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Classic Rock

June 2019

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.

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Here’s a challenge: try to think of a band who’ve endured more adversity and strife over their storied career than Florida’s Lynyrd Skynyrd. No? Didn’t think you could. They’ve weathered a devastating plane crash that robbed them of three of their number (iconic lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines and backing singer Cassie Gaines) and severely injured the rest, they’ve overcome heart attacks, car accidents, and endured the deaths of so many of those who have passed through their line-up, and yet still they go on to fight another day. Street survivors indeed.But alas even the best things must come to an end eventually. And as is befitting a band with their legacy, they’re quitting the road on their own terms with one final hurrah round the globe…

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this month’s contributors

HENRY YATESHenry has written for the Guardian, NME, Total Guitar, the Telegraph and more, and co-authored Walter Trout’s official biography, Rescued From Reality. On p66 he speaks to Peter Frampton about his careerthreatening illness. “I was struck by his bravery and good humour,” says Henry, “and I know this won’t be the last we hear from him.”DOLTYN SNEDDENAt just 24 years old, music photographer Doltyn had to really earn his spot in Lynyrd Skynyrd’s camp as the band’s official photographer. “They never had a photographer on the road with them before,” he explains, “so trusting someone so young with capturing the band’s current emotion and environment was a risk.” See the fruits of Doltyn’s labours from p28.STEVE WOODWhen he’s not beautifying images across the worlds of music, fashion, sport and…

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classic rock

EditorSiân LlewellynPlaying this month: The Wildhearts, Renaissance MenArt EditorDarrell MayhewHeilung, FuthaFeatures EditorPolly GlassThe Mute Gods, Atheists And BelieversProduction EditorPaul HendersonTodd Rundgren’s Utopia, Live At The Chicago TheaterReviews EditorIan FortnamPrimal Scream, Maximum Rock’N’RollOnline EditorFraser LewryThe Wildhearts, Renaissance MenNews/Live EditorDave LingThe Wildhearts, Renaissance MenContributing writersMarcel Anders, Geoff Barton, Tim Batcup, Mark Beaumont, Max Bell, Essi Berelian, Simon Bradley, Rich Chamberlain, Stephen Dalton, Rich Davenport, Johnny Dee, Malcolm Dome, Lee Dorrian, Mark Ellen, Claudia Elliott, Paul Elliott, Dave Everley, Jerry Ewing, Hugh Fielder, Eleanor Goodman, Gary Graff, Michael Hann, John Harris, Nick Hasted, Barney Hoskyns, Jon Hotten, Rob Hughes, Neil Jeffries, Emma Johnston, Jo Kendall, Dom Lawson, Paul Lester, Ken McIntyre, Lee Marlow, Gavin Martin, Alexander Milas, Paul Moody, Grant Moon, Luke Morton, Kate Mossman, Kris Needs, Bill Nelson, Paul Rees, Chris Roberts,…

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let’s get rock and roll hall of famed

Roxy Music’s Phil Manzanera, Bryan Ferry, Andy Mackay and Eddie Jobson.Robert Smith of The CureFOR MORE NEWS: WWW.CLASSICROCKMAGAZINE.COMCOPYRIGHT FUTURE 2019MARKING THE EVENT’S 33rd anniversary, Def Leppard, Stevie Nicks, Roxy Music, The Zombies, Radiohead and The Cure were among those inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame during last month’s lavish ceremony in New York City.Nicks, already a member of the HOF with Fleetwood Mac, spent 15 minutes at the microphone as she accepted her induction as a solo artist, becoming the first female to be inducted twice. During a four-song live set later she was joined by former beau Don Henley of the Eagles for Leather And Lace, and friend Harry Styles from One Direction for a duet on Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around.Radiohead were inducted by David…

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Hal BlaineFebruary 5, 1929 – March 11, 2019Drummer Blaine was a member of legendary session musicians The Wrecking Crew. Born Harold Simon Belsky, he played on more than 150 US Top-10 singles and 40 No.1 hits, including Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon & Garfunkel and on the sessions for the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds and Good Vibrations. He died aged 90 of natural causes.Danny KustowMay 10, 1955 – March 11, 2019Tom Robinson has led the tributes to his co-star in the Tom Robinson Band, saying: “Danny’s unique, fiery guitar playing was at the very heart of the TRB sound.” The 63-year-old, whose life ended in a coma after contracting double pneumonia and a liver infection, also played with Glen Matlock in Jimmy Norton’s Explosion and appeared on Gen X’s…

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scott walker

ACKNOWLEDGED AS an influence on artists as diverse as David Bowie, Bryan Ferry, Steven Wilson, Marc Almond and Opeth’s Mikael Åkerfeldt, Scott Walker has died at the age of 76. At the time of going to press the cause of death had yet to be revealed.Born Noel Scott Engel in Ohio, the enigmatic singer/songwriter began his career in London as a teen idol in the Walker Brothers during the mid-1960s, enjoying a run of hits that included the UK chart-toppers The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore and Make It Easy On Yourself. He went on to record the solo albums Scott, Scott 2, Scott 3 and Scott 4 between 1967 and 1969. His output became increasingly experimental in the following years with albums including Tilt and Bish Bosch pushing him down…