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Classic Rock April 2021

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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More often than not, when the name ‘Pink Floyd’ is mentioned I would wager that minds immediately think of The Dark Side Of The Moon or The Wall. Or for early Floyd devotees, thoughts might turn to Syd Barrett. But what about that fertile period post-Syd and pre-Dark Side? It’s an intriguing time for a band who were struggling to get to grips with the loss of their guiding light and principal songwriter; who threw themselves into soundtrack work to try to get a steer on where to go next; who were getting their heads around the emergence of Roger Waters as a songwriter and the ascendance of David Gilmour as a singer and player… It was a time of flux before things went absolutely stratospheric when they released Dark…

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this month’s contributors

PAUL BRANNIGAN Being home alone for two months has given Paul Brannigan no end of writing time; expect his Eddie Van Halen biography Eruption and a tenth-anniversary update of his Dave Grohl biog This Is A Call later in 2021. This month we welcome him back to the pages of Classic Rock as he digs deep into the making of the defining Uriah Heep album Demons And Wizards (p46). MARK BLAKE Mark Blake is the author of the definitive Pink Floyd biography Pigs Might Fly (available from all good booksellers!), and this issue he writes about their long, strange trip towards their landmark album The Dark Side Of The Moon (p30). Us And Them, his authorised biography of Pink Floyd’s colourful sleeve designers Hipgnosis, is due in 2022. IAN FORTNAM Young Ian led an unremarkable,…

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live music: where are we now?

FOR MORE NEWS: WWW.CLASSICROCKMAGAZINE.COM INSIDE THE WORLD OF ROCK cat no:#286 COPYRIGHT FUTURE 2021 IT WAS THE announcement that, in recent weeks, had come to feel inevitable. Rumours were swatted away and ticket-holders crossed their fingers, but in the end it wasn’t a big surprise to learn that Glastonbury, the colossus in Britain’s summer festival calendar, would be cancelled for a second consecutive year due to ongoing Covid restrictions. As co-organiser Emily Eavis told the Guardian, the decision reflected “everything from restrictions on public transport capacities to availability of the medical staff we need to work at the event, to the simple fact that mass gatherings are currently still legally prohibited and it’s not at all clear when that will be reversed.” Following the news of the Glastonbury cancellation, many music lovers immediately resigned themselves to…

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tim bogert

THE VIRTUOSO BASS player who worked with Vanilla Fudge, Cactus and the supergroup Beck, Bogert & Appice, has died of cancer at the age of 76. The news was broken by drummer Carmine Appice, who played alongside Bogert in all three bands. Writing on Facebook, Appice said: “My true friend Tim Bogert died today. He was like a brother to me. He was my friend for over 50 years. “Tim was a one of a kind bass player. He inspired many, many bass players worldwide. He was as masterful at shredding as he was holding down a groove, and Tim introduced a new level of virtuosity into rock bass playing. No one played like Tim. He created bass solos that drove audiences to a frenzy every time he played one. And…

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Stefan Cush Died February 5, 2021 The co-lead vocalist and guitarist of the folk-punk group The Men They Couldn’t Hang has died following a sudden heart attack. Of Irish and Welsh descent, Stefan Cush started out as a roadie for The Pogues, whose own frontman Spider Stacy said that he was “cut from a strong and excellent cloth.” Cush was 60 years old. Tom Stevens September 17, 1956 – January 23, 2021 Born in Indiana and classically trained, Tom Stevens was a bassist, singer and songwriter for the Los Angelesbased psychedelic-tinged alt. country group The Long Ryders, who released three albums and an EP during the 1980s. Cause of death was unknown though a band statement said that Tom’s passing was “sudden”. Stevens was 64. Anne Feeney July 1, 1951 – February 3, 2021 Best known for her…

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sylvain sylvain

DAVID JOHANSEN HAS paid tribute to his New York Dolls bandmate Sylvain Sylvain who recently succumbed to cancer at the age of 69. Now the band’s last surviving original member, lead singer Johansen told Rolling Stone that the Dolls “would have been a crappy band” without Sylvain, adding: “He knew what he was doing and he could play the guitar. He came up with really great rhythms. He was very accomplished. He was a natural player. He loved playing.” Sylvain was born Sylvain Mizrahi in Cairo, Egypt, in 1951. When he was young his family fled to New York where, as a teenager, he formed The Pox with future New York Dolls bandmate Billy Murcia. The pair also featured in the band Actress, where they were joined by Johnny Thunders and…