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“The war is over. We won”
going out on top of the world
We join Gene, Paul, Tommy and Eric on their private jet as they begin their final tour.
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Features 26 Kiss
After nearly 50 years, a brace of classic records, enough explosives to start a war and more make-up than a Boots warehouse, they’re calling it a day. We join the Gods Of Thunder on their private jet as they begin their farewell tour.
38 Mark Knopfler
He’s one of the world’s most successful musicians, but most people wouldn’t recognise the Dire Straits founder in the street or on the London Underground. And he likes it that way.
44 Eric Gales & Dave Navvaro
Classic Rock sits down with the two guitarists and meets “two junkies of the worst kind”.
Steve Hackett, Mike Rutherford, Tony Banks, Phil Collins and Peter Gabriel recall the making of a prog classic: Foxtrot.
56 Joyous Wolf
Looking for a Next Big Thing to get behind before everyone else does? Meet the band that are all-guns-blazing proof that proper shit-kicking rock’n’roll lives on.
58 Game Changers
The 21 albums that changed the way we play guitar, starring Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix Experience, Oasis, Black Sabbath, Nirvana, White Stripes and more.
64 Lee Kerslake
Knowing that he is living on borrowed time, the former Ozzy and Uriah Heep drummer looks back at a life filled with of highs and lows, friendships, fallouts and reconciliations.
70 Tedeschi Trucks Band
They’re led by arguably the best slide guitarist of his generation and a singer who oozes sweet soul, and their ‘old-fashioned’ values are a vital element of their success.
72 Yngwie Malmsteen
Camera Press / Lynn Goldsmith
The Swedish speed demon has enthralled and infuriated in equal measure since the 80s. Now he’s made… a blues album.
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10 The Dirt
Two new exhibitions put Andy Warhol’s Factory and new artists’ images in the frame; muscle disease forces Peter Frampton to retire; Graham Bonnett putting Alcatrazz back together for a new album… Welcome back Rosy Vista, Overkill and Rodrigo y Gabriela… Say hello to Spielbergs and Hollowstar… Say goodbye to Mark Hollis, Peter Tork, Stephan Ellis, Paul Williams, Andy Anderson…
Eric Gales & Dave Navaro
20 The Stories Behind The Songs The Darkness
“He’s basically a black Dave Navarro and I’m basically a white Eric Gales.”
Justin Hawkins looks back at the making of Love Is Only A Feeling, a “power ballad for the age”.
22 Q&A Josh Todd
The Buckcherry frontman on addiction, getting sober, tattoos and the death of rock radio.
24 Six Things You Need To Know About… Lovehoney
Get to know the Brooklyn four-piece making “sexy, heavy rock’n’roll” with soul.
New albums from Devin Townsend, Robin Trower, Don Felder, Suzi Quatro, Godfathers, Yngwie Malmsteen, Peter Hammill, Terrorvision… Reissues from Keith Richards, Iron Maiden, David Bowie, Mötley Crüe, Humble Pie, Taj Mahal… DVDs, films and books on Kurt Cobain, Journey, Foreigner, Agnostic Front, Toto, Damo Suzuki… Live reviews of The Struts, Slash, Wilko Johnson, Blue Öyster Cult, Steely Dan…
96 Buyer’s Guide Anthrax
Which records to stage-dive into first from the New York thrash legends.
101 Live Previews
Must-see gigs from Todd Rundgren, Steve Harley Acoustic Trio, Airrace, Dropkick Murphys and Monster Truck. Plus full gig listings – find out who’s playing where and when.
122 The Soundtrack Of My Life Geddy Lee
The Rush frontman talks about the records, artists and gigs that are of lasting significance to him.
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utspoken. Larger than life. Aliens from another planet. Grown men in make-up (who probably should know better, but we’re glad they don’t). These are just a few things that have been levelled against Kiss over their nearly five-decade career. And although once upon a time there was talk of Gene, Paul and company licensing their make-up, outfits and stage show so ‘Kiss’ could go on touring forever, it seems now that that was just talk. So yes, although we thought the day would never come, Kiss are calling time on their career. But they’re doing it in their own over-the-top, largerthan-life, fire-breathing style (of course they are). The band announced their final End Of The Road world tour last year, and it reaches the UK this summer. To celebrate (commiserate? honour?) the closing of this chapter of rock history, we sent longtime Kiss associate Jaan Uhelszki to join the quartet on board their private jet to reminisce, and see just what it’s like on the juggernaut now that they know the end is nearly upon them. “I do know we raised the bar in terms of what you can expect now from bands,” says the inimitable Mr Simmons. And you know what? He’s right. The world will be a quieter, duller place without Kiss. Just make sure you catch them one last time when they play here.
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This month’s contributors Nick hasted
Nick Hasted enjoyed spending an afternoon in the cells with Yngwie Malmsteen for Classic Rock this month (p72). Nick has been a music and film journalist since 1986, and his latest books are Jack White: How He Built An Empire From The Blues and a thorough update of You Really Got Me: The Story Of The Kinks.
As the only journalist ever to have performed in full makeup with them, Jaan was the perfect candidate to hang out with Kiss for CR one last time as they hit the road on their final tour (p26). As one of the founding editors of Creem magazine, Jaan has been hard at work on Boy Howdy! The Story Of Creem Magazine documentary which debuted at SXSW last month.
Richard Bienstock is an editor with Guitar World magazine. This month he hosted the conversation between Eric Gales and Dave Navarro (p44). He is also the author of several books, including Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck, and Slash: An Intimate Portrait. He is currently working on the definitive oral history of 80s hard rock, to be published by St Martin’s Press in 2020.
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Clockwise from this photo: the Velvet Underground at the Paraphernalia boutique opening, New York, 1966; Bob Dylan screen test at The Factory, ’65; Andy Warhol, Dylan and Gerard Malanga at The Factory, ’65.
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Two brand new London WC2N 6BP from exhibitions visit London April 11 to June 9, Monday this month. In And to Saturday 10am to 7pm Out Of Warhol’s Orbit, and Sunday 10am to 6pm. a collection of images by Admission is free. Details the late photojournalist Nat at proud.co.uk Finkelstein, takes us back to the 1960s and inside Andy Setting out to “explore Warhol’s studio the Silver the interplay of art and Factory. Finkelstein, who music”, Music Makers is died in 2009 aged 76, spent the first joint exhibition three years as the facility’s of works by the artists in-house photographer, Julie Bennett and Gerald capturing the many artists, O’Dowd, the latter the producers, musicians, brother of singer Boy creatives and wannabes George. The collection who frequented Warhol’s includes illustrations of HQ on the fifth floor at artists from five decades of 231 East 47th Street in music icons, including John Midtown Manhattan at the Lennon, David Bowie, Bob height of its prominence. Marley, Patti Smith, Janis In And Out Of Warhol’s Joplin, Courtney Love and Orbit: Photographs By Yoko Ono. Nat Finkelstein brings “Each painting is together images of the a portrait of a musician Velvet Underground, who has influenced my Nico, Bob Dylan, Rolling life and helped to shape me Stone Brian Jones, actress as an artist,” says Bennett, and fashion model Edie who as the younger of Sedgwick and fashion the two drew the slightly designer Betsey Johnson. more contemporary Remembered for artists including Florence a documentary style of Welch, Alison Moyet and photography, Finkelstein Boy George. offered a unique slant on “There’s a connection visitors to the Factory, between all of the musicians focusing on their in that each indulges in idiosyncrasies as artists some form of art, whether rather than on it’s sculpture, painting their emerging or drawing,” Bennett celebrity status. adds. “We’re looking at “I am a situational musicians who also use photographer,” he their artistry and creativity once explained. in another format.” “These un-posed Asked about thoughts images were made she would like people to when Andy Warhol take away with them as et al were people, not they leave the exhibition, products; young artists, Bennett replies: “It would not celebrities. Enjoy, be great if they but don’t venerate.” contemplated the influence The exhibition of music – and musicians – includes rare vintage upon themselves. All of us Photographer Nat Finkelstein and unique signed have at least one favourite prints of Andy Warhol that has had a strong impact and ‘the Factory Girl’ Edie Sedgwick, along upon our lives, don’t we?” with screen tests of a young Bob Dylan. Music Makers runs at Hackney Picturehouse, In And Out Of Warhol’s Orbit runs at 270 Mare St, London E8 1HE, from April 4 to 29, Proud Central Gallery, 32 John Adam Street, 11am to 10pm. DL This month The Dirt was compiled by Chris Chantler, Lee Dorrian, Dave Ling, Grant Moon, Paul Rees, Johnny Sharp, Henry Yates.
Thank you and good night. Stephan Ellis Died February 28, 2019
Steve Ellis joined Survivor in 1981 after Jim Peterik and Frankie Sullivan spotted him playing bass in a band in Los Angeles. It was the first of three spells with the iconic US melodic rockers. Frankie Sullivan called his former bandmate, who passed away at 69: “Well-coifed, always ready and [a man who] lived his own life in his own way and on his own terms.”
Paul Williams Died March 1, 2019
Paul Williams (born Paul William Yarlett) began climbing the ladder in Zoot Money’s Big Roll Band before joining John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Juicy Lucy, Tempest, and Allan Holdsworth in IOU. In more recent years he had worked in collaboration with David Hentschel. Williams fell ill and failed to recover. He was 78.
Peter Rüchel March 9, 1937 – February 20, 2019 Berlin-born Rüchel was a music journalist, producer and founder of the televised concert series Rockpalast. He died at the age of 81 following an unspecified illness. Ross Lowell July 10, 1926 – January 10, 2019 Few people get to invent a product that revolutionises an industry. Lowell, who died at the age of 92, achieved this feat when he hit on the idea for the roadies’ favourite accessory, gaffer tape.
February 26, 1930 – February 27, 2019
Drummer Doug Sandom was older than his partners in The Detours, and the age difference caused problems. He left shortly after they changed their name to The Who in the spring of 1984 and was replaced by Keith Moon. No recordings with Sandom, who died a day after his 89th birthday, performing with The Who were released, but his claim to fame of being their first drummer lives on.
January 30, 1951 – February 26, 2019
Andy Anderson was probably best known as a drummer with The Cure, joining them in 1983 when Lol Tolhurst switched to keyboards, though he also played with (among others) Steve Hillage, Iggy Pop, Peter Gabriel, Glenn Matlock and, briefly, Hawkwind. The 68-year-old reportedly died at home, surrounded by friends and loved ones.
September 22, 1961 – February 15, 2019
Born in New York, Kofi Burbridge was a classically trained multiinstrumentalist who most recently performed as a member of the Tedeschi Trucks Band following a stint with the Derek Trucks Band. In January it was announced that, following a persistent heart issue, he had suffered an unspecific “health setback”. He was 57. 12 classicrockmagazine.com
Mac Wiseman May 23, 1925 – February 24, 2019 With more than 70 years in the spotlight, bluegrass musician and Country Music Hall Of Fame member Wiseman (pictured) was known as The Voice With A Heart. He was 93 years old at the time of his death from kidney failure. Fred Foster July 26, 1931 – February 20, 2019 Born in North Carolina, Foster was an American Hall Of Fame record producer, songwriter and music business executive most associated with Roy Orbison. The 87-year-old died after a short illness. Dennis Eyre May 27, 1962 – February 21, 2019 A manager and booking agent, Eyre was a popular figure on the Midlands rock scene. One of his clients, ex-Scorpions guitarist Uli Jon Roth, said: “As a friend and human being Dennis is irreplaceable. I will miss him terribly.”
September 17, 1969 – March 4, 2019 Keith Flint, the man who brought rock’n’roll to the hard-edged electronic music giants the Prodigy, took his own life as this issue of Classic Rock went to press. He was 49 years old. The Prodigy were scheduled to begin a new tour in early April but following concerns for Flint’s welfare, police were called to the singer’s home in Essex, where his body was found. The band’s Liam Howlett confirmed the news on Instagram stating: “I can’t believe I’m saying this but our brother Keith took his own life over the weekend. I’m shellshocked, fuckin’ angry, confused and
heartbroken. RIP, brother.” The Prodigy formed in 1990, with Flint, famous for his fluorescent spiked hair, originally brought in as a dancer. But in 1996 he took over on the mic for the band’s best known song, Firestarter, and a follow-up single Breathe. Firestarter saw the band cross over into the hard rock and metal market via its hugely popular 1997 parent album called The Fat Of The Land. A band statement requested privacy during their period of grief, calling the singer “a true pioneer, innovator and legend”. DL
February 13, 1942 – February 21, 2019 The eldest member of 60s made-for-TV pop group The Monkees has died of adenoid cystic carcinoma, a rare form of head and neck cancer first diagnosed a decade ago. He was 77 years old. Micky Dolenz tweeted: “There are no words right now… heartbroken over the loss of my Monkee brother.” Beach Boy Brian Wilson added: “I’m sad to hear about Peter’s passing. I thought The Monkees were great and he will be missed.” Of Norwegian descent and born Peter Halsten Thorkelson in Washington DC, Tork moved to New York in the early 60s. He auditioned for The Monkees TV show in late ’65 and became the final musician to join the cast after his friend Stephen Stills
recommended him to its producers. His role was that of a loveable dimwit. The band had hits with what are now some of the most famous songs in popular music, including I’m A Believer, Last Train To Clarksville, Daydream Believer and Pleasant Valley Sunday, although they suffered the enduring stigma of being a manufactured group. This was smoothed over to some degree by a sixth album, Head, in 1968. Tork left show business shortly after leaving the Monkees in ’68, enduring personal and financial problems and dealing with alcoholism and drug abuse. He reunited with his fellow Monkees for a world tour in 2011. DL
January 4, 1955 – February 25, 2019 As the band’s lead singer, principal writer and driving force, North Londoner Hollis guided Talk Talk from synthpop to becoming a boldly experimental group, hailed as a significant influence by, among others, Steven Wilson, Marillion’s Steve Hogarth, Tears For Fears, Peter Gabriel, Radiohead, Placebo, The Mars Volta and Peter Hammill of Van der Graff Generator. Beginning during the New Romantic era of the 80s, Talk Talk found fleeting chart success with the singles Talk Talk and Today before branching out into a sound that was infinitely more difficult to define. Reviewers were left reaching for superlatives, although sales diminished. The band’s fourth album, 1988’s
Spirit Of Eden, was hailed as a masterpiece but despite reaching the Top 20 the band’s label EMI felt frustrated by the glass ceiling of Talk Talk’s sales and they moved on to Polydor for what would be their swansong, Laughing Stock, in 1991. Despite issuing a self-titled solo album in 1992, fame and Hollis never sat comfortably together and he faded into the shadows to concentrate on family life. “Before you play two notes, learn how to play one note, and don’t play one note until you’ve got a reason to play it,” he said in 1998. Hollis was 64 years at the time of his passing. His manager confirmed “a short illness from which he never recovered” as cause of death. DL
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