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Classic Rock June 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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Have you ever watched that BBC quiz show called Only Connect? It’s fiendishly tough. As its title suggests, the contestants are tasked to figure out the connections between seemingly disparate things – be it people, places, chemical equations or other tricky stuff. Well, I was reminded of it when we were putting this issue together. Our premise is simple: classic rock music owes so very much to Deep Purple. Without Purple, we wouldn’t have had Rainbow or Dio or Whitesnake or Hughes/Thrall or… The list just goes on and on. Seriously, the Purple family tree is so extensive that there’s no chance we could cover all the ways that band’s branches sneak into the fabric of rock (in manners obvious and otherwise) in a single issue. But we’ve covered the…

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this month’s contributors

ROB HUGHES Rob has been a regular contributor to Classic Rock for the past 10 years. This month he talsk to Italian prog legends PFM about their extraordinary career and recent comeback (p56). When not scribbling for CR, Rob is a weekly guest of BBC 6Music presenter Marc Riley, with whom he also currently hosts a successful podcast, The A-Z of David Bowie. IAN FORTNAM Long-standing Damned disciple Ian first heard New Rose at an Eddie And The Hot Rods gig in ‘76, skipped off school and bunked the trains to see the band in ‘77, and by the year’s end had even bagged a priceless autograph (‘Sensible Says Anteater’). This issue (p68) he profiles Vanian, Gray and Captain and discovers what goes on beneath the beret. SAM WILLIAMS Sam Williams is one half of…

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sambora and such rejoin bon jovi at hall of fame

Moodies, Cars and Dire Straits also inducted, but Mark Knofler is a no-show. BON JOVI, THE Moody Blues, Dire Straits and The Cars were this year’s inductees into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. All five members of the best-known Bon Jovi line-up attended the ceremony in Cleveland, including guitarist Richie Sambora, who left the band in 2013, and former bassist Alec John Such, who walked away in 1994. Current bass player Hugh McDonald was also honoured. Jon Bon Jovi’s difficult relationship with the Hall Of Fame is well documented – the frontman has claimed one of its key figures had “made it their personal mission to fuck with me” – and for a while a no-show had appeared entirely possible, but in the end he turned up. “I’ve been writing this…

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Mike Harrison September 3, 1945 – March 25, 2018 Carlisle-born Mike Harrison, once hailed as ‘the white Ray Charles’, was a founding member of Spooky Tooth and their lead singer at various periods throughout their history. He was 72 at the time of his passing. Cause of death has yet to be revealed. Mars Cowling Died March 20, 2018 Peter ‘Mars’ Cowling, the bassist who played on the biggest hits by the Pat Travers Band, has died at the age of 72. Born in England, he joined Canadian guitarist Travers in 1975. Later he played with Gypsy Queen. Cowling was diagnosed with leukaemia in February. Martin Cockerham August 27, 1950 – April 5, 2018 Vocalist/guitarist Martin Cockerham was a member of noted Lancashire-based psych-folk-rockers Spirogyra, who released three albums between 1971 and ’73 and reuniting for a further…

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Ronnie Wood says he’s been given the all clear after his recent cancer scare. The Rolling Stones guitarist, who turns 71 in June, underwent keyhole surgery last year to remove a lesion on his left lung, but doctors have now told him: “Go and enjoy life.” L7 are preparing their first album in almost 20 years. The band, who reunited in 2015, play Castle Donington Download Festival June 9, Glasgow Garage 10 and London Electric Ballroom 12. The Quireboys will celebrate the 10th anniversary of their album Homewreckers & Heartbreakers with a show at London’s Forum on September 14. Support comes from H.e.a.t. and Aaron Buchanan & The Cult Classics. Former Judas Priest guitarist KK Downing has opened a new concert venue in Wolverhampton. KK’s Steel Mill is situated in a Grade II-listed…

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lindsey out of mac

IN A SHOCK MOVE, Lindsey Buckingham is out of Fleetwood Mac, and has been replace by two guitarists: Crowded House’s Neil Finn, and Mike Campbell from Tom Petty’s band the Heartbreakers. Fleetwood Mac have yet to explain the move. Rolling Stone claim Buckingham was sacked over a disagreement to do with the band’s upcoming tour, although apparently his departure had been on the cards for some time. The band’s official statement stressed that Fleetwood Mac “has always been about an amazing collection of songs that are performed with a unique blend of talents”, with drummer Mick Fleetwood adding: “We jammed with Mike and Neil and the chemistry really worked and let the band realise that this is the right combination to go forward with in Fleetwood Mac style. We know we…