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This month’s contributors
LEPPARD/CRUE TOUR HITS THE ROAD. FINALLY! • Joe Elliott reveals how Def Leppard and Mötley Crüe defied broken ribs, rain and humidity to launch the much-delayed The Stadium Tour of North America.
Stars Slam USA Abortion Ruling
More Names For Taylor Hawkins Tribute
DE DE LIND
MY FIRST LOVE
Marshall Tucker Band • It took two releases for the single to reach the dizzy heights of No.75 in the US, but Can’t You See’s longevity and influence have far outweighed any disappointment at its commercial success.
Chuck Leavell • He’s been with the Stones for most of their 60 years, but still gets thrills from watching his bandmates on stage.
His Lordship • They listen to what Chrissie Hynde says, they’re cranked up, they wear cheap suits, they dig raw rock’n’roll…
NO STOPPING THE TOP • The death last year of bassist/vocalist Dusty Hill looked like it might be the end of ZZ Top. But no. With their guitar filling his shoes, it’s business as usual. tech now
A SPIN OF THE TOP'S • Billy Gibbons looks in the rear-view mirror and gives some observations on ZZ Top’s studio-albums back catalogue.
DAVE MUSTAINE • He was there at the beginning of two of metal’s most influential groups, drank enough to fill the San Diego river, hit the canvas and lifted himself back up and found God, and still has the ambition to make Megadeth the biggest metal band in the world.
Coronation Night • A hit film and soundtrack album, Purple Rain represented Prince’s breakthrough moment. But it was the tour that followed – and one show in particular – that made him a superstar. His band the Revolution’s Wendy, Lisa and Bobby Z look back…
Second Light • In 2015, The Gaslight Anthem’s Brian Fallon thought the band was over for good. Mounting pace and pressure following their Springsteen-approved 2008 album The ‘59 Sound had left them drained and ready to stop. So what brought them back?
IN FROM THE COLD • Time apart allowed H.e.a.t to grow and their returning singer to mature sufficiently, Kenny Leckremo tells Classic Rock.
LOVE STORY • After a nightmare reception to her album The Dreaming, who knew that three years in a barn in Kent would yield a singular, unrepeatable landmark in pop music. ”I was surrounded by elemental forces,” Kate Bush says of the album that made her a bona fide superstar.
A DEAL WITH GOD • Running Up That Hill, Kate Bush’s hallmark anthem from Hounds Of Love, helped to revitalise her career back in 1985. Now it has been given new life 2022 by the Netflix series Stranger Things.
THE HOT LIST • THE ESSENTIAL NEW ROCK TRACKS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS MONTH AND THE BANDS TO HAVE ON YOUR RADAR
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