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.
Wig Wam • Born out of an identity crisis, and resurrected by a US TV channel’s new superhero show, the glammy Norwegians’ 2010 anthem was a cautionary tale of flying too close to the sun.
Chris Jericho • The Fozzy frontman on not taking no for an answer, mixing music and wrestling and liking British comedy.
Dorothy • The leader of the band that bears her name, Dorothy Martin is reaping the rewards from having a determined spirit.
TOTAL ECLIPSE • In early 1972, Pink Floyd were mulling over ideas for their next record, with no real direction in mind. A year later they emerged from Abbey Road with an album that would overshadow everything they had done before. This is the story of their journey to The Dark Side Of The Moon.
TRACK BY TRACK • A look at the musical intricacies of a masterpiece
WON'T STOP AGGRIEVIN' • Given the years of mud slinging, threats, power grabs, law suits and general animosity, it looked like Journey’s 2011 album Eclipse might have been their last. But while new album Freedom shows that storms don’t last for ever, with this band another one’s never far away.
Lunar Modules • Blues and soul collective the Tedeschi Trucks Band have woven the isolation of the pandemic and a classic Arabic tale about star-crossed lovers into a four-album project that’s both epic and intimate.
"GOOD EVENING, WEMBLEY!" • It used to be something Kris Barras would shout as a joke at a dead gig. But a hell of a lot of hard work has led to him now doing it for real.
THE STAR (or end?) OF SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL • In the 1990s and 2000s, Porcupine Tree were rock’s square peg, playing beautifully twisted music to a modest but devout audience. After more than a decade away they’re back with a new album. Has their time finally come?
THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY • In 1971, Pete Townshend’s obsession with a science-fiction rock opera sent him down the path of self-destruction. But while that project ended up being abandoned, he delivered a masterpiece. This is the story of The Who’s Who’s Next.
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The Soundtrack Of My Life • The Gaslight Anthem’s Brian Fallon on the records, artists and gigs that are of lasting significance to him.