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Classic Rock Summer 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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The Jean Genie, Suffragette City, Space Oddity, Rebel Rebel, Moonage Daydream… Honestly, how can you choose just one favourite David Bowie song? The man was responsible for one of the greatest songwriting canons in rock. Just think of the different styles and ch-ch-changes Bowie went through – from 60s singer-songwriter to glam-rock hero to austere Berlin artiste to metallic Tin Machine frontman to 80s soul popper to electro experimentalist… The list of his distinctive guises is almost as long as the list of his songs. But that evil question is exactly what we asked the great and good of rock this issue. Try to answer it yourself – it’s tough. I think if push came to shove, my choice would probably be “Heroes”. A popular answer, yes, but it’s just so…

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this month’s contributors

GRANT MOON Now slightly less hirsute than this photograph would suggest, music journalist and radio producer Grant has been a Classic Rock contributor for over 16 years. In this issue he talks to Mike Peters about The Alarm’s new album, Equals (p72), and genuinely hopes you’ll get behind Mike’s amazing cancer charity lovehopestrength.co.uk MAX BELL A cockney Leeds fan who grew up with The Beatles but is an American music fanatic, Max has been hanging round musicians and asking them cheeky questions since, cough, 1974. This issue he talked to Mott The Hoople (p54). Max is currently consulting and writing for a Grateful Dead In Egypt exhibition at the Haight Street Art Centre in San Francisco. TAVIS COBURN Designer/illustrator Tavis Coburn is the mastermind behind this month’s brilliant cover illustration. A graduate of California’s prestigious…

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the dirt

Lights Out – Mogg Calls Time On UFO Singer reveals “bittersweet” decision to retire. UFO LOOK SET to disband after they finish a 50th-anniversary tour next year. Frontman Phil Mogg, the band’s sole constant member since they formed in London in 1969 and who appears on all 22 of their studio records, has announced his intention to retire from studio and live performances once the half-century celebrations are completed. UFO will no longer release any new music, which means that A Conspiracy Of Stars in 2015 and last year’s covers collection The Salentino Cuts are set to become their swansong releases. “This decision has been a long time coming,” Mogg explains. “I’ve considered stepping down at the end of UFO’s previous two tours. I don’t want to call this a farewell tour as I…

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Glenn Snoddy May 4, 1922 – May 21, 2018 Glenn Snoddy, hailed as the unwitting inventor of guitar distortion, has died at his home in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The studio engineer found a way of channelling a fuzzy tone heard during a recording session for country star Marty Robbins in 1960. His effect, the Maestro Fuzz-Tone, became a key part of the arsenal of guitarists across all genres. Snoddy was 96 years old. Ben Graves Died May 8, 2018 Nicknamed The Ghoul, the drummer for US shock-rockers Murderdolls, industrial metal band Dope, transatlantic rockers AntiProduct and, most recently, Pretty Boy Floyd, Ben Graves has lost an 11-month battle with cancer. He was 46 years old. Mikael Fässberg Died May 13, 2018 The former guitarist of Swedish hard rockers Bonafide has succumbed to cancer, aged 49. Malmö-based Fässberg played with…

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Def Leppard have put their name to their own beer. The Sheffield band collaborated with Seattle’s Elysian Brewing Company to launch Def Leppard Pale on May 23. Singer Joe Elliott says of the brew (6% alcohol by volume): “It tastes great. I would pass on doing an interview about [the product] if I didn’t like it.” System Of A Down guitarist Daron Malakian says it’s unlikely that the band will record a new album. He blames their failed attempts to record a follow-up to 2005’s Hypnotize on “creative differences”. The American-Armenian band will, however, continue to tour. Canadian band Monster Truck return with a third album on September 14. True Rockers, the follow-up to 2016’s Sittin’ Heavy, features a guest appearance from Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider on True Rocker. Uriah Heep (pictured)…

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james williamson

JAMES WILLIAMSON SEALED his legend as a punk-presaging lead guitarist on Iggy And The Stooges’ landmark 1973 album Raw Power. Following The Stooges’ collapse, Williamson temporarily abandoned rock’n’roll for a second career as an electronics engineer in Silicon Valley. After reuniting with The Stooges in 2009, he released Re-Licked with guest vocalists (Bobby Gillespie, Lisa Kekaula et al), before getting together with the Pink Hearts, who are about to release their debut album, Behind The Shade. “I don’t have anything to prove any more.” Your guitar provides Behind The Shade’s backbone, but its rhythmic and melodic elements predominate. Was Raw Power’s incendiary style the sound of a young gunslinger forging a reputation? That’s what it was. It wasn’t conscious, just the way I was playing in those days. But by the same token,…