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This month’s contributors
CHARLIE WATTS June 2, 1941 – August 24, 2021 • Ian Fortnam looks back at the life, times and music of the man who not only laid down his unique beat with the Rolling Stones for almost 60 years, but was also one of rock’s nicest guys.
THE STARS PAY TRIBUTE
RIP • Thank you and good night.
Plant & Krauss New Album • Meanwhile, the official Led Zep documentary is finished
Bo-Rap 2 Film A Possibility? • Brian May reveals that Queen are “looking at ideas”.
The Barenaked Ladies • They're back with a new album – and the frontman’s secret project with Geddy Lee “that I can’t talk about”.
Amyl And The Sniffers • The Aussie punks know their time in the sun could be brief, so they’re shooting for the Moon.
The Beatles RUBBER SOUL • The Kiss frontman on the 60s classic with which The Beatles raised the bar.
Herman Rarebell • As well as touring his new art project, he’s itching to set the record straight on his contribution to the Scorpions.
Troy Redfern • Hats off to the Herefordshire slide guitar player risking it all for rock‘n’roll.
Jane’s Addiction Been Caught Stealing • How a track that started with the accidental sound of a barking dog turned LA’s weirdest band into the godfathers of alternative rock.
Samantha Fish • The Kansas City gunslinger on smashing up guitars, shooting down sexists and shaking off the covid blues.
Blacktop Mojo • Hammered Phil Collins covers? Celine Dion karaoke? Just everyday goings-on for this Texan quintet.
THE ART OF WAR • Of course, every band and artist will tell you that their latest record is something special. Iron Maiden are no different – except that with the proggy Senjutsu they are right. We talk to Bruce Dickinson, Adrian Smith and Nicko McBrain about old dogs and a very good new trick.
THE CLASSIC Rock INTERVIEW GINGER WILDHEART • His is the story of the young Geordie who grew up with a violent stepfather, eventually escaped into the redemptive arms of rock’n’roll, and went on to become a prolific and acclaimed songwriter whose music has embraced rock, pop, punk, thrash, country, metal and more. While he has operated in many guises, it’s with The Wildhearts that his star has shone brightest.
GUITAR’S GREATEST LIVE MOMENTS! • A huge amount of rock’n’roll is built on great live guitar work. All the players featured here – and many more besides – have laid down enough killer solos, licks and riffs to fill more magazines than we’ll ever have the time or manpower to make. Then there are those instances, captured on record or on camera, that truly stand out; those iconic moments in rock’s history when the guitar (and, crucially, the person playing it) transcends boundaries, forges new paths for subsequent generations or just really freaks out everyone fortunate enough to be watching. Whether through one-off collaborations, reunions, genuinely magical playing (Clapton’s finest Crossroads solo, Prince’s George Harrison homage), envelope-pushing instrumentation (Jimmy Page’s bow, Rick Nielsen’s five-necked axe) or shocking stage antics (Jimi’s flaming guitar at Monterey, Blackmore losing his shit at Cal Jam), the guitar has been central to some incredible live moments. Here, we think, are some of the best…
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