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“We are as relevant as any new band out there�

the life and times of a folk-rock legend

Issue 248

MAY 2018 issue 248

Features 28 Def Leppard

The first forty years of Sheffield’s finest. By Joe Elliott, Rick Savage, Rick Allen, Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell.

40 The Temperance Movement

You’ve heard their songs, seen them live and their new album has hit the Top 10. But just who are the men of The Temperance Movement?

46 Stone Temple Pilots

After the tragic deaths of two singers, how did they pick up the pieces and return with an excellent new album?

50 The White Buffalo

Jake Smith is touching people with his songs woven from resonant lyrics and a blend of rural folk, punk, rock and more.

52 Judas Priest

“We are the most relevant metal band in the world today,” says frontman Rob Halford.

56 Thee Hypnotics

In the late 80s, with “one foot in Blue Cheer and one foot in the punk side of Led Zep”, Thee Hypnotics were a band out of time. Now they’re back to save us again.

60 Sandy Denny

She had one of the most captivating voices of her era, but due to insecurity and tragedy she never fulfilled her potential.

68 A Perfect Circle

The confrontational supergroup fronted by Tool vocalist Maynard James Keenan returns.

74 Britrock Must Be Destroyed!

Ginger Wildheart, Terrorvision’s Tony Wright and Reef’s Gary Stringer share tales of excess and mayhem ahead of their bands’ joint UK tour.

78 Brian Fallon

The Gaslight Anthem frontman and rising solo artist is “very optimistic about the ability of music to comfort people”.


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Def Leppard

“We don’t do what we’re told. We do what we feel. We’ll live and die by our own decisions.”


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12 The Dirt

Skynyrd, Elton, Slayer and more to retire from the road… Say hello to Kris Barras and Demob Happy, welcome back Adrian Vandenberg, Kino and Fanny Walked The Earth, say goodbye to Russ Solomon, Pete Boot, John Perry Barlow…

Stone Temple Pilots

22 The Stories Behind The Songs Kansas The making of the monster hit Dust In The Wind.

“That I’m the singer of STP blows my mind as much as anyone else’s!”

24 Q&A Charlie Starr

The Blackberry Smoke singer/guitarist on brawls, Beefheart, Skynyrd and how “everything that I enjoy is bad for you”.

82 CR’s Social Club

Write! Rage! And more! Just a few of the many things you can find when you head over to

85 Reviews

New albums from Rick Parfitt, Manic Street Preachers, Stone Temple Pilots, Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, Monster Magnet, FM, The Damned… Reissues from Led Zeppelin, Anthrax, Wishbone Ash, Thee Hypnotics, Marillion, Moody Blues, Paradise Lost… DVDs, films and books on Thunder, Steve Lukather, Scott Ian, The Slits, LA Thrash… Live reviews of Saxon, Diamond Head, Brian Fallon, King Gizzard & His Lizard Wizard, Starcrawler, Rock Goddess…

105 Live Previews

Must-see gigs from Nickelback, Dead Daisies, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Jon Hiseman-Clem ClempsonMark Clarke and Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite. Plus full gig listings – find out who’s playing where and when.

130 Heavy Load Derek Smalls

The Spinal Tap bass player answers life’s big questions as he finally releases his debut solo album. And no, Jazz Odyssey didn’t make the cut…

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o ya wanna get rocked? Well, as you’re holding a magazine in your hand called Classic Rock, I figure the chances are pretty good. And what better band to celebrate than the one who brought that particular phrase to the forefront of our collective consciousness. Yep, this month we’re all about the mighty Def Leppard, a band who have enjoyed more triumph and weathered more adversity than most over their now four decades of existence. We talk to Joe, Sav, Rick, Phil and Viv about their incredible ‘You honestly couldn’t make this stuff up if you tried’ history. Elsewhere, we check in with the rejuvenated Stone Temple Pilots and their new singer; spend some time getting to know the men of The Temperance Movement; take a look at the huge talent but tragically short life of Sandy Denny (who died 40 years ago this month); try to get inside the mind of Maynard James Keenan and Billy Howerdel as they relaunch A Perfect Circle; drag the protagonists of the forthcoming Britrock Must Die! tour to the scene of past crimes; and so much more. Enjoy!

Siân Llewellyn, Editor

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This month’s contributors Nick Hasted

Nick somehow combines being a rock, jazz and film journalist, and is the author of three books, most recently a new edition of You Really Got Me: The Story of The Kinks. A Classic Rock writer since 2013, this month he enjoyed discovering the still strongly beating-butbattered heart of Stone Temple Pilots. Read all about it on page 46.

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Mick Wall is a former Editor In Chief of Classic Rock. This issue he reconnected with Joe Elliott to discuss the four tumultuous decades (so far!) of Def Leppard. When not writing for CR, Mick is hard at work on The Caveman, the official biography of producer Kevin Shirley, full of tales of Led Zep, Iron Maiden, Aerosmith, Black Country Communion and more.

Ross Halfin

Readers of Classic Rock will be very familiar with the sterling photography of Mr Halfin, or The Master as he’s more commonly known round these parts. This month he photographed Stone Temple Pilots and their new singer (p46), and also raided his archive to unearth some of his brilliant Def Leppard photos. For prints and more, visit

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