Every month Classic Rock is packed with exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes features on rock’s biggest names, from Led Zeppelin to Deep Purple, from Guns N’ Roses to the Rolling Stones, from the Sex Pistols to AC/DC and beyond. Each issue plays host to the heftiest rock reviews section on the planet. In an average issue, you’ll find over 150 albums reviewed, all from the ever-varied, multi-faceted world of rock - whether it’s hard rock or heavy metal, prog or punk, goth rock or southern rock, we’ve got it covered.
This month’s contributors
Girls On Film • Exhibition of photographs curated by Courtney Love highlights the role of women in music.
The Eagles Confirm Farewell Tour • Group say “the time has come for us to close the circle”.
Ozzy Out, Priest In At Power Trip • Osbourne reluctantly delays his stage comeback.
Vega • Thumbing their noses at those who said the band were finished, they return with a new album and a UK tour.
Tempt • Nodding to some big-name classic rockers but not just copying, they’re on the right track.
BURIED TREASURE • Riches from the rock underground
The Guess Who • Most people might know them for just one song, but there’s a lot more to them than just American Woman.
Oli Brown • The British guitarist on jumping genres, rejecting his instrument, battling his demons and returning to music.
Moon Landing • Roger Waters to release his reboot of Floyd’s The Dark Side Of The Moon in October.
Babe I’m Gonna Leave You (Some Money) • Peter Grant’s daughter to sell some of her stake in Led Zep.
The Bites • Taking inspiration from the 70s and 80s is easy. Getting results as good as these guys isn’t.
Rock The Night • Given wings by producer Kevin Elson when they recorded it a second time, the song proved that there was more gold in the band’s catalogue than just monster 80s hit The Final Countdown.
Duane Betts • The Allman Betts Band guitarist/singer and also solo artist on his debut album, a famous dad and the term ‘southern rock’.
CLASSIC ROCK PRESENTS
WHEN ROCK RULED THE WORLD • Loved and hated in equal measure, often underestimated, the 80s was an utterly gamechanging decade in so many ways. For music, too, it blew powerful winds of change.
ROAD RAGE • Back in 1980 the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal was the movement on everybody’s lips. So Iron Maiden hit the road in Europe to see if it could survive outside the UK.
YESTERDAYS AND TODAYS • Coming to prominence when “Girls can’t play rock” prevailed, Girlschool proved otherwise. Two of the band look at what it was like for women in rock when they began, and today.
THE RESURRECTION OF ALICE COOPER • Seemingly washed up at the beginning of the 80s, he got his act together, and before the decade was over he was sober, straight and right back in the game – and the charts.
BIG HAIR! BIG HITS!
THE PROG TOCVK REVIVAL • By the end of the 70s they thought it was all over. And few would have bet on prog rock ever coming back again at all, let alone doing so with the success that it did in the 80s.
MY 80'S MIXTAP • “I was a teenager in the nineties, but I was obsessed with the eighties thanks to my parents. It was flamboyant, all the dudes were hitting the high notes, there was this element of… ‘cheese’? The eighties was permission to be your biggest, loudest self.”
THE ALBUMS THAT BUIL THE 80s • Rock, hard rock, heavy metal, big rock, stadium rock, alt.rock, AOR, punk, goth, grebo, NWOBHM, pop-rock, rap-rock and more… The 80s was the decade that had it all. On...