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Planet Rock Issue 16

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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Watching Roger Waters’ spectacular Us + Them show in London’s Hyde Park on July 6 last year one could not help but marvel at the incandescent fury of the (then) 74-year-old’s production. Weren’t Pink Floyd supposed to be out-of-touch hippies when punk emerged in the nation’s capital in ’76/’77? All these years later, no rock artist is delivering a show with such bite, venom and relevance. In this issue’s cover story, Mark Blake and David Fricke delve into the roots of the rage and rivalries which fuelled the band in the wake of the success of The Dark Side Of The Moon and illuminate the respective journeys of Waters, David Gilmour and Nick Mason since the band’s dissolution. It’s a fascinating tale. Elsewhere in the issue, we’ve a hilarious trip…

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this month’s crazy diamonds include…

Rob Evans, having written for the likes of Powerplay and Fireworks, is now bringing AOR to Planet Rock, starting with this issue’s Axe review on page 102. He also hopes to one day write the definitive Wrathchild interview. For more AOR go to www.facebook.com/Aorunderground. Darren Griffiths was given the opportunity of a lifetime by Planet Rock’s Jon Norman in 2016 to start shooting many of his musical heroes. Currently working on a trip to Melbourne to photograph British AOR legends FM, Darren shot Steelhouse festival for this issue. David Fricke has covered Pink Floyd for more than three decades as a contributor to Rolling Stone and MOJO. He is the host of The Writer’s Block on Sirius XM Radio and a Grammy-nominated writer of album liner notes. He profiles Roger Waters in…

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GERMAN INDUSTRIAL-METAL overlords Rammstein are to bring their shock-and-awe stadium production back to the UK in June for gigs in Cardiff, Belfast and Coventry. Having set Milton Keynes’ Stadium MK ablaze with an explosive one-off show on July 6, the Berlin band will return in 2020 to promote their self-titled seventh album with performances at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium (June 14), Belfast’s Boucher Road Playing Fields (June 17) and Coventry’s Ricoh Stadium (June 20). Fireproof clothing is advised. Find out more at: WWW.RAMMSTEIN.DE/EN/…

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roar power

PHIL CAMPBELL is to release his debut solo album in October. Two years in the making, Old Lions Still Roar sees the former Motörhead guitarist joined by a host of guest collaborators, from Alice Cooper, Rob Halford and Dee Snider, through to Joe Satriani, Mötley Crüe’s Mick Mars, ex-Slipknot percussionist Chris Fehn and Level 42 frontman and bassist Mark King. “I recorded it for myself primarily,” Campbell admits to Planet Rock, “to get it out of my system. It’s something I thought about years and years ago, when I was in Motörhead, and Lem always said, ‘You should go for it.’ I owe a debt of thanks to everyone who believed enough in me to make it happen.” Largely recorded in Campbell’s own studio in South Wales, and produced by his son…

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hail to the chiefs

IN HONOUR of Black Sabbath’s 50th anniversary, Planet Rock radio is rolling out a month of special programming saluting the godfathers of metal. Tune in across the month to hear archive interviews, peer tributes and some of the greatest riffs ever committed to tape. Also in September, Sabbath’s first eight albums will be re-released as a limited edition vinyl box. The Vinyl Collection 1970-1978 will also feature a 7-inch vinyl pressing of Evil Woman/Wicked World plus a new 12-inch vinyl compilation of mono 45s, titled Monomania. Limited to 3,000 copies, the box is available on September 6 via Rhino.…

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10 things we’ve learned about jethro tull

1 Before Jethro Tull, lead singer Ian Anderson tried to join the police. His other pre-fame jobs included cinema toilet cleaner. 2 Three of Jethro Tull – Ian Anderson, Martin Barre and keyboard player David Palmer – smoked a Peterson pipe, inspiring Spinal Tap’s pipe-smoking bass player Derek Smalls. 3 Mike Vernon, Fleetwood Mac’s producer and record label boss, wanted to sign the group in 1968, but “only if they lost the flute”. 4 Ian Anderson’s company, Strathaird Salmon Ltd, ran 11 fish farms and processing plants on the Isle Of Skye, and supplied Harvey Nichols, Harrods and Concorde for 20 years. 5 Ian Anderson was asked to appear in the 1972 music-biz movie, Made, but disliked the nude scenes and recommended folkie Roy Harper instead. “I don’t want people to see my willy,”…