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Classic Rock January 2019

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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Gobsmacked. That’s about the best word I’ve been able to come up with. And that’s how I’ve felt about two things during the making of this issue. Firstly, I can’t believe I’m writing my final editorial of the year, pondering on just how quickly the past 12 months have flown by. Seriously, I’m still trying to clear my email inbox from last Christmas. But there you have it. Another year in rock has passed us by … Secondly, and even more incredibly, it’s been 20 years – 20 years – since Classic Rock magazine was launched on the world as a one-shot magazine by editor Jerry Ewing (who is now boss of our sister magazine Prog). The mag has changed a great deal since that very first issue, but fundamentally it…

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this month’s contributors

HANNAH MAY KILROY Hannah May started her career at an extreme metal magazine, where she had to keep her love of Lynyrd Skynyrd secret. Now she’s the deputy editor of our sister magazine Prog, and when she’s not donning her cape she can be found rocking out to southern sounds. This issue she spoke to one of her all-time favourites, David Crosby (p28). BILL DEMAIN Bill is a very busy fella. He’s a songwriter, journalist, BBC correspondent and owner/guide of the Walkin’ Nashville history tour. His latest output includes a solo album and the acclaimed book Sgt Pepper At 50. For this issue, Bill was perfectly placed to discover why 2018 was the year that country rocked. Read about that on page 78. ROB HUGHES Long-time Classic Rock contributor Rob has been keeping himself out…

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that was 2018

2018 was the year of two royal weddings, one big Brexit mess, the so-called “end of austerity”, an England penalty shoot-out in the football World Cup and even a chemical poisoning attack in Salisbury by Russian spooks. But what happened in the world of rock? AC/DC return to the studio. Just like everyone else, we were sceptical about rumours that Angus Young had begun piecing together the first new AC/DC album in four years – until we saw those photographs from Vancouver. And Brian Johnson and Phil Rudd back on board? Likewise we waved away the suggestion that a slew of old songs written with/by the late, great Malcolm Young were being recorded. However, we have it on good authority that the entire Back In Black line-up is together again, including Cliff…

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Tony Joe White July 23, 1943 – October 24, 2018 During a 50-year career singer, guitarist and songwriter Tony Joe White wrote hits for himself and other artists, having success under his own name with Polk Salad Annie and even greater acclaim via Elvis Presley, Tina Turner, Joe Cocker and Tom Jones. White was 75 years old when he suffered a fatal heart attack. Hugh McDowell July 31, 1953 – November 6, 2018 Cancer has claimed the life of Hugh McDowell at 65. Born in London, at 19 he was invited to join ELO. In 1972 he quit ELO with Roy Wood to form Wizzard, but soon returned and remained with ELO until 1979. Jimmy Farrar December 8, 1950 – October 29, 2018 Georgia-born Jimmy Farrar was the frontman with southern rockers Molly Hatchet from 1980 to ’82…

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neil young slams trump

NEIL YOUNG HAS lashed out at Donald Trump after the US president blamed the devastation of the recent California wildfires on environmentalists. “Imagine a leader who defies science, saying these solutions shouldn’t be part of his decision-making on our behalf,” said Young, whose 17.6 acre Malibu residence went up in flames. “Imagine a leader who cares more for his own, convenient opinion than he does for the people he leads. Imagine an unfit leader. Now imagine a fit one.” Metallica were among the stars from the world of entertainment to aid relief efforts for the tragedy, which as this issue went to press had claimed 821 lives and left almost 700 more missing. James Hetfield and company split their gift of $100,000 from the band’s All My Hands Foundation between two local…

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slayer to sign off at download

SLAYER, SMASHING PUMPKINS, Dream Theater, Anthrax and Blackberry Smoke are among the latest names announced for next summer’s Download Festival. It’s set to be the final UK show from Slayer. It will be the first time at Download for Smashing Pumpkins(pictured), who are engaged in a 30th-anniversary tour. As usual, Download takes place at Donington Park, over the weekend of June 14-16 in 2019, with headliners Def Leppard, Slipknot and Tool, and Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators and Whitesnake among the supporting cast (the latter have have confirmed that their new studio album, Flesh & Blood, which was delayed due to “technical issues whilst mixing”, will now be released in May). Elsewhere on the 2019 festival circuit, Foo Fighters have been confirmed as the headliners of the Reading and Leeds…