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Classic Rock Issue 242

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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Fifty years. Half a century. Five decades. It doesn’t matter how you slice it, ultimately it’s a very, very long period of time. As the old cliché goes, you get less time for murder… While many bands began their illustrious ascendancy back in the heady days of 1967, there aren’t that many of them who are still very much a going concern. But Fleetwood Mac are one such entity. And this month we’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of rock’s greatest, longest-running soap opera. It’s also a first for Classic Rock, because while the Mac have been mentioned in our pages a million times during the magazine’s existence, it’s the first time we’ve put the band on our cover. The Mac of today – Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Christine McVie, Stevie Nicks…

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this month’s contributors

HENRY YATES Henry Yates has written for music titles including Classic Rock, Guitarist, Total Guitar and NME, and is the co-author of Walter Trout’s official biography. This month he revisits the tumultuous early history of Fleetwood Mac, and enjoys a plain-spoken encounter with the unsinkable Chris Rea. More at www.yates creativecopywriting.com MIKE CHIPPERFIELD Mike is one half of Brighton design studio Magictorch who’ve been chipping in with CR covers for years now. “I thoroughly enjoyed this one,” he says. “We were channelling Tango In the Night as there’s a bit more visual inspiration in the source material than their other covers. I know it’s cooler to prefer the Peter Green years but I’ve always had a soft spot for Rumours!” DAVE EVERLEY Blimey. We didn’t half keep ‘Diamond’ Dave Everley busy this issue. Among other…

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the dirt

Walter Becker February 20, 1950 – September 03, 2017 FOR MORE NEWS: WWW.CLASSICROCKMAGAZINE.COM INSIDE THE WORLD OF ROCK WALTER BECKER, THE bassist, guitarist and co-founder of Steely Dan, has passed away due to as yet undisclosed causes. The 67-year-old was due to appear with Steely Dan at the upcoming BluesFest shows in the UK and Ireland. According to his Steely Dan partner Donald Fagen, Becker had been “recovering from a procedure” of an unspecified nature. Back in the summer, having been advised by doctors not to leave his Maui home, Becker sat out the band’s concerts in New York and Los Angeles, where he was deputised by Larry Calton, the noted session guitarist who appeared on Steely Dan’s 1980 album, Gaucho, among others. Soon after the loss of his colleague, Fagen said in a statement: “I…

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Grant Hart March 18, 1961 – September 13, 2017 Bob Mould has led the tributes to his Hüsker Dü bandmate Grant Hart, who at the age of 56 has lost a battle with liver cancer. “We made amazing music together,” the guitarist said of the Minnesota-based group’s former drummer. “When we fought about the details, it was because we both cared.” Hart was also a member of the alternative rock trio Nova Mob. Don Williams May 27, 1939 – September 8, 2017 With 17 country music smash hits to his name, including You’re My Best Friend and Lord, I Hope This Day Is Good, Don Williams was a colossus of the genre. He was as a member of the Pozo Seco Singers before hitting the solo trail in 1971. The Texan singer-songwriter had been suffering…

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holger czukay

HOLGER CZUKAY, THE bassist and a co-founder of the pioneering German band Can, has died at the age of 79. He was found by a neighbour at his apartment, converted from Can’s old studio just outside Cologne. The cause of death had yet to be revealed as this issue went to press. “I never intended to become a rock or pop musician,” Czukay said back in 1994. “What I wanted to become was a creative person.” Having studied under acclaimed but controversial composer Karlheinz Stockhausen in the 1960s, and subsequently working briefly as a music teacher, Czukay performed on nine of Can’s albums as well as engineering them. Alongside Tangerine Dream, Neu! and Faust, Can were front-runners of the following decade’s krautrock scene, mixing ambient and electronic music with rock and avant…

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dave hlubek

DAVE HLUBEK, A co-founding guitarist of southern rock band Molly Hatchet, has died at the age of 66, reportedly having suffered a heart attack. Born in Jacksonville, Florida, Hlubek also sang lead vocals for Molly Hatchet in the group’s early days before the addition of Danny Joe Brown in 1974. He was part of the six-man line-up who recorded the group’s genre-classic self-titled debut, released in 1978, on which the guitar playing was split with Duane Roland and Steve Holland. Hlubek remained with the band for a further five albums before being replaced by Bobby Ingram due to self-confessed “unbearable” levels of rockstar excess and substance abuse. Ingram went on to take over the running of Molly Hatchet, something that Hlubek found hard to stomach. In 2005, while he was a member…