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Planet Rock

Issue 14

Planet Rock is the magazine where Rock Lives! From Motörhead to Pink Floyd, stopping at The Magpie Salute along the way, it brings you the very best in rock music past and present. See it! Feel it! Hear it! Live it!

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Van Halen once gave me a guitar lesson at his Los Angeles home, showing me how to play his favourite riff from 1984 classic Drop Dead Legs. Frankly, the maestro was wasting his time. I wouldn’t be able to play that riff with eight arms, but the gesture was appreciated. Not least because, at the time, I knew something he didn’t, namely that the publication I worked for had just declared his latest album, Van Halen III, “shit”. Sorry Eddie. By way of a belated apology then, it’s a pleasure to welcome the mighty Van Halen to the cover of PR issue 14. Elsewhere, we shoot the breeze with British rock institutions David Coverdale and Geezer Butler, talk punk rock with Duff McKagan, recall the dark wit of Led Zeppelin/Bad…

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planet rock

Academic House,24-28 Oval Road,London NW1 7DJEmail: mail@planetrock.comMUSIC & CONTENT DIRECTORRic BlaxillEDITORPaul BranniganART DIRECTORRussell MoorcroftASSOCIATE EDITORPat GilbertCONTRIBUTING EDITORMark BlakePICTURE EDITORMatt TurnerCONTRIBUTORSPhil Alexander, Paul Anthony, Jason Arnopp, Steve Beebee, Danny Bowes, Stevie Chick, Alice Clark, Brian Hickey, Caren Gibson, Ross Halfin, Paul Harries, Mark Jeeves, James Mackinnon, James McNair, Luke Morton, Darren Redick, Dave Reynolds, Nick Ruskell, Amit Sharma, Cathi Unsworth, Marco Vittur, Paddy Wells, Wyatt Wendels, Rod Yates, Simon YoungGroup Managing Director, AdvertisingAbby CarvossoMusic DirectorJoel StephanClassified Sales ExecutivePhilip NessfieldProduction ManagerCarl LawrenceAd Production ControllerHelen MearChief ExecutivePaul KeenanGroup Managing DirectorRob Munro-HallManaging DirectorHelen MorrisManaging EditorLinda SteventonHead of MarketingFergus CarrollMarketing ManagerHope NoelHead Of Marketing (Planet Rock)Jon NormanDigital Manager (Planet Rock)Kevin HingleyWeb/Social Media Ed (Planet Rock)Brendan AppletonDigital Content Ed (Planet Rock)Scott ColothanDirect Marketing ManagerJulie SpiresDirect Marketing ExecutiveAmy DedmanHead of CommunicationsJess Blake…

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judgement day

THE BIG PICTURESTANDING ON THE roof of a Brooklyn recording studio, a Resonator guitar in his hand, Tyler Bryant looks across the New York skyline.“New York used to make me sick,” he admits. “Don’t get me wrong, I love this city, but the first five times I came here I got physically ill. I grew up in the country, so New York felt so claustrophobic to me, so overwhelming. But now we’ve made some great memories here… and a great new record.”Truth And Lies, the follow up to Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown’s self-titled 2017 album, is one of the most eagerly anticipated rock albums of the year. Recorded in just two weeks at Studio G in Williamsburg, New York with producer Joel Hamilton (Black Keys/Highly Suspect), the 13-track set…

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paul raymond

Young blood: UFO’s Paul Raymond, 1979.PAUL RAYMOND, UFO’s long-serving keyboard player and rhythm guitarist, has died of a heart attack, aged 73. After playing with the blues bands Savoy Brown and Chicken Shack, Raymond joined UFO in 1976 and made his debut on the following year’s Lights Out album.During his first stint with UFO, he co-wrote several songs including Just Another Suicide, Lookin’ Out For No. 1 and Ain’t No Baby. He quit in 1981 to join the newly-formed Michael Schenker Group and, briefly, Waysted, before re-joining UFO for a shortlived mid-’80s reunion.Raymond returned in the 1990s and had been regularly recording and touring with UFO since 2003. A week before his passing, he played with the band at a triumphant farewell show in London, on their Last Orders 50th…

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bernie tormé

Electric gypsy: Bernie Tormé with Ozzy, 1982.IRISH-BORN guitarist Bernie Torme, who has died of viral pneumonia, aged 66, was best known for his work with Gillan and, briefly, Ozzy Osbourne.Between 1979 and ’81, Tormé was part of Ian Gillan’s self-titled post-Deep Purple group, playing on and co-writing four Gillan studio albums, including the Top 5 hits Glory Road and Future Shock. Tormé toured with Ozzy immediately after guitarist Randy Rhoads’ death in 1982, and went on to work with Dee Snider and his own group, Tormé. At the time of his death, he was recording with former Gillan bassist John McCoy in the trio GMT.…

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in brief

(ICONICPIX, GETTY)Thin Lizzy have recruited Mastodon bassist Troy Sanders for their summer shows. Sanders makes his Lizzy debut at the Steelhouse Festival on July 28.Def Leppard release a new limited-edition 10 LP/7CD box set on UMe/Virgin on June 21. Def Leppard: Volume Two features albums from 1992’s Adrenalize to1999’s Euphoria, plus two volumes of rarities.Cheap Trick, Inglorious, Wayward Sons, Jimmy Barnes and FM have been added to the Planet Rock stage at this summer’s Ramblin’ Man Fair festival. The festival takes places in Maidstone’s Mote Park from July 19-21.Pink Floyd’s acclaimed Their Mortal Remains exhibition is moving to Spain. It’ll run from May 10 until September 15 at Madrid’s IFEMA. Purchase tickets at www.pinkfloydexhibition.es.…