Riding the train to work one morning recently in the mid-April sun. Down by the water, heading west between Port Moody and Vancouver. Listening to “The Fool On The Hill”, one of my favourite Beatles songs. Heading upstairs from the platform at my destination, a lone coyote crossed the tracks down below. Wow. Look at […]Read more "A New Rock History Project…"
It’s a universal truth: EVERYBODY dislikes Nickelback. Ask whoever you like, and they’ll say they don’t like them. Everybody. Except for the millions of people who have scooped up tens of millions of the band’s albums, and made them one of the top selling musical acts of the last decade and a half. Weird thing to read? […]Read more "“Release Your Anger! Only Your Hatred Can Destroy Nickelback!”"
Black Sabbath hit Rogers Arena last night for a capacity show, about three weeks after the postponement of the original date due to Ozzy’s illness and producing, I suspect, a bit of a sigh of relief given the rough last few months for rock icons. The tour has been ominously christened “The End”, so attendance […]Read more "Black Sabbath: The End"
It’s Lemmy. You either take him or you fuckin’ don’t, and he don’t give a flying shit if you do or not. – Ozzy Osbourne I’m not sure there’s ever been a more concise assessment of Ian Fraser Kilmister, better known as Lemmy, who passed away yesterday, four days after his 70th birthday, after a […]Read more "Lemmy (1945-2015)"
Okay, unlike the Dude, I don’t actually hate the fuckin’ Eagles. Then again, I wouldn’t really call myself a Greatest Hits fan, either; though I know the same songs as everybody else and like a few of them, I’ve never really paid them much attention beyond that. But I have a reputation as an intrepid […]Read more "“I hate the f***in’ Eagles, man!”"
The Metal Gods’ Redeemer of Souls Tour hit the Hard Rock Casino in Coquitlam, B.C. last night for the first of two shows. With a North American tour comprised of about fifteen dates of which six are in Canada, and in which two of those six are in Coquitlam, one might ask what Canada, and the […]Read more "Judas Priest – Forty Years of Metal"
The topic of the Cold War as reflected in popular music has been in the back of my mind since starting this blog. With indications that the massive international dick-swinging contest may be lumbering into gear again, it seems timely to comment on it now. For over thirty years, I’ve have a morbid fascination with […]Read more "Soundtrack To The Apocalypse"
Heavy metal has been the principal focus of my listening over the last few years. Naturally I was always aware of it, but it wasn’t until my late thirties that I actually started getting into it to any significant degree. Unusual, I know; it seems that almost everybody self-identifying as a metalhead has at least […]Read more "AC/DC – Heavy Metal, Now or Ever?"
So, thoughts on last night’s AC/DC show at BC Place here in Vancouver. My seventh or eighth since way back in misty 1990 with the grammatically incorrect Razors Edge Tour. This is their first tour in over half a decade, and the fan appetite was clearly palpable. Particularly since the North American leg so far […]Read more "AC/DC – Back (Yet Again) In Black"
Few bands generated a multi-album hot streak the way the Stones did. Six albums, from Beggars Banquet through to It’s Only Rock N’ Roll, 1968 to 1974, and they didn’t falter. Some critics omit the latter, but from my perspective, there was no drop in quality. They then promptly lost the script on Black and […]Read more "The Stones, Part 2: A Product of the Time"