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Classic Rock Summer 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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United Kingdom
Sprache:
English
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Future Publishing Ltd
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welcome

There’s usually something that I have vaguely planned to write in this intro page, and this issue was no exception. I was going to say a little bit about how we were all still in lockdown mode and just about getting used to the new normal, then I’d maybe write something explaining our epic rundown of the greatest songs of the century so far, and how we put it together – lots of fights, an incredibly long shortlist and then over to you at classicrockmagazine.com to vote (and remind us of stuff we’d missed). That was the plan, anyway. And then important events in the real world took precedence. As a community, as a society, as humans, we have to come to terms with the aftermath of the horrific murder of…

1 Min.
this month’s contributors

MIKE CHIPPERFIELD This issue’s amazing montage cover was brought to life by Magictorch’s Mike Chipperfield. Magictorch were founded in 1999, and the Brighton-based company have worked their magic (pun intended) on many covers for Classic Rock, Metal Hammer and Prog magazines, to name but three. See what else they get up to at magictorch.com POLLY GLASS Features Editor Polly enjoyed poring over some (okay, a lot) of rock’s many highlights of the past 20 years for our Top 100 countdown – and only wishes we could have included more. As of now she has had Stacy’s Mom, Party Hard, Fat Lip and more on heavy rotation in her head for the past month. “‘Stacy’s mom has got it going…’ SHUT UP, BRAIN!” (Are you okay, Polly? Ed.) HENRY YATES Henry is a freelance journalist who…

5 Min.
phil may

PHIL MAY, FRONTMAN with The Pretty Things, has died at the age of 75. The news was confirmed in a statement from the band’s management team, reporting that he died after being admitted to hospital following an accident. The statement read: “It is with very deep sadness that the management of The Pretty Things have to announce the death of the band’s lead singer, Phil May. He passed away at 7.05am on Friday, May 15 at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn, Norfolk. He was 75. Phil had been locked down in Norfolk with his family and, during the week, he had suffered a fall from his bike and had undergone emergency hip surgery, after which complications set in.” The Pretty Things were widely regarded as one of the great British R&B…

1 Min.
brian howe

FORMER BAD COMPANY and Ted Nugent band frontman Brian Howe has died of a cardiac arrest. He was 66. Born in Portsmouth, the singer’s first band was called Shy (not to be confused by the Midlands-based group of the same name). He then replaced Bruce Ruff in the NWOBHM act White Spirit, before hooking up with Nugent for the 1984 album Penetrator. Howe was recommended to Mick Ralphs and Simon Kirke by Mick Jones of Foreigner the following year, when the pair reactivated the Bad Company name. Against the odds, four Bad Co studio albums with Howe returned the band to platinum-selling form. “Almost without exception, everybody that I knew in the business told me: ‘Brian… taking over from Paul Rodgers, you’ve just fucked yourself. Why would you even consider doing that?’”…

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bob kulick

A “HEARTBROKEN” FORMER Kiss guitarist Bruce Kulick has revealed the passing of his elder brother Bob, the guitarist whose playing graced albums by Kiss, Meat Loaf, W.A.S.P., Michael Bolton, Lou Reed and Diana Ross, among many others. No cause of death has so far been confirmed for the 70-year-old. Kulick was one of the first bald hard rockers to find fame. The New Yorker auditioned for Kiss in 1972, and despite losing out to Ace Frehley he added uncredited solos to many of their albums including Unmasked, Killers, Alive II and Creatures Of The Night, and also played on Paul Stanley’s self-titled solo debut in 1978. Kulick was a member of cult AOR act Balance, and during the 90s featured in the groups Skull, Blackthorne and Murderer’s Row. He also worked as…

5 Min.
rip

Derek Lawrence November 16, 1941 – May 13, 2020 The man who produced the earliest albums by Deep Purple and Wishbone Ash has died at the age of 78. Londoner Derek Lawrence oversaw Purple’s first three LPs, then recommended Wishbone Ash to MCA and produced their 1972 breakthrough album Argus, among others. “Derek was a good friend, a gentleman, and work-wise he always knew instinctively which way to steer the ship,” said Ash founder Martin Turner. Al Rex July 13, 1928 – May 24, 2020 Pennsylvania-born Al Rex (real name Albert Piccirilli) was the bassist for Bill Haley & Comets and also that group’s predecessor Bill Haley and the Saddlemen. Noted for “wild antics” onstage, he became a musician in 1949. The 91-year-old the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee had retired from the…