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This month’s contributors
22 Things To Look Forward To In ’22 • Here’s our mini-guide to the delights coming in the next 12 months.
John Miles • April 23, 1949 – December 5, 2021
Mick Rock • November 21, 1948 – November 18,
RIP • Thank you… and good night.
Richard Cole • January 2, 1946 – December 2, 2021
David Longdon • June 17, 1965 – November 20, 2021
Hank von Helvete • June 15, 1972 – November 19, 2021
AC/DC Up For 2022 Grammys • And fan Prince William says Thunderstruck puts his week “in the best mood possible”.
Robert Plant Reveals ‘Sliding Doors’ Moment • Unopened letter could have changed rock history.
Lawnmower Deth • After almost 20 years stuck in the garden shed, they're back with a new album and their blades sharpened.
I FLASHMEN • Pensando, Kansas Records, Italy, 1972. £4,000.
The Tea Party • Mixing rock and exotic musical styles, they return with arguably their best album since the mid-90s.
MY FIRST LOVE AC/DC LET THERE BE ROCK • The Megadeth founder and frontman on an undisputed classic.
Houndmouth • For lovers of bluesy roots rock, the trio’s new fourth album Good For You could well be what the title says.
DeeOhGee • Three is a magic number for these groovy Nashville cats. Er, sorry, dogs.
Meat Loaf Heaven Can Wait • One of the more delicate moments on Bat Out Of Hell, some cite the album’s shortest track as its best.
Zakk Wylde • The guitarist/vocalist on loving lockdown, opening a dildo boutique, Ozzy, and ‘Jesus Christ’ playing his Les Paul.
SLASH • Born in Britain, made in America, the guitarist icon known the world over talks growing up, modest hopes, sudden superstardom and the good, the bad and the ugly that came with it; GN’R, Axl, Izzy, Weiland, Myles…. You could say he’s lived a life. But he’s done so much more.
DEATH OR GLORY • Slash’s fourth album with Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators was shaping up to be the smoothest sailing of his chaotic career. Then covid blew in and rocked the boat, and “suddenly there was this dark cloud over the whole thing”.
ROCK’S 50 GREATEST VIDEOS
GAME OF GROANS • The man behind “the worst music video ever made”.
“I’M THIRTEEN YEARS OLD AND I'M DRINKING WITH ALEX VAN HALEN!” • Van Halen’s Hot For Teacher video featured four kids playing junior versions of the band. Yano Anaya was one of them.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE MUSIC VIDEO
“We were sent to change the history of rock’n’roll” • Megastars in their native Canada, The Tragically Hip mourned with an entire country when their frontman passed away aged 53. Now, as their seminal second album Road Apples hits its 30th anniversary, we bring you their story.
DARK MATTER • After Black Sabbath called time, probably the last thing anyone would have expected from Tony Iommi was for him to launch a signature fragrance. But that’s exactly what he’s done, and he has a new instrumental track and video to go with it.
STORIES OF OUR LIFE • Magnum vocalist Bob Catley looks back at the album catalogue the band have built up in a career of half a century, and offers some insights into the making of some of them, reminisces about what was happening at the time, and offers thoughts on what they mean to him now.
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