Classic Rock Roll of Honour as it happened
9.45: Spirit of Prog Award – Family
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It’s a good time to remember the seven-year and seven-album career of Family – because in September they announced a one-night-only reunion. They’ll play London’s O2 Shepherds Bush Empire on February 2, and frontman Roger Chapman says: “2013 marks the 40th year since we did our last show. We ain’t getting any younger.” It’s difficult to underplay the band’s influence – Chapman’s “electric goat” vocals inspired Yes frontman Jon Anderson and Genesis singer Peter Gabriel, for starters. The award was presented by Manic Street Preachers’ James Dean Bradfield.
9.45: Classic Rock editor @sianellewellyn: “Loving the fact the James Manic gave a shout out to Rockfield Studio. Cymru am byth an’ all that!”
9.48: You can’t please everyone, it seems… @guitarmanlee: “Apocalyptic Love should have won Album of the year, just saying. #Slash #ClassicRockAwards (sorry Rush)”
9.50: Event of the Year – Ginger raises £250,000
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When Ginger Wildheart decided to run a Pledge campaign to raise funds to make a triple album, he wasn’t sure if he’d get there. He never imagined he’d get there nearly six times over. But that’s what happened: his campaign raised £250,000 – 591% of his original goal. The Geordie said: “I love music being independent. Always have. The DIY approach has appealed to me since I watched the original punks gatecrash the charts and infuriate the press. But the thing was, they couldn’t be stopped because the people were behind their militant stance and the mainstream could only stubbornly hope that they’d just go away. But we never went away. Revolution was born. What I want to do is keep that spirit thriving. Music made for the people by the people.” The triple album was only available to those who contributed at least £20 to the fund – only 12 tracks were released to the general public. Find out more.
9.53: There’s an amount of grumpiness from Slash fans about Rush’s award(s). Is there all that much between Clockwork Angels and Apocalyptic Love asides from artificial genre boundaries?
9.55: One of the better “wish I was there” tweets from @PaulWW66: “Not at #ClassicRockAwards Not invited Not surprising Not famous”
9.55: Comeback – Lynyrd Skynyrd
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The southern rock giants aren’t just here tonight to play an exclusive 30-minute set – they’re also here to be recognised for achieving yet another career high. They fought back from the plane crash that nearly wiped them out to become a big name once again. In recent years their reinvigorated sound has delivered the power of albums God & Guns and this year’s Last Of A Dyin’ Breed. In August Skynyrd were the subject of yet another sell-out Classic Rock Fan Pack. Find out more.
9.56: @SkynyrdScotland voices his approval: “Rock royalty Lynyrd @Skynyrd, masters of all they survey, at the Roundhouse, London.” He later adds: “BOOM! Tears of joy in Gullane!”
9.57: Much pleasure at Ginger’s award – for example: @maxkersh: “Well done @Gingernyc. Your award is thoroughly deserved and you are a true icon to independant music! #ClassicRockAwards” Another fan, @6ior6io, points out: “Proud to know we all have been part of the Rock Event of the Year (who could have know back then?). Congrats @Gingernyc!”
22.08: Classic Album: Status Quo – Live
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It’s been a loud couple of weeks for Status Quo – first they released their Hello Quo movie, then they confirmed the Frantic Four lineup of Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt, Alan Lancaster and John Coghlan will hit the road again in 2013. Which is a good time to remind ourselves of just what the nearly 50-year-old band has achieved. Their Live! album, released in 1977, was recorded in the iconic Glasgow Apollo over two nights the previous year. It gave rise to the often-copied “I Was There” promotional concept and engaged a whole new audience of people who thought seeing Quo on Top Of The Pops was all they were about. Find out more.
10.17: Tommy Vance Inspiration – Jon Lord
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Jon Lord’s untimely death in July was a shock to fans who believed he was winning his cancer battle. It’s good to know the former Deep Purple keyboardist had found the time to complete the new version of his Concerto For Group And Orchestra after many years of hard work. But Lord left more than just an enviable back-catalogue of work. He left legions of musicians who’d come to respect him for his talent and love him for his outgoing, caring nature. Purple singer Ian Gillan said: “If there was such a thing as a typical English gentleman in rock music, it was Jon Lord. We’ve all been touched by him one way or another. I could speak for hours about what he’s given us. We shall carry his memory forward, and his music.” Find out more.
10.25: Classic Songwriter – Russ Ballard
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Russ Ballard’s songwriting credits are nothing short of amazing. Rainbow’s Since You Been Gone and Surrender. Work with Santana, Roger Daltrey, America. Covered by Kiss, (God Gave Rock And Roll To You was originally recorded by Ballard’s own band, Argent), Bay City Rollers, Elkie Brooks, The Sweet, Uriah Heep – the list goes on. On his website Ballard says: “I guess it’s everybody’s dream to wake up in the morning and do a job they love – well, that’s my life: playing guitar, keyboards, producing and finding new ways to tell stories.” Find out more.