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Classic Rock

Classic Rock is a British monthly magazine, and launched in 1998, focusing on key bands from the 1960s through early 1990s. It is published by TeamRock, which is also responsible for its "sister" publication Metal Hammer.

74 articles

Iggy Pop: Beat 'Em Up

Review by Carol Clerk, Classic Rock, July 2001

After the introspective Avenue B, it's gloves off for Iggy as he comes out swinging. ...

The Ramones: Joey Ramone: Hey Ho, Let's Go!

Retrospective and Interview by Carol Clerk, Classic Rock, July 2001

Long hair, shades, ripped denim — the Ramones were the epitome of early punk, and singer Joey the epitome of the Ramones. From his school ...

Bill Wyman, The Rolling Stones: Bill Wyman: The Classic Rock Interview

Interview by Ian Fortnam, Classic Rock, 2002

OVER THE COURSE of the last forty years probably more column inches of copy have been dedicated to the cavalier exploits of the Rolling Stones ...

The GTOs: Girl Together Outrageously: Pamela Des Barres

Interview by Ian Fortnam, Classic Rock, 2002

IN CASUAL DEFIANCE of the fact that her fifty-fifth birthday looms large, the Marchioness Des Barres positively radiates rude good health and an undeniably disarming ...

Aerosmith: Tales of Toys and Toxic Twins: Aerosmith

Retrospective and Interview by Ian Fortnam, Classic Rock, 2002

SPOOL BACK four years to the Virginia Beach Resort Hotel on America’s sun-kissed East Coast and I’m sharing a sumptuous afternoon repast with Aerosmith’s Steven ...

Guns N' Roses: The Madness of King Axl

Report by Ian Fortnam, Classic Rock, 2002

AS OPPRESSIVE darkness gradually envelops Temple Newsam, a remote agrarian idyll that annually plays host to the Leeds leg of the Carling Festival, the all-pervasive ...

Hanoi Rocks

Retrospective and Interview by Ian Fortnam, Classic Rock, 2003

BY DECEMBER 1984, having exploded onto a decidedly lacklustre rock scene blighted by vacuous new romanticism, post-punk austerity and backward glancing metal Gumby-ism, the five ...

Metallica: Rage-a-holics Anonymous: Metallica

Report and Interview by Ian Fortnam, Classic Rock, 2003

OF COURSE, you all know the deal with Metallica. At present, the single most enormous band in the entire rock firmament who, having casually taken ...

The Faces: Rod Stewart & The Faces: Changing Faces: The Very Best Of; Ronnie Lane: Ain’t No One Like

Review by Ian Fortnam, Classic Rock, 2003

HAD IT NOT been for the existence of Rod Stewart & The Faces, I’d probably have a proper job by now. ...

The Runaways: Runaways: The Runaways/Queens Of Noise/Live In Japan/Waitin' For The Night

Review and Interview by Ian Fortnam, Classic Rock, 2003

UNTIL THE ADVENT of Sunset Strip cherry bombers The Runaways, all-girl rock bands were invariably self-consciously butch and hairy apparitions with names like Birtha and ...

Iron Maiden: Dance Of Death (EMI)

Review by Ian Fortnam, Classic Rock, October 2003

IN ESSENCE, Iron Maiden are the rock Marmite. Ambivalence is simply not an option when bearing witness to their characteristic onslaught of dense, prog-laced riffage. ...

Status Quo

Report and Interview by Ian Fortnam, Classic Rock, Summer 2003

WILLIAM THE CONQUEROR was responsible for the construction of Lincoln Castle in 1068. In Victorian times it housed a prison, but now acts as a ...

David Bowie: Sound + Vision

Review by Ian Fortnam, Classic Rock, January 2004

The Diamond Dog's bollocks, or satin 'n' tat from the cutting room floor? The imported rarities box set that has long been the Bowie fan's ...

Iron Maiden: Don't Fear The Reaper

Interview by Geoff Barton, Classic Rock, January 2004

THERE ARE dead bodies lying on trestle tables in the midst of the tangled scaffolding and controlled chaos that represents Iron Maiden's rear of stage ...

Robert Plant: The Secret Life Of Plant

Interview by Geoff Barton, Classic Rock, January 2004

It's 1982, and Robert Plant is worried. He's just released his first solo album Pictures At Eleven, and he's expecting a critical slating. Led-free reflections ...

New York Dolls: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Ian Fortnam, Classic Rock, September 2004

The best advice to bands that delight in near-mythic status is "let it lie". Can the reformed Lipstick Killers disprove the rule? ...

Judas Priest: Pavelló Olímpic, Badalona

Live Review by Geoff Barton, Classic Rock, October 2004

Reunited — and it feels so good. Taking their cue from Peaches & Herb's '79 hit, Judas Priest get back together with singer Rob Halford ...

Melissa Auf Der Maur, Hole: Melissa Auf Der Maur

Interview by Ian Fortnam, Classic Rock, October 2004

The one-time Hole bass player and now solo performer talks about Courtney Love, Billy Corgan, her music, her musical upbringing, and where destiny has taken ...

Rush: The Sword and Sorcery Phase

Retrospective and Interview by Geoff Barton, Classic Rock, October 2004

Rush had their first taste of success in 1975, when they changed from being a basic hard rock power outfit and became something altogether more ...

Hawkwind: Ian Abrahams: Hawkwind – Sonic Assassins

Book Review by John Doran, Classic Rock, November 2004

PSYCH-ROCK visionaries Hawkwind have undeniably one of the most interesting stories in rock: paranoia, madness, drugs, fatal road accidents, not to mention startlingly inventive music ...

Siouxsie & The Banshees: Siouxsie Sioux: 100 Club, London

Live Review by John Doran, Classic Rock, December 2004

Two shows in one week for the iconic 'anti-Blondie' – one a lo-fi hits set, and one with 18-piece orchestra . Hark at her! ...

Nine Inch Nails: Fighting Tooth And Nail

Interview by John Doran, Classic Rock, July 2005

After finally admitting to himself that he was in the merciless grip of alcohol and drug addiction, Trent Reznor (aka Nine Inch Nails) got himself ...

Grand Funk Railroad: Get The Funk Out

Retrospective and Interview by Pete Makowski, Classic Rock, October 2005

WHO THE hell are Grand Funk Railroad? More to the point, why should we even care who they are? These are pertinent questions for any ...

Kate Bush: Stand By Your Mantra

Retrospective by Harry Doherty, Classic Rock, December 2005

An enigma. A recluse. A sensitive artist scared of the limelight. Few people get close enough to get to know the real Kate Bush. But ...

Blackmore's Night, Deep Purple, Rainbow, Ritchie Blackmore: Richie Blackmore: Blackmore's Nightmare

Retrospective by Pete Makowski, Classic Rock, March 2006

"I'm at that stage where I will play anything I want to. I will not be dictated to by fans or people who say: 'You ...

Detective, Michael Des Barres, Silverhead: Silverhead: Studs Silver

Retrospective and Interview by Pete Makowski, Classic Rock, March 2006

MOST OF you will never have heard of Silverhead. The pseudo-flowery moniker of frontman Michael Des Barres probably doesn't even tinkle the vaguest of bells. ...

Terry Reid

Retrospective and Interview by Geoff Barton, Classic Rock, March 2006

He turned down Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple. Meet rock's ultimate nearly man. ...

Aerosmith: Deuces Are Wild

Retrospective and Interview by Pete Makowski, Classic Rock, May 2007

LONDON, TUESDAY, February 20, 2007, 11.35pm. Me, photographer Ross Halfin, Aerosmith tour manager John Bionelli and oh yeah – Joe Perry and Jimmy Page are ...

The Clash, Tom Robinson Band, Steel Pulse, X-Ray Spex: Punks, Nazis, Skins and the Clash's Finest Hour

Retrospective and Interview by Ian Fortnam, Classic Rock, August 2007

Rock Against Racism: Tom Robinson thinks of it as "the punk Woodstock" and it was the moment that punk went overground and people's band the ...

The Eagles: Eagles: Long Road Out Of Eden (Universal)

Review by Max Bell, Classic Rock, December 2007

WHEN STEELY DAN sang the immortal line "Turn up the Eagles, the neighbours are listening" on their mid-'70s sex-swinging party anthem 'Everything You Did', the ...

Joan Jett, The Runaways: Joan Jett

Interview by Ian Fortnam, Classic Rock, December 2007

The punk-loving former Runaways hellraiser talks about being in the first girl rock band, her fondness for S&M clothes, her blurred sexuality and almost joining ...

Man Reissues (Esoteric)

Review and Interview by Carol Clerk, Classic Rock, December 2007

They stretched their songs to the limit — now three of Man's '70s albums get stretched and expanded... ...

UFO: Reissues

Review by Pete Makowski, Classic Rock, February 2008

WATCHING THIS once-great band drag their bruised, battered – and in some cases surgically-enhanced – carcass around metal's chicken-in-a-basket circuit, it's difficult to believe that ...

Deep Purple: Around The World Live (Eagle Vision)

Film/DVD/TV Review by Paul Elliott, Classic Rock, July 2008

Four-disc set documenting the Steve Morse era and Jon Lord's farewell. ...

Mudhoney: Superfuzz Bigmuff: Deluxe Edition (Sub Pop!)

Review by Carol Clerk, Classic Rock, July 2008

TWENTY YEARS AGO, Mudhoney released their first Sub Pop! single, 'Touch Me I'm Sick', followed closely by the Superfuzz Bigmuff EP. Neither sold much, but ...

Uriah Heep: Wake The Sleeper

Review by Geoff Barton, Classic Rock, July 2008

GHOSTS OF Abominog. It sounds like a magical incantation by Doctor Strange, doesn't it? You can just imagine Marvel Comics' moustachio'd master of the mystic ...

Lynyrd Skynyrd: Mystery & Magic

Retrospective and Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Classic Rock, Summer 2008

"YOU KNOW HOW they always say, who died and made you boss?" asks Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington in his soft Florida drawl, made even ...

Them Crooked Vultures: High Flyers

Profile and Interview by Rob Hughes, Classic Rock, March 2010

Most 40th birthday parties end with a sore head, regrettable dancing and uneaten cake. Dave Grohl's bash finished up with him, John Paul Jones and ...

Led Zeppelin: Let's Get Physical: The Story of Led Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, Classic Rock, September 2010

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The Who: Live at Leeds (Super Deluxe Edition)

Review by Roy Carr, Classic Rock, January 2011

IT TURNS OUT that the greatest live album in rock history was only the soundcheck. Actually, Live at Leeds was the second choice – a ...

Queens Of The Stone Age's Josh Homme on Guns, God, and America

Interview by Paul Elliott, Classic Rock, June 2011

Heavy questions for Josh Homme, multi-tasking rocker, Eagle Of Death Metal, Crooked Vulture, and fallen libertarian. ...

Pink Floyd in Venice

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, Classic Rock, September 2011

1989, JULY 15: 200,000 fans and 100m satellite TV viewers worldwide watch Pink Floyd play a spectacular free show from a barge floating in the ...

Jimi Hendrix: Surrounded By Vultures

Retrospective by Johnny Black, Classic Rock, October 2011

SEPTEMBER 10, 1969, had been a bad night for Jimi Hendrix and it was about get considerably worse. ...

Queen Of Nude Orleans: 1978, October 31

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, Classic Rock, October 2011

IT WAS THE aftershow party to end all aftershow parties. The champagne flowed like water, couples coupled under the tables and the entertainment included strippers, ...

The Fugs Levitate the Pentagon

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, Classic Rock, November 2011

NOT IN HIS wildest imagination could David Copperfield have dreamed this one up. Levitate the Pentagon, America's stark and forbidding Defense HQ, 300 feet skyward, ...

Ian Anderson, Jethro Tull: An Interview with Ian Anderson

Interview by Johnny Black, Classic Rock, December 2011

CR: When you started, there were virtually no flute players in rock music. What inspired you to take it up? ...

Gram Parsons: Gram Theft Parsons Revisited

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, Classic Rock, March 2012

LATE IN THE evening of September 20, 1973, two drunk men clad in rhinestoned jackets and cowboy hats drove a hearse into Los Angeles Airport ...

Joe Strummer

Retrospective by Stephen Dalton, Classic Rock, October 2012

"When big money moves in, big money doesn't fuck around…" ...

Keith Moon Drives His Car Into a Swimming Pool 

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, Classic Rock, November 2012

IN 1967, Holiday Inn was the world's largest hotel chain, with nearly 1,000 properties – comprised primarily of roadside motels.  ...

Tom Waits: Tom's Wild Year: The Story of Swordfishtrombones

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, Classic Rock, June 2013

HAVE I GOT NEWS FOR YOU it was not. Tom Waits did, however, have news for fellow guest Ian Hislop, rounding on the latter after ...

Rock 'n' Roll Never Forgets

Retrospective by Jim Esposito, Classic Rock, September 2013

IN THE FUTURE the 1960s will be remembered as another Renaissance, an aesthetic revolution when art flourished. Only this time instead of white marble sculptures ...

The Pixies: Looking back on Doolittle and the making of a classic

Retrospective and Interview by Rob Hughes, Classic Rock, May 2014

30 years after the Doolittle album took The Pixies from obscurity to alt.rock's top table, the band Kurt Cobain wanted to be in look back ...

Randy California, Spirit: California Dreaming: The Wild and Tragic Story of Spirit

Retrospective by Max Bell, Classic Rock, 18 June 2014

Led by mercurial guitarist Randy California, Spirit were buddies of Jimi Hendrix and praised by Led Zeppelin. But their promise would collapse in blur of ...

Prince: The Making of Purple Rain

Retrospective and Interview by Bill DeMain, Classic Rock, 8 October 2014

How the self-contained, reclusive genius learned to play nice with others, how to rock and in the process found his world-conquering groove. ...

Baxter Dury: It’s A Pleasure

Review and Interview by Jamie Atkins, Classic Rock, November 2014

BAXTER DURY’S last album, Happy Soup, saw the singer-songwriter follow a period of extended downtime with a more pared-back and lo-fi sound. It’s A Pleasure, ...

Skip Spence: Dark Star: The Tragic Genius Of Skip Spence

Retrospective by Rob Hughes, Classic Rock, 23 January 2015

Moby Grape co-founder Skip Spence wrote his album Oar in a psychiatric ward after threatening his bandmates with an axe. Fifteen years after his death, artists ...

Fanny: The Untold Story of the original Queens of Noise

Retrospective and Interview by Geoff Barton, Classic Rock, September 2015

They may have been overshadowed by the Runaways, but nobody did it quite like Fanny, the original all-girl rock'n'roll band who blazed a trail through the ...

Nuggets: Psych Rock's Pimply Origins

Retrospective by David Dalton, Classic Rock, 4 September 2015

LOST TEEN civilisation uncovered! Garage band rock and its mutant spawn, psych rock, a pimply, snotty, inspired, glue-sniffing teen culture that flourished in the last ...

Jimi Hendrix: Hendrix: The Gigs That Changed History

Retrospective by David Dalton, Classic Rock, 30 October 2015

AUGUST 18, 1969. Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock, the supreme moment in the history of rock – if not of the cosmos. But, wait a moment, ...

Bob Dylan: How Bob Dylan And The Holy Trinity Changed Music Forever

Retrospective by David Dalton, Classic Rock, January 2016

BRINGING IT ALL BACK HOME, Highway 61 Revisited, and Blonde on Blonde are the highwater mark of '60s rock, and with the quasi-religious reverence due ...

Led Zeppelin: The Complete BBC Sessions

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Classic Rock, October 2016

JUST HOW MUCH more juice is there to be squeezed out of the Led Zeppelin lemon? It's a question you may well ask yourself by ...

Black Country Communion: BCCIV

Review by David Stubbs, Classic Rock, September 2017

Fourth album from supergroup combines hard riffing and pensive lyrics ...

Queen: Brian May: The Show Must Go On

Interview by Henry Yates, Classic Rock, October 2018

AUTHOR'S NOTE: This is the original version of the interview submitted to Classic Rock.                                                        *   ...

The Rolling Stones, Ronnie Wood: Ronnie Wood: "These men were dangerous…"

Interview by Henry Yates, Classic Rock, November 2018

AUTHOR'S NOTE: This is my original version, as submitted to the magazine. ...

Europe's Joey Tempest

Interview by Henry Yates, Classic Rock, December 2018

The Europe frontman on football, politics and his band's hard road to credibility…   ...

Manic Street Preachers: James Dean Bradfield

Interview by Henry Yates, Classic Rock, December 2018

The Manic Street Preachers frontman on fame, hecklers and getting beaten to UK#1 by the "fucking Greatest Showman…" ...

Kiss: Gene Simmons

Report and Interview by Henry Yates, Classic Rock, 11 December 2018

The Demon looks back on a year of booming business – and ahead to the KISS split. ...

Iron Maiden's Nicko McBrain

Interview by Henry Yates, Classic Rock, 11 December 2018

Drummer Nicko McBrain on live extravaganzas, critical slatings and smacking Classic Rock in the mouth… ...

Thin Lizzy: Scott Gorham

Interview by Henry Yates, Classic Rock, February 2019

The Black Star Riders silverback on triumphs, tweets and resurrecting Phil Lynott… ...

Buckcherry

Interview by Henry Yates, Classic Rock, March 2019

Frontman Josh Todd on addiction, tattoos and the death of rock radio… ...

Vinegar Joe

Retrospective and Interview by Geoff Barton, Classic Rock, April 2019

Mock muggings, sexual advances and sweat stains were all part of the Vinegar Joe story – along with some blistering British blues-rock. But one member ...

Bonnie Tyler: The Soundtrack Of My Life

Interview by Henry Yates, Classic Rock, May 2019

Power-ballad belter Bonnie Tyler on the special records, artists and gigs that are of lasting significance to her. ...

Black Sabbath: Geezer Butler: "I thought I could live without it – but I can't…"

Profile and Interview by Henry Yates, Classic Rock, June 2019

Geezer Butler on life after Sabbath – and the rise of new band Deadland Ritual… ...

Peter Frampton: Over And Out

Profile and Interview by Henry Yates, Classic Rock, June 2019

Peter Frampton's diagnosis with a degenerative muscle condition means the clock is ticking on his fabled guitar skills. But as the 68-year-old heads out on ...

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