward.

Needless to say, it's not every day that Jennifer Lopez shows up as a surprise performer at an event attended by Vancouver students.

That's what happened at We Day Vancouver, held at Rogers Arena on October 22.

The annual event was created to inspire young people to become involved in local and international social issues. We Day events are held across Canada, and in the U.S. and the U.K. It's organized by Free the Children, a charity founded by Canadian children rights activist Craig Kielburger, and features a combination of speakers and performances.

Couldn't make it out last night? You missed Seattle-based EDM duo Odesza at Venue. Shelby MacRitchie was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pic of the morning. Odesza at Venue on October 22, 2014. Thanks Shelby.

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