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By Steve Newton

The Eurythmics show on Monday (July 28) opened with a big white zipper slowly parting a silver/grey curtain stretched across the Expo Theatre stage. It closed with singer Annie Lennox shedding her white shirt and traipsing around in a lacy red bra, slying asking “Would I Lie to You?”.

In between was a killer set of polished ’80s pop from one of the biggest acts around today.

The show kicked off with “Sexcrime”, a track from the soundtrack Eurythmics did for the movie 1984. “Don’t sit down, ’cause you’re gonna have to dance,” said Annie as she led into “Let’s Go”, a tune off the new album Revenge, but the first person to run up the aisle dancing was quickly coralled by a party-pooping bouncer. “Doesn’t anybody like to dance up front?” queried…

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Nicholas C. Rossis

Author D.G. Kaye | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksMy author friend, D.G. Kaye, mentioned a new site called Blasty . This is a new site still in beta. It’s created for writers and artists to enroll their books and anything copyrighted. It then keeps track of it and notifies you if any suspicious ‘BUY’ links are found on Google. When suspicious links are found, artists are then given the right to ‘blast‘ the link right off Google themselves!

You can find out more on D.G. Kaye’s blog.

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By Steve Newton

This last audio excerpt from my 1992 interview with Tragically Hip singer Gord Downie concerns the intriguing album-cover art for Fully Completely, which the band released less than a month before our little chat.

At the time I was still trying to make sense of the weird kind of collage that would become synonymous with one of the greatest Canadian guitar-rock albums of all time.


So I got Gord to explain it to me.

Have a listen:

Downie Tapes #1

Downie Tapes #2

Downie Tapes #3

Downie Tapes #4

Downie Tapes #5

Downie Tapes #6

Up next: The Gord Downie Tapes, 1995

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By Steve Newton

When I interviewed Robert Plant back in 1993 he was in the midst of a world tour supporting his new album Fate of Nations.

I asked the 45-year-old rock god whether it had gotten easier or harder to keep up the pace of touring over the years, and he said it was easier–because “no drugs” and “no tobacco”.

And when I asked him “no beer?” he said something that was pretty rock ‘n’ roll.

Have a listen:

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Today, my hero, Bernie Sanders, endorsed Hillary Clinton, a woman that I truly believe is sociopathic, for the office of the President of the United States and then immediately the sun hid behind a cloud and it began to rain.

I was grateful for the rain.

It’s been pretty humid here for the last several days and I was in need of the empathy.

I fought back tears as I left the gym.

I am not afraid to cry.

I just prefer to do it while I am writing.

I went home and grabbed my laptop.

I knew all this fire stinging my eyes was way too complex to be worked out with a box of tissues or a ton of free weights.

I made a point to stay off social media.

I had no time for haters, turncoats or conspiracy theorists.

I drove to the coffee shop and put in…

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