7.30: Nikki Sixx, who’s presenting his Sixx Sense radio show at the ceremony, is having a great time interviewing Ginger Wildheart, Lynyrd Skynyrd and anyone else he can grab. He’s most proud of meeting last year’s Living Legend, Jeff Beck.
8.00: Some top tweets: “I have a pint of wine. All is well. #ClassicRockAwards” from @beth_gaskell … “Sitting with Rick Wakeman. What a legend. I’ll probably get drunk in a bit and get him in a headlock. #classicrockawards” from @idreamincolour_ … and “I JUST MET AND HAD A PHOTO TAKEN WITH @NIKKISIXX. I AM GOING TO IMPLODE NOW. #CLASSICROCKAWARDS” from @RedVelvetKid.
9.00: London blues-rock outfit Saint Jude open the awards ceremony with a live set.
9.26: Best New Band – Tracer
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The Australian desert rockers formed in 2004 and broke out of their native country five years later. They band consists of The band consists of Michael Brown (vocal, guitars) Pat Saracino (vocal, bass) and Andre Wise (drums). They released their first album, Spaces In Between, in October last year. They generated a buzz with their single Too Much, which gained them A-list airtime. Tracer describe their sound as “90s grunge/stoner rock mixed with the everlasting bravado of 70s classic rock.They tour the UK next year:
Apr 09: London Scala
Apr 10: Bristol Tunnels
Apr 11: York Fibbers
Apr 12: Sheffield Plug
Apr 13: Glasgow ABC Find out more.
9.28: Film/DVD of the Year – Pink Floyd: The Story of Wish You Were Here
The film tells the story of Wish You Were Here, the 1975 follow-up to Floyd’s global hit The Dark Side Of The Moon. It includes interviews with Roger Waters, David Gilmour and Nick Mason, plus archive conversation from the late Richard Wright. It also features sleeve designer Storm Thorgerson, guest vocalist Roy Harper, recording engineer Brian Humphries and the cover’s “burning man” Ronnie Rondell. Find out more.
9.30: @Idreamincolour_ tweets: “Nick Mason. Collecting an award, very humble.. Looks like Roy Hodgson but what legend.Nick Mason. Collecting an award, very humble.. Looks like Roy Hodgson but what legend.”
9.30: Reissue Of The Year – Pink Floyd: Why Pink Floyd? catalogue releases
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During 2011 Pink Floyd re-released their 14-album back catalogue in a range of editions, starting with the Discovery Editions, which were the remastered albums. The Dark Side of The Moon, Wish You Were Here and The Wall were offered in additional formats. the Experience Editions each came with a disc of bonus material and expanded booklet; while the Immersion Editions were a box-set packages including unreleased audio and video, lavish booklets, art prints, reproduced memorabilia and more. The campaign also included a best-of compilation and vinyl editions of Floyd’s three most successful albums. Find out more.
9.35: Breakthrough Award – Rival Sons
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American blues-rock four-piece Rival Sons formed in 2008 and very quickly exploded onto the world’s radar. Jay Buchanan, Scott Holiday, Robin Everhart and Mike Miley made a statement with their self-released debut album Before The Fire in 2009. Two of its track were picked up for advert use and they gained exposure to big audiences while supporting AC/DC and Kid Rock.Their first release on Earache Records, Pressure & Time, came in 2010. It gained heaps of acclaim and helped them on their way to tours with Judas Priest and Evanescence. Last year they made their debut at the Download Festival, followed by another attention-grabbing European tour. Rival Sons released their latest album, Head Down, in September. Find out more.
9.36: @666amit tweets: Just saw @saintjudeband fill the Roundhouse with some amazing sounds. Love that band! #classicrockawards”
9.37: @NikkiSixx tweets: “When I was interviewing Jeff Beck he told me he saw Mötley Crüe play at the Roxy in 1981.Happy Sixx moment. #classicrockawards”
9.38: Vic Reeves, who paid tribute to Rival Sons, is “rather pissed,” reports @fredjpalmer.
9.42: Album of the Year: Rush – Clockwork Angels
Rush’s 19th studio album features all the musical twists and turns you’d expect from the band’s work. Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart compose pieces that keep them entertained; fortunately they manage to do the same for others too. The concept behind Peart’s lyrics is so strong it’s given birth to a science fiction novel of the same name, co-written by Kevin J Anderson. Clockwork Angels was released in June. Ahead of time it was the subject of one of Classic Rock’s celebrated Fan Pack editions. Find out more.
9.43: Band of the Year – Rush
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It’s been another triumphant year for Canada’s favourite prog rock outfit. They’ve finally been nominated for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame – an accolade they insist is for their fans rather than themselves – and they’ve won new fans with latest album Clockwork Angels. Plus, last week Alex Lifeson was named the greatest ever Canadian guitarist. Things have been on the up-and-up ever since documentary movie Beyond The Lighted Stage showed a softer side to the guys. They cemented the concept with a hilarious appearance in buddy movie I Love You Man, where they even joked about seeing women in the concert crowd.