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Planet Rock Issue 18 - Xmas Special

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

Lemmy and I had Christmas lunch together once. Strictly speaking, it was a liquid lunch – Jack Daniel’s, naturally, generously hand-poured by the great man – and it wasn’t quite December 25 either, but tissue-paper crowns were donned and crackers pulled nonetheless. It’s still hard to believe that none of us will get to clink glasses with him again. In this issue, by way of a tribute, we take a deep dive into Motörhead’s definitive statement, the deathless Ace Of Spades, and revisit a classic encounter with Lemmy in his favour LA watering hole. We miss you, man. Elsewhere in the issue we get festive with Santa-worshipper Rob Halford, cosy up with Mike Monroe, Queens Of The Stone Age, Lzzy Hale and Focus, and present our Top 20 albums of 2019.…

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this month’s motörheadbangers include…

Keith Cameron has been fascinated by The Who ever since hearing My Generation at a high school disco prompted him to invent his very own style of Auto-Destructive dance. He reviews the band’s new album WHO in this issue. James McNair writes for Planet Rock and MOJO, and tells the Focus story in this issue. Born in Glasgow, he moved to London aged 20 and now lives in Whitley Bay, where there is no blue plaque for local NWOBHM legends, Tygers Of Pan Tang. Why?! Legendary music photographer Paul Harries has been shooting bands for more than 20 years. His portfolio amounts to nothing less than a rock fan’s dream. Paul’s Slipknot: Dysfunctional Family Portraits book is available now. Go to www.paulharries.com When Ian Wright was younger he was always rifling through magazines…

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ride on

PLANET ROCK presenter Wyatt Wendels has completed his gruelling 2,000-mile, 15-day charity bike ride from London to the Planet Rockstock festival for Mind, the mental health charity. Cheered on by hundreds of well-wishers, Wyatt arrived at the festival site at Trecco Bay, South Wales at 3.15pm on Friday, December 6. As Planet Rock magazine went to press on the same afternoon, Wyatt’s ride has raised an astonishing £71,958 for his chosen charity, thanks to 2,505 donations. The figure represents 94 per cent of his original £75,000 target for the ride. Donations can still be made to Wyatt’s Road 2 Rockstock 2 page on JustGiving, accessible via planetrock.com In addition, December 6 saw the release of Wyatt’s Planet Rock All Stars charity single, a cover of John Farnham’s ’80s power ballad You’re…

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10 things we’ve learned from kiss truly unmasked

1 Kiss revealed themselves without make-up for the first time on MTV in September 1983. “Now we know why they put their make-up on in the first place. They were four ugly guys,” commented cameraman Mike Pelech. 2 On Kiss’s 1983 world tour, bassist Gene Simmons had to wear a wig having had his hair cut short for an acting role. His ‘syrup’ cost $800 and was kept in place with a headband. 3 Kiss’s appeal was more ‘selective’ by 1984. At a gig in Lund, Sweden, their support act Bon Jovi were unable to perform as the stage was too small to accommodate them and Kiss’s backline. 4 After the big reveal, Kiss’s 1982 album, Creatures Of The Night, was reissued with a new cover photo, showing the band minus make-up. 5 Guitarist…

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piston start your engines…

JACK EDWARDS’ life changed forever on September 24, 2006. The guitarist recalls the moment vividly. “I was 12 and my mum took me to see The Cult on the A Return To Wild! tour in Birmingham. It was the first gig I’d ever been to. Billy Duffy came on stage and I was blown away. I knew then what I wanted to do. I started practising guitar for 10, 11 hours a day and I vowed I’d be on tour with that band one day.” “IT’S FIVE GOOD FRIENDS HAVING A GOOD TIME.” Jump forward to 2019, and Edwards’ band Piston, are just back from supporting Ian Astbury and co on their Sonic Temple 30th anniversary UK tour. “The first night I looked out at the crowd and I had to pinch myself,”…

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the soapgirls

THE SOAPGIRLS call their songs “outsider anthems”. Musically they’re part of the Runaways, Joan Jett, Hole lineage; lyrically, they’re subverting notions of sexuality and patriarchy and calling out social injustice in South Africa, their home country. Their scantily clad image – think Josephine Baker at the Moulin Rouge – has caused a furore. They’ve been verbally, and even physically, abused for going topless on-stage – they were beaten up at one gig and had fake blood thrown over them at another. “Our shows are about complete freedom,” says Camille ‘Mille’ Debray, vocalist/bassist and one half of the sister duo. “As women we are labelled and if we don’t fit the stereotypical role then we are seen as bitches who need to be tamed.” Mille is adamant that that their “provocative” image needs…