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Classic RockClassic Rock

Classic Rock October 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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Future Publishing Ltd
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welcome

Fifty years? That’s half a century! This month marks five decades since Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham first played together in public. Granted, they were billed as the New Yardbirds when they hit the stage at Gladsaxe Teen Club on the outskirts of Copenhagen in Denmark on September 7, 1968, but that was the first time anyone witnessed the band that would soon rename themselves Led Zeppelin.A lot happened in the years after that gig–just think of the body of work they crammed into the 12 years they were an active concern, before fate so cruelly intervened with the tragic death of John Bonham. Incredible playing, awesome live shows, albums that most bands would give their eyeteeth to have made, and, at the heart of…

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this month’s contributors

STEVE MITCHELLYou might not recognise the name, but regular readers of Classic Rock will definitely recognise his artwork. Steve has illustrated many CR covers and CD artwork over the past decade. This month he’s played a blinder with his striking Led Zeppelin cover image. To see more of Steve’s work, check out his Instagram at instagram.com/fiftysevendesignEVERETT TRUEIn 1991, Entertainment Weekly called Everett True “the man who invented grunge”. He’s been trying to live down the claim ever since. A former editor and publisher of VOX, Melody Maker and Plan B Magazine, Dr Jerry Thackray (his real name) now lives in Haywards Heath and teaches music journalism. This month he chats with his old pals Mudhoney (page 30).JOHN McMURTRIEIn truth, photographer John McMurtrie is probably still recovering from the time we…

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alice cooper backs national album day

ALICE COOPER HAS thrown his weight behind the first ever National Album Day, an initiative to celebrate all aspects of the UK’s love of the album. The event, planned to mark the 70th birthday of the format, is endorsed by the BBC. At precisely 3.33(r)pm on Saturday, October 13, the British public is invited to play their all-time favourite record. A social media campaign (see @AlbumDayUK and #NationalAlbumDay) asks people to nominate and share the album, across all genres of music, that has most inspired them.In 2017, 135 million albums, or their equivalent, were either purchased on CD or vinyl, downloaded or streamed–up 9.5 per cent on the previous year.Alice spoke to Classic Rock to voice his support for the campaign, the concept of the album being fundamental to the…

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Eddie ‘Chank’ WillisJune 3, 1936–August 20, 2018Mississippi-born Willis was an American soul musician who played guitar and electric sitar for Motown Records’ in-house studio group, The Funk Brothers, during the 1960s and early 1970s. He appeared on The Supremes’ You Keep Me Hangin’ On, Stevie Wonder’s My Cherie Amour and The Marvelettes’ Please Mr Postman, among other hits. Aged 82, he had been suffering from polio.Mark ‘The Shark’ SheltonDecember 3, 1957–July 27, 2018Mark ‘The Shark’ has died in a German hospital just hours after his band, the Kansas-based heavy metal group Manilla Road, appeared at the Headbangers Open Air Festival. Shelton co-founded Manilla Road in 1977. His bandmate, vocalist Bryan Patrick, revealed that the guitarist suffered a heart attack and “felt no pain”. He was 60 years old.Randy RampageFebruary 21,…

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aretha franklin

(ARETHA FRANKLIN: GETTY)PAUL MCCARTNEY AND Elton John are among the many who have paid tribute to America’s undisputed Queen Of Soul, who at the age of 76 lost a battle with pancreatic cancer. A statement said that the iconic singer/songwriter, an 18-time Grammy, winner died “at her home in Detroit, surrounded by family and loved ones”.Elton John called the Franklin death “a blow for everybody who loves real music: music from the heart, the soul and the Church”. He continued: “Her voice was unique, her piano playing underrated–she was one of my favourite pianists. I adored her and worshipped her talent… The whole world will miss her but will always rejoice in her remarkable legacy. The Queen is dead. Long live the Queen.”Paul McCartney said: “She will be missed, but…

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ed king

LYNYRD SKYNYRD’S GARY Rossington was “shocked and saddened” to learn of the death of his former bandmate, a founder member who played guitar and bass with the southern rock icons from 1972 to 1975 and again between 1987 and 1996. King, who co-wrote the band’s hit Sweet Home Alabama, passed away at his home in Nashville at the age of 68. “I know he will be reunited with the rest of the boys in rock and roll heaven,” added Rossington.Before joining Skynyrd, King was a member of the psychedelic band Strawberry Alarm Clock during the 1960s. He played on Skynyrd’s self-titled debut album in 1973 and the following year’s Second Helping, and left the group after the release of a third record, Nuthin’ Fancy. He rejoined in’87, but left again…

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