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Planet Rock Issue 9

Planet Rock is the magazine where Rock Lives! From Motörhead to Pink Floyd, stopping at The Magpie Salute along the way, it brings you the very best in rock music past and present. See it! Feel it! Hear it! Live it!

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Together with approximately 107,000 other UK rock fans, on August 20, 1988 I stood in a cold, damp Donington Park to witness Guns N’Roses make their UK festival debut at Monsters Of Rock. They were electric, justifying all the hype that had seen them labelled ‘The Most Dangerous Band In The World’. Thirty years on, on June 9, it was a joy to see them back at the same place, as the re-born GN’R brought their hugely successful Not In This Lifetime… tour back to Donington. What a wild journey it’s been for the LA band, one we revisit in this month’s gripping cover story. Elsewhere in the issue you’ll find in-depth features on Free, The Black Crowes, Alice In Chains, Y&T and Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown, plus much…

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tube snake boogie

THE BIG PICTURE A FAN OF Supersonic Blues Machine, Kris Barras pitched for his band to support the Californian blues-rock supergroup on their summer European tour. Instead, in a turn of events he describes as “a dream come true”, the Torquay-based blues guitarist wound up fronting the band, alongside one of his all-time heroes, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons. “I grew up listening to ZZ Top, and I used to play Billy’s songs in bars every weekend. Now I get to play them on-stage with the man himself,” says Barras, clearly unable to believe his luck. “It’s amazing, a fantastic opportunity for me, and one I’m going to grab with both hands.” Though Billy Gibbons has guested on both Supersonic Blues Machine albums, 2016’s West Of Flushing, South Of Frisco and 2017’s Californisoul, his…

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farewell friends

Vinnie Paul BORN: 1964 We will always remember him for… That booming rhythmic swing on Pantera’s Walk and other punishing highlights from the Texan metallers’ back catalogue. After Pantera’s demise, Vinnie brought the same mighty chops to Damageplan, the group he founded with his late younger brother, ‘Dimebag’ Darrell, and to his latest band Hellyeah, performing with them in Las Vegas just days before his passing. Cause of death has yet to be revealed. Jon Hiseman BORN: 1944 We will always remember him for… His impeccable drumming and being present in the delivery room at the birth of British blues-rock, with John Mayall and the Graham Bond Organisation in the 1960s. Hiseman formed the jazz-rock troupe Colosseum in 1971 and, later, Colosseum II, providing a springboard for guitar hero Gary Moore and current Deep Purple…

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in brief

AC/DC legend Malcolm Young is to be posthumously honoured with a signature Gretsch guitar. The company will launch the JET guitar, based on Malcolm’s iconic guitar ‘The Beast’, in November. Stage clothes, guitars, artwork and gold discs from the estate of the late Ronnie James Dio is to be auctioned in New York on September 14. To bid by proxy or online, interested parties must register at JuliensAuctions.com Blackberry Smoke will release a six-track acoustic EP, The Southern Ground Sessions, on October 26. The EP features five re-worked songs from the band’s Find A Light album, plus a cover of Tom Petty’s You Got Lucky. Sharon Osbourne is working on a new movie focused on the early days of her relationship with Ozzy. “It’s not going to be a sex-and-drugs movie at all,”…

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mason hill reaching for higher ground

NEW ROCK ON PATTON Oswalt’s Talking For Clapping album, the comedian describes in truly excruciating detail his worst-ever performance as a fledging standup, noting, “but I checked it off and now I’m free”. The same could be said for Mason Hill vocalist Scott Taylor and guitarist James Bird, who suffered a similar fate during the final of an international battle of the bands competition in 2012. “We were in a band called Black Velvet,” Taylor explains. “We won the Scottish final and got to perform in London [at the O2 Arena]. It was a disaster. We laugh about it now, and looking back, it was the best thing that ever happened to us.” After an awkward 400-mile journey home to Glasgow, the pair disbanded Black Velvet and duly formed Mason Hill. They set about…

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black moth

NEW ROCK “INITIALLY starting a band was about making music that makes us feel good and connects us with other people,” says Harriet Hyde, singer with London/Leeds five-piece Black Moth. “Now we want to inspire more women to get involved in music on their own terms, to say we’re not a novelty, we’re the norm. We also want to encourage more aware-music that’s not playing into heavy metal clichés. We want to subvert the dragon slaying and wenches.” The musicians who inspired Harriet to get involved and subvert were L7, whom the group recently supported “I re-watched [2016’s L7 documentary] Pretend We’re Dead the other day and it was so inspiring to see these women in the late ’80s playing heavy music complete with female aggression but also this tongue-in-cheek attitude,” says Hyde.…