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This month’s contributors
THREE-D MERCURY • Brian May’s stereo photos collated for new exhibition.
RIP • Thank you… and good night.
Mick Hutson • Hanging out of helicopters, stopping the New York traffic, sweet-talking kidnappers: a celebration of Mick Hutson, music photographer.
Raven • Even after almost 50 years they're sticking to their MO: playing it hot, playing it hard and playing it loud.
Powder Chutes • Three of them might be still at school, but their blending of rock styles is far from just kids’ stuff.
Royal Thunder • For a while it looked like the Thunder would rumble no more, but they’re back with a new album of fresh ideas.
Gráinne Duffy • The guitarist talks about giving birth, AI songwriting, and being compared to a blues-rock legend.
Gallus • Young Scots on the up, they’ve already won a ‘best rock/alternative band’ award.
Rush • Musically it was influenced by some of the newer bands they were listening to, and sonically it took Rush further into the world of synthesisers – and not all of the trio were happy about that.
Lucinda Williams • The singer-songwriter on post-stroke recovery, losing the ability to play guitar, and the thrill of a Bruce Springsteen cameo.
AC/DC/50 • 2023 marks the 50th anniversary of AC/DC – half a century of riffs, rambunctiousness, schoolboy uniforms and some of the greatest rock’n’roll music ever created.
"I PLAYED HIGH VOLTAGE FOR FIVE MONTHS STRAIGHTS" • Saxon’s Biff Byford on how AC/DC’s debut album changed his life for ever.
"THEY'RE THIS MYTHOLOGICAL VALHALLA BAN FROM DOWN UNDER" • Reef frontman Gary Stringer salutes the genius of High Voltage.
"IT WAS A RETURN TO FROM" • The Answer’s Cormac Neeson on Black Ice, and talking Father Ted with Brian Johnson
"BACK IN BLACK IS ON ANOTHER LEVEL" • Kiss frontman and guitarist Paul Stanley celebrates the album that turned AC/DC into superstars.
"I GOT CHILLS THE FIRST TIME I HEARD IT" • King’s X frontman Dug Pinnick on the magic of If You Want Blood You’ve Got It – and jamming with Brian Johnson.
"THEY GOT BACK TO THE ESSENCE" • Stiff Upper Lip is the closest late AC/DC came to a Bon Scott album, according to Warner E Hodges.
"BIG BALLS MADE MY DAD LAUGH SO HARD" • Wolfgang Van Halen on how he bonded with his dad Eddie over Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap.
"HIGHWAY TO HELL IS THE ULTIMATE 'HOWAY THE LADS!'ANTHEM • Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen on jamming Chuck Berry songs with AC/DC and introducing Bon Scott to Mexican food.
"PEOPLE ASSUMED THEY WERE DONE" • Massive Wagons’ Baz Mills on Power Up, the AC/DC album no one thought we’d get.
"AC/DC HAD BECOME EVERYBODY'S BAND" • Ex-Megadeth bassist David Ellefson on an album that had to follow a monster.
"IT ISN'T ROCKET SCINCE. IT'S PURE ROCK'N'ROLL" • Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott on the genius of AC/DC’s Powerage – and why he still owes Bon Scott a tenner.
"BON SCOTT WAS LIKE A STEINWAY PIANO" • Ugly Kid Joe’s Whitfield Crane bows...