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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.

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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

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

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, Classic Rock, September 2010

SOMETHING IS ROTTEN in the state of rock. The heady euphoria of the late Sixties has degenerated into decadence and self-satisfaction. Working-class guitar heroes have ...

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, ...

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 ...

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