January 2017

Daniel Lanois on recording

PUBLISHED IN CANADIAN MUSICIAN IN OCTOBER ’97 DANIEL LANOIS ON RECORDING Nick Krewen   Over the years, Daniel Lanois has chosen some pretty exotic locales to conduct his business: a New Orleans mansion, a Mexican cliff side dwelling, and a converted Californian porn theatre among them. The reason for his choices, however, isn’t as scientific as one might presume. “Hey, you’ve got to keep yourself amused,” chuckles Lanois, whose multifaceted…


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Aerosmith – A Little South of Sanity

 AEROSMITH — A LITTLE SOUTH OF SANITY               Nick Krewen Twenty-five years together is usually considered a milestone. In the case of rock and roll legends Aerosmith, it’s a miracle. Excessive bouts of drug and alcohol abuse, as documented by the band themselves in the excellent and intriguing 1997 autobiography Walk This Way, legal entanglements, personality conflicts and even a partial breakup in the…


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Kate Bush: Will She or Won’t She?

  KATE BUSH: WILL SHE OR WON’T SHE?   Nick Krewen One question has followed Kate Bush during the 15 years since she released her first album and captured hearts everywhere with her elegant voice: Is she ever going to tour in North America? Until now, the British singer’s response has always been “no.” In a Toronto interview with Canadian journalists, the normally media shy Bush said she may change her…


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Slippin’ in and out with blues guitarist Buddy Guy

NICK KREWEN Eric Clapton calls him “by far and without a doubt the best guitar player alive.” Late virtuosos Jimi  Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan idolized him, and he used to trade licks with Chicago blues legends Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and Willie Dixon. Yet it’s the fans that dictate Buddy Guy‘s agenda — even if it means entertaining them in sub-zero degree weather. “I played for people outside last…


Meeting Pope Was Highlight: B.B. King

MEETING POPE WAS HIGHLIGHT: B.B. KING Gets 1st gold album in 48 years, Blues Brothers 2000 coming up      NICK KREWEN THE HAMILTON SPECTATOR, Wednesday, January 21, 1998 TORONTO — The undisputed King Of The Blues calls meeting Pope John Paul II “the highlight of my life,” but says he didn’t offer him any lessons after giving him a replica of his prized guitar Lucille. “No, I did not,”…