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Classic Rock July 2018

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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welcome

Two hundred and fifty issues. Seriously, how on earth did that happen? For the past almost 20 years, the editorial team of Classic Rock have decided what goes on its pages. This month, however, we thought it time to let someone else decide what we run. Yep, we asked some of the folks we usually write about to tell us what they’d like to read. The result is that we’ve got features on the early rock’n’rollers who built classic rock’s very foundation (thank you, Roger Daltrey), the tale of how Springsteen became The Boss (cheers, Richie Sambora), a look at the genius of both Ginger Baker and Mitch Mitchell (Nick Mason and Roger Taylor respectively) and much more. So relax, get reading, and here’s to the next 250! THE COVER: IMAGE…

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this month’s contributors

CHARLES R CROSS Charles R Cross is the author of nine books, including three New York Times bestsellers. His 2012 biography of Heart, Kicking & Dreaming, is being developed for a TV series. From 1986 to 2000 Charles was Editor of The Rocket, the Seattle music magazine which helped launch grunge. This issue he’s written about Heart’s identity-changing The Road Home (p66). BILL DEMAIN Bill DeMain is a very busy chap. He’s a songwriter, journalist, BBC correspondent and owner/guide of the Walkin’ Nashville music history tour. His latest work includes a solo album Transatlantic Romantic and the acclaimed book Sgt. Pepper At 50. This month he takes a look at Jimi Hendrix’s first few months in London (p26). ED MITCHELL After 19 years flogging guitars in Scotland, Ed Mitchell fulfilled a lifelong dream by getting…

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all aboard! beatles film sails again

YELLOW SUBMARINE IS 50 – and The Beatles’ trippy 1968 animated film is set to toast the milestone with a new graphic novel, published on August 7 by Titan Comics, priced £26.99. The 112-page hardback adaptation is written and illustrated by Bill Morrison – editor of Mad magazine, who has art credits for Disney and The Simpsons – who tells us the project has been two decades in the making. “Originally, the idea came up in the nineties, when Yellow Submarine had its thirtieth anniversary,” he explains. “Dark Horse Comics had a deal with [Beatles company] Apple, and I did twenty-five pages, then something fell through and they told me to stop. But the project stayed on my mind, and two years ago I was contacted by Apple. I’m a big…

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rip

Roy Young Died April 27, 2018 Londoner Roy Young was a rock’n’roll singer and keyboard player who released several albums with his own band and played with Chuck Berry, David Bowie, Ian Hunter, Mick Ronson and many more. Young was 81. Jabo Starks October 26, 1938 – May 1, 2018 Alabama-born Jabo Starks played drums on many of James Brown’s best-known tracks. Born John Henry Starks, he laid down the beat on Sex Machine, The Payback and Super Bad, among others. The 79-year-old was in hospice care for leukemia and myelodysplastic syndromes when he died. Mick Fowler Died April 15, 2018 Described by those who knew him as a “gentle giant”, Hampshire-based Mick Fowler fronted the NWOBHM group Overkill (not to be confused with the US thrashers of the same name) from 1979 to 1983. He was also…

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set the controls for 60s floyd

BY THE TIME you read this, Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason will have played his first four shows with Saucerful Of Secrets, his new project that salutes the early albums Floyd made with Syd Barrett in the 60s. In the lead-up to the London shows, Mason talked to Classic Rock about the pleasures and challenges of revisiting the seminal material from 1967’s The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn and 1968’s A Saucerful Of Secrets – and where his new band might go from here. “I didn’t want to go out and be doing another Australian Pink Floyd, or what Roger’s doing, what David does,” Mason explained of his idea for the project. “I thought it needed to be something a bit different after the V&A exhibition, which I’ve really enjoyed…

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vampires bite again

NO SNAKES, NO guillotines. As Alice Cooper reminds Classic Rock, ‘supergroup’ Hollywood Vampires’ upcoming shows are all about no-frills rock’n’roll. “My own show is so rehearsed,” he says, “and the Vampires is like when we first started in a bar band. It’s having fun with rock’n’roll, rather than making it a job.” Cooper confirms that guitarists Joe Perry and Johnny Depp will be part of the band, which he describes as “basically the world’s most expensive bar band. I mean, Joe’s been on the road as long as I have. Johnny was a guitar player long before he was an actor, so he’s as at home on stage as on a movie set.” “We’ll honour all the giants that passed before us,” Cooper says of the set-list, “and a lot of them…