ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, APRIL 16, 1992
By Steve Newton
Few guitarists have had to deal with the kind of expectations put on Jake E. Lee when he took over Randy Rhoads’ guitar spot in the Ozzy Osbourne band. Rhoads’ tragic death in a 1982 plane crash stunned the rock world and didn’t make things easy for his replacement—or for interim live guitarist Brad Gillis. But Lee—whose current group, Badlands, plays 86 Street next Thursday (April 23)—managed to handle the pressure.
“There were a lot of people out there who were for Randy Rhoads,” recalls Lee, “and they would hang banners with his name on them and stuff. But at the same time there were people who were willing to give me a chance. And the same with Ozzy. He’d often say, ‘You’re Jake, you’re not Randy. I don’t expect you to be Randy.’ But then…
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Even if it is Breaking the ‘net .
I wont laugh and I wont even cry and I wont even crack a smile.
Today for some reason I feel like I may never again
From my Unconditional Admiration, Love and Respect for Gilda and Gene
And Their Undying Love for Each Other
Because for some of us it will Forever seem to be Too Sad
And it will never stop being “too soon”
West in Peas BaBa WaWa and Farewall to The Cisco Kid .
Farewell Traveller . Until we meet again
By Steve Newton
I guess one of the cooler in-person interviews I’ve ever done was that time back in October of ’83 when I hung out with three members of AC/DC–singer Brian Johnson, rhythm-guitarist Malcolm Young, and then-new drummer Simon Wright–at the Four Seasons Hotel in Vancouver.
The Aussie earbusters were in town to launch their Flick of the Switch Tour, which started October 11 at the Pacific Coliseum and ended on December 19 at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
They were sitting around on the hotel-room floor smokin’ ciggies and drinking tea. There was no Jack Daniels to be found. Just as well, because I had a bad cold at the time. That’s me coughing. I remember bumming a smoke off one of the guys, which didn’t help the coughing anyway.
At one point in the conversation I asked Johnson about the pressure of replacing Bon Scott, and then…
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ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, AUG. 1, 1986
By Steve Newton
The Eurythmics show on Monday (July 28) opened with a big white zipper slowly parting a silver/grey curtain stretched across the Expo Theatre stage. It closed with singer Annie Lennox shedding her white shirt and traipsing around in a lacy red bra, slying asking “Would I Lie to You?”.
In between was a killer set of polished ’80s pop from one of the biggest acts around today.
The show kicked off with “Sexcrime”, a track from the soundtrack Eurythmics did for the movie 1984. “Don’t sit down, ’cause you’re gonna have to dance,” said Annie as she led into “Let’s Go”, a tune off the new album Revenge, but the first person to run up the aisle dancing was quickly coralled by a party-pooping bouncer. “Doesn’t anybody like to dance up front?” queried…
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