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Planet Rock

Issue 21

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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2 min
robert jon & the wreck

ROBERT JON & The Wreck hail from Orange County, best known for its punk scene, but their sound is firmly rooted in the Deep South, in the cotton fields and churches and the banks of the Mississippi River. “One of my earliest musical memories is of my dad driving me to school and he’d be playing all the gospel quartets in the car and that really seeped in,” Robert Jon Burrison, the group’s lead singer and rhythm guitarist tells Planet Rock. “Then a bit later on, I heard the classic rock bands on the school bus, you know Boston, Aerosmith, and that’s when I picked up the guitar. Then when I got older I dived down the rabbit hole of the blues. It really spoke to me. The Wreck is an amalgam…

1 min
fake names

Fake Names EPITAPH Members of Bad Religion, Refused and Girls Against Boys unite for satisfying debut. While the musicians who make up Fake Names would surely baulk at the term ‘punk supergroup’, it would take a MAGA hat-wearing fool to doubt their pedigree. Formed by childhood friends Brian Baker (Bad Religion, Minor Threat, Dag Nasty), Michael Hampton (S.O.A., The Faith, Embrace) and Johnny Temple (Soulside, Girls Against Boys), the band invited Refused vocalist Dennis Lyxzén to front the band. Fake Names – rounded out by Holy Fuck drummer Matt Schulz – originally recorded these 10 tracks as a demo to present to Epitaph, but label boss Brett Gurewitz suggested they release the album in its original form. It was a shrewd move; from the stomping opener All For Sale to the raucous Lost…

14 min
bold as love

WE FIRST MET at a party in Ringo Starr’s flat. I’d been invited by Chas Chandler, former bass guitarist with The Animals now turned band manager. In my job writing for Melody Maker, I’d once written a story with a headline suggesting The Animals had been a “flop” in America: “Don’t be soft,” Chandler forcefully told me. It was only after a drinking contest in Soho night club Le Kilt – he won – that he agreed to bury the hatchet. So, it was good to hear him on the phone to the Melody Maker office one morning in September 1966 raving about a guitarist he’d discovered in New York. Chas had brought him to London and the plan was to release a cover of Hey Joe as a single as…

15 min
my regeneration

FOR LUFTWAFFE PILOTS dropping bombs on London during the Blitz, the cream-painted chimneys and vast turbine hall of Battersea Power Station, sited on a distinctive kink in the Thames, was a plum target. But despite several direct hits, it escaped major damage; the surrounding area, however, suffered terribly. One of the few buildings left standing on Thessaly Road, a nearby residential street, was the hall of St Andrew’s parish church. “I think it must have been blessed by God,” says former Who road manager John Wolff. Today the building is a doctor’s surgery, but 47 years ago it was home to Ramport Studios, where in 1973 The Who’s creative genius, Pete Townshend, was battling to make an audacious new album that would put everything else his band had recorded in the…

1 min
in brief

Metallica have made two vinyl picture discs available with a limited-edition Batch 100 box of their Blackened whiskey. The two 12-inch records feature live recordings plus studio tracks from the quartet. Sadly, Blackened is only available to buy in the US. Rainbow will receive the coffee-table book treatment with the release of In The Shadow Of The Wizard: Rainbow 1975-1976, a 224-page book to be published by Wymer on September 4. Kris Barras, Those Damn Crows, The Quireboys, H.E.A.T. and Cinderella’s Tom Keifer are among the performers lined up for the postponed 10th anniversary staging of Steelhouse Festival. The event will take place on July 23-25, 2021. Neil Young is to release his ‘lost’ Homegrown album on June 19 via Reprise Records. Recorded in 1974/’75, the album is described by Young as “the…

1 min
nasty high

Where The River Runs ABSORBING RECORDINGS Hair metal heaven from Rock City. Nottingham’s Nasty High have been in existence for a few short years, peddling a brand of modern-day hard rock that owes a debt of gratitude to ’80s acts such as Winger, Dokken and FireHouse. Their debut album, Liquid Scream, from 2017 showed the kind of potential that marked them down as ones to watch, and Where The River Runs delivers on that promise. As soon as Make ’Em Pay rips out of the speakers with its Dokken-esque riffs, high-pitched squeals and huge chorus, it’s like the ’80s never went away for these boys. Flying in the face of fashion, they serve up with aplomb and panache arena-straddling anthems like Don’t Leave The Light On and the keyboard-infused Believe It, their foot…