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Classic Rock May 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.

Land:
United Kingdom
Sprache:
English
Verlag:
Future Publishing Ltd
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1 Min.
welcome

Do ya wanna get rocked? Well, as you’re holding a magazine in your hand called Classic Rock, I figure the chances are pretty good. And what better band to celebrate than the one who brought that particular phrase to the forefront of our collective consciousness. Yep, this month we’re all about the mighty Def Leppard, a band who have enjoyed more triumph and weathered more adversity than most over their now four decades of existence. We talk to Joe, Sav, Rick, Phil and Viv about their incredible ‘You honestly couldn’t make this stuff up if you tried’ history. Elsewhere, we check in with the rejuvenated Stone Temple Pilots and their new singer; spend some time getting to know the men of The Temperance Movement; take a look at the huge talent…

1 Min.
this month’s contributors

NICK HASTED Nick somehow combines being a rock, jazz and film journalist, and is the author of three books, most recently a new edition of You Really Got Me: The Story of The Kinks. A Classic Rock writer since 2013, this month he enjoyed discovering the still strongly beating-but-battered heart of Stone Temple Pilots. Read all about it on page 46. MICK WALL Mick Wall is a former Editor In Chief of Classic Rock. This issue he reconnected with Joe Elliott to discuss the four tumultuous decades (so far!) of Def Leppard. When not writing for CR, Mick is hard at work on The Caveman, the official biography of producer Kevin Shirley, full of tales of Led Zep, Iron Maiden, Aerosmith, Black Country Communion and more. ROSS HALFIN Readers of Classic Rock will be very…

5 Min.
goodbye yellow brick road…

AS THE OLD saying goes, nothing lasts forever. And the past couple of months have seen some big names announce their retirement from the road. Following Back Sabbath’s withdrawal in 2017 and Alex Lifeson’s admission that Rush “have no plans to tour or record any more”, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Slayer, Sir Elton John, Paul Simon and the Pretty Things are among those who have announced that this will be their last year of touring. And as this issue went to press, speculation abounded that Kiss – who undertook a farewell tour in 2000 but then changed their mind about quitting the road – were another band poised to call it a day. Sir Elton, who held a press conference in New York to announce his 300-show, three-year swansong, seems dead-set on it…

3 Min.
rip

Craig MacGregor Sept 13, 1949 – Feb 9, 2018 Foghat will miss their former bass player, nicknamed Thunderfingers, who has died of lung cancer, aged 68. Iowaborn Craig MacGregor was “co-captain of the group’s rhythm section” from 1976 to ’82 then on and off until 2015, and played on albums including their multi-platinum-selling Live. He also worked with Blue Öyster Cult’s Buck Dharma. Pete Boot Sept 30, 1950 – Feb 27, 2018 Former Judas Priest singer Allan Atkins has led the tributes to drummer Pete Boot, who at 67 finally lost his battle with Parkinson’s disease. Boot appeared on Budgie’s 1974 album In For The Kill!, and he and Atkins played together in the band Lion. “We never got the record deal we hoped for [with Lion] but the memories will remain until my passing,”…

3 Min.
adrian vandenberg

ADRIAN VANDENBERG IS best known as the guitarist with Whitesnake during the group’s late-1980s commercial breakthrough period. Before he and David Coverdale parted ways in 1999, Vandenberg remained the singer’s foil throughout much of that decade. Vandenberg’s current band, Vandenberg’s MoonKings, have just released their second album, Mk II. Your group Vandenberg released three critically acclaimed albums in the first half of the eighties. Why did they never make the big time? It was down to lots of reasons. Our management wasn’t strong enough, and in those days bands played in jeans and T-shirts. I wanted to make an anti-statement, and wore a stupid leopardskin outfit. That may have contributed to why I wasn’t taken seriously. Plus the singer [Bert Heerink] had a great voice but very little personality on stage. Your belief…

3 Min.
the kris barras band

KRIS BARRAS KNOWS a thing or two about seizing the day. “My dad was the reason I started playing guitar,” says the newest addition to Mascot Records’ renowned blues-rock roster. “I was five years old and I’d go to the pub every weekend to watch him in bands. But he died of cancer in 2012, about six days before his fifty-fifth birthday. It made me re-evaluate things. That was the reason I gave music another shot.” Until that moment, Barras had led a curious double life. Raised in Torquay, his fiery fretwork was forged under the influence of Gary Moore, the Allmans and Lynyrd Skynyrd. But while he kept his chops up playing with weekend covers bands, it was his parallel career as a professional cage fighter that paid the bills. “I…