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Classic Rock May 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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Hemispheres was the album that closed the 70s for Rush, but it was Permanent Waves, released as the 80s dawned, that marked the next imperial phase for the venerable Canadian trio. Shortly before terrible news of the tragic death of Rush linchpin Neil Peart in January this year, Classic Rock spoke to Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, producer Terry Brown and art director Hugh Syme to celebrate the album’s 40th anniversary. In other news, just as we were going to press, the world was finding itself under the cosh of the coronavirus pandemic. With tours cancelled and gigs postponed, no one knows what’s going to happen next in the heady world of rock’n’roll (or the world in general). So until next month, please stay safe, look after yourselves and one another, wash your…

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this month’s contributors

ROSS HALFIN This month Ross ‘The Master’ Halfin documented the rehearsals and the show for Mick Fleetwood’s celebration of the music of Peter Green. It was a star-studded affair, as you might imagine. Ross takes us behind the scenes and talks us through some of his favourite shots from the evening and its preparation (p44), and we review the show itself (p101). EMMA JOHNSTON Yorkshire-born Emma has written about rock’n’roll for half of her life, for magazines including Melody Maker, Select, Kerrang!, Metal Hammer, Prog and, of course, Classic Rock. This issue she takes Brian Fallon record shopping (page 70) as an excuse to geek out about the majesty of Tom Waits, after whose songs she has named not one but two of her cats. PHILIP WILDING To celebrate the album’s fortieth anniversary, this issue…

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a great idea about the jam

The biggest ever and most comprehensive exhibition of memorabilia of The Jam opens in Brighton on August 1. About The Young Idea, curated by Nicky Weller, sister of Paul and the former head of the band’s fan club, pulls together items from the personal archives of all three members of the group (Paul Weller, Rick Buckler and Bruce Foxton), the Weller family and music archivist Den Davis. About The Young Idea was previously staged in London and Liverpool, but Nicky Weller believes that the latest edition will surpass those two events with ease. “We’ve spent a year getting this ready, and it will fill an area of twenty thousand square feet,” she tells Classic Rock. Location-wise, on the beach area made famous by the 1979 cult film Quadrophenia, as featured on the…

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Andrew Weatherall April 6, 1963 – February 17, 2020 A pulmonary embolism has claimed the life of one of the UK’s foremost DJs and record producers. Windsor-born Weatherall rose to fame during the acid house era and worked with New Order and Happy Mondays, but will probably be best known to Classic Rock readers for working on Primal Scream’s Screamadelica and remixes for the Manic Street Preachers, My Bloody Valentine and more. He was 56. Lyle Mays November 27, 1953 – February 10, 2020 US jazz-rock guitarist Pat Metheny has paid tribute to the long-serving keyboard player and co-founder of the multiple Grammy-winning Pat Metheny Band. Sixty-six-year-old Lyle Mays, who also co-composed much of the PMB’s music, succumbed to a long battle with a recurring illness. “Lyle was one of the greatest musicians I have…

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Mike Somerville August 15, 1952 – February 28, 2020 Veteran US hard rockers Head East are mourning the loss of their co-founding guitarist, who had been ill for some time before his death at 67. Somerville played with the band again last year during their 50th-anniversary celebrations. “You will always be a part of us,” they say. David Roback April 4, 1958 – February 24, 2020 A founding member of the American alt. rockers Mazzy Star, singer, songwriter and guitarist Roback also worked as a producer for other artists. His death at 61 brought tributes from artists as diverse as J Mascis, Susanna Hoffs, and Simon Raymonde of the Cocteau Twins. Ron Thompson July 5, 1953 – February 15, 2020 Once cited by Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood as his favourite guitarist, California-born bluesman Ron Thompson (pictured) worked…

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keith olsen

BACK IN THE 1990s, the credit ‘produced by Keith Olsen’ represented not only a massive selling point for a record but also a hallmark of quality. In that decade Olsen was at the controls for Whitesnake’s multi-platinum US breakthrough album 1987 as well as hugely popular records by Ozzy Osbourne, Scorpions, Heart, Sammy Hagar, Starship, Rick Springfield, Santana, Joe Walsh, Pat Benatar, Bad Company, Night Ranger, The Babys and more. Born in South Dakota in 1945, Olsen became a musician before moving to Los Angeles, where he produced the first album from Lindsey Buckingham and Steve Nicks as Buckingham Nicks, and introduced them to Mick Fleetwood, which led to the pair joining Fleetwood Mac. Also in the 1970s he produced records for the James Gang, the Grateful Dead and Foreigner, among others,…