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Classic Rock November 2020

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.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
13 Issues

in this issue

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How many guitarists, or other musicians, can claim to have the legacy that James Patrick Page has? After picking up the guitar at an early age, the six-string wizard has been shaping rock’n’roll for decades, whether on early sessions as a hired hand, or with his groundbreaking work with The Yardbirds and then as the mastermind of a little band you might have heard of called Led Zeppelin. Needless to say, it’s been quite the life thus far. This month we managed to collar Jimmy for The Classic Rock Interview (p26), in which the music legend takes us through the years from his ‘Excalibur’ guitar moment, through his incredible body of work, right up to what he’s got planned for the future. Elsewhere we look back at Black Sabbath’s Paranoid –…

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this month’s contributors

IAN FORTNAM When not asking Jimmy Page impertinent questions about his wild untamed youth in the church choir (p26), Classic Rock’s Reviews Editor punctuates his tireless search for rock gold by recording sonically cinematic space-prog with Sontaag. The collective’s latest offering, Beyond Forever c/w Back To My Soul, is available now via iTunes and the usual streaming platforms. HENRY YATES Henry is a freelance journalist who has written about music for the Guardian, Telegraph, NME, Guitarist, Total Guitar and Metal Hammer. This issue he revisits Black Sabbath’s mighty Paranoid with Geezer Butler (p44) and interviews the none-more-macabre Marilyn Manson (p68). You can see more from Henry at yatescreativecopywriting.com and @henryyates3 on Twitter. POLLY GLASS We kept our features editor very busy this month, sending her off (well, via Zoom and phone calls) to Nashville, Philadelphia…

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ac/dc plug in!

FOR MORE NEWS: WWW.CLASSICROCKMAGAZINE.COM THE SPECULATION IS over: AC/DC are about to release their first new album in six years. And – just as we suspected and hoped – it has Brian Johnson on vocals, Cliff Williams on bass and Phil Rudd on drums. Classic Rock can reveal that PWR / UP, the group’s long-awaited seventeenth studio album, is released on November 13. It’s preceded by the single Shot In The Dark, which was rush-released on October 7. Stills from a video for Shot In The Dark were mistakenly posted on the band’s website. They were quickly removed, but by then the cat was out of the bag. Johnson, Williams and Rudd have all returned to the line-up, joining guitarists Angus and Stevie Young. Johnson’s place was famously taken by Axl Rose on…

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50 heavy metal years

JUDAS PRIEST CELEBRATE their 50th anniversary with a new photobook. 50 Heavy Metal Years collates photographs by Ross Halfin, Neil Zlozower, Mark Weiss, Fin Costello, Oliver Halfin and others and is available in four different formats, including a limited edition to raise funds for The Glenn Tipton Parkinson’s Foundation. The basic version retails at £79. There’s also an Epic Leather And Metal edition, limited to 100 numbered copies signed by the current line-up of vocalist Rob Halford, guitarist Glenn Tipton, bassist Ian Hill, guitarist Richie Faulkner and drummer Scott Travis, costing £299. The book is published in early December. Ian Hill, the sole original member continuously in the band from their beginning in 1970, talks us through some of his favourite images. You’ve been with Judas Priest as man and boy. Replacing…

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lee kerslake

FORMER URIAH HEEP and Ozzy Osbourne drummer Lee Kerslake has died at the age of 77 following a longrunning battle with cancer. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2014 and the disease spread through his body. Five years later doctors advised him to arrange his affairs over the following eight months. Lee never gave up the fight, recording a final album, Eleventeen to be released posthumously and setting up the ongoing filming of an autobiographical documentary, Not On The Heep, that examines the unique bonds of friendship between musicians. Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott, Ian Paice of Deep Purple and Kiss’s Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons are among those to appear in his film. Kerslake was born in Winton, near Bournemouth. His first band of significance was The Gods, followed by…

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Gerry McGee August 15, 1962 – August 25, 2020 The Canadian melodic hard rock community is mourning the passing of the Brighton Rock frontman at the age of 58. Glasgow-born McGee sang on each of the group’s three full-length albums and appeared with them at the UK’s Firefest in 2012 and ’13. He had been battling cancer. John Meyer Died September 1, 2020 Antipodean brawlers Rose Tattoo broke the news of the passing of their slide guitarist from 1983 to ’85. Meyer appeared on the albums Southern Stars and Beats From A Single Drum. The Perth-born musician, writer and producer also played with the Australian bands Saracen, Swanee and Chain. He was 64. Simeon Coxe June 4, 1938 – September 4, 2020 Tennessee-born Simeon Oliver Coxe III was one half of the cult electronic duo Silver Apples, the…