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Features 26 Eagles

It looked like it really was all over when America’s biggest-ever band called time after the death of Glenn Frey in 2016. Now they’re back, and an American dream continues.

36 Geddy Lee

Away from the spotlight he’s a family man, a serious collector – wine, basses, baseballs – and, most recently, an author. The Rush bassist/vocalist opens up in The Classic Rock Interview.

46 Angry Anderson

A small man with a big voice, the latter-day politician is fronting a reboot of Rose Tattoo. And yes, he’s still angry.

50 Jimi Hendrix

As his landmark album Electric Ladyland celebrates its 50th anniversary, we look at what made him the first true star of a very ‘white’ scene.

54 Bon Jovi

The Jersey Syndicate tour of 1988/89 consolidated their status as one of the biggest bands in the world. It also took them perilously close to breaking point.

64 Roy Buchanan

He inspired the likes of Jeff Beck, Gary Moore and Joe Bonamassa, said no to the Stones, suffered a life of addiction, died a bluesman’s death and became a cult icon.

68 Creedence Clearwater Revival

How inflated egos, brotherly hate, bitter feuds, financial ruin and tragic death brought down one of the most successful bands of their era.

72 Black Stone Cherry/ The Cadillac Three/ Monster Truck

We head to Nashville to catch up with all three bands ahead of their UK tour together in December.



Classic Rock talks to Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B Schmit about life in ‘America’s band’.

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10 The Dirt

Def Leppard up for the Hall Of Fame and headline next year’s Download; Scorpions and Foreigner also headliners at next summer’s festivals; Fleetwood Mac tell Lindsey Buckingham: “See you in court”; Nick Mason, Roger Taylor and Sting among artists warning Theresa May over Brexit… Welcome back Kristin Hersh, Angel and Electric Boys … Say hello to Northward and Goodbye June, say goodbye to Marty Balin, Otis Rush, Geoff Emerick, Andie Airfix…

Geddy Lee

“Rush’s last gig was quite emotional. I was a little emotionally bruised for a few months.”

17 Raw Power

We pluck a Warwick Thumb NT seven-string custom bass – an instrument that’s almost impossible to play.

22 The Stories Behind The Songs UFO

Doctor Doctor became a live favourite, and the live version that gave the band their signature song and biggest hit.

24 Q&A Ronnie Wood

The Rolling Stone recalls the groundbreaking US guitarists who shook 60s London.

79 CR’s Social Club

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83 Reviews

New albums from Muse, Whitesnake, Smashing Pumpkins, Hawklords, Dan Reed Network, Steven Pearcy, Electric Boys, Robben Ford… Reissues from Jimi Hendrix, Queen, Eagles, Saxon, Deep Purple, Jethro Tull, Fleetwood Mac, Dio, Creedence Clearwater Revival… DVDs, films and books on Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Yes, David Bowie, Beastie Boys… Live reviews of Glenn Hughes, Steve Hackett, Halestorm, Jeff Lynne’s ELO, U2, Smashing Pumpkins…

96 Buyer’s Guide Pearl Jam

Dismissed by many as grunge interlopers, they’ve outwritten, out-sold and outlived most of those detractors.

102 Live Previews

Must-see gigs from Killing Joke, The Night Flight Orchestra, Magnum, Bernie Tormé and The Magpie Salute. Plus full gig listings – find out who’s playing where and when.

122 The Soundtrack Of My Life Ace Frehley

The former Kiss guitarist talks about the special records that are of lasting significance to him.

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y overwhelming memory of the Eagles is getting the chance, back in 2007, to witness them play a very intimate gig at the IndigO2 in London to celebrate the release of their last studio album,

Long Road Out Of Eden. It was hard not to be struck by just how many of their songs you knew – even if you didn’t actually realise you knew them, so intrinsic is their music to classic rock. As you’ll read in our exclusive interview with Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B Schmit, they were one of the founding fathers of the genre of music that this magazine is named after. After Glenn Frey’s unexpected death two years ago, we didn’t think we’d see the Eagles play again. And, for a good deal of time, neither did the surviving band members. Turn to p26 for more on their chequered history and their third act. Elsewhere we sit down with Rush’s Geddy Lee for the Classic Rock Interview, wherein he admits to struggling after the demise of his band. We also profile Rose Tattoo’s Angry Anderson, relive Bon Jovi’s glory years (and hear talk of “the wildest party in rock’n’roll”), head to Nashville to hang out with Black Stone Cherry, The Cadillac Three and Monster Truck, and much more besides. Until next month…

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This month we managed to keep Diamond Dave Everley living out of a suitcase. First we dispatched him to NYC to hang out with the Eagles for our cover story (p26). Then while he was out there we stuck him on a plane to the other coast for a forthcoming (top secret) feature on one of the most exciting bands of recent times. But you’ll have to wait for that one.

Robby Klein

Robby is an entertainment photographer from New Orleans and is currently based in Nashville. This month we snagged him to take our shots of Black Stone Cherry, The Cadillac Three and Monster Truck (p72). He can often be found surfing in LA or eating bagels in NYC. Robby travels the world with his camera, and family, telling the stories of his subjects one portrait at a time.

Polly Glass

This month we dispatched our features editor to a dive bar in Nashville to hang out with the frontmen of Black Stone Cherry, The Cadillac Three and Monster Truck ahead of their UK arena tour (p72). Beers, chat, much live music and a chance to meet up with CR writer Bill DeMain, pictured here with Polly… It really is a tough ol’ life. This issue she also interviewed Northward (p15).

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Headline news: Def Leppard among the bill toppers at Download in June, Foreigner (above) at Ramblin’ Man Fair in July and Scorpions (right) at Bloodstock in August. 10

Leppard On The Loose Def Leppard are Download bound (along with fellow headliners Slipknot and Tool), and are also up for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

In a bumper month for the Sheffield-based band, Def The band also have their own indoor headline tour in Leppard have been nominated for induction to the Rock celebration of their 1987 album Hysteria, which had to be And Roll Hall Of Fame and are confirmed as one of the taken into account. three headliners for next year’s Download Festival. “I was hoping that the [Download] offer would come For the 2019 HOF honours Leppard are shortlisted in, and Andy Copping [Download boss] was true to his along with Todd Rundgren, Stevie Nicks, Radiohead, word,” Elliott says. “We’re ecstatic to do this. It’s the first The Cure, Rage Against The Machine, Roxy Music, time we’ve done it on a Friday. It’s a big deal for us.” Devo, Kraftwerk, The Zombies, MC5, John Prine, Rufus Leppard are very much content to represent the old Featuring Chaka Khan, LL Cool J and Janet Jackson. The guard at Download. winners will be announced next month, and the “It shouldn’t be purely a classic rock event, you’ve got induction ceremony takes place at the Barclays Center in to mix it up,” Elliott says. “At Woodstock you had New York on March 29. Hendrix, Santana, Joan Baez, The Who and Joe Cocker. Talking exclusively to Classic Rock, Leppard frontman Back then maybe people’s minds were more open. It’s Joe Elliott says: “If people want to see us in there, then vote great to get a gathering of the tribes. How cool that for us! For many years we said we didn’t care about the some of our fans might go on a weekend ticket, watch Hall Of Fame, and we didn’t until the fan vote became such these other bands and think: ‘I wasn’t expecting to enjoy an integral part of it. I believe that the last six times, the that but I did.’” fan-vote winner got in. So the fact that our audience has its As for their tour, he and the rest of Leppard relish say swings our way of thinking. And let’s be honest – who performing Hysteria in its entirety in their home country. wouldn’t want to be in same club as The Beatles and the “We’re going to do the album backwards and in Stones and The Who and Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin?” a foreign language,” Elliott says, laughing. “It’s like Elliott adds that should the revisiting an old movie like The band be successful, original Godfather or Gone With The Wind guitarist Pete Willis would be – you know what’s coming. welcome to stand with them on The anticipation actually the podium. arriving makes the hairs on the “I really couldn’t tell you how back of your neck stand up, it’s that’s going to pan out,” the brilliant. As an album it’s only singer told Billboard. “Would we an hour long, so there will be welcome his company? Well, forty-five minutes of stuff why not? If he’s nominated, he’s either side of Hysteria that we rightly nominated. He does can change around. It’s great Joe Elliott deserve to be on the list.” fun for us to do this.” One thing already confirmed is that Leppard will top By way of celebration, a new ‘greatest hits’ collection, the Friday bill at next summer’s Download Festival on The Story So Far: The Best Of, is released on November 30. June 14. Slipknot are the Saturday headliners and Tool The 35-track double-disc set includes Leppard’s re-make will close the event on Sunday. Other names set to of Depeche Mode’s Personal Jesus. Also out on November appear include Whitesnake, Slash Featuring Miles 30 is Hysteria: The Singles – a limited-edition, 10-disc Kennedy, Rob Zombie, Tesla, Opeth, Trivium, Carcass, vinyl-only box set. The band have also released a festive Skindred, Delain and song titled We All Need Christmas. Amon Amarth. In related festival news, the Scorpions have been Tickets are on sale now announced as the Sunday headliners of the Bloodstock at Festival, which as usual takes place at Catton Park in Derbyshire, this year over the weekend of August 8-11. Download 2019 Other acts confirmed include Dee Snider of Twisted marks Leppard’s fourth Sister, Queensrÿche, Cradle Of Filth, Sabaton, Children time at Donington Of Bodom, Soilwork and Hypocrisy. Park, including their Foreigner and The Darkness will be top dogs at next emotional comeback at summer’s Ramblin’ Man Fair, with one more major Monsters Of Rock name to be confirmed. Next year’s event, on July 19-21, there in 1986. takes place at its regular home of Mote Park in “Download was Maidstone. The Darkness headline Friday, and Foreigner always on my radar will close the event on Sunday. There will also be when we were a number of satellite stages, including Prog, Blues, planning a European Grooverider and Outlaw Country, with the cream of the onslaught for next UK’s unsigned talent appearing on the Rising stage. summer,” Elliott Stay tuned to tells us. for news of artists being added to the bills. DL/PE

“Who wouldn’t want to be in the same club as The Beatles, the Stones, The Who, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin?”

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Geoff Emerick

December 5, 1945 – October 2, 2018

A hugely significant component in The Beatles’ success, as right-hand man to producer George Martin, Geoff Emerick was the studio engineer on the band’s early hits and later albums from 1966 to ’69. After the Beatles broke up, Emerick moved to America and collaborated with artists including Jeff Beck, Cheap Trick, Kate Bush, Elvis Costello, Art Garfunkel, Split Enz and Ultravox, winning four Grammys along the way. Emerick was 72 at the time of his death following a heart attack.

Paul Curcio

Died September 10, 2018

Paul Curcio was best known for having overseen Metallica’s 1983 debut album Kill ’Em All. The New Yorker was a musician who produced other acts and also helped to build studios, but it’s Kill ’Em All, made for just $15,000, that secures his place in metal history. He died of heart failure in Florida at the age of 74.

Oli Herbert

Geddy Lee reveals that there are “zero plans” for Rush to tour again. However, the bassist/ vocalist did tell Rolling Stone that seeing “one of us or two of us or three of us” – i.e. solo projects or him working with guitarist Alex Lifeson – remains “possible”. Lee’s book The Big Beautiful Book Of Bass is published on December 4 via Harper Collins. Read The Classic Rock Interview with Lee on page 36.

Died October 17, 2018

The surviving members of American heavy metal band All That Remains are mourning the loss of their lead guitarist Oli Herbert at just 44. Herbert co-founded the Massachusetts group in 1998 and performed on all nine of their studio albums. “His impact on the genres [of rock and metal] and our lives will continue indefinitely,” the band say in a statement.

Michael Weiley Died September 29, 2018

Georgia Marnham has confirmed the death of her brother Michael Weiley, a co-founding guitarist and singer with the Sydney-based pub-rock band Spy V Spy. The band were named after the comic strip Spy vs. Spy in Mad magazine, and their music tackled such topics as racism, homelessness and contemporary drug culture. Michael had been battling cancer.

Andie Airfix

August 27, 1946 – October 10, 2018

The designer of some of the most famous album art of all time, Andie Airfix has died aged 72 from a short but serious illness. He is probably best known for working on Def Leppard’s Hysteria, and also had Metallica, Paul McCartney, Led Zeppelin, Robert Plant, Guns N’ Roses and Whitesnake among his clientele. 12

Heart (pictured) are expected to regroup after two years of inactivity. The band have been on hiatus since singer Ann Wilson’s husband Dean Wetter received a suspended sentence for reportedly assaulting the twin sons of Ann’s guitarist sister Nancy in 2016. Now Nancy says: “There’s a big offer [of a tour] on the table. Me and Ann are talking, so we’ll keep talking.”  Rival Sons have announced dates at Newcastle Northumbria Institute January 31, Glasgow Barrowland February 1, Manchester Academy 2, Leeds O2 Academy 4, Birmingham O2 Academy 5, London Roundhouse 6.

Marty Balin

January 30, 1942 – September 27, 2018 A key figure in the San Francisco flower-power era, Marty Balin was a founder of and a singer and songwriter with Jefferson Airplane, and also a lynchpin of that band’s successor, Jefferson Starship. With roots in Eastern Europe, Balin was born Martyn Jerel Buchwald in Cincinnati. After moving with his family to California when he was four, and eventually changing his name, he began a solo career. However, it was with Jefferson Airplane, whose frontline he shared with lead vocalist Grace Slick and rhythm guitarist Paul Kantner, that Balin really made waves, including spots at the Monterey Pop Festival, Altamont and Woodstock. He quit Airplane in 1971, explaining that “the chemicals made [some] people [in the band] crazy and very selfish”, then joined Slick and Kantner in Jefferson Starship in 1975 and left them seven years later after Slick’s exit. In 1993 he worked again with

Kantner in a band named Jefferson Starship: The Next Generation, and remained with them until 2003. Prolific in his own right, Balin recorded 13 albums between 1981 and 2016. In the mid-80s he was also in the KBC Band with Kantner and Airplane bassist Jack Casady. In 1996 Balin was inducted to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame as part of Jefferson Airplane, and in 2016 received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Casady said his former bandmate was “a great songwriter and singer who loved life and music. We shared some wonderful times together. We will all miss you.” A statement from Jefferson Starship said: “Marty Balin was a true talent and inspiration to many. We send his family and friends our deepest condolences. Your love songs will live forever. RIP.” Balin was 76 at the time of his death. Cause of death has yet to be revealed. DL

Otis Rush

April 29, 1935 – September 29, 2018 A pioneer of the Chicago blues scene, guitarist/singer Otis Rush enjoyed a recording career that spanned more than six decades. Born near Philadelphia, he was a self-taught musician from the age of eight, and played his instrument lefthanded and upside down. He moved to Chicago in 1949 and found work in the local steel mills and stockyards and as a truck driver, and pursued music as a vocation after attending a Muddy Waters concert. He developed a style of guitar playing based on jazz foundations, which he embellished with an impassioned tenor voice. Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Peter Green and Carlos Santana are among those who cited him as an influence on their own technique. His first single, a version of the Willie Dixon-penned I Can’t Quit You Baby, put him on the map immediately. The song was

of course later re-recorded faithfully by Led Zeppelin on their self-titled debut album. His expansive catalogue includes All Your Love (I Miss Loving), which John Mayall covered, and Double Trouble, a song that Stevie Ray Vaughan named his backing band after. Rush’s career was plagued by problems with record labels, including the bankruptcy of his first one, Cobra Records. Later recordings were often unreleased or delayed. Having retired from performing in the late 1970s, Rush returned to action the following decade. In 1999 he won a Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Album for Any Place I’m Going. That record proved to be his final studio album of original material. Rush had suffered a stroke in 2003, the complications of which eventually took his life. He was 83. DL

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Thunder release an album called Please Remain Seated on January 18 via BMG. Said to be a “collection of radically reworked versions of songs from throughout our extensive catalogue”, it will be promoted by dates in Cardiff on February 1, Ipswich 2, Manchester 4, York 5, Gateshead 6, Glasgow 8, Leicester 9, Bath 11 and Birmingham 12. Support comes from Dan Reed.

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