The definitive voice in rock journalism, going behind the scenes to bring the real stories behind rock legends from Led Zeppelin to Metallica, to Marilyn Manson and beyond. Please note: This digital version of the magazine does not currently include the covermount items or content you would find on printed newsstand copies
This month’s contributors
Live Music: Where Are We Now? • And post-Brexit, can touring Europe survive?
Tim Bogert • August 27, 1944 – January 13, 2021
RIP • Thank you and good night.
Sylvain Sylvain • February 14, 1951 – January 13, 2021
Hilton Valentine • May 21, 1943 – January 29, 2021
Manson Accused • Abuse allegations made against the shock rocker.
Golden Earring Forced To Retire • George Kooymans’s illness ends band’s 60-year career.
Black Spiders • Fan of Motörhead, Sabbath and/or AC/DC? Then you might want to get caught up in this band's web (sorry).
Christopher Shayne • Varied musical strands come together in the search for a harmony-heavy, roller-coaster ride.
BURIED TREASURE • Riches from the rock underground
Damon Johnson • The former Black Stone Riders guitarist has finally found his niche. And it includes licking lots of stamps.
MY FIRST LOVE The Beatles • Blondie’s drummer on the Fab Four’s first album.
Lucero • Ben Nichols on whisky, redemption, fatherhood and recording in the shadow of Elvis.
Wheel • With songs revolving around human existence, their music is nothing if not ambitious.
Metallica Enter Sandman • With a little help from astrophysics, Ice-T and Heart, the band came up with what became not only Metallica’s best-known song but also one of heavy metal’s classic tracks.
Benji Webbe • The Skindred frontman on loving vinyl, coping with lockdown, the Pope’s bling, and not wearing a feather boa to go to Asda.
Skam • The Leicester power trio on their love of rock and performing live, adventures with The Answer, and playing a pub gig for a witch.
SET THE CONTROLS FOR THE MOON • After Syd Barrett left, Pink Floyd were on a constant search for a sound – their sound. Eventually, Waters, Gilmour, Wright and Mason would find it. But it took a while, with some strange gigs, a couple of bonkers soundtracks, studio experimentation and a spot of conflict along the way…
THE EGO HAS LANDED • Loved by some, loathed by others, Inglorious frontman/main man Nathan James is no stranger to being the brunt of verbal abuse. But is it deserved, or is he just another innocent victim?
The Magic Circle • Inspired by mystical dreams, a hectic rock’n’roll lifestyle and a fucked-up séance, their 1972 album Demons And Wizards turned Uriah Heep into global superstars. But its success also bought whacked-out occultists and “weird birds” into their lives.
DETROIT LEANING • With some of Motor City’s iconic musicians on board for the thrill ride, Alice Cooper’s new album Detroit Stories is “an homage to the place to which we owe our careers”.
TWO GUITARISTS WALK INTO A BAR… • …and before you know it they’ve recorded an album together. It’s easier when they’ve both got form, of course, as Iron Maiden’s Adrian Smith and the Winery Dogs’ Richie Kotzen have.
TOUR DE FORCE • There had been big-production tours before, of course, but Kate Bush’s The Tour Of Life was something else. Her first ever tour, it was a breathtaking, groundbreaking combination of music, dance, theatre and more. It was also her last.
Taylor Made • Had it not been for guitarist Dick Taylor, the Rolling Stones and The Pretty Things might never have happened, and the British R&B scene of 60s would have been much greyer – and...