Not many musicians can claim the vitality and staying power that Bob Bogle and his band The Ventures have enjoyed. Steve Stav recalls the highlights of the man and his career.
In an era of $100 tickets for has-been arena shows, twenty bucks doesn’t buy much entertainment. Or does it? Steve Stav found that his thin wallet went a long way at Seattle’s Showbox, in a night capped by Glasgow sensation Camera Obscura.
A mind-boggler - not one, but two bands from Tacoma have been performing almost as long as rock ‘n’ roll has been on the radio. Is Pacific Northwest drinking water a fountain of youth? Steve Stav ponders such longevity in his review of the Fabulous Wailers and the Ventures.
After a week of YouTube mania, Steve Stav assesses the far-reaching ramifications of the Susan Boyle phenomenon in his essay on the Scottish singer.
Driving guitars need a driving beat, and for almost 50 years, two Taylors have pounded the skins for the world’s greatest instrumental band, The Ventures. Steve Stav talks to Leon Taylor about the band’s Hall of Fame induction, touring in Japan, their upcoming 50th anniversary, and his father’s musical legacy.
More than 10 years after calling it quits, Crowded House is back – and more delightfully ironic than ever. Steve Stav suddenly remembered sharing one thing in common with Eddie Vedder while covering the band’s visit to the Pacific Northwest.
How can a band record one of the most influential tunes in rock history, perform for 47 straight years, sell at least 75 million albums and not be in Cleveland’s Hall of Fame? Lifelong fan Steve Stav examines this baffling rock ‘n’ roll mystery in his essay on the legendary Ventures.
Not too many bands could recruit Pearl Jam as an opening act, but the boys from Rockford, Illinois once did. Steve Stav , who once asked his mom if she could knit him a checkered sweater, corrals guitarist Rick Nielsen for an expectedly humorous look at America’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll show.
Frontman/shirtless sex symbol/small-town boy Scott Blonde discusses the Bay Area band’s scandalous past – and future – in a candid interview with Steve Stav.
Blinded by science, indeed. Out of the blue, synth-pop pioneer Thomas Dolby is back – and sounding as if he never left. The cell phone technology mogul has taken a break from his day job, dazzling his long-lost fans with a brief spring tour. Steve Stav braved everything but inclement weather in order to file his report on Dolby’s one-man show, which proved to be one of the most unusual concert experiences of his life.
Percussion and photography cross paths in Rhythm & Light. Steve Stav gets the beat from Carrie Nuttall, wife of Rush drummer Neil Peart.
Paul Kelly at the Crocodile Café in Seattle, WA on March 20, 2002. Concert review by Steve Stav.
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