In 1988 Witchdoctor’s GARY STEEL was editing teen pop magazine RTR Countdown and in February of that year he jetted off to New York with five competition winners to catch Michael Jackson at Madison Square Garden.
Sometimes it takes that old fart GARY STEEL weeks, months or even years to get around to reviewing albums. From the sublime to the frankly ridiculous, here’s another selection to dip into.
In the final instalment of our three part Pink Floyd retrospective, GARY STEEL reviews the band’s 1988 concert at Auckland’s Western Springs.
GARY STEEL continues his Pink Floyd retrospective with a revisit to the group’s Kiwi press conference before their 1988 Western Springs concert.
GARY STEEL reaches back 30 years to his 1988 interview with Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason in the first of this three part series, looking back on the band’s 1988 Western Spring’s concert.
If you’re a piano person and live in Auckland you’ll want to check this out: Steinway’s new $270,000 player piano is being hailed as game changing.
Celebrated British composer Max Richter performs two of his works this weekend as part of the Auckland Festival. GARY STEEL had a wee chat with the man behind the epic Sleep and Vivaldi Recomposed.
Frank Zappa is dead! Long live Frank Zappa! GARY STEEL witnesses the great man’s resurrection through the musical reinvention of son Dweezil Zappa and his ‘crack’ band.
Dweezil Zappa’s Auckland gig has remained steadfastly under the radar, but GARY STEEL gives it his heartiest endorsement.
Next month Dweezil Zappa brings his father Frank’s music to New Zealand for the first time since 1976. LYNN ANSELL talked to the virtuosic guitarist/bandleader about what we can expect from ‘Dweezil Zappa Plays Whatever The F@%k He Wants’, a title that reflects the huge spat currently playing out between the Zappa siblings in Hollywood. [Note: Lynn consciously chose not to talk about that, because as Frank Zappa used to say, ‘Music is the best!’]
Ron Kane was an American who loved NZ music at a time we barely acknowledged it, a record collector supreme, and part of a very strange musical group himself. GARY STEEL pays tribute to a good friend who died earlier today.
An occasional column in which GARY STEEL reviews a bunch of recordings that escaped his attention at the time of release, and finds them to be of merit.