Jacob Zinn :: journalist + photographer

Prime Shots: Van Halen

Posted in Classic Rock, Music, Photography, Prime Shots by Jacob Zinn on May 8, 2012

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David Lee Roth and Eddie Van Halen get up close during “Unchained”, the opener to Van Halen’s sold-out performance at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on Monday. The band is touring on their 2012 album, A Different Kind of Truth, their first album with Roth since 1984’s 1984.


Prime Shots: Roger Daltrey

Posted in Classic Rock, Music, Photography, Prime Shots by Jacob Zinn on October 31, 2011

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Roger Daltrey performs The Who’s Tommy in Vancouver on Thursday night.

Date: October 27, 2011
Location: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, B.C.


Stuff Your Dad Likes: British Rock

Posted in Classic Rock, Heavy Metal, Music, Stuff Your Dad Likes by Jacob Zinn on October 27, 2011
Jacob Zinn can’t give you fatherly advice, but he can sneak you into R-rated movies.

Ever since the British Invasion of the mid-‘60s, rock ‘n’ roll has not been the same. It’s been better.

From Soho down to Brighton, acts like The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Cream crossed the pond to North American airwaves. Beatlemania rolled in like a tsunami of electric guitars, mop tops and reckless, six o’clock newsworthy misbehaviour.

And your dad loved it. Imagine being in high school when “Stairway to Heaven” or “Another Brick in the Wall” was first released. (If you can’t imagine that, ask your dad—he was a teenager once too, you know.)

Maybe your dad was born a bit later and grew up when punk pioneers like The Clash and Sex Pistols were rampaging on London streets. Or maybe he preferred the founding fathers of heavy metal, like Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden and Motörhead. He might’ve even worn a Union Jack shirt with the sleeves cut off, just like Def Leppard.

Whatever the case, Vancouver has several big-name U.K. musicians coming through, and this may be you and your dad’s last chance to see them.

On Oct. 27, Roger Daltrey, lead singer of The Who, does a solo performance of the band’s 1969 rock opera,
Tommy. The estimated 90-minute set will cover all four sides of the double album, including such classics as “The Acid Queen”, “I’m Free” and “Pinball Wizard”.

On the off-chance that he sings “My Generation”, just remember, he’s talking about baby boomers and flower children.

That same night, renowned instrumental guitarist Jeff Beck plays a sold out Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts, sure to feature “Scatterbrain” and some famous covers of other rock peers and idols.

If your dad grew up in the ‘80s, he might appreciate a little law breaking, after-midnight living heavy metal from Birmingham’s Judas Priest. They perform with Thin Lizzy and Black Label Society on Oct. 30 at Rogers Arena on Priest’s farewell Epitaph World Tour.

British rock ‘n’ roll is arguably the largest influence on American classic rock bands. Your dad surely has a Beatles record in the house somewhere, so ask him how to use the record player and give it a listen.


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