The New Issue Of Classic Rock Is Out Now
The latest issue of Classic Rock is now in the shops – and Van Halen are on the cover.
The new edition of Classic Rock comes with a brilliant FREE CD called Blues Fury – The New Rock Revolution. It has new tracks from 15 hot artists like Joe Bonamassa & Beth Hart, Philip Sayce, The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, Oli Brown, Popa Chubby and Virgil & The Accelerators.
For the cover feature, we talk to David Lee Roth about what it’s like to be back in the band he helped to make legendary in the 70s. And, talking of those glory days, we look back at the way the cracks started to appear in the band even as they stood poised to become the biggest band in the world.
Elsewhere in the issue:
Poco – While everyone else was getting laid at the Tropicana in the early 70s, ‘squeaky-clean’ Poco came up with a brand-new sound, only to have it stolen by the Eagles.
UFO – Five years on the road in a haze of booze, birds and bloodletting was taking its toll on the band. But it was a bottle of Greek brandy that really sent them over the edge.
The Mars Volta – Time travel? Conspiracy theories? Dubious right-wing politicians? Yes, Doctor Who-loving sci-fi nutjobs The Mars Volta have touched down on earth again.
Queen – From a new book of previously unpublished photographs of rock’s most flamboyant band, we bring you Queen as you’ve never seen them before.
Reckless Love – The Finnish hair metallers are living the high life with their 80s sound and pretty-boy looks – but don’t call them a parody act.
Ramones – “I was so bent on making us the best band in the world, I was willing to do anything without compromising us.” Shortly before his tragic death, guitarist Johnny Ramone looked back at life with da bruddahs.
The new blues boom – The 2012 blues scene is “like the Mafia”, “gets you laid” and is “a beautiful thing out of the cesspool of human nastiness”. We get some major players’ take on blues’ resurgence.
Fields Of The Nephilim – Goth overlord, occultist, flour-powered cowboy vagabond, object of ridicule. FOTN mainman Carl McCoy and his band are back for one more shot. But a reunion it is not.
The Dirt – Classic Quo line-up get back together; Bill Ward out of Sabbath reunion; Slash’s new album to be available first via Classic Rock Fan Pack; Classic Rock Presents Prog gets a makeover… Say hello to Ancient VVisdom and Imperial State Electric; welcome back Venom, Shinedown and Helmet…
Photo Pass : Jon Bon Jovi – “It’s as dangerous as it looks… I’m sure they had insurance.” Photographer Neal Preston recalls how he shot his classic still from the Blaze Of Glory video shoot in Utah in 1990.
The Stories Behind The Songs: Reef – Their jukebox-humping, party-starting, Chris Evans-approved mid-90s smash Place Your Hands was actually the sound of a bereaved man screaming into the void.
Q&A: Ryan Adams – Back clean and sober after quitting music completely, these days getting high means climbing mountains.
Fly On The Wall – Brian Robertson gets glassed at the Speakeasy. “The back of the cab was about a quarter-of-an-inch deep in blood. We were sitting in Robbo’s blood.”
All this and more in the April edition of Classic Rock (issue No.169), on sale now.
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