The New Issue Of Classic Rock Is On Sale Now
There could be only one cover star of the latest edition of Classic Rock – the late, great Ronnie James Dio. What’s more, the new issue comes with not one, not two, but three free gifts!
The summer 2010 edition of Classic Rock pays fulsome tribute to Dio’s much-missed talents with a sprawling feature celebrating the singer’s lifetime in rock.
It goes something like this:
Ronnie James Dio: To mark the sad passing of a key figure of the twin worlds of hard rock and heavy metal, we talk to colleagues, friends and others to put together a multi-faceted portrait of the man behind the legend, and take look at some of Dio’s finest performances.
Dio – the early years: Looking back at his bequiffed crooner days before he came to prominence in Rainbow. And the time he was convinced the Mafia were going to give him a concrete overcoat.
Ronnie James Dio, the joker: Rainbow, Japan, 1976: ‘Ronnie walked on wearing a gorilla mask, reducing the whole band to fits of hysterical laughter.’
When Dio met Sabbath: How a chance meeting with Tony Iommi put Dio’s career – and Sabbath’s – back on track.
The ‘Maloik’: How “something my Sicilian grandmother used to do, to ward off the evil eye” became the universal metal sign.
Ronnie the sports fan, and at home: ‘He wasn’t really dressed for football – as I recall, he had cowboy boots on – but he got a few decent hoofs in.’ And, yes, Ronnie lived in a castle!
The solo years: “I expect big things from people in this band… I demand the moon and they give me more than that – they give me the sun.”
The return of Heaven And Hell: Dio’s Sabbath story wasn’t over when he left after 1992’s Dehumanizer.
The new edition of Classic Rock also comes with three free gifts!
1. New Joe Elliott album! Exclusive 10-track CD from The Down ’N’ Outz.
2. A three-track EP called Underdog from fast-rising Brighton-based metallers Furyon! Go here for news on Furyon’s stunning debut album Gravitas.
3. Knebworth wall chart! Exclusive Sonisphere artwork and Knebworth ‘family tree’.
Also in the issue:
Paul Weller: He was “a little bit pissed off” that AC/DC outsold his album, “but I got over it.” The Modfather talks about rivalry, and why it’s time to consign the mod/rocker divide to history.
The return of AOR: It’s soft, it’s fluffy, it’s inoffensive, and it’s probably kept the cigarette lighter industry afloat. We look at the rebirth of a kind of music that many people thought (hoped) had gone away for good.
Traffic: In 1967 the newly formed Traffic packed plenty of weed and high-grade LSD and headed off to a remote cottage to write their debut album, Mr. Fantasy. It was some trip.
Joe Elliott’s Down ’N’ Outz: Put together – the Def Leppard frontman plus most of The Quireboys – to play the songs of Ian Hunter, Mott and British Lions, could it be the world’s greatest tribute band?
Nirvana: It’s 1991, the dawn of grunge. Kurt and co. are on a US tour. Everett True joined ‘the only band who know what rock’n’roll is all about’ and witnessed the carnage unfolding.
All this and more in Classic Rock No.147, on sale now.