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Commentary: Rock of Ages…

We’re barely six weeks into 2018 and this year is already shaping up to be a cold, hard truth for music lovers: mortality is rearing its ugly head. The ailment avalanche, affecting some of our greatest pop and rock performers, began in mid-January and seemingly hasn’t let up since. The first shocking admission occurred during a Globe and Mail interview published on January 16 with Rush guitarist extraordinaire Alex Lifeson,…

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Ed Sheeran makes most of an opening

Entertainment / Music Supporting Snow Patrol a career stepping-stone for red-hot Brit singer. Nick Krewen Special to the Star Published on Fri Apr 13 2012 Ed Sheeran, opening a pair of shows for Snow Patrol at Massey Hall next week in what’s destined to be a contemporary role as a warmup act, isn’t afraid to apply a little elbow grease in working his way to the top. In a seemingly short period…


Jay-Z: King of the No. 1 album

Judged solely on his string of No. 1 albums, Jay-Z has accomplished the unexpected: he’s become bigger than Elvis.        Nick Krewen Special to the Star, Published on Fri Oct 30 2009 Judged solely on his string of No. 1 albums, Jay-Z has accomplished the unexpected: he’s become bigger than Elvis. With the Sept. 11 arrival of The Blueprint 3, Brooklyn-born rapper Shawn Carter scored his 11th straight chart-topper…


The sincerest form of low-budget flattery

Tribute labels Nick Krewen Grammy.com May 2003   Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but some record companies are using it in a low-key manner to help pay the bills. Behold the tribute record, that seemingly unassuming piece of product that sits innocuously on record racks alongside the CD catalog of your favorite artist. Unlike some of their higher end brethren that include star-driven lineups and often make…


Bryan Adams’ Life-Saving Valentine

PUBLISHED IN THE HAMILTON SPECTATOR TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10 , 1998, ADVANCING ST. CATHARINES GENERAL HOSPITAL FOUNDATION BENEFIT CONCERT ON FEBRUARY 15       NICK KREWEN     TORONTO:   Bryan Adams has decided to unofficially extend Valentine’s Day by 24 hours. His generous gift to supermodel pal Linda Evangelista and the women of the Niagara Region is a benefit concert this Sunday at the Jack Gatecliff Memorial Arena in…