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Planet Rock Issue 17

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!

United Kingdom
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in deze editie

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editor’s note

Who would have predicted that this year’s ‘Saviours Of Rock’ would be a band on the verge of celebrating their 50th anniversary? Thanks to the phenomenal global success of the Bohemian Rhapsody biopic, released in October 2018, Queen have enjoyed an incredible 12 months, from becoming the most streamed artist in the world immediately following the film’s release to opening the 91st Academy Awards ceremony and ‘Bo Rhap’ claiming no fewer than four Oscars. We’re delighted to welcome our Band Of The Year back to the cover of Planet Rock magazine, with exclusive interviews with Brian May, Roger Taylor and Adam Lambert. Elsewhere in the issue, we celebrate 20 years of Planet Rock radio and catch up with Venom, Def Leppard, Alice Cooper, Whiskey Myers, and The Wildhearts. Until next time……

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this month’s opera-lovers include…

Simon J Newbury is a professional photographer based in Crewe, Cheshire, as is his wife Tina. In addition to shooting live gigs and festivals across the North-west, Simon has a passion for urban landscape photography. More at simonjnewburyphotography.co.uk Borja Ponafuente Gonzalo is a figurative painter, illustrator, record designer and Beatlemaniac. This Spanish music-lover lives only to find rare vinyl records to add to his collection. In the meantime he spends his time painting. His illustration of Joe Elliott is on page 71. Ian Harrison reviews Spacerock legends Hawkwind’s new album All Aboard The Skylark this issue (here he is with the legendary ’70s bandmember Stacia). He also writes for MOJO magazine and is preparing for the day when Earl Brutus receive global recognition. Samuel Mills aka Defame, who illustrates Airbourne on page 98…

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ginger baker 1939-2019

CELEBRATED DRUMMER Ginger Baker, who died on October 6, aged 80, once said he “loved explosions and the sound of bombs going off”. It was a telling admission from a musician whose childhood was sound tracked by World War II, and whose fiery drumming, especially with ’60s power trio Cream, was matched by his unstable temperament. “Ginger was anti-social,” said ex-Cream bandmate Eric Clapton. “But, musically, he had the gift, the flair and the panache.” Like a flailing percussive octopus, Ginger Baker played his twin-bass kit like a lead instrument. He invented the concept of the modern rock drummer, influencing contemporaries and successors, including Keith Moon, John Bonham, Neil Peart and Roger Taylor. But he was also a jazz aficionado and pioneer of African music, and wanted to be thought of as…

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wheels of steel

PLANET ROCK presenter Wyatt Wendels is embarking upon a major charity initiative in November, and we’d love your support in helping him reach his goals! The popular presenter will be undertaking a 2,000-mile, two-week-long cycle ride from London to the Planet Rockstock festival for Mind, the mental health charity. Leaving London on November 22, The Road To Rockstock 2 ride will see Wyatt visiting iconic rock landmarks (the Black Sabbath Bridge, the Bon Scott Memorial, the John Bonham memorial and Stonehenge among them) and storied venues (including Glasgow Barrowlands and Inverness IronWorks) en route to the festival site in Trecco Bay, South Wales. In addition, Wyatt is recording a single, a cover of power ballad You’re The Voice, a Top 10 hit for Australian vocalist John Farnham in 1987, to benefit the…

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in brief

Saxon have rescheduled their 40th anniversary Castles & Eagles shows for March, having been forced to postpone the dates due to vocalist Biff Byford requiring heart surgery. Visit saxon747.com for details. Slayer will screen Slayer: The Repentless Killogy in cinemas worldwide on November 6. The film features three interlinked videos promoting their 2015 Repentless album plus the band’s August 5, 2017 show at the LA Forum. More info at slayer.film. Jimmy Page has produced a spoken-word poetry album for his girlfriend, Scarlett Sabet. Recorded at Page’s Tower House home, the eight track Catalyst album is available on 12-inch vinyl via JimmyPage.com While Metallica frontman James Hetfield is in rehab dealing with addiction issues, the band have announced 10 US festival shows for 2020. For full details, visit MetallicaXX.com…

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matt pearce magical mystery tour

A COUPLE of years ago, Matt Pearce, lead guitarist with Voodoo Six, was on tour in Germany with the band. “We were supporting UFO,” he recalls. “I was on the bus with my acoustic guitar and got the ideas for the verse and chorus of this song. I put it in my phone, filed it away and two years later it became the first song and title track for this album.” Gotta Get Home, recorded under the name Matt Pearce & The Mutiny, is Pearce’s first solo record after five with Voodoo Six. He’s still wholly committed to the band, just using his downtime to try something different. Pearce’s album is an intriguing amalgam of blues, soul and rock. It’s a little bit Black Crowes – “If it wasn’t, it would…