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.
BLACK SABBATH – THE BALLET! • No, it’s tutu late to be an April Fool. Tony Iommi and the project’s creative team explain.
Mick Mars: “I carried Crüe for years”
Unheard Soundgarden Songs Coming
Les Claypool’s Fearless Flying Frog Brigade • After a gap of two decades, the Primus main man is reactivating one of his many other projects.
Wytch Hazel • Don’t judge this book by its cover – thankfully the music is tougher than the tights ’n’ tops.
Duff McKagan releases new EP
Dolly Parton set to be a Rockstar
Winger • They’ve taken the knocks, and been knocked out, but they’ve bounced back and now have a new album.
Sweet & Lynch • Strip survivor Michael Sweet on keeping the faith, hitting the high notes and preventing fan suicides.
Sweat • Meet the Swiss-American quartet who’ve delivered a sweltering vintage-rock debut.
Steely Dan • A track on 1972’s debut Can’t Buy A Thrill, it includes Jimmy Page’s favourite guitar solo, nailed by guest guitarist Elliott Randall in just two takes – the engineer having missed the first one.
Ayron Jones • The guitar hotshot on Hendrix comparisons, the price and perks of fame, and wanting to “not just be a great musician”.
Demob Happy • They like to pretend it’s the 70s, they’re anti everything, and they enjoyed getting one over Amazon‘s Jeff Bezos.
50 GREATEST GUNS'N ROSES SONGS
DEATH WISH BLUES
1 Welcome To The Jungle
JOE PERRY • Over the past 50 years he’s been in (and out) of one of the biggest bands in the world, and enjoyed all the trappings that brings, not all of them healthy. Having achieved everything he set out to do and more, these days all the Aerosmith guitarist really wants to do is play.
HERE COMES THE SONS • After six albums in 15 years, and touring alongside a raft of A-listers, Rival Sons reckon it’s their time to move up to the next level. And new album Darkfighter might just take them there.
“We still want to conquer the world” • As Extreme gear up to release their first new album in 15 years, frontman Gary Cherone and guitarist Nuno Bettencourt look back at where it all went right. And wrong.
The Six Best Extreme Songs That Aren’t More Than Words • More Than Words currently has a staggering 533 million plays on Spotify. Here are six other Extreme songs that deserve a gentle nudge in that direction.
THE ODD COUPLE • Ahead of their gig with Iggy Pop at July’s Dog Day Afternoon, Blondie’s Clem Burke and former Sex Pistol Glen Matlock talk punk… and more punk.
PURPLE REIGN • Difficult second album? Forget it. Flying high commercially but under fire after their debut, with follow-up Purple Stone Temple Pilots nailed their career peak.
The HOT LiST • THE ESSENTIAL NEW ROCK TRACKS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS MONTH AND THE BANDS TO HAVE ON YOUR RATHER
The Dirty Nil