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.
Aladdin Sane At 50
The Cure Versus Ticketmaster
AC/DC And Ozzy To Play Festival
JAAW • Therapy?'s Andy Cairns on ducking out of the day job to moonlight with his new industrial-psych project.
Gyasi • After an unusual childhood and overcoming an injury, this West Virginia native is on a roll.
GEORGE BRIGMAN • Jungle Rot, Solid Records (private pressing), USA, 1975. £1,000.
Pop Evil • Frontman Leigh Kakaty on getting punched in the face, rock‘n’roll therapy, and teenage run-ins with the law.
Elegant Weapons • Judas Priest’s Richie Faulkner has teamed up with members of Pantera and Rainbow, and it’s a real band.
Island Of Love • Nothing to do with Love Island (thankfully), their ‘nice’ songs come laced with energy and edge.
George Harrison • Written after the former Beatle had been inspired by an old gospel song, it’s remembered as much for the plagiarism legal battle it led to as it is for just being a lovely song.
Alice Cooper • The godfather of shock-rock on the Hollywood Vampires, having a stress-free life, and never expecting to live past 30.
Arielle • The guitarist and singer-songwriter on choirs, clowning and heartto-hearts with Brian May, ahead of her game-raising new album.
bloody hell • Write some songs, get into studio, come out with an album. It worked before. But when it came to making the follow-up to Vol. 4, Black Sabbath couldn’t even get started. “We’d spend all day farting about and end up with nothing usable.” This is the story of Sabbath Bloody Sabbath.
ANDY SUMMERS • The unfeasibly young-looking 80-year-old talks about conquering the world alongside “two total arseholes” in The Police, his ‘apprenticeship’ with Zoot Money and others, life after The Police, the reunion, his long-time passion for photography, and much more.
LANDS OF HOPE AND GLORY • Rising Canadian hopefuls Crown Lands are modern proggers taking threads from the genre’s illustrious past and weaving them into the present.
SPIRITS PAST, SPIRITS PRESENT • Re-made and remodelled, and with a critically acclaimed new album that echoes moments from their post-punk past, The Damned head into the future still with plenty to offer and to thrill.
BRAVE NEW WORLD • With a new album that’s their heaviest, rockiest yet, Rodrigo y Gabriela are boldly taking metal and rock to where no one has so successfully taken it before.
AMERICAN BANDSTAND • They sold out Shea Stadium faster than The Beatles. In the early 70s, no American hard rock band was bigger than Grand Funk Railroad. Singer/guitarist Mark Farner looks back.
MAEL SUPREMACY • Since their dramatic arrival in the UK via TV screens in the early 70s, Sparks have continued to make extraordinary music on their own terms. Now they’re enjoying a late-career renaissance.
THE HOT LIST • THE ESSENTIAL NEW ROCK TRACS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS MONTH AND THE BANDS TO HAVE ON YOUR RADAR
THE HARD STUFF ALBUMS
Joe Bonamassa • The bluesman plays UK shows in May, and his whole catalogue is up for grabs for the set-lists.