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Classic Rock March 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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If you’re a long-time CR reader, you may well recall me confessing that sometimes a great idea for a feature or an issue is born from a top-level, intense editorial meeting – aka an argument down the pub. This month’s issue is not one of those. Rather, the idea for this issue – a celebration of some of rock’s finest female artists – came about after we ran an online poll asking people to vote for the greatest rock albums. Only one band with women in its line-up made the Top 100. Which is nuts. After all, women invented rock’n’roll. Don’t believe me? Turn to page 24 immediately. While female artists rule the worlds of pop and country, like it or not they just aren’t as prominent or successful in rock…

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new album of unheard hendrix studio tracks

“Some performances brought up the hairs on the back of my neck.”Eddie Kramer A new Jimi Hendrix album is released on March 9 via Experience Hendrix, the imprint of the late guitarist’s estate. Titled Both Sides Of The Sky, along with its two predecessors Valleys Of Neptune and People, Hell And Angels (released in 2010 and 2013 respectively) it forms a trilogy that aims to present the best and most significant previously unreleased studio recordings from the Hendrix archive. Eddie Kramer, who worked on the four albums Hendrix made before his death in 1970, is a co-producer of the series, and believes Both Sides Of The Sky is a valuable addition to the legacy of his former friend and associate. What’s more, he tells Classic Rock that further posthumous Hendrix releases are…

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Ray Thomas December 29, 1941 – January 4, 2018 Multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Ray Thomas was a member of the Moody Blues from their foundation in 1964 until 2002, and also enjoyed a solo career. Although he played flute on their best-known track, Nights In White Satin, he once said: “I never thought of myself as being very gifted. I was happy, though, to have played a part in bringing out the talents of those around me.” Thomas, 76, died from prostate cancer. Rick Hall January 31, 1932 – January 2, 2018 The Grammy-winning producer from FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama has lost his battle with prostate cancer. Mississippi-born Hall made records for R&B stars such as Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding and Etta James. The 85-yearold was often associated with The Swampers, a…

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Uriah Heep are recording their 25th studio album, Living The Dream, with Jay Ruston (Winery Dogs, Black Star Riders Stone Sour) producing. A web campaign has been launched to assist Cardiacs singer Tim Smith with healthcare costs and fund the possible relaunch of his music career. For details go to www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/ timsmith. Following a heart attack in 2008, Smith suffers from dystonia, which restricts movement and speech. Veteran US-Canadian prog-metal band Dream Theater have announced a new deal with the Sony Music imprint Inside Out Music for their fourteenth studio album, due in 2019. Their most recent studio set was The Astonishing, released two years ago. Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones are collaborating on a book to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Led Zeppelin. Page (pictured) also recently confirmed that…

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chris tsangarides

Grammy-nominated record producer Chris Tsangarides has passed away due to pneumonia and heart failure, aged 61. He is best known for his work with heavy bands and artists, including Judas Priest, Anvil, Magnum, Black Sabbath, Y&T, Bruce Dickinson, Gary Moore, UFO, Thin Lizzy and Helloween. He also made records with Tom Jones, Depeche Mode, the Sisters Of Mercy, Strawbs and more. Having studied trumpet at London’s Royal Academy Of Music, Tsangarides became an apprentice at Morgan Studios, working as a tape operator on Judas Priest’s 1976 album Sad Wings Of Destiny. Almost two decades later, after his reputation had grown hugely – during the 1980s he joined a team of in-house producers at London’s Battery Studios that included Robert John ‘Mutt’ Lange, Martin Birch, Tony Platt and Nigel Green – he…

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hall of fame latest

Bon Jovi, The Moody Blues, The Cars, Dire Straits and Nina Simone are to be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame on April 14. Judas Priest will not be present at the televised event in Cleveland, having failed to register enough votes to win a fan-voted poll. Despite having voiced indifference to the Hall Of Fame and claimed that “there are guys on [the deciding committee] that have made it their personal mission to fuck with me”, Jon Bon Jovi described being welcomed into the HOF’s bosom as “that last great item on the bucket list”, adding: “It gives me a sense of closure.” Former Bon Jovi members guitarist Richie Sambora, who left the band in 2013, and bassist Alec John Such, who left in 1994, are likely to…