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
Peter Makowski • July 12 1956 - November 4, 2021
Graeme Edge • March 30, 1941 – November 11, 2021
Herbie Herbert • February 5, 1948 – October 25, 2021
RIP • Thank you… and good night.
John Goodsall • February 15, 1953 – November 11, 2021
Judy Totton • Died October 20, 2021
Emmett Chapman • September 28, 1936 – November 1, 2021
Malcolm Dome • April 21, 1955 – October 29, 2021
Foo Fighters join the Hall Of Fame • Paul McCartney attends Class Of 2021 induction.
Porcupine Tree are back • Steven Wilson revives progrockers after 12 years.
Dawn After Dark • British rockers release their debut album – 30 years after they got together. Is that a record?
The Hawkins • From the jaws of personal despair come Sweden’s latest garage-rock heroes.
BURIED TREASURE • Riches from the rock underground
Gov’t Mule • Twenty-seven years after Allman Brother Warren Haynes started his side project, it’s now his main band.
Smells Like Teen Spirit Nirvana • In the 30th-anniversary year of the game-changing Nevermind album, we take a look at the incendiary single (and video) that catapulted Nirvana from virtual unknowns to superstardom.
THE YEAR IN ROCK 2021 THE ULTIMATE REVIEW
ALBUMS OF THE YEAR • 2021 has given us more great music than we probably deserve from both big names and newcomers. Allow us to present the Classic Rock critics’ choice of the best 50.
TOP 5 PROG ALBUMS
GARBAGE • Garbage’s No Gods No Masters saw the band fully maturing their sound against the divisive backdrop of 2021’s culture wars.
BUCKCHERRY • With cracking latest album Hellbound to promote, Josh Todd and co. will be playing UK dates in January, with more to follow in 2022.
TOP 5 COUNTRY ALBUMS
AYRON JONES • A world-class, medal-winning Team USA frisbee competitor as well as a head-turning blues artist, with his latest album Child Of The State he’s just beginning to really fly.
ALICE COOPER • With his twenty-first studio album, Detroit Stories, an in-vintage-form Alice came up with a stone-cold classic. Now he’s looking forward to making up for lost time taking his latest show on the road.
TOP 5 AOR ALBUMS
BIG BIG TRAIN • Since starting to play live they've been on a roll and haven't looked back. Mind you, losing three members nearly had them hitting the buffers.
LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM • Ousted from Fleetwood Mac, the guitarist/vocalist bounced back with one of our albums of 2021. While happy to continue as a solo artist, he’s still hopeful that he can make one more record with the Mac.
TOP 5 BLUES ALBUM
MAMMOTH WVH • While having a rock-star parent opens a few doors, it also means you've got a lot to live up to and a lot to prove. Wolfgang ‘Son Of Eddie’ Van Halen has proved himself with one of the very best albums of 2021.
“Every now and again we come up with an album that seizes the day” • Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson on the band’s all-conquering latest album, taking inspiration from Rammstein for the Writing On The Wall video, and looking forward to playing live “more than you can ever imagine”.
THERE IS LIFE ON THE OUTSIDE • Having just released his highest charting solo album and toured it, Queen’s Roger Taylor is enjoying life away from his ‘day job’.