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Classic Rock November 2019

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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Huge audiences, albums that broke boundaries and amazed, stage shows that astounded and left audiences reeling… These are just a few minor (ahem!) things that Queen managed to achieve in the first few years of their storied existence. This issue we chronicle the decade that made Queen stars, from their inauspicious beginnings as Smile through to Bohemian Rhapsody (which changed everything), the monster tours, the ups and downs and how they altered the rock’n’roll landscape. This issue we also look back at the making of The Doors’ The Soft Parade, go on the road with Massive Wagons and The Darkness, set sail with Joe Bonamassa and today’s blues cognescenti, hang out with Alter Bridge, Michael Monroe and The Sheepdogs, and so much more. It’s been quite the month… How to claim your ebook…

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this month’s contributors

POLLY GLASS Our fearless features editor Polly spent a lot of time in gig venues, trains, hotels and one slightly bizarre members club in the making of this issue. Still, in the company of Alter Bridge, Massive Wagons (pictured, spot the infiltrator) and The Sheepdogs, it was totally worth it. Read all about her exploits on pages 40, 44 and 64. MERLIN ALDERSLADE He usually sits on the other side of the office overseeing all things heavy as Editor of our amazing sister mag, Metal Hammer, but this month Merl has managed to sneak into our pages. And with very good reason: he’s been off in San Francisco watching Metallica do S&M 2 (see page 106). Alright for some. MAX BELL Doors fanatic Max has written about Jim Morrison and his band in the pages…

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classic rock

Editor Siân Llewellyn Now playing: The Beatles, Abbey Road Super Deluxe Edition Art Editor Darrell Mayhew 1349, The Infernal Pathway Features Editor Polly Glass Airbourne, Boneshaker Production Editor Paul Henderson The Beatles, Abbey Road Super Deluxe Edition Reviews Editor Ian Fortnam The Who, Who Online Editor Fraser Lewry Leprous, Pitfalls News/Live Editor Dave Ling Black Star Riders, Another State Of Grace Contributing writers Marcel Anders, Geoff Barton, Tim Batcup, Mark Beaumont, Max Bell, Essi Berelian, Simon Bradley, Rich Chamberlain, Stephen Dalton, Rich Davenport, Johnny Dee, Malcolm Dome, Lee Dorrian, Mark Ellen, Claudia Elliott, Paul Elliott, Dave Everley, Jerry Ewing, Hugh Fielder, Eleanor Goodman, Gary Graff, Michael Hann, John Harris, Nick Hasted, Barney Hoskyns, Jon Hotten, Rob Hughes, Neil Jeffries, Emma Johnston, Jo Kendall, Dom Lawson, Dannii Leivers, Ken McIntyre, Lee Marlow, Gavin Martin, Alexander Milas, Paul Moody, Grant Moon, Luke Morton, Kris Needs, Bill Nelson,…

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larry wallis

AS THIS ISSUE went to press Motörhead’s original guitar player, Larry Wallis, had died of a yet-to-be determined cause. He was 70 years old. The passing of Wallis means that drummer Lucas Fox remains the last remaining member of the group’s first line-up. Wallis played on Motörhead’s On Parole album, intended as their debut when recorded in late 1975/early ’76, but to Lemmy Kilmister’s eternal chagrin, shelved until 1979 when group’s career was already three albums old. By that time Wallis had long since been replaced by ‘Fast’ Eddie Clarke. Prior to linking up with Motörhead, Wallis had spent the late 1960s cutting his teeth around London’s burgeoning Ladbroke Grove scene with a number of underground outfits, including The Entire Sioux Nation and Shagrat. The latter were named after an orc…

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Daniel Johnston January 22, 1961 – September 11, 2019 Johnson was an American singer-songwriter whose lo-fi stylings endeared him to fans of alternative rock. His output consisted largely of songs recorded alone in his home and later released via cassette. Kurt Cobain was his most visible fan. Johnson was 58 when he died of undisclosed causes. Jimmy Johnson February 4, 1943 – September 5, 2019 A co-founder of the celebrated Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, Johnson was also a session musician and studio engineer contributor to hundreds of hit records, playing guitar on Aretha Franklin’s Respect, and Mustang Sally by Wilson Pickett. Also an accomplished engineer, he recorded Percy Sledge’s When A Man Loves A Woman. The 76-year-old had struggled with kidney failure. Bernie Frost Died August 4, 2019 The songwriter closely associated with Status Quo has died of…

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ric ocasek

The vocalist and guitarist of The Cars has died at the age of 75. The singer’s family posted a statement revealing that Ocasek passed unexpectedly but “peacefully”. The cause was heart disease, worsened by emphysema. Richard Theodore Ocasek was born in Baltimore in 1944 and co-formed The Cars with bassist Benjamin Orr in Boston during the mid-1970s. The group released a self-titled debut in 1978. Ocasek wrote the majority of The Cars’ songs, helping to pioneer America’s New Wave movement with a string of hits such as My Best Friend’s Girl, Just What I Needed, Good Times Roll, Shake It Up and Hello Again. In 1984 they collaborated with Robert John ‘Mutt’ Lange, on their fifth album, Heartbeat City. This spawned the global smashes Drive and You Might Think, the former becoming…