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Classic Rock

Classic Rock

March 2020

Every month Classic Rock is packed with exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes features on rock’s biggest names, from Led Zeppelin to Deep Purple, from Guns N’ Roses to the Rolling Stones, from the Sex Pistols to AC/DC and beyond. Each issue plays host to the heftiest rock reviews section on the planet. In an average issue, you’ll find over 150 albums reviewed, all from the ever-varied, multi-faceted world of rock - whether it’s hard rock or heavy metal, prog or punk, goth rock or southern rock, we’ve got it covered.

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13 Issues

In this issue

1 min.

Sadly, this isn’t the editorial I’d anticipated writing for this issue. My original plan was to wax lyrical about how delighted we are to have the return of The Black Crowes, and how we got to sit down with the Robinson brothers for a Classic Rock exclusive about their unexpected reconcilliation and return to the road to celebrate the 30-year anniversary of their Shake Your Moneymaker debut album. It’s something I was (and still am) very excited about. But then the evening of Friday January 10 arrived, and at 9pm so did a text message from Classic Rock’s news editor Dave Ling that changed things. It read: “Did you hear the awful news about Neil Peart?” I hadn’t. When I did, I, like the rest of the rock world, just couldn’t…

1 min.
this month’s contributors

DAVE EVERLEY We’ve kept ‘Diamond’ Dave Everley busy again this month. He braced himself to play referee between The Black Crowes’ Chris and Rich Robinson for this issue’s cover story (p30), he went record shopping with The Cadillac Three (p74), and spent a cold December evening in the company of the Dan Reed Network, Gun and FM (p110). ED MITCHELL Ed Mitchell has been a devotee of ska and skinhead culture since he was a nipper. From oxblood Dr Marten boots to Fred Perry shirts, he’s been wearing the same style of clothes ever since. Which isn’t as sad as you think. This month Ed explores skinhead culture and its impact on the British music scene (p78). You might see some faces (and haircuts) you don’t expect. STEPHANIE CABRAL Stephanie has been taking photos since…

2 min.
classic rock

Editor Siân Llewellyn Now playing: The Cadillac Three, Country Fuzz Art Editor Darrell Mayhew Sepultura, Quadra Features Editor Polly Glass The Cadillac Three, Country Fuzz Production Editor Paul Henderson Supergrass, The Strange Ones 1994-2008 Reviews Editor Ian Fortnam Supersuckers, Play That Rock ‘N’ Roll Online Editor Fraser Lewry Loathe, I Let It In And It Took Everything News/Lives Editor Dave Ling H.e.a.t, H.e.a.t II Contributing writers Marcel Anders, Geoff Barton, Tim Batcup, Mark Beaumont, Max Bell, Essi Berelian, Simon Bradley, Rich Chamberlain, Stephen Dalton, Rich Davenport, Johnny Dee, Malcolm Dome, Lee Dorrian, Mark Ellen, Claudia Elliott, Paul Elliott, Dave Everley, Jerry Ewing, Hugh Fielder, Eleanor Goodman, Gary Graff, Michael Hann, John Harris, Nick Hasted, Barney Hoskyns, Jon Hotten, Rob Hughes, Neil Jeffries, Emma Johnston, Jo Kendall, Dom Lawson, Dannii Leivers, Ken McIntyre, Lee Marlow, Gavin Martin, Alexander Milas, Paul Moody, Grant Moon, Luke Morton,…

14 min.
neil peart

September 12, 1952 – January 7, 2020 COPYRIGHT FUTURE 2020 We were sitting in Topanga Canyon, California, Neil Peart and I, at the Inn Of The Seventh Ray, his choice. We had already moved seats once, because a nearby babbling brook was overwhelming my tape recorder. But if it wasn’t the small stream of water coming down the nearby hill that stopped us, then it was the extraordinary mixture of pan pipes and soothing new-age music coming from the venue’s speakers. At one point a unique interpretation of Greensleeves made us look up sharply from our raw soup. Soup, the menu told us, that had been ‘created through the vibrations of each day’. I was quick to point out how much that sounded like one of his lyrics, and that that was…

2 min.
tributes farewell to the king

Neil Peart will always be a mentor and a hero to me, and his influence on me as a drummer for the past 40 years is absolutely impossible to measure. But beyond that, over the past 15 years or so, he became a friend… always such a gentleman and gracious host. Mike Portnoy Absolutely horrible news. Neal Peart has died after fighting brain cancer for years. His later life was filled with so much family tragedy. So, so sad. I’m just shocked. Paul Stanley Today, the world lost a true giant in the history of rock & roll. He was called ‘The Professor’ for a reason: we all learned from him. Dave Grohl There are drummers and then there is Neil Peart. I believe for most of us he was the ‘one’. I would Rush (no…

2 min.

Dave Riley July 30, 1960 – December 24, 2019 Producer Steve Albini has led the tributes to the former member of the influential Chicago band Big Black, saying that the bass player “bridged the gap between raw enthusiasm and outstanding musicianship better than anybody else in our peer group”. Born in Detroit, Riley joined Big Black in 1984, and remained with them for two years. The 59-year-old succumbed to throat cancer. Roy Loney April 13, 1946 – December 13, 2019 The original lead singer with proto-punk garage rockers the Flamin’ Groovies has died of organ failure at age 73. Loney left the San Franciscan band in 1971, then re-entered the frame following the release of the 2017 reunion album Fantastic Plastic. The Groovies’ work has been praised by many, including Mick Jagger, Jack White and…