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.
The Answer Are Back
Cynthia Plaster Caster
Three Days Grace
Van Halen Tour Plan Leaked
Priest For Hall Of Fame. Finally!
Zach Tabori • The future’s bright, the future’s orange, for this Zappa-loving LA wunderkind.
Leader Of Down
Robin Trower Bridge Of Sighs • Trower backed the right horse when he found the inspiration for his biggest and most majestic hit, which helped transform the journeyman guitarist into a guitar hero.
Graham Nash • The legendary singer-songwriter on balancing love and anger in his songs, and a project 60 years in the making.
Church Of The Cosmic Skull
A FAREWELL TO KINGS • After 50 years of building and then sustaining The Greatest Show On Earth, Kiss are preparing to open the make-up box one last time and close the door on their remarkable career. As with all the greats, we will never see their like again.
SUMMER OF ROCK • There have been false starts. Dashed hopes. Plans f**ked up by new variants. We’re not out of the covid woods yet, but live music is finally back in business, as our summer gig calendar proves, and every day it seems we learn of more festivals, tours and one-off shows. It’s a lot to take in, so we’ve curated some choice names and events for your diaries.
YES • The first date of the prog vets’ 2022 UK/Ireland tour is at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall on June 15. That’s a day after the full moon, so, their guitarist says, anything could happen.
GRETA VAN FLEET • The Americans’ “moving city” pulls into the UK this summer, but don’t expect any balloons.
THE MYSTERINES • Despite being only 20, Lia Metcalfe has already fronted The Mysterines for six years and had about as good a touring education as any young musician could hope for.
WHO LET THE 'DOGS OUT? • The Sheepdogs are back, with a new album and a killer live set, and their Worst Of All Worlds days now just a bad, but fond, memory.
STEVE JONES • Now in his mid-60s, and with the ups/downs life experience of someone at least twice his age, the former Sex Pistols guitarist who changed the world tells Classic Rock: “I don’t want any aggro at this stage of the game. I just wanna have a good time.”
INTERSTELLAR OVERDRIVE • Sandwiched between his explosive debut Are You Experienced and dazzling double album Electric Ladyland, Jimi Hendrix’s “science-fiction rock’n’roll” masterpiece Axis: Bold As Love is the heart of his Holy Trinity.
Purple Patch • With his addition to Deep Purple, and his breakthrough solo album The Fighter, Simon McBride is the guitar virtuoso of the moment. But behind the ‘overnight success’ is a tale of rip-offs, setbacks, and the house fire that almost killed him.
THE GREAT PRETENDER • Rather than have you suspend disbelief, Ghost’s Tobias Forge and his Nameless Ghouls put on a fantastical show you want to believe in.
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