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.
Life of Bryan • These days he says he’s “a photographer moonlighting as a singer,” but before that came decades of making high-grade classic rock – and one of the biggest-selling records ever.
The Zombies • Inspired by the summer of love, it’s still the British psychedelic pop rockers’ biggest hit. So it’s strange to think that it nearly sank without a trace, as Rod Argent reflects over fifty years later.
Grace Potter • One of the roots world’s most interesting, commanding storytellers returns with her most powerful set of songs yet.
ROBBIE ROBERTSON • We remember an architect of two world-changing musical revolutions; a Canadian songwriter and lead guitarist whose highly influential group The Band gave birth to Americana.
PAUL RODGERS • One of rock’s all-time great vocalists looks back at his life and times with Free, Bad Company, The Firm and Queen, the tragedy of Paul Kossoff, his solo career, and why he probably owes the fact that he’s still alive today to his involvement in martial arts.
TO THE MAX • One of rock’s true enigmas, skilled oddballs Max Webster never quite took off outside their native Canada. Years after it all came to a sad ending, their legacy lives on through frontman Kim Mitchell.
I'VE ALWAYS WANTED TO ASK YOU,ROD... • Sir Rod Stewart tells Guest Editor Bryan Adams about his music, being on tour, trying to get paid when he was in the Jeff Beck Group, his model-railway passion, being “one of the lucky ones”, and more.
Peace of The Action • Peace sells, and thankfully people have always been buying. From pleas for equality to anti-war sentiments and social commentary, we look at some of the greatest peace songs.
THE DAMN TRUTH
Pictures At An Exhibition • When Bryan Adams isn’t busy with his day job as a musician (or guest-editing this issue of Classic Rock), you will invariably find him behind a camera, as he discusses from page eight. Here is an exclusive gallery of a selection of his amazing portraiture.
EVER MEET LEMMY? • Ozzy Osbourne asked to join his band, he heard the world’s dirtiest joke from Lemmy, hung out with Björk at the Astoria, battled Dave Grohl at table tennis, raided Metallica’s fridge, talked ‘weirdness’ with Mike Patton and almost joined Anthrax. He’s also one of 21st-century rock’s biggest stars. This is Corey Taylor.
"WE'RE BROTHERS FIRST AND A BAND SECOND" • With Black Stone Cherry it’s a case of a band that stays together plays together, rather than the other way round. We profile the four men who are almost a family affair.
THE HARD STUFF ALBUMS
THE HARD STUFF REISSUES
THE HARD STUFF
John Lees’ Barclay James Harvest
Måneskin • Måneskin revive the spirit of Deep Purple’s waterlogged show at Knebworth in 1985.
Swans • NYC post-rock pioneers mercilessly bring the noise.
Rammstein • Somebody better call the fire brigade.
The Struts / Bad Nerves • Two of British rock’s biggest, brightest sparks on one bill.
Steelhouse • Rock, rain and community spirit up a Welsh mountain, at one of the UK’s most loved annual classic rock events.
The Soundtrack Of My Life • Soul-blues...