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Issue 11

December 2018

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Jimi Hendrix The guitar legend through the lens of Baron Wolman.

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30 Alice Cooper It’s only The Coop getting up WRQRJRRGZLWKIHOORZZLOGĦH\HG Michigan maverick Iggy Pop!

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Inglorious Exclusive: Nathan James on his band ’s dramatic split and their future plans…

Von Hertzen Brothers Brother Mikko picks six songs that salute that eternal goal of peave and love, man.

They don’t like it up ’em: Lemmy sees the point.

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Kris Barras 0HHWWKHIRUPHUFDJHĦÀJKWHUDQG sometime Supersonic Blues Machine PDQVHWWLQJWKHURFNZRUOGRQÀUH Plus: Those Damn Crows.

Fish The Hairy Bikers present Rock’n’Roll Cookery, IHDWXULQJ)LVKDQGħZKDW HOVH"ħKLVPRXWKZDWHULQJ seafood linguine recipe.

Spirit Of Radio Planet Rock’s presenters share their favourite Iron Maiden stories and give us the skinny on what’s steaming right now.

Tom Morello The Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave guitar hero shares with us his worldly wisdom.

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25 Albums You Must Hear Right Now! Including… Greta Van Fleet, Smashing Pumpkins, Chris Cornell and more…

Unsung That 1981 album by UFO that you never play is actually quite good, don’cha know…

Live Wire Live spectacular with Glenn Hughes and John Fogerty doing their things.

Crossword Fill in the squares to win a whole lot of Iron Maiden swag.

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118 The Buyers’ Guide Pearl Jam’s back catalogue rated.

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Who The Hell Are These Guys? Recognise this wild bunch? Maybe you were one of them!

Showtime Your guide to December and January’s hottest rocking nights out. Purple haze: Glenn Hughes live, page 120.

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Jason Redwood is an LA-rooted artist, working mostly in embroidery. He is inspired by music and art from the â&#x20AC;&#x2122;60s to the 2040s, and when not creating works of embroidery he spends most of his time trying to raise a human being. See his â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Eddieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; embroidery on page 80.

Gianandrea Traina is a Londonbased photographer whose work has been internationally published. He creates engaging images across the photographic spectrum, and shot Kris Barras in this issue. Follow his most recent project on Instagram @the_atomic_lens_project

Dirk Oliver GĂśtz is a Germanbased photographer. In 1989 German Metal Hammer offered him a job as a photographer and editor, and within a year Dirk was the principal photographer. His photograph of Lemmy at home in LA is on page 18.

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STAINED CLASS Artist Tom Spencer reveals the story behind this issueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bespoke Maiden cover.

Offski: Nathan James (bottom left) bids adieu to Parkinson (top), Lowe (top right) and Eriksson (right).

Nowhere Men

Nathan James reveals truth behind shock Inglorious split and looks to the future.

O N O C T O B E R 2 5 , just one week after announcing a January 25 release date for his bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s third album Ride To Nowhere, Inglorious frontman Nathan James revealed that guitarists Andreas Eriksson and Drew Lowe plus bassist Colin Parkinson had left the band. The news came as a shock to fans RIWKH/RQGRQÄĽEDVHGTXLQWHW not least because all three musicians were heavily involved LQWKHZULWLQJRIWKHIROORZÄĽXS to Inglorious II, and had spoken about their excitement at the prospect of premiering the new songs on the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s planned 10

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UK and European dates in January and February. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see this coming at all,â&#x20AC;? James admits, speaking exclusively to Planet Rock. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a big surprise to me, and a really odd time for the guys to choose to do this. Everyone whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heard the new album thinks itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s our best work to date, so honestly it seems a bit silly to walk away now. But peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lives and personal situations change. There are people having babies, people getting married, people moving houseâ&#x20AC;Ś and as a result, they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel like they can commit fully to the band. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a shame,â&#x20AC;? he continues, â&#x20AC;&#x153;because weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got so much JUHDWVWXÉąOLQHGXSIRUDQG those guys wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get to reap the rewards of the hard work they

put into the record. But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s their choice, and I respect that.â&#x20AC;? James has already recruited ÄĽ\HDUÄĽROGJXLWDUSURGLJ\'DQQ\ Dela Cruz, formerly the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s guitar tech, to replace Eriksson, and will announce a new bassist and guitarist imminently. ,QJORULRXVZLOONLFNRÉąWKHLUQHZ album campaign at the Engine Rooms in Southampton on -DQXDU\DVVFKHGXOHG â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m really excited about starting this new chapter,â&#x20AC;? says James. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Danny is one of my EHVWIULHQGVKHÂśVKDUGÄĽZRUNLQJ young and hungry and I love his attitude. I wish Colin, Drew and Andreas the best, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re very talented individuals. No one should worry about our IXWXUHWKHQHZOLQHÄĽXSZLOO blow people away.â&#x20AC;? $QLQÄĽGHSWKLQWHUYLHZZLWK Nathan James will appear LQLVVXHRI3ODQHW5RFN PDJD]LQHRQVDOHRQ-DQXDU\

When most magazines wish to display a stained-glass window as a cover image, they would turn to an illustrator. Planet Rock, however, is not most magazines, and so we commission London artist Tom Spencer to produce a unique, bespoke window for the cover, referencing the artwork of Iron Maidenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ rst four albums. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The original sketch ends up as my cutter guide for the glass shapes,â&#x20AC;? says Spencer, who specialises in making rockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;roll-inspired art, and also fronts The Professionals, featuring former Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s then used as the grid to build the panel, and the cut glass pieces are painted on. These then go in a kiln. Then I build it, using lead, solder and cement.â&#x20AC;? To see more of Tom Spencerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work visit www.tattooglass.com


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Split vote: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rod Stewart parodyâ&#x20AC;? Plant in â&#x20AC;&#x2122;1968.

10 Things We Learned About Led Zeppelin On Tour An encyclopaedic new book offers an embarrassment of Led Zeppelin memorabilia, facts and pub trivia.

third show, in Horslunde, Denmark in 1968, included The Ladybirds, a group of topless, VLQJLQJJRÄĽJRGDQFHUVÄŚÂłLQKRWSDQWV white boots and little elseâ&#x20AC;? apparently.

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Rival Sons will release their sixth studio album, Feral Roots, on January 25. The 11-track album will emerge via long-time producer Dave Cobbâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s imprint Low Country Sound/Atlantic. The Nashville quartet begin their European tour in Newcastle on January 31.

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Lynyrd Skynyrd will play their last-ever UK concerts in June. Status Quo will support the legendary Florida rockers on the four-date arena tour, which commences on June 26 at Glasgowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s SSE Hydro Arena.

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Bruise brother: Kris Barras, London, October 2018.

Cage ďŹ ghter-turned-rocker, Kris Barras has battled his way to the forefront of the British blues scene. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s get ready to rumble! W O R D S : A L I C E C L A R K

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Birds of a feather: Bridgend heroes Those Damn Crows.

ONES TO WATCH Three more Wyatt Wendels-approved acts to keep an eye on.

Gin Annie Built around cousins Dave Foster (vocals) and Byron Garbett (guitar), Wolverhampton quintet Gin Annie deal out gritty highoctane hard rock with punchy melodies and killer hooks. Their debut album, 100% Proof, due for release on January 25. Find out more at: www.ginannie.com

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unexpected swell in their eveningâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s takings. Âł:HGLGDVKRZZLWK 0DVVLYH:DJRQVDWWKH%RGHJD LQ1RWWLQJKDP´VD\V6KDQH â&#x20AC;&#x153;and little did we know that GUXPPLQJIRU%XOOHW)RU0\ 'LJE\ZDVZDWFKLQJRXUVHW 9DOHQWLQHXQWLOODWHODVW\HDU After the show, he bought our \RXÂśGLPDJLQHWKDWWKHLU merch but we had no idea who connection to one of Britainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s KHZDV7KHQZHJRWDFDOOIURP biggest metal bands would kick RXUPDQDJHUVD\LQJKHZDQWHG open more than a few doors to sign us.â&#x20AC;? WRR1RWVRVD\VWKHVLQJHU 7KHSODQLWVHHPVLVWRWDNH Âł7KH%XOOHWOLQNZDVPRUHRI WKHLUULÉąVWRWKHZKROHZRUOG a hindrance as far as the Âł:HÂśUHZULWLQJPDWHULDOIRU LQGXVWU\ZDVFRQFHUQHG´KH our second album H[SODLQVÂł7KHER\V and have a few had some contacts â&#x20AC;&#x153;THE BULLET killer shows lined ZKHQZHÂżUVW FOR MY up with Skindred started out, but it VALENTINE DQG0DVVLYH:DJÄĽ wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t until we took ons, then a tour control of our band LINK WAS A with Stone Broken again that we HINDRANCE.â&#x20AC;? HDUO\QH[W\HDU´ gained some 6KDQHVD\VÂł:H momentum and the LQGXVWU\FDPHWRXV0RRVHDQG admire how far Stone 3DGJHÄŞ7KRPDV%)09 Broken have come, JXLWDULVWÄŤJDYHXVDORWRIDGYLFH and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something 7KH\ZHUHRXUIULHQGVÂżUVW that we know we EHIRUHWKH\EHFDPHURFNVWDUV can do too.â&#x20AC;? and that hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t changed.â&#x20AC;? :DWFK7KRVH 7KHEDQGUHFHQWO\UHLVVXHG Damn Crows their exhilarating hard rock WDNHĂ&#x20AC;LJKW debut, The Murder And The LISTEN TO: THE Motive, via Earache. A chance MURDER AND PHHWLQJZLWKODEHOERVV'LJE\ THE MOTIVE (ALBUM, 2018) 3HDUVRQOHGWRDGHDOÄŚDQGDQ

Bridgendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own high-ďŹ&#x201A;ying birds look to spread their wings over the whole world. WORDS: SIMON YOUNG

THEREâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S A tattoo parlour on Bridgendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nolton Street just eight minutes from the WRZQÂśV3HQÄĽ\ÄĽ%RQWUDLOZD\ station. Among the usual requests for pocket watch and rose designs, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a recent upswing in demand for FURZÄĽWKHPHGWDWWRRV$UWLVWV DWWKHVKRSFRÄĽRZQHGE\7KRVH Damn Crows drummer Ronnie Huxford, reckon thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been around 60 or so people prepared to show that their love for the band extends to PRUHWKDQD7ÄĽVKLUW Âł7KH\UHFHQWO\WDWWRRHGD FOLHQWZLWKRXUEDQGORJR´VD\V frontman Shane Greenhall. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s WUXO\DPD]LQJKRZRXUEDQG and music is resonating with so PDQ\SHRSOH´ 7KH&URZVÄŚZKRVHOLQHÄĽXS LVFRPSOHWHGE\,DQÎź6KLQHUÂś 7KRPDVÄŞJXLWDUÄŤ/OR\G:RRG ÄŞEDVVÄŤDQG'DYLG:LQFKXUFK ÄŞJXLWDUÄŤÄŚKDYHHDUQHGWKHLU reputation as local heroes in WKHLU6RXWK:DOHVWRZQWKDQNV to an unrelenting work ethic. :LWK6KLQHUÂśVEURWKHU0RRVH

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deVience You might recognise deVience frontman Giovanni Spano from his starring role in the acclaimed Bat Out Of Hell musical, or perhaps from his recent stint in The X Factor. Either way, his London-based melodic hard rock band look set to shine in 2019. Find out more at: www.devience.com

Hands Off Gretel Fronted by the charismatic Lauren Tate, South Yorkshireâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s HOG drink deep from the well of â&#x20AC;&#x2122;90s grunge and alternative rock. Current single S.A.S.S. is a riotous tangle of bubblegum riffs and rebel girl swagger. Find out more at: www.handsoffgretel.co.uk

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The Reich Stuff

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Lemmy Kilmister WHERE: Hollywood, California WHEN: May 1992 WHO:

â&#x20AC;&#x153; I WO R K E D for the German edition of a UK rock magazine FDOOHG5RFN3RZHU´UHFDOOVSKRWRMRXUQDOLVW'LUN*|W]ZKRÂżUVW encountered Lemmy in 1989. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In May â&#x20AC;&#x2122;92, while on another assignment LQ/$,DUUDQJHGWRWDNHVRPHVKRWVDW/HPP\ÂśVSODFHÄŚZKLFKZDVQÂśW VRPHSRVKURFNVWDUPDQVLRQEXWDUDWKHUVKDEE\WZRÄĽEHGURRPĂ&#x20AC;DWRQ WKHÂżUVWĂ&#x20AC;RRURIDQXQDVVXPLQJDSDUWPHQWEXLOGLQJ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lemmy, being a seasoned strategist, had chosen this place wisely when he had moved from England to Hollywood two years before,â&#x20AC;? KHDGGVÂł,WZDVPHUHO\ÂżYHPLQXWHVDZD\IURPKLVIDYRXULWHZDWHULQJ hole, the Rainbow Bar And Grill, which meant he could walk there. He didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s licence.â&#x20AC;? GĂśtz recalls getting out of a cab and twigging immediately which Ă&#x20AC;DWZDV/HPP\ÂśVÄŚLWKDGDVLJQRXWVLGHVD\LQJÂł$JHDQGWUHDFKHU\ZLOO always overcome youth and skillâ&#x20AC;?. MotĂśrheadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leader opened the door a few inches, peeped through the gap and beckoned him in. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That was easier said than done,â&#x20AC;? laughs GĂśtz, â&#x20AC;&#x153;the place was so heavLO\FUDPPHGZLWKDOOVRUWVRIVWXÉąIURPSRUQPDJD]LQHVWR1D]L memorabilia that it looked as if someone had thrown a hand granade LQWRDKXJHĂ&#x20AC;HDPDUNHW/HPP\JXLGHGPHWKURXJKWKHFKDRVWR a worn sofa, handed me a beer and started to play me some rough versions from the latest MotĂśrhead album, March Ă&#x2013;r Die. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was getting nervous and carefully tried to change the subject towards taking some shots. I knew that Lemmyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mood could change quickly, should I irritate him. And getting thrown out with no pictures wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t exactly my idea of a successful photo shoot.â&#x20AC;? (YHQWXDOO\*|W]IRXQGVRPHVSDFHRQWKHĂ&#x20AC;RRUWRVHWXSKLVOLJKWV and took this evocative portrait. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The acoustic guitar on his lap spares \RXIURPVHHLQJZKDW/HPP\ZDVZHDULQJIXUWKHUGRZQÄŚWKHWLJKWHVW ÂżWWLQJSDLURIFXWÄĽRÉąVKRUWV,WZDVQÂśWDSUHWW\VLJKW´

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Haus and home: keen historian and WW II memorabilia collector Lemmy in residence, May 1992.


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Mr Derek Dick whips up a culinary feast ďŹ t for a Beatle, a poetic genius, a master chef and a green-ďŹ ngered TV host. What food would you cook on a good night in? Well, the lucky problem I have is that my wife is a really brilliant cook, but I do get to make my own little specials now and again. I might go with a seafood linguine, a mixture of octopus, squid, salmon, prawns, white ÂżVKZKDWHYHU,FDQJHWP\KDQGVRQ

A shore thing: Fish out of water.

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How to make seafood linguine: paprika, organic salad, white ďŹ sh, prawns, salmon, octopus, plate.

Who would be your dream guests for a night in? Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got an amazing big table at KRPHZKLFKVLWVDERXWSHRSOHVR thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plenty of space for guests. One person I always wanted to meet, but whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sadly left us now, is Anthony Bourdain, the chef, as Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve read most of his books. My current production manager worked on his last programmes, she was the production manager RQKLVÂżQDOVKRZIURP%HUOLQ and it was terrible to hear of his GHDWK,WKLQNÄŞZULWHUJDUGHQHU 79SUHVHQWHUÄŤ0RQW\'RQLVDQ interesting guy, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to pick his brains. John Lennon would be great too, I loved his character and the way he thought and wrote. And maybe Dylan Thomas. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the best night in youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever had? 7KDWÂśVDGLɡFXOWRQHDVWKHUHÂśVEHHQ so many great nights over the years. When my band are up rehearsing in the studio that my wife and I live in, we have some excellent evenings. I like when the story boxes get opened and everyone is chipping in. And I like big meals with the whole family gathered round too, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always a bit special. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve obviously got Italian blood in me somewhere! Present on Sunday mornings from 10am to 12pm. Repeated every Tuesday night from 7pm. F I S H tours the UK in December. His new EP, A Parley With Angels, is out now. T H E H A I RY B I K E R S

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OCCASIONALLY Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;LL HEAR THE OPENING CHORDS OF KAYLEIGH IN A RESTAURANT AND THINK, AWWW, FUCK, NO!

What music would you listen to? A bit of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m old school in that way. Maybe some Van Morrison too, something laidback and not too intrusive. And not my own music. Occasionally Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m in a restaurant and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll hear the opening chords of ÄŹ0DULOOLRQÂśVKLWVLQJOHÄ­.D\OHLJK and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll think, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Awww, fuck, no!â&#x20AC;? Although even thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not as annoying as when someone interrupts a quiet GLQQHUZLWKP\ZLIHWRJHWDVHOÂżH Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the height of rudeness.


Speed kings: REO Speedwagon, with Kevin Cronin (top).

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HOW I WROTE... KEEP ON LOVING YOU

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Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;M SORRY, BUT THIS IS NOT A SONG TO PLAY AT YOUR WEDDING.

EHVWVRQJVFRPHIURPIRUPH0\ÂżUVW marriage ended so I think it isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t too KDUGWRÂżJXUHRXWZKRLWZDVDERXW, think she knew it was about her too. I never thought it was going to break the band. There were times with other songs when I thought, This is the one. But nothing had happened, so when Keep On Loving <RXKLWÄŹWKHVRQJUHDFKHG1XPEHU on the US Billboard Hot 100 in 0DUFKÄ­LWZDVDQDPD]LQJ moment. The amount of love and support that came our way was DPD]LQJWRR2XUOLYHVFKDQJHG immediately. It was a rollercoasterâ&#x20AC;Ś and not all good. There was no time to take it all in, to enjoy it, because we were too busy actually doing it. But all these years later we still get to play that song in front of an audience, and we still get to hear everyone singing it back to us. That is beautiful. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a lucky guy.â&#x20AC;? R E O S P E E DWAG O N â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The Early Years

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sometimes with no intention or expectation something magical happens. You just always have to be ready. It started out as a soft piano ballad, but when I took it into UHKHDUVDO*DU\ÄŹ5LFKUDWKÄ­SOXJJHGKLV guitar into a stack of Marshall amps and cranked it up to 11 and gave it a crunch and a power. Suddenly I knew what the song would sound like. All of my songs are chapters of my H[SHULHQFH,ÂżQGVRQJZULWLQJYHU\ I T WA S the turning cathartic. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s my way of working point for us. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d been through feelings Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m troubled by. I am breaking even, the always shocked by the amount of perennial underdogs in people who come up to me and say some ways, just waiting in line for they chose Keep On Loving You as that one song to come along. That their wedding song, or played it for one song was Keep On Loving You. WKHLUÂżUVWGDQFH,ÂśPWKLQNLQJ'LG It came to me at four in the they actually listen to the lyrics? â&#x20AC;&#x153;You morning. I woke up with the sound of played dead, but you never bled/ the opening piano chords in my head. Instead you laid still in the grass, all I stumbled into my tiny home studio coiled up and hissinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;?. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sorry but and started playing those chords, and this is not a song to play at your as I played them, the lyrics wedding! and melody just came to me. I was no angel but the WRITER Kevin Cronin Songwriting is an unpredictÄĽ lyrics are a representation of RELEASED able art. Sometimes you are the hurt, anger, frustration November 4, determined to write and and betrayal I felt at that 1980 nothing happens, and moment. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s where the

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REO Speedwagon frontman Kevin Cronin on how a disintegrating marriage inspired a deďŹ nitive â&#x20AC;&#x2122;80s soft rock classic.


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IRON MAIDEN AND ME... SPIRIT OF RADIO

A selection of Planet Rock presenters share their latest tips and Maiden memories.

PAUL ANTHONY The best thing Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve heard recently:

0RRUH%OXHV)RU*DU\ħ$7ULEXWH 7R*DU\0RRUH by Bob Daisley And Friends. It does exactly ZKDWLWVD\VRQWKHWLQZLWK JXLWDUJUHDWV6WHYH/XNDWKHU -RKQ6\NHVDQG'RXJ$OGULFK vocalists Glenn Hughes and Danny Bowes and loads more teaming up with Garyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s former EDQGPDWHV%RE'DLVOH\'RQ Airey and Neil Carter. The best thing Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen recently: The Bohemian

Rhapsody biopic at the cinema. $OOULJKWWKHUHPD\EHRQHRU WZRFKURQRORJLFDOGLVFUHSDQFLHV but overall it totally embraced the legacy of one of this countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most successful bands and the legendary Freddie 0HUFXU\:DWFKDQGHQMR\EXW be warnedâ&#x20AC;¦ youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll laugh and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll cry! My Iron Maiden memory: Way too many to mention! In April 2016 I had the honour and SOHDVXUHRIUHFRUGLQJ producing and mixing WKH%Ä¥VLGHRIWKHLU Empire Of The &ORXGVÄ¥LQFK SLFWXUHGLVF0DLGen

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Bowling Maiden over: (clockwise) Darren Redick and Wyatt Wendels with Bruce, Paul Anthony interviews Steve Harris.

9R\DJHZLWK%UXFH and Nicko. Then in -XQHWKHVDPH\HDU heading back from their headline appearance at 'RZQORDGLQ3DULV ,Ã&#x20AC;HZLQWR'RQLQJWRQ on board Ed Force 2QHWKHLUIXOO\ ORJRHGSLORWHGE\ none other than Bruce himself!

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orchestra behind adding to the lush soundtrack.

The best thing Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve heard recently:

Those Damn Crowsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Blink Of An Eye is a VWDQGÄ¥RXWWUDFNIURPWKHLU debut album 0XUGHU$QG 7KH0RWLYH. Their shows supporting Stone Broken in 2019 will be DPXVWÄ¥VHH

My favourite Iron Maiden memory: My mates and I sat

around at someoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s house listening to the Mission From ¶$UU\DUJXPHQWRQWKHÄ¥LQFK of 2 Minutes To Midnight and pissing ourselves laughing at Nickoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rage!

The best thing Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen recently: Steve

Hackett at the /RQGRQ3DOODGLXP a quite brilliant talent playing such gorgeous music all QLJKWZith an

LOZ GUEST The best thing Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve heard recently:

Thumbs up: Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in A Star Is Born.

The crushing new track from Slipknot. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s called All Out Life and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hilariously good. It actually made me laugh ZKHQ,¿UVWKHDUGLWWKDWNLQG of nervous laughter you get when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a bit excitable.


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The best thing Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen recently: I have

to say Red Dead Redemption 2 on the Xbox One/ PS4. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a massive gamer and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen a lot of landmark games over the years, but this thing is just incredible. The VFDOHWKHVWRU\ÄĽWHOOLQJWKH characters, the action and the world that Rockstar Games have created is simply staggering. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s my new mistress. My favourite Iron Maiden memory: My favourite Iron

0DLGHQÄĽUHODWHGPHPRU\LVPH saying to my mother, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I saw Bruce Dickinson on the tube the other dayâ&#x20AC;?, to which she replied, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ooooh, I love Bargain Huntâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;? If itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not one thing, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your motherâ&#x20AC;Ś

DARREN REDICK The best thing Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve heard recently: Yes

)HDWXULQJ$5:ÄŚ/LYH$W7KH $SROORKDVEHHQP\JRÄĽWRDOEXP recently. Good as it is, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know why they felt it necessary to add crowd noise. Everyone knows we Yes fans are bit more EHDUGÄĽVWURNH\WKDQVFUHDP\ these days. The best thing Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen recently: A Star Is Born with

/DG\*DJDDQG%UDGOH\&RRSHU is great. Double Redick WKXPEVÄĽXSRQWKLVÂżOP&RRSHU based his character on Eddie Vedder and guess what? He looks and sounds a lot like Eddie Killer Queen: the Bo Rhap biopic.

9HGGHU/DG\*DJDLV fantastic too. My favourite Iron Maiden memory: ,WÂśVDWRVVÄĽXSEHWZHHQ

two good ones. One was sitting in a booth at the Astoria 2 in /RQGRQZLWK%UXFH'LFNLQVRQ as he demonstrated a few of his party tricks following his gig ZLWK5RE+DOIRUGDQG*HRÉą Tate as The Three Tremors. He FDQZKDFNKLVÂżQJHUWKURXJKD beer coaster! You try it! There was also the time he rode his bicycle up to Planet Rock for an interview. There was something very endearing in his rock godliness arriving in the humblest way.

WYAT T WENDELS The best thing Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve heard recently: Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m

really liking the new Rival Sons single. They really have crafted a sound and production sound you know youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll always get, which is great if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a fan. Really looking forward to the new album early next year. The best thing Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen recently: Shinedown on their

recent UK tour. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been just brilliant on what is essentially an intimate tour for them compared with their US status. The sound, the light show, the songsâ&#x20AC;Ś just great! My favourite Iron Maiden memory: Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve many but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll go

IRUWKHHDUOLHVWRQH0\ÂżUVWÄĽHYHU gig. December 11, 1988, Wembley Arena on the Seventh Sonâ&#x20AC;Ś WRXU,ZDVMXVWDZLGHÄĽH\HG teenager with no idea what to expect but it blew me away. H EAR TH E GANG AN D A W H O L E L OT M O R E :

7XQHLQWR3ODQHW5RFN5DGLR $YDLODEOHYLD'$%RQOLQHÄŤYLD KWWSZZZSODQHWURFNFRPOLYHÄŹ RQ79YLD6N\ÄŤFKDQQHOÄŹ 9LUJLQ0HGLDÄŤFKDQQHOÄŹ )UHHVDWÄŤFKDQQHOÄŹRURQ\RXU PRELOHYLDWKH3ODQHW5RFNDSS VISIT: W W W. P L A N E T R O C K . C O M F O R M O R E I N F O R M AT I O N

Who: UFO Where: GĂśta

Lejon, Stockholm, Sweden When: December 5, 1979 The ďŹ rst garage rock band I was in was called Burn. I was 14 years old and we were fans of bands like Deep Purple, Thin Lizzy, Kiss and UFO. In 1979, me and the other guys in the band decided to buy tickets to the UFO concert at the GĂśta Lejon theatre in Stockholm, a two-hour trip by train from our hometown in Bergslagen â&#x20AC;&#x201C; which Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d never left before without my parents. Me and my friends stayed at a cheap hostel and the other guys, who were older, went out to buy beer before the concert. I remember drinking it for the ďŹ rst time and it tasted awful! It would take a few more years before I got around to liking itâ&#x20AC;Ś We arrived at the theatre and heard Phil Mogg doing his soundcheck. I started to get really excited and hoped they would play my favorite song, Love To Love from the Lights Out album. This was during their Strangers In The Night tour so the set list was built on the classic live album released earlier that year. UFO rocked like heroes and, yes, they also played Love To Love. My ďŹ rst gig was complete. Who could ask for a better present on my 15th birthday?

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POCKET MONEY PICK The ďŹ rst record you bought with your own money. This issue: PR reader Allan Twiname on Scorpionsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Blackout. I was a late starter when it came to music. The only albums my parents played regularly were Bill Haley, Ray Charles and the soundtrack to Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll Be The Day. But at school, some friends of mine would tape their albums and let anyone who was interested have a listen. I got a blank tape and gave it to one of the friends. A couple of days later I was handed my tape back. Mind. Blown. Highway To Hell on one side, 1984 on the other. What an introduction! From that point I knew I needed rock music, and a decent stereo to go with it. I saved everything I could until the day ďŹ nally arrived. I bought my ďŹ rst stereo. Now I needed something to play on it. But what? I went into the Woolworths in Castle Douglas and down the racks. One album cover jumped out at me straight away. A band I hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t heard of before, and one of the coolest covers. I rushed home and put it on straight away. And from the ďŹ rst notes of Blackout that was me, hooked on Scorpions, hooked on loud guitars and hooked on vinyl!

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LETTERS

THE EMAIL THAT MEN DO YOUR LET TERS PRINTED! INCLUDES YOUR RIFFINGS ON BOTHERSOME GIG-CHAT TERERS, SHOVING M O R E L E D Z E P I N T O T H E M A G A N D P R U D I S H LY P L A C E D S T A R S H A P E S … M A I L @ P L A N E T R O C K . C O M

YOU HAUNT ME, YOU TAUNT ME I’m sure I am not alone in this gripe but I am getting sick to death with constant, inconsiderate chatting at gigs. I went to see Glenn Hughes in Southampton a few weeks ago and had to move around the venue at least half-a-dozen times to try and escape people who thought that we had all come to listen to them shout at each other, rather than listen to the legend that is Mr Hughes. I’m not sure what is most incredulous, the fact that they’d pay over 30 quid to just come and talk all through the gig or that they don’t seem to care that they are talking through what the rest of us have paid over 30 quid to listen to. It makes me so angry. I’ve tried asking people to stop but no one appears to like being told what to do these days. I ask people to keep it down and they tell me to fuck off. I really wouldn’t want have to resort to anything more forceful and at 6’ 5” and 19 stone I am more than capable. But here’s the thing, I wouldn’t be that rude or inconsiderate, it’s not what decent people do. I guess my only option is not to go to any more gigs, which unfortunately is what I’ve decided to do. I’ve got Saxon, Blackberry Smoke, The Temperance Movement and UFO to come and that will be it. I will retire along with Phil Mogg Graham Andrews, via email

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I KNOW YOU’D HAVE GONE INSANE…

Hell’s teeth, how much more Led Zeppelin must you shove at us? Didn’t you celebrate their 50th anniversary back in issue 6? Did we really need another 10 soddin’ pages on the most over-rated rock band of all time in ‘Zepptember’ too? How about you remove your heads from Jimmy Page’s arse and write about some bands that would actually benefit from some coverage? Move on! Stewart Enstoll, via email

Were you guys deliberately trying to wind us up with that ’DC Top 40? No Money Talks? No Put The Finger On You? No Go Down? Anyone can list the greatest hits! And I don’t know ANYONE who thinks that Problem Child is the best ’DC song! Rosie forever! Bifter, via email

I’VE GOT NOWHERE TO CALL MY OWN KK Downing: bitter much? That interview (issue 10) was wild! The guy is a legend, a proper metal god, but given that he walked out on Priest why should he feel entitled to saunter back in just because poor Glenn Tipton is ill? That’s not how the real world works! Fascinating interview, and well done to your writer Mark Blake. Erin Tulton, Coleraine

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Calm down, Bifter, it was just a nice way to celebrate the group’s back catalogue via a genuine poll of the mag’s ’DC heads.

YOU DAMAGED MY MIND AND MY SOUL

At the risk of sounding a little rude, at the best of times there are plenty of massive tits in your magazine – usually it’s the lead singer or the guitarist in the band – but please enlighten me as to what happened on page 74 of the AC/DC issue, where one of Nazareth’s stripper friends appears to have her nipples covered with modesty-preserving stars (albeit see-through) From coldheartdman’s while the other one instagram: “Don’t often buy rock magazines doesn’t. Do you think anymore but when the we’re children or cover matches your arm something and you kinda have to…” might be corrupted by the sight of some perfectly natural and wholesome ‘Bristols’? Please, don’t be so prudish, then seemingly bodge up the job. Cyril Blaze, via email

I’M HAPPY IN MY STRANGE NEW WORLD Brilliant to see Faith No More given their due in your pages

– and not before time. I remember just how awesome they sounded the first time I heard We Care A Lot – and how different from all the poodle-haired spandex schlock rubbish (Poison, Mötley Crüe, etc) that surrounded them. Although I always did prefer Chuck Mosley to Mike Patton, FNM were one of the most kick-ass bands I have ever seen live. The other being their contemporaries, Jane’s Addiction, who were, if possible, even more far out in the boundaries they pushed. On that tip, is there any chance of PR taking a similar trip down manic memory lane to celebrate the Nothing’s Shocking album of 1988 and its astonishing cover art that was actually a sculpture made by Perry Farrell himself? I am sure there are more than enough good stories surrounding that release, the lyrical inspiration of Ted, Just Admit It being only one of them. Norah Perry, via email Congratulations to Howard Thorpe, the only PR reader to correctly identify that the mystery act in issue 10 were LA hard rockers KK Wilde.

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FULL METAL JACKET Planet Rock listeners show us their colours.

S TAT U S Q U O

DAT E O F B I R T H : 1981

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Status Quo were the acceptable face of rock to my parents because they appeared on Top Of The Pops. I saw them at Hammersmith Odeon on the â&#x20AC;&#x2122;81 tour and also saw the 1+9+8+2 tour, which I think was their ďŹ rst â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;farewellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; tour!â&#x20AC;?

W H E R E F O U N D : The Chilterns

W H E N R E T I R E D : 1988

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UFO RUSH

â&#x20AC;&#x153;A friend of mine, Niall, was a massive UFO fan and he introduced me to them. I think this patch came from a little stall called Star Spot in Chatham in Kent, which weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d visit every couple of weeks. I saw UFO at Ramblinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Man a few years back, and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d still got it.â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;This was the ďŹ rst piece of embroidery on the jacket: my mum helped with me with it. I recall once playing Permanent Waves in English class at school and we discussed the alliteration in Freewill. I ďŹ rst saw Rush in 1983, at Wembley Arena, but fell out of love with them a bit when they went a bit too electronic.â&#x20AC;?

AC / D C

WH ITE S NAKE â&#x20AC;&#x153;This was Lizâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favourite band at the time. We saw them together in 1983 at Hammersmith Odeon. Embarrassingly, I recall once sporting white leg warmers and white leather boots to try to imitate David Coverdaleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fashion sense. But I never had the hairâ&#x20AC;Ś and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve even less of it now!â&#x20AC;?

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R A I N B OW â&#x20AC;&#x153;I really admire Ritchie Blackmore as a musician but it always seemed like his management style left something to be desired! I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t actually see Rainbow play until last year at the Stone Free festival. That was a surreal experience. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m glad I could ďŹ nally tick them off the list, but I wish Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d seen them 30 years earlier.â&#x20AC;?

Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be shy. Raid that wardrobe, shed or loft and email us a photo of your old colours to appear in the next issue of Planet Rock. Contact: mail@planetrock.com.

GIANANDREA TRAINA

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I never got to see â&#x20AC;&#x2122;DC with Bon [Scott], sadly, as I ďŹ rst tuned in on Back In Black and For Those About To Rock... I saw them at Donington in the Monsters Of Rock days, and caught them again a few years ago on the Axl/â&#x20AC;&#x2122;DC tour. I thought Axl did a pretty good job and he deserves a lot of credit for stepping in and helping out.â&#x20AC;?


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WHO:

Iggy Pop

WHERE:

Whisky A Go-Go, Los Angeles

I N T E RV I E W : PAU L B R A N N I G A N

PHOTO: JAMES FORTUNE

I L L U S T R AT I O N S : C W B

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June 15, 1974

I N 1 9 6 9 , when the Alice Cooper band moved to Detroit, we played a gigantic festival called the Saugatuck Pop Festival, and backstage I remember someone saying to me, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Stooges are gonna come on.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; I was like, Whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s that? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d never heard of them. The guy just said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll seeâ&#x20AC;¦â&#x20AC;&#x2122; We were used to playing with bands like The Doors and Love in LA, but The Stooges came on and here was this guy with no shirt on and no pants on, just in his underwear, with peanut butter all over him, standing out in front of 150,000 people, going crazy. Back then I used to always say WKDW,KDGQRSUREOHPJRLQJRQÄ¥VWDJH after anybody, I knew what we could do. But when I saw Iggy I said, Oh boy, I just found my nemesis! I was thinking, Well, this is going to be interesting, because now I had to go RQÄ¥VWDJHDQGJHWWKDWDXGLHQFHEDFN After that, neither Iggy or I really wanted to go on after the other. The Detroit scene was probably the best rockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;roll scene anywhere in the world at that time. An artist like Donovan would not have gone over in Detroit. Savoy Brown were big there, and Fleetwood Mac when they were a blues band, and The Kinks and The Yardbirds: those were the bands PLANET ROCK

'HWURLWORYHGĦORXGLQÄ¥\RXUÄ¥IDFH rock bands. And then we had the MC5 and The Stooges. I really loved Iggy and The Stooges. I thought they were the greatest thing ever. We got on so well. Our theatre ZDVGLɱHUHQWWKDQWKHLUWKHDWUHWKHLU theatre was the most punk thing Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d ever seen in my life. They were pure Detroit. Musically, they werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t The <DUGELUGVEXWWKH\ZHUHVRHɱHFWLYH with the three chords they played, and Iggy was such a great frontman. It was just raw sex and anger. Goodness knows what we were on when that photo was taken, it could have been anything. Back then weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d do whatever was around at the time, and probably do it to excess. But weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d still be very functional. Those were GLɱHUHQWWLPHV:LOGWLPHV Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d still consider Iggy a friend. About 10 years ago he and I did a movie together called Suck, a vampire movie that was really fun to make. One day I sat next to him on a plane, and I talked to him for about 15 minutes and got absolutely no reaction at all. I thought he was mad at me. Finally his girlfriend tapped me on the shoulder and she goes, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Alice, Iggy is deaf in that ear, he hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t heard a word you said.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; All those years hanging out and I had no idea! Listen to N I G H TS W I T H every week night on Planet Rock. Monday nights at 7pm 7XHVGD\Ħ)ULGD\SP

HERE WAS THIS GUY WITH NO SHIRT ON AND NO PANTS ON, WITH PEANUT BUTTER ALL OVER HIM...

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Lost boys: Alice and Iggy, possibly plotting Motor City mischief.


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Hippy sheik: the Von Hertzen Brothers with Mikko VH (centre).

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ELVIS COSTELLO

(Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s So Funny â&#x20AC;&#x2122;Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding

(on Armed Forces, US edition, 1979)

You never saw this song on MTV, and it really wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t played much on radio either, but for some reason it got played during our school discos, and WKHSXQFKOLQHDOZD\VVWXFNZLWKPH :KHQ1LFN/RZHZURWHWKLVWKH hippy movement was fading away DQGSXQNZDVLQIDVKLRQEXWKHZDV saying, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ridicule those guys, whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so funny about peace and love?â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s actually a good idea. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always been a hippy, and that line UHDOO\VWUXFNDFKRUGZLWKPH,WÂśV such a great song.

PEACE AND LOVE Von Hertzen Brothers frontman Mikko on positive hippy vibes, the best VHS rock docs and Lennon lyrics to woo girls with.

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LENNY KRAVITZ Let Love Rule

JOHN LENNON Imagine (on Imagine, 1971)

If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re considering songs about SHDFHDQGORYH,GRQÂśWWKLQN\RXFDQ ignore this song. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always 32

been close to my heart. When I was 15, 16, I used to write out these lyrics to girls and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re such poignant words even today. We called our current album War Is Over, and that ZDVYHU\PXFKLQĂ&#x20AC;XHQFHGE\/HQQRQ NLQGDUHPLQGLQJSHRSOHWKDWZHVWLOO QHHGWRÂżQGSHDFHIXOVROXWLRQVWRWKH problems weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re facing.

(on Let Love Rule, 1989)

This album came out in 1989, just as I started high school. This was SUHÄĽJUXQJHDQGWKHUHZDVDNLQGD hippy thing going on in our school. I spent that summer in Los Angeles ZLWKP\IULHQG6DPL.XRSSDPlNL whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s now the drummer in our band and was then studying at the Music Institute in Hollywood, and we played this constantly while driving around /$,WUHDOO\GLGIHHOOLNHWKHZKROH world was in front of us.

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PINK FLOYD Us And Them (on The Dark Side Of The Moon, 1973)

Dark Sideâ&#x20AC;Ś is maybe the best album of all time for me personally, one of WKHELJJHVWPLOHVWRQHVLQURFNKLVWRU\ $VDNLG,MXVWOLNHGWKHVRQJZLWKRXW WKLQNLQJWRRPXFKDERXWLWEXW during my adolescence I realised that it was written during the Vietnam War DQGLWZDVDUHDOO\WKRXJKWÄĽSURYRNLQJ song, questioning the narrative. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s OLNHZKRLVWKHPZKRLVXVZK\ are we seeing the world in this ZD\"$VDNLG,XVHGWRSOD\ piano, and this was one of my favourite songs to play. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a beautifully crafted piece of art. Poignant words: Lennon.

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DIRE STRAITS Brothers In Arms (on Brothers In Arms, 1985)

If thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one guitar player I admire DVDVWRU\WHOOHULWÂśV0DUN.QRSĂ&#x20AC;HU heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a genius when it comes to conveying a story without words. When cable TV came to Finland DQGZHÂżQDOO\VDZ079WKLVZDVRQH of the videos I remember most, it had such strong, powerful visuals to WDNHLQDVDNLG,ZHQWDQGFKHFNHG out the video again when I was researching for this and it brought EDFNVRPDQ\PHPRULHV it gave me goosebumps.

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JOE COCKER With A Little Help From My Friends

(on Live At Woodstock, 2009)

Growing up in Finland, not many families had a VHS player, and there were very few movies you could get. 2QHZDVWKH:RRGVWRFN FRQFHUWÂżOPVRZHZDWFKHG those over and over again. I GRQÂśWNQRZZKDW-RH&RFNHU WRRNEHIRUHJRLQJRQÄĽVWDJH but he was 110 per cent committed to the song. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the best song in the movie, with the idea we need to come together to face our problems. VO N H E R T Z E N B R OT H E R S

tour the UK in December, starting with their appearance at Planet Rockstock on December 2. Their War Is Over album is out now.

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Six songs about...


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MY GUIDE TO LIFE

TOM MORELLO T H E RAG E AGA I N S T T H E M AC H I N E A N D AU D I O S L AV E G U I TA R G E N I U S O N E XO T I C DA N C I N G , B R U C E S P R I N G S T E E N , S TA R T R E K , B E I N G I N JA I L A N D I N S P I RAT I O N A L B O O K S A B O U T RA B B I T S .

Aim high :LWKÄŹQHZVRORDOEXPÄ­The Atlas Underground I wanted to create a sonic conspiracy RIDUWLVWVRIGLÉąHUHQWJHQUHV ethnicities, ages to forge a new kind of rockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;roll, one WKDWFRPELQHV0DUVKDOOÄĽVWDFNV fury with huge EDM drops. There were no barriers. Let songs ďŹ nd their own path Each song on the album came WRJHWKHULQDGLÉąHUHQWZD\*DU\ Clark Jr and I jammed for three hours at my house and from that I forged a WKUHHÄĽDQGÄĽDÄĽKDOIÄĽPLQXWHVRQJ7KHQ Marcus Mumford and I Skyped over 34

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Screw you if you are not on board Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to like what you like and be at peace with yourself. Whether thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s being a Kiss fan, a black heavy PHWDOJXLWDULVWD6WDU7UHNIDQÄŚ youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to be who you are, even if it isolates you. Star Trekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got HYHU\WKLQJWKHVFLÄĽÂżH[FLWHPHQWDQG DKXPDQLWDULDQKHDUW,WKDGWKHÂżUVW interracial kiss. It was put together during the Cold War and has got a Russian and a Vulcan getting on harmoniously on the bridge. It painted a picture of what the world could be one day if we got our shit together. I had a cameo in Star Trek Insurrection, I was a Sonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;a. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be afraid to meet your heroes I toured with Bruce SpringÄĽ steen over six years as a part of the E Street Band, got to play with him at Pete Seegerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 90th birthday concert. Bruceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commitÄĽ ment to excellence is well known but his open mindedness is also inspiring. We were playing Perth and the night before I visited Bon Scottâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grave. I went to the hotel bar after

and said to Bruce, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Will the circle of the E Street Band ever intersect the circle of AC/DC for us to play a song tomorrow?â&#x20AC;? Bruce went to his room and later that night texted me: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yes, Highway To Hellâ&#x20AC;?, and we played this incredible version. Always have your kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; back The lesson I learned from my mum was to give unconditional love, to make your child realise that no matter what happens youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll always love them and that they can always come home. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to recognise your children are not your pets, they are indepenÄĽ dent of you, they have souls and GHVWLQLHVGLÉąHUHQWWR\RXUV\RXÂśYH just got to help them be the people they are meant to be through empathy, kindness and determination. Jail sucks Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s this romantic notion about going to jail but let me tell you, being in jail really sucks. And Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m lucky, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve only been in for a short time. But you have to put your soul where your mouth is sometimes, and put yourself at risk. . Read Richard Adamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Watership Down â&#x20AC;&#x153;What? You want me to read a book about rabbits?â&#x20AC;? But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so much more than that: itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about friendship, VROLGDULW\VWUXJJOHÄŚWKHZKROHRIOLIH is in this book. I go back to it every other year, never tire of it. The Atlas Underground is out now via BMG.

TO M M O R E L L O â&#x20AC;&#x2122; S

PHOTO: GETTY

The rent is not going to pay itself ,GLGVRPHFUXPP\MREVÄŚWHOHVDOHV selling garbage bags, I was an exotic dancer. The Commodoresâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Brick House will get you a long way to paying the rent.

YOUR CHILDREN ARE NOT YOUR PETS. THEY HAVE SOULS AND DESTINIES DIFFERENT TO YOURSâ&#x20AC;Ś

a number of weeks playing acoustic guitars, which were then brought to OLIHE\-RVKÄŹ&DUWHUÄ­RI3KDQWRJUDP %DVVQHFWDUDQG,KLWRQDULÉąDQGVHQW it to Killer Mike and Big Boi to write WKHLUDQWLÄĽSROLFHEUXWDOLW\SRHWLF diatribe. My role on The Atlas UndergroundZDVQRWWKDWRIVRQJÄĽ writer or guitar player but of curator.

I N T E RV I E W L O I S W I L S O N

Follow your own North Star There was a time when Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d do anything to be a rock star. I had these insane Jheri curls, I wore spandex, had a bandana tied around my thigh, I was aiming for the black David Lee Roth look, but was more like Lionel Richie at the time of Dancing On 7KH&HLOLQJ:KHQP\ÂżUVWEDQGJRW signed, we did everything the record company told us to do and we failed miserably. The day we were dropped I vowed Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d never play another note of music I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe in. So whether it was Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave, Prophets of Rage, The Nightwatchman, I followed my vision and let the chips fall as they may.


This machine kills fascists: Morello in Rage Against The Machine pomp.


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Motor-bicycle race: the Argentinian CHiPs chaps, aka FRiTAs, larking with Queen, ’81.

Don’t Stop Me Now! ON PLANET ROCK

Queen duo share the secrets behind the songs in Xmas radio special.

Q U E E N ’ S B R I A N M AY and Roger Taylor cheerfully admit that they had no clue what bandmate John Deacon was trying to achieve when the bassist wrote the band’s “immortal” 1980 hit single Another One Bites The Dust. “It’s fair to say we had no idea what on earth he was doing when he started this,” says May, as the Queen duo talk through the stories behind their greatest hits in a Queen special to be broadcast on Planet Rock radio over the Christmas holidays. “It’s one of Deaky’s masterpieces. I guess it’s part of the strength of the band WKDWZHKDGVRPDQ\GLɱHUHQW LQÀXHQFHV7KLVLVDGLUHFWLRQLQ which Roger and I never would have gone, unless we were coerced, and it just turned out to be brilliant.” Taken from the band’s eighth studio album, The Game, Another One Bites The Dust “IT WAS became Queen’s MICHAEL second US Number 1 JACKSON WHO single, topping the SUGGESTED charts for three weeks WE RELEASE in October 1980. IT. I THOUGHT “We weren’t going to HE WAS NUTS!” release it as a single,” admits Taylor. “It was actually Michael Jackson who suggested we release it. I thought he was nuts!” Queen’s Rockblock special will be aired as part of Planet Rock radio’s festive programĥ ming. Other highlights of the season will include a Led Zeppelin special, and a WZRĥKRXUμ+DLU\&KULVWPDV¶VKRZIURP WKH+DLU\%LNHUV/LVWHQLQWR3ODQHW5RFN in December for more details.

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THE PLANET ROCK INTERVIEW AS THE HARDEST-WORKING MAN IN MUSIC,

JOE BONAMASSA HAS ALWAYS BEEN HAPPIEST LETTING HIS GUITAR DO THE TALKING. BUT NOW THE BLUES MAGUS FINDS HIMSELF AT A CROSSROADS, WITH SOME BIG DECISIONS TO MAKE… INTERVIEW

BY

MARK BLAKE. PORTRAIT

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Black Country Communion Beth Hart Mahalia Barnes Bloodline

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The road to Redemption: (clockwise from top left) as â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Smokinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in early band Bloodline; with Beth Hart in Amsterdam, 2013; with hero BB King in 1989; rocking out on-stage with Black Country Communionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Glenn Hughes; young Joe; BBC; (centre) Sinead Burgess.

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According to the internet I am. [One wild online estimate places Bonamassaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s net worth at $20 million.] Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m fortunate to make a living playing guitar, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not getting all the money. On this tour we have a world-class band and 30 people in trucks and buses â&#x20AC;&#x201C; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s blindingly expensive. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not complaining â&#x20AC;&#x2122;cos thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the nature of the business. Also, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in the Opera House and U2 is over at the Arena tonight. Imagine what those cats are paying. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d laugh if they heard me complain about my expenditure. If you could go back in time, what would you say to your 12-year-old self?

I wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t say anything, because my 12-year-old self would not be considering doing anything other than what he was doing. Back then, I was off playing gigs at weekends [around Pennsylvania and Western New York as Smokinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Joe Bonamassa] and making money. No intervention or committee thinking would have changed my mind. Even if Santa Claus showed up down the chimney and said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ho! Ho! Ho! No presents for you until you change your ways,â&#x20AC;? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d have said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Screw you!â&#x20AC;? This was my personal choice. It must have been strange being around other kids when you were already a professional musician.

Yes, I had a hard time relating to people my own age or younger. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the same now. In what way?

If Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m with a mixed group of people, say 10 years younger, I can have a hard time carrying on a conversation. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s never been my strong suit. If you were into BB King when your peers were listening to, say, Vanilla Ice, there must be big gaps in your pop culture knowledge?

Probably. I was born in 1977 so my cognitive years were between 1984 and 1990. In the â&#x20AC;&#x2122;80s you were inundated with Madonna and Michael Jackson on the pop side, or hair metal â&#x20AC;&#x201C; anything from Van Halen 40

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through Poison â&#x20AC;&#x201C; on the rock side. Of course, there was also Stevie Ray Vaughan, Robert Cray, Eric Claptonâ&#x20AC;Ś Not many of your classmates were listening to that stuff, though.

No. I remember when Clapton put out that record [1992â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Unplugged] and won every Grammy going, including Best Spanish Spoken Word or whatever (laughs). A guy at school came up to me and said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;What do you think of that new song, Layla, by Eric Clapton?â&#x20AC;? He was referring to the acoustic version (plays the riff). I said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Actually that song was originally done in 1970.â&#x20AC;? And no one believed me. But thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the problem with having a one-track mind, ever since I was very young. Have you changed?

No. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just thinner, I have a driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s licence and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m slightly more mature.

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huge Fabulous Thunderbirds fan I said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hey Jimmy, that white Strat you used to play? Is that because you wanted to be like Cliff Gallup in Gene Vincent And His Blue Caps and all those other cats?â&#x20AC;? And he went, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Er, yes, I guess I did.â&#x20AC;? Sometimes the mystique we put on our favourite music is more interesting than the truth. We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always want to know the truth. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great song called Self-inďŹ&#x201A;icted Wounds on the new record. How easy do you ďŹ nd it writing your own material?

I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t consider myself a good songwriter. I consider myself a bloke who watches good songwriters and, like a clock, twice a day it works out and I get it right â&#x20AC;&#x201C; like with Self-inďŹ&#x201A;icted Wounds. You have to write some real shit songs to get some good ones. Everybody has their share of misses. Do you ever worry you might be a bit too proliďŹ c?

Probably. Our model has been to make a record when you feel like making a record. Every time we put one out, our fans are nice enough to buy it, until they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t (laughs). But until that dayâ&#x20AC;Ś Why have you released so many live albums?

Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done a lot of live records based on venues and places weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve played, but also because the songs develop on the road. I love live records, because theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re the moment of truth for any artist. Although these days you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t count on whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s live and whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not. There might be someone behind the curtain, like the fucking Wizard Of Oz.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;WHAT MAKES ME GREAT AT MY JOB MAKES ME SHIT AT OTHER THINGS.â&#x20AC;? there are other great musicians who just want to get off it.

Or they just hated the fucking rollercoaster to begin with. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s OK too. We decided a long time ago to control our own destiny. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been our strategy and it works for us, but may not work for others. Look at someone like Bobby Tench, who sang on those two great Jeff Beck records [Rough And Ready and Jeff Beck Group]. He had one of the best voices of the â&#x20AC;&#x2122;70s. What happened? Why arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t we talking about Bobby Tench these days?

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Joe Bonamassa joined Glenn â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Voice Of Rockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Hughes, Jason â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Son Of Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Bonham and Dream Theaterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Derek Sherinian to form thunderÄĽ ing hard rock â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;supergroupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Black Country Communion. There have been four BCC albums to date. In KHUHOHDVHGWKHÂżUVWRIWKUHH records made with Los Angeleno VLQJHUÄĽVRQJZULWHU%HWK+DUW

What are your favourite live albums that donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a wizard behind the curtain?

BB Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Live At The Regal and Blues Is King, which I like better than Live At The Regal, because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of unknown. Also Humble Pieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Performance: Rockinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; The Fillmore. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think there was ever a better male rock singer than Steve Marriott. You could ask the best â&#x20AC;&#x201C; like Glenn Hughes or Robert Plant â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll tell you Marriott in his prime was untouchable. He should have been a household name.

Is fear of success in music more common than people think it is? You seem very happy being on this rollercoaster, but

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Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve collaborated with a lot of other artists. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the appeal?

I like mixing it up. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no point in me fronting another band when I have a perfectly good solo band, so I like to get up with other artists, play my guitar and not have to worry about being the guy. A lot of people see me on-stage with Beth or Black Country and ask why Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not wearing the suit. I tell them, because thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the other guy. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just here, being the sideman, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no pressure. How does Black Country Communion work? Does one of you send the initial email or make the call â&#x20AC;&#x201C; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Want to make a record?â&#x20AC;?

Yes. For the last record [2017â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s BCCIV] I made the call. I reached out to them, and before that it tended to be a combination of [producer] Kevin Shirley and myself. We ask ourselves: do we have time? Does it make sense? Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve said that some of your solo fanbase donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get Black Country Communion?

Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not for everyone. Black Country Communion is on the fringes of what I do solo. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m cut from that Brit blues-rock cloth, so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a stretch for me, as I grew up with Ritchie Blackmore, Beck, Page and Clapton. Some people get it and some just donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get it. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ ne. By far, though, the most successful collaboration I do is with Beth Hart, probably because thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s closer to what I usually do on my own. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the longest youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever gone without playing the guitar?

Six months, in my late teens when I lost my record deal and didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have any prospects. I felt ďŹ ne for that six months. We just had a month off between the summer run and this tour and I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t play much. Real life comes into it, and suddenly you ďŹ nd yourself thinking, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shit I got to go to the bank and do this and do that,â&#x20AC;? and before you know it youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re watching NetďŹ&#x201A;ix all the time.

In a way your career approach is the antithesis of someone like Marriottâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. He suffered with bad management and substance abuse.

Yeah, but you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t blame it all on that, because thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of successful junkies with bad managers out there. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more complex than that. I think fear of success affects some people.

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Do you enjoy not working?

Communing: Glenn Hughes and Bonamassa launch BCC, 2010.

I enjoy being at home now more than I did ďŹ ve years ago, I think, â&#x20AC;&#x2122;cos Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m older. When you come off the merry-go-round, even for a minute you go, Hey, this isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t so bad. But at the end of the day I chose this life. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m also not sure I believe it when people say they have this perfect balance of career and family life. On paper it


MY KIND OF BLUES The best of Joe Bonamassa, by Joe Bonamassa.

Suits you sir: JB at London’s Royal Albert Hall on May 4, 2009.

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(on Dust Bowl, 2011)

“This is still one of my best,” offers Bonamassa. A marching blues built around a slinky four-note guitar figure (think: a swamp-rock take on David Gilmour’s signature intro to Shine On You Crazy Diamond), this also find its composer in the grip of whisky-induced romantic turmoil. “Diamonds and pearls/Ya that kinda girl/you size me up to break me down/While you’re sippin’ on your Crown Royal”.

(on Dust Bowl, 2011)

Bonamassa plays the role of the rural dweller depicted on the cover of the Dust Bowl album. This hard-working man of the soil is worn down by poverty and old Mother Nature (“I’ve shed many tears/Seems I can’t shed no more”), while Joe and his band whip up a biblical tempest of heavy-footed Zeppelin-style blues.

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“The first thing I’ll do before I meet my maker, I’m gonna ask around for you,” declares Bonamassa at the start of this graceful orchestrated number. The string section soars and sweeps before the boss breaks free with an explosion of stinging, sustained notes. “Apparently, this song gets played at both weddings and funerals,” he reveals. “It celebrates both sides of life.”

Originally on Bonamassa’s 2002 release, So, It’s Like That, the boss favours this slower-paced take. Bonamassa’s on suspenseful, unhurried form, letting the guitar do the talking on an ode to a girl who’s “wild as eagles, sweet as honeysuckle”. “There are two different versions,” he explains, “and we’ve just bought this slow one back. People love it.”

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Composed by premier-league producer Bob Ezrin and top-drawer arranger Michael Kamen for Rocky Horror Picture Show star Tim Curry, this gut-wrenching blues later became Joe B’s calling card (though he swaps Curry’s 18-rated lyric “I’m so fucking lonely” for the more family-friendly “I’m so damn lonely”). “This was the first song anybody heard of me. It really connected with people on a bigger level.”

THE BALL AD OF JOHN HENRY (on The Ballad Of John Henry, 2009)

“I have to include it,” says Joe, “as I’m flattered to get 25-year-olds coming up to me saying they learned to play guitar from hearing John Henry.” This modern twist on Mississippi John Hurt’s ode to the hammer-wielding African-American folk hero distills the essence of Bonamassa: dextrous guitar runs, battering-ram drums and a lyric loaded with pain and heartache.

A charming country-blues co-written with Californian singer-composer James House (the brains behind hits for a bunch of country artists, including Dwight Yoakam). A trio of female backing singers add a gospel touch as Bona-massa serenades the girl of his dreams (“I’m gonna wait/’Til I hear her calling”), though she’s forever slightly out of reach.

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(on Redemption, 2018) Bonamassa’s soul searching reaches breaking point on this fabulous, haunted blues. Is it the sound of his troubled subconscious? “It’s my favourite song on the new record,” he declares. Composed in Cuba during a pre-gig reconnaissance trip (“It never materialised, the place was a little shady”), the Earth-moving guitar solo at 4:04 might just be Bonamassa’s Comfortably Numb-style best yet.


Minor fret: Joe Bonamassa with some of his treasured axes, at home in Los Angeles, May 2011.


looks like a combination of, I dunno, [the 1950s US family sitcom] Ozzie And Harriet meets the Osbournes, but in real life? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not so sure. Other than NetďŹ&#x201A;ix, what do you do on your days off?

(Long pause and much twanging) My hobby is collecting guitars (laughs), which I know is a stupid extension of what I do. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ridiculous. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve not really stopped working, have you?

No. I really have not stopped. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a reason why I have made so many albums. But what happens when you do stop is you start to see ďŹ ssures and cracks in not just yourself but your relationship with others, and you think, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Man, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not as good a human being as I would like to be.â&#x20AC;? Are you in a relationship now?

I have had the same girlfriend [Australian singersongwriter Sinead Burgess] for four years and I love her dearly. But (longer pause, even more twanging) Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ended up at a point where I am constantly on the go. You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re chasing, but youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re chasing something â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the next show, the next record â&#x20AC;&#x201C; because thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re programmed. And ultimately you wake up one day and think, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jesus Christ, how many more guitars do I need?â&#x20AC;? And you realise youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve become a part-time alcoholic and a part-time obsessive compulsive guitar collector. When did you start feeling like this?

Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how I found myself at the tail-end of making this album. Looking back, some of the songs written before this grand self-realisation were almost a cry for help. It was my sub-conscious speaking. You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ignore the subconscious. I realised, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Holy crap! I am 41 years old, and this behavioural pattern is unsustainable.â&#x20AC;? I had to throw this shit down or I was going to hit a brick wall. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s go back to the bit about being a â&#x20AC;&#x153;parttime alcoholicâ&#x20AC;?.

I was probably drinking too much earlier this year and I just stopped. It wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t court mandated. It wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mea culpa â&#x20AC;&#x201C; to weasel myself out of trouble when something offensive I said on Twitter went viral: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ooh, sorry, I was drinking too much.â&#x20AC;? No, If that ever happens itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not alcohol, just me being cranky. The thing is, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never done a drug in my life, but I probably indulged too much in other areas. My thing is never going onstage and giving less than 100 per cent. But when you ďŹ nd yourself hitting the bar after the show and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re prioritising that, remember who put you there are the fans. So you owe them.

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How easy is it to stay sober on tour, though?

Ultimately, I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t abuse myself, and still show up at 8 oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;clock and hit the notes. Some people can fucking gargle Goldschläger all night, smoke like a chimney and then wheel themselves out on-stage and its perfect. But thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s somebody elseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s constitution â&#x20AC;&#x201C; not mine. If you want to know whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in front of me right now, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a tray of vegetables, some hummus, a couple of bottles of water and some non-alcoholic beers. The party has no intention of starting here in Copenhagen tonight.

If you had a kid, would you encourage them to play the guitar?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;WILL I BE DOING THIS IN 10 YEARS? IF I HAVE ANY FUCKING SAY, NO...â&#x20AC;?

Not a chance. I think music is very important. It enriches lives, it helps people cope, helps people become more well-rounded and better in school. But as far as recommending a career â&#x20AC;&#x201C; no. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a very difďŹ cult and unsettled business, especially now. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll say this â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and you can use it as a soundbite â&#x20AC;&#x201C; when I walk away from the music business and guitar playing, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s it, I will probably not play anymore.

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Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve just read one of your tweets â&#x20AC;&#x201C; â&#x20AC;&#x153;politics is a cesspoolâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; but as a globe-trotting American, you must be asked to comment on politics all the time?

recommends his live album, Here Come The Noisemakers, to all non-believers: â&#x20AC;&#x153;If I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t this guy, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be running Bruceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fan club and sending our bumper stickers.â&#x20AC;?

Yeah, all the time. But there are two things. One, I have my political views and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not what you think. [Bonamassa doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t answer when I tell him I have no idea what his political views might be.] And, two, America as a country is so divided, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really 50/50. So when I go out in front of, say, 2,500 people I have to consider that 1,250 people hate Trump and 1,250 think heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a saint â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in any state in America. Regardless of what I think, I have to remember Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not selling what I think. A big part of my job is to offer escapism from all that. A lot of musicians would say you should voice your opinions.

Yeah, I know, and a lot of musicians are up their own ass. People donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need to hear what I think about politics. (Starts strumming) The last thing the world needs is yet another idiot chiming in about politics on Twitter. You know, I am no different from the cashier at Tesco. So imagine youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re at the checkout and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m your guy. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got a roast chicken, some Doritos, a bottle of cheap Chardonnayâ&#x20AC;Ś Have you been looking at my shopping list?

â&#x20AC;ŚSome soya beans and some fucking, I dunno, mushy peas. Imagine I start scanning your groceries and suddenly launch into a tirade about Brexit. What would you say? Yeah, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shut the fuck up!â&#x20AC;? My view on politics is like that. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m the guitar-playing equivalent of the cashier boy. Shut up and play your guitar, Joe.

waiting for stuff to become nostalgia. In fact, I know Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not a lifer. But, hey, there might be an act two, but with me doing something else. Ten years from now, people might say, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand why Joe Bonamassa gave it all up to start a pumpkin patch.â&#x20AC;?

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Finger buffet: Lzzy Hale channels her inner Joan Jett, backstage at Birmingamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s O2 Academy, September 24, 2018.


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BAD REPUTATION Fronted by the iconic Lzzy Hale, H A L E S T O R M have spent 21 years building a cross-Atlantic audience for the singerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s raw, confessional songs exploring female sexuality and desire. Planet Rock joins the Pennsylvania hard rockers in Birmingham to uncover the secrets that have taken them to the cusp of arena stardom.

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IS AN U N S E AS O N A B LY warm Monday evening in Birmingham and the weekend feels like itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s years away, but inside the O2 Academyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s walls everybody is cutting loose. Fists are thrown high in the air and plastic cups of beer are spilled as the crowd moves to a thrashing groove. Further back, older veterans and couÄ¥ ples with young children, some in small leather jackets, line the balcony and stairs, craning their necks to get a better look at the band. In the middle of a UK tour that sold out months in advance, Halestorm are blasting out Uncomfortable from their new album, Vicious. (DFKPHPEHURIWKH3HQQV\OYDQLDIRXUÄ¥SLHFHLV ORFNHGLQWRWKHULɱEXWDOOH\HVDUH¿UPO\¿[HG RQWKHZRPDQZLHOGLQJD*LEVRQ([SORUHUDW the front. Standing tall in studded heels and a tasÄ¥ selled black leather jacket, Lzzy Hale stares GRZQ WKH ¿UVW IHZ URZV OLNH D OLRQ H\HLQJ LWV SUH\ ³, GR LW ¶FRV \RX ¿JKW LW´ VKH EHOWV RXW â&#x20AC;&#x153;And I know you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like it when I open up DQG WDON DERXW VH[´ )DU IURP LQWLPLGDWHG young men and women at the barrier roar their approval. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a far cry from the reception Halestorm UHFHLYHGDWWKHLU¿UVWVKRZ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Honestly, we were quite the spectacle at the time, because I was 13 and my brother was ´ /]]\ H[SODLQV LQ WKHLU GUHVVLQJ URRP D warm smile spreading beneath her tousled black fringe. Reclining on a worn leather sofa, KHU PDQQHU LV OHVV ¿HU\ WKDQ LW LV RQÄ¥VWDJH but sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still pumped up as she describes the fateful events of August 9, 1997. Armed with a Casio keyboard and an original ballad entitled Love Is Power, Lzzy and her drumming brothÄ¥ er Arejay took the stage for a talent show at Schuylkill County Fair. The response was somewhat less than rapturous. ³7KH JLUO ZKR ZRQ ¿UVW SODFH ZDV D WDSÄ¥GDQFLQJFRZJLUO´VKHVD\V³7KHHLJKWÄ¥\HDUÄ¥ old girl who came second place was singing a song from Little Orphan Annie. And then WKHUH¶VXVDWWKLUGSODFH´ She lets out a throaty laugh. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Honestly, we KDYHKDGVRPDQ\6SLQDO7DSPRPHQWV´ T

was DOZD\V D ELW GLɱHUHQW 6KH knew it as early as the age of 11, when other girls at sleepovers would fawn over bubblegum hits from Backstreet Boys and TLC, then slam the eject button when Lzzy put on Holy Diver by Dio or Alice Cooperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Love It To Death. At 15, she was already playing rock shows with Arejay and getting into trouble at school for KDQGLQJ RXW FRSLHV RI +DOHVWRUP¶V ¿UVW recordings, a cassette auspiciously entitled A Forecast For The Future. LI ZAB ETH MAE HALE

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Riders on the â&#x20AC;&#x2122;storm: (main pic) Joe Hottinger and Lzzy Hale trade riffs in front of drummer Arejay Hale; (below, from left) Halestorm tour art, the Brum faithful, Joe crashes out, and L. Hale, Hottinger, Smith and A. Hale get into squad formation.


â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was one of those things where all of a sudden you get into the principalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s RɡFHDQG\RXKDYHWRGHIHQG\RXUULJKW WRURFN´JULQVWKHQRZÄĽ\HDUÄĽROGIURQWÄĽ ZRPDQ Âł(YHU\WKLQJ WKDW PDGH PH me was wrapped up in this idea that I could do this music thing. So I really became obsessed with it and it became so much more to me than a career FKRLFH HYHQ ,W ZDV VRPHWKLQJ WKDW , could say was mine. Âł,WPXVWKDYHEHHQVWUDQJHWRPHHWPHDVD teenager because I would meet people and say, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m Lzzy Haleâ&#x20AC;Ś and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m in a band called Halestorm! We made up cards and would hand them to complete strangers. I was hiding custom picks in shoes in Walmart thinking somebody who buys that shoe will see the pick and look up our band.â&#x20AC;? Fortunately for the siblings, their parents ZHUHPRUHVXSSRUWLYHWKDQWKHVFKRROWHDFKHUV ZKR ZDQWHG WR NQRZ ZKHUH *RG ÂżJXUHG LQ their songs. Their mother would book and GULYHWKHPWRVKRZVZKLOHWKHLUIDWKHUDWRXUÄĽ ing musician himself in the â&#x20AC;&#x2122;80s, joined the band on bass for a spell. As memorable a sight

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I WAS HIDING CUSTOM PICKS IN SHOES IN WALMART THINKING SOMEBODY WHO BUYS THAT SHOE WILL LOOK UP OUR BAND.â&#x20AC;? DVWKLVKDUGURFNLQÂśIDPLO\EDQGPXVWKDYH been, what with Arejay performing on a homeÄĽ made rotating drum platform, it was clear the GXRÂśV DPELWLRQV H[WHQGHG EH\RQG FRYHULQJ Skid Row and Heart in bars lenient enough to let the underage pair play. $UHYROYLQJGRRURIEDVVLVWVDQGJXLWDULVWV came and went until the band relocated to PhilÄĽ adelphia and found their match with guitarist Joe Hottinger and bassist Josh Smith. Hottinger joined in 2003 through an audition; Smith D\HDUODWHUYLDEUD]HQLQWLPLGDWLRQ â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was in another band at the time when I ÂżUVW VDZ +DOHVWRUP SOD\ DW WKH ROG *UDSH Street pub,â&#x20AC;? recalls the bassist, whose neat VKLUWDQG0DUWLQLÄĽGU\ZLWFRQYH\WKHDLURIDQ XSVFDOHEDUWHQGHUÂł/]]\KRSVRÉąVWDJHGXULQJ a song, comes right up to me in the middle of the room and stares at me like sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s singing through me,â&#x20AC;? he says, his eyes widening at the memory. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So I was like, What the fuck is this? ,W ZDV YHU\ XQH[SHFWHG DQG VRPHWKLQJ , KDG QHYHUVHHQDURXQG3KLODGHOSKLD´ PLANET ROCK

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were trying to work out how we could get him in the band,â&#x20AC;? chips in Hottinger. Âł,ÂśGFDOOKLPDQGVD\:HQHHG\RXWRÂżOOLQIRU a show, can you do that? Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll give you 20 bucks and a smack on the ass!â&#x20AC;? Âł)LIWHHQ\HDUVODWHUDQG,ÂśPVWLOOWKHWHPSRÄĽ rary bass player!â&#x20AC;? laughs Josh. 7KH SDLU DQG /]]\ FUDFN XS EHIRUH /]]\ UHJDLQV KHU FRPSRVXUH DQG WKH WRQH RI KHU YRLFHVKLIWVWRFDUGVÄĽRQÄĽWKHÄĽWDEOHVHULRXVQHVV Âł-XVWWRFODULI\IURPP\SHUVSHFWLYHÄŚDQG $UHMD\ZLOOWHOO\RXWKLVWRRÄŚZHQHYHUIHOWOLNH WKLV ZDV D IRXUÄĽSLHFH´ VKH VWDWHV Âł$V -RVK VR eloquently described it, we were aggressive teenagers. Our attitude was weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to intimidate you into submission or otherwise. :HKDGDKDUGWLPHÂżQGLQJSHRSOHRXURZQDJH with a similar drive, and it really wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t until WKHIRXURIXVZHUHMDPPLQJIRUWKHÂżUVWWLPH that my brother turns to me and says, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Oh my God, this is our band.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; And we still have that dynamic now.â&#x20AC;? :LWK WKH EDQG OLQHÄĽXS VROLGLÂżHG Halestorm were cooking on gas. They were VSRWWHGVKRUWO\DIW HU LQDWDUHVLGHQF\DW legendary Greenwich Village hangout Don Hillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, leading to a deal with Atlantic Records. %RWK ÂśV VHOIÄĽWLWOHG GHEXW DQG ÂśV The Strange Case Ofâ&#x20AC;Ś received heavy rotation on 50

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As a songwriter raised on Mick Jagger ERDVWLQJ DERXW JHWWLQJ KLV URFNV RÉą DQG Robert Plant begging somebody, anybody, to squeeze his lemon, Lzzy understandably sees no distinction when it comes to writing lyrics about her own pleasures. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In my experience girls think about sex just as much as, if not more than, guys,â&#x20AC;? she says nonchalantly with an arch smile. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But with VRQJV OLNH , *HW 2Éą , VWDUWHG JHWWLQJ DSÄĽ proached with, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;This is really weird.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; And Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m like, Well, why is it weird? Screw it, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m gonna do it anyway! And truly, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just an extension of me and I think anybody who has met me or spoken to me, even online, understands that. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a big reason why I decided very early on to be open with our fans, because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s honÄĽ estly easier. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easier to be unapologetically myself than to try and put up this facade. And, if anything, the whole rock star and being cool thing, the reason that I got into rock music is because I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t cool.â&#x20AC;? As if to emphasise this point, Arejay makes his entrance into the dressing room carrying a pressed white shirt and a pair of bright green shorts emblazoned with red popsicles. They DUHRQHRIVHYHUDOUHWLQDÄĽGDPDJLQJRXWÂżWVWKDW KH ZHDUV RQÄĽVWDJH GXULQJ WKLV WRXU$V /]]\ÂśV ORQJHVWÄĽVHUYLQJ SDUWQHU LQ URFN LW VHHPV DQ appropriate moment to ask him if his big sister is right about being uncool. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think either of us were ever cool,â&#x20AC;? he chirps, hanging the clothes on a nearby mirÄĽ ror. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But if being cool is trying your hardest to be the best person you can be, then, heh, yeah.â&#x20AC;? :KDWHYHU RQH PLJKW WKLQN RI WKHVH VHOIÄĽ HÉąDFLQJ VWDWHPHQWV FRPLQJ IURP D JURXS endorsed by Ronnie James Dio, Joan Jett and Smashing Pumpkinsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Billy Corgan, there is a grain of truth in there. What you see with Halestorm is, in fact, what you get, and it is their quiet determination that has assured their steady ascent and place in the hearts of fans around the world. With talks in play for an arena tour in their own right next year, the road ahead is still wide open. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think it comes down to, Can you make a moment?â&#x20AC;? muses Hottinger of their appeal. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Something where people go, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Fuck yeah!â&#x20AC;&#x2122; That goes beyond genre and language. Just, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Fuck \HDKϫ+HSXPSVKLVÂżVWLQWKHDLUDQGVPLOHV â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all that matters.â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;IN MY EXPERIENCE GIRLS THINK ABOUT SEX JUST AS MUCH AS, IF NOT MORE THAN, GUYS.â&#x20AC;? LZZY HALE

They stretch I Miss The Misery into a VPRNLQJEOXHVMDPEHIRUHLQYLWLQJRSHQLQJULɹļ URFN GXR 5HZV RQÄĽVWDJH WR FORVH WKH HYHQLQJ with a huge singalong of Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s To Us. As the FURZG GLVSHUVHV PXOWLSOH /]]\ 0LQLÄĽ0HV dressed in leather jackets and sparkling shoes, give their ecstatic smiles. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That to me is probably the coolest,â&#x20AC;? says Smith back in the dressing room as Arejay pushes liberal plastic cups of Jameson into open hands. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had some openers in Ireland who had female singers and they both said the same thing, that they started singing because of Lzzy. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s crazy to see these people youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re inÄĽ Ă&#x20AC;XHQFLQJ %XW LWÂśV IXQQ\ WRR EHFDXVH WKDW dates us a little bit, like, Oh shit! Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re old!â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m super proud that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been in this band longer than I havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been in my life,â&#x20AC;? muses Lzzy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My little brother and I talk about this a lot lately, that this is kind of our legacy, man, and I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really see an end in sight. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve

probably had twice the career that a lot of bands have had and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still moving forward.â&#x20AC;? Bus call isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t for another 20 minutes, but there is a small crowd of fans still waiting outÄĽ VLGHWKHEDFNRIWKHVKRHER[ÄĽOLNHYHQXHDQGLW will take the band that time to make their way WKH  IHHW RU VR IURP WKH$FDGHP\ÂśV ORDGÄĽLQ doors to the coach. It is now past midnight. Lzzy wraps a scarf around her head, lipstick still immaculately in place and says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The way I see it, everybody IHHOVWKDWHOHFWULFLW\ZKHQ\RXJHWXSRQÄĽVWDJH and people are listening to you. I still do, every time. What matters is what you do with it.â&#x20AC;? She smiles, then turns and strides towards her people. As the four muscians spend their last minutes chatting to new fans and embracÄĽ ing those recognised from previous shows, you can sense an excitement that has propelled them this far and will no doubt keep on pushÄĽ ing them to higher ground. Only a fool or a Schuylkill County Fair judge would bet against them. H A L E S TO R M â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s current album Vicious is out now on Atlantic Records. The band are on tour in the US through to December 16.

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later is full of such moments. Lzzy opens with a URXVLQJDFDSSHOODRI,*HW2Éą that is equal parts Tina Turner and Ronnie James Dio, slipping seamlessly into Do Not Disturbâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lascivious grind. Arejay later produces comically overÄĽ sized sticks and lays into a drum solo that is so Spinal Tap you half expect him to go the way of all â&#x20AC;&#x2122;Tap sticksmen and spontaneously combust. H E S H OW

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Beyond the fringe: A freshly coiffured Joe Perry, Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, June 1975.


All the young dudes (clockwise from left): Joey Kramer, Tom Hamilton, Brad Whitford, Joe Perry, Steven Tyler, 1975.


Dream on: Steven Tyler and Brad Whitford onstage, June 1975.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;DRUGS WERE PART OF OUR LIFESTYLE, BUT SLEEP DEPRIVATION WAS JUST AS IMPORTANT...â&#x20AC;? STEVEN TYLER â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were a band who were still trying to prove ourselves, and we were conscious that whatever music we wrote, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be playing it on the road for the next year. So the consideration was, How is this going to go down live?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; We wrote everything with that in mind, and with the fans in mind. As a songwriter you start thinking in terms of, If I was sitting in the audience, what would I want to hear? That gave new focus to the songs that ended up on Toysâ&#x20AC;Ś Âł-RHLVWKHPDVWHUDWWKURZLQJRXWULÉąV´VD\V7\OHUÂł:KHQZHOLYHG together in Boston in 1971 heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d sit in his room and get stoned and play guitar with his amp on and, I swear, more great shit would come out of KLVÂżQJHUVLQRQHQLJKWWKDQZHHYHUFROOHFWHGLQ\HDUV´ album began in earnest in PLGÄĽ-DQXDU\ DW WKH 5HFRUG 3ODQHW LQ New York, the facility in which Jimi Hendrixâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Electric Ladyland and the New York Dollsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; debut album were tracked. The band put in 16 hour days, six days D ZHHN IHHGLQJ RÉą RQH DQRWKHUÂśV HQHUJ\ DQG WKH LWVRXQGDOLWWOHPRUHSHULRG/HWÂśVKDYHWKHKRUQVRQLW URRPÂśV VWRULHG KLVWRU\ Âł7KH MXLFHV ZHUH Ă&#x20AC;RZLQJ DQG and make it sound more like the original version that we VWXÉąZDVKDSSHQLQJWKHZD\\RXZDQWHGLWWRÄŚRQWKH heard. 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LFN)UDQNHQVWHLQÄŞ*HQH:LOGHUÄŤWRIROORZKLP â&#x20AC;&#x153;The story of Aerosmithâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s drug use is kinda done in the Âł:DONWKLVZD\´)HOGPDQLQVWUXFWVDQGLQRQHRIFLQHPDÂśV SUHVV´7\OHUVLJKVÂł7Ke drugs were part of our lifestyle then, but sleep least subtle but most hilarious visual gags, Wilder does just that. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hey, deprivation was just as important here, with me sitting in a dingy hotel in :DON7KLV:D\PLJKWEHDJUHDWWLWOHIRUWKHVRQJ´-DFN'RXJODVVXJJHVWÄĽ Hellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kitchen writing the lyrics after a long day at the studio, back when HG,QVSLUHGWKDWVDPHQLJKW7\OHUZURWHWKHO\ULFVDERXWDIDWKHURÉąHUÄĽ 42nd Street ZDVIXOORIKRRNHUVDQGSLPSVDQGVKDG\EDUV´ ing his chronic masturbator son some advice on losing his virginity. Âł%XWRQWKHZD\WR7KH5HFRUG3ODQWWRUHFRUGLW´KHUHFDOOVÂł,ORVW OYS I N T H E Attic was released on April 8, 1975, emerging all the lyrics to the album in a yellow cab. 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Get Your Wings at its peak. The band hit the road hard, with the likes of Foghat, Ted Nugent and REO Speedwagon in support: by December their momentum carried them all the way to New Yorkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fabled Madison Square Garden. For Tyler, whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d long dreamed of appearing at the iconic arena, the success was bittersweet. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were worked to death,â&#x20AC;? he recalled. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were seen as a cash cow. We did three shows a week and we were kept on blow. No one ever once said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;You guys had better take a break.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; At any time I could have had a heart attack and people would have looked away and said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Well, we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what they were doing.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Bullshit! Everybody knew what we were doing and we were a mess.â&#x20AC;? Nonetheless, in the midst of the madness, the singer NQHZWKDWKLVEDQGKDGÂżQDOO\WKHDOEXPWKDWZRXOGPDNH them stars. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I knew weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d made it,â&#x20AC;? he wrote in his autobiography Does The Noise in My Head Bother You. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was the kid who put my initials in the rock â&#x20AC;&#x2122;cos I wanted the aliens to know I was there. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a statement of longevity. The record will be played long after youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re dead. Our records would be 60

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;WE WERE WORKED TO DEATH, A CASH COW KEPT ON BLOW.â&#x20AC;? STEVEN TYLER up there in the attic, too, with the things that you loved and never wantÄĽ ed to forget. And to me, Aerosmith was becoming that.â&#x20AC;? Speaking to this writer in 2017, Joe Perry was, typically, a little more measured than his old pal, in his assessment of the record, sales of which then stood at 32 million copies worldwide. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Well, those songs still resonate with the fans, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s for sure,â&#x20AC;? said Perry. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With the early records, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d play almost every song live, and you quickly learn which ones the audience likes, those songs rise to the surface for a reason. $QG,WKLQNPD\EHZLWKWKLVDOEXPDQGZLWKÄŹÂśVÄ­ Rocks, we came closest to making the perfect Aerosmith album.â&#x20AC;?


BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS In 1986, thanks to a call from Run-DMC, Aerosmith unexpectedly found themselves pioneering the crossover between rock and hip hop. By Mark Blake. IN 1985, Aerosmith were, if not dead, then floundering. That year’s Done With Mirrors LP failed to revive their career, and Steven Tyler and Joe Perry were bouncing between drug binges and spells in rehab. Meanwhile, the hotly tipped US hip hop trio Run-DMC were making a new album, Raising Hell, when their co-producer Rick Rubin played them Toys In The Attic. After encouraging them to rap over Walk This Way, Rubin called Aerosmith’s manager Tim Collins to ask if Tyler and Perry would guest on Run-DMC’s cover. “Um, Rick, what is rap?” asked Collins. Still, the promise of $8,000 for the session was enough to lure the recently Toxic Twins to the studio. “They’d made a loop of the song,” Tyler recalled, “and

they were rapping over it. I thought, What’s this gonna be?” In Walk This Way, the libidinous Tyler swaps masturbation for “going down on a muffin” and manages to bed a cheerleader, her sister and her cousin. The bragging lyric and the rolling cadence of the vocal lent itself to a hip hop treatment. Strip in Jam Master Jay’s hypnotic drum loop and Joe Perry’s slashing guitar riff – and the results were irresistible. “It had a swagger our version didn’t have,” admitted Tyler later. It was the video, though, which compounded how revolutionary this fusion was in 1986. Symbolically, Run-DMC were shown in one studio, Tyler and Perry in another, both parties banging on the dividing wall in protest at the noise the

other is making. Then Tyler batters his way into DMC’s studio to howl “Walk this-a-waaay!” through a hole in the wall, and the sparring factions are united on-stage. Run-DMC’s Walk This Way became a Top 10 UK and US hit; Run-DMC saw Raising Hell reach Number 1, and Aerosmith gained a new young with 1987’s Permanent Vacation LP, their biggest hit yet. By the turn of the ’90s, the likes of Faith No More and Red Hot Chili Pepper had further broken down the barriers between rock and hip hop, and Public Enemy and Anthrax were unveiling their thrash/rap love-in Bring The Noise. Clash: Aerosmith But the journey and Run-DMC started here. at Magic Venture Studios, NYC, March 9, 1986.

Sight for sore eyes: Joe Perry and his Corvette Stingray, Waltham, Massachusetts, August 10, 1975.

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It’s been another thrilling year for rock music, with legends returning and a raft of fabulous new talent emerging. We asked Planet Rock’s presenters and writers to nominate their favourite albums of the year, and having totted up the votes we now unveil the results. Fancy winning them all? Step this way… PLANET ROCK

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The fifth full-lengther from these West Coast blues-rockers and Rick Rubin’s former protegés delivers a whisky barrel-load of weeping slide guitar and poetic story-telling from mightybearded preacher man Ethan Miller. What, though, in Lucifer’s name, is an alligator bride – would you marry one, and what would happen on the wedding night?

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Stone Broken Ain’t Always Easy (SPINEFARM)

The West Midlands foursome’s second album sports riffs larger than the testicles of the North Pacific right whale, but also the tunes to match. You could strip paint with the guitars on Worth Fighting For and still have a smoochie first dance to the lighters-aloft power ballad Home. Straight outta Walsall; next stop, the world.

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Blackberry Smoke Find A Light (EARACHE)

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Stone Temple Pilots Stone Temple Pilots (RHINO)

Flesh And Bone, the first song on Find A Light, suggests a monster truck bumping across the New Mexico desert, steer horns on the radiator grille, Skynyrd on the radio. The wheels keep turning, on 12 more nuggets of Southern-fried rock’n’roll, as loud and proud as Smoke frontman Charlie Starr’s woolly-mammoth sideburns.

Naming a new album after the band itself suggests STP making a fresh start following frontman Scott Weiland’s tragic demise. New boy Jeff Gutt’s radiofriendly roar fits the brief like an old pair of Docs, and the San Diegan grunge survivors’ comeback LP is an embarrassment of whirling-dervish, Zeppelin-tinged riches.

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Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators

Living The Dream (SNAKEPIT/ROADRUNNER)

Slash might have been welcoming us back to the jungle in 2018, but Living The Dream disproves the notion that Myles K and his Conspirators are Slash’s Sunday-morning kickabout team after Guns N’Roses’ FA cup final squad. Hell no! Instead, this third collaboration between the rock vets offers up a banquet feast of spitand-sawdust rockers and head-back, crotch-forward ballads. Truly dreamy.

The Temperance Movement A Deeper Cut

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TM frontbloke Phil Campbell (below) and his men’s sturdy Brit take on the blues just gets bigger and better, even after weathering some pesky line-up changes. A Deeper Cut shimmies and pimp rolls, like their former touring partners The Rolling Stones, with Built-In Forgetter boasting the finest riff Keef’n’Ron forgot to write.

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Therapy? Cleave (MARSHALL)

Angry slightly older men alert! Impending middle age hasn’t smoothed off Northern Irish power-trio Therapy?’s barbed edges. Cleave provides another outlet for mouthpiece Andy Cairns’s fuck-the-world rhetoric (“Do you feel let down? ’Cos I feel so let down,” he announces on Kakistocracy) amid a warmly familiar barrage of bulldozing drums and guitars.

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Idles Joy As An Act Of Resistance

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It’s not every year Brit punk gets sonically reinvented and given a singular new voice, but that’s what’s happened thanks to Joe Talbot’s discombulating Bristolian noisemen, Idles. Grown-up man-angst – about his stillborn child, the perils of fighting men with perms, immigration – is set against fierce guitarscapes, equally thrilling consumed live or on your living room hi-fi.

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Year Of The Tiger

Myles Kennedy’s spot on the Outlaw Country Stage at 2018’s Ramblin’ Man Fair showed his willingness to step away from the full-throttle demands of his arena-rock day job. This debut solo album was inspired by the death of Kennedy’s father, a Christian Scientist who refused medical treatment on religious grounds, when his son was just four years old. Myles strives to make sense of it all on songs such as Blind Faith and Ghost Of Shangri-La. By allowing acoustic and slide guitars and subtle string arrangements do the hard graft, he lets these deeply personal songs breathe. It’s not all navel-contemplation introspection, though. There’s a quiet optimism to Year Of The Tiger, and a sense of nostalgic fun to one song, Haunted By Design, where Kennedy – accidentally on purpose? – sounds more like an early ’80s David Coverdale than the man himself on Whitesnake’s Come An’ Get It.

New noise: Myles Kennedy and (below) angelic upstarts Turnstile.

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Halestorm Vicious (ATLANTIC)

Frontperson Lzzy Hale leads her group back to more familiar territory after 2015’s glossy left-turn Into The Wild Life. Here, it’s all sandblasting riffs and unbridled rage, while Hale lets rip like a petulant teenager who’s just had her PlayStation controller confiscated by Dad.

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Turnstile Time & Space (ROADRUNNER)

Second time around for these troubled young men of Baltimore, Maryland. On Time & Space’s signature songs – try the bullish opener Real Thing or the disembowelling bass-driven I Don’t Want To Be Blind – hardcore punk meets heavy metal power.

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Massive Wagons Full Nelson (EARACHE)

In which the burly, whiskery men of Lancaster bring their uniquely now take on old-school metal to the masses. With songs about how crap Facebook is (China Plates) and a 101-year-old skydiver (The Ballad Of Verdun Hayes), there’s warmth, wit and genuine emotion in these barmily infectious hard rock songs.

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Greta Van Fleet Anthem Of The Peaceful Army (REPUBLIC)

Partly composed in a remote cabin in the wilds of Chattanooga, Tennessee, the millennial mini-Zep explore ecology and the ruinous state of the planet, as well as the usual love and sex, on this debut album; irresistibly swinging through the likes of Lover, Leaver… and killer single When The Curtain Falls.

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Clutch Book Of Bad Decisions (WEATHERMAKER)

Finding the sweet spot between bluesy stoner-rock, metal and “weaponised funk”, this 12th release from Maryland’s finest is full of gems. Neil Fallon’s growl and fuzzed-up guitar propel the swaggering

title cut and the blaring horns-assisted In Walks Barbarella over the finishing line – and back out for a victory lap. Very few bands have matured with such class.

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Caning it: Rob Halford and the Priest unleash a “truly great” LP.

The Magpie Salute High Water I (PROVOGUE)

Shake your moneymaker, again. Former Black Crowes Rich Robinson and Marc Ford salute the old band but also stamp their own identity on this debut studio album. There’s sweet southern soul, folk, honky-tonk and psychedelia, with West London singer John Hogg flavouring the mix with a some irresistible Brit rock grit.

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Deafheaven Ordinary Corrupt Human Love (ANTI-)

The fourth studio album by these angst-ridden San Franciscans splices its black-hearted riffs with moments of genuinely beautiful, jawdropping sublety and a title borrowed from Graham Greene’s novel, The End Of The Affair. Prepare to be stroked, then, by Near and You Without End and have your face melted by most of the rest.

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Alice In Chains Rainier Fog (BMG)

The One You Know, the opening track here, has a riff so brutally repetitive it’s the musical equivalent of Chinese water torture. So far, so vintage Alice, then. Rainer Fog (with vocalist William DuVall in for the late Layne Stayley) is thrillingly on-message: doomy, introspective and shot through with soaring melodies.

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A Perfect Circle Eat The Elephant (BMG)

On their first album in 14 years, Maynard James Keenan and Billy Howerdel’s sporadic, on-off supergroup join the dots perfectly between mournful balladry, slashing hard rock and nouveau prog. With lyrics drawing on death, politics, religion and the chaos and uncertainty of the modern world, you wonder what took them so long.

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Judas Priest Firepower (COLUMBIA)

These are challenging times for the Priest. Following Firepower’s release, it was revealed that guitarist Glenn Tipton had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and was retiring from the road. His replacement was announced as the album’s co-producer, ex-Sabbat man Andy Sneap. Yet despite the difficult circumstances surrounding its birth, Firepower had more of that precious fire in its belly than any other Judas Priest album released this century. The involvement of co-producer Tom Allom (the engineer on British Steel and other ’80s Priest records) suggested a nod to the past. So too did Firepower’s cover art, evoking the

bastard robotic offspring of Screaming For Vengeance’s hellion and that phallic joystick on the front of Turbo. It succeeds by sounding as if its songs might have been written in the 1980s but were recorded this side of the millennium. Despite helping define heavy metal in all its uncompromising glory, Priest have what many of their disciples lack: namely, an innate sense of melody. There are riffs aplenty here, but choruses too. The punishing title track immediately takes up its place in a roll of honour alongside other great Priest LP openers, Exciter, Rapid Fire, etc; Never The Heroes is a socially conscious mid-tempo call-to-arms with an earworm hook; and Lighting Strike contains the silliest (read: greatest) Priest lyric since forever. When Rob Halford declares, “I’ll bring you the head of the demon, I’m peeling the skin from his face”, you know you’re in the presence of a truly great Priest album. PLANET ROCK

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MESSAGE FROM THE CLERGY WE WISH TO INFORM YOU THAT THE CLERGY HAS BEEN INFORMED OF CARDINAL COPIA AND HIS NAMELESS GHOULSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; MOST RECENT ACCOLADE. PLANET ROCK HAS AWARDED PREQUELLE WITH ITS HIGHEST HONOUR, ALBUM OF THE YEAR. WE ARE TRULY PLEASED AND GRATEFUL FOR THIS PRESTIGIOUS AWARD. WE RECOGNISE THIS WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE IF IT WASNâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;T FOR GHOSTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S LOYAL BELIEVERS AND SUPPORTERS AND WE GIVE THANKS TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU.

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Ghost Prequelle (LOMA VISTA)

PAUL HARRIES

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to imagine a more compelling or audacious metal album being released in 2018,â&#x20AC;? read the ďŹ nal line of Planet Rock Editor Paul Branniganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s review of Prequelle in June. Facing some uncertainty over the future of his band, with ex-members having ďŹ led a legal suit against him, Ghost mastermind Tobias Forge dug deep to create an instant classic, a collection of life-afďŹ rming Satanic spirituals rooted, paradoxically, in doom, death and darkness. From the Black Death-inspired Rats through to the walk-with-me-in hell hymnal Life Eternal, Forge conjures up a fantastical, spectral phantasmagoria through which star-crossed lovers, bewitching demons, vengeful spirits and the mysterious, omniscient Cardinal Copia glide. Truthfully, one might argue whether Prequelle is actually a metal album at all, drawing as it does from â&#x20AC;&#x2122;80s stadium rock, classical waltzes, Ennio Morricone soundtracks and liturgical arias, but, by popular assent, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inarguably the boldest, most fearless, sui generis rock album of the past 12 months.

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Ghoulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s night out: Ghostâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cardinal Copia at Londonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Royal Albert Hall, September 9, 2018.


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Trick shot: Cheap Trick in 1978 (clockwise from top) Tom Petersson, Bun E. Carlos, Robin Zander, Rick Nielsen.


lead singer Robin Zander ZDV DWWDFNHG WKH ÂżUVW time he visited the UK. It was the early â&#x20AC;&#x2122;70s and heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d just been to see Black Country glam rock hooligans Slade play at a bingo hall in Edinburgh. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oh God,â&#x20AC;? he sighs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d grown up near Chicago and never had a problem, EXW WKH ÂżUVW ZHHN , OLYHG LQ 6FRWODQG , was mugged by these kids.â&#x20AC;? It was middle of winter and Zander UHWXUQHG WR KLV IUHH]LQJ FROG Ă&#x20AC;DW RQ Princes Street. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There was no hot water DQG\RXKDGWRJRGRZQWKUHHĂ&#x20AC;LJKWVRI stairs to putâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;? he pauses, â&#x20AC;&#x153;a shilling in the meter.â&#x20AC;? Zander hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t uttered those words in a while. Robin and his teenage pal, Brian, played in a duo and were staying with a Scottish friend and hoping to get signed to a British record company. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But they all told us to go home and practise some more,â&#x20AC;? he admits. Zander had gone to The Beatlesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; homeland to seek his forÄĽ tune, but what he was looking for was actually right there at home in Rockford, Illinois. 7KHÂżUVWWLPH=DQGHUVDZIHOORZ5RFNIRUG native and future Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen, he was playing with a group called The Grim Reapers. Nielsen had yet to adopt his trademark costume of baseball cap and bow tie, but he was already a little peculiar. Âł5LFNKDGDVWUREHOLJKWĂ&#x20AC;DVKLQJRQKLP´ Zander recalls, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and it was his birthday. He was playing a keyboard with one hand and throwÄĽ ing a birthday cake in the air with the other, catching the bits as it fell down and eating them. It was pretty, er, far out.â&#x20AC;? H EAP

found each other in 1973, when Zander joined Nielsenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new group &KHDS 7ULFN Âł:KHQ , ÂżUVW heard Robin I realised Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d found the voice for the songs I was writing,â&#x20AC;? says Nielsen today. Completed by bass player Tom 3HWHUVVRQDQGQRZH[ÄĽGUXPPHU%XQ(&DUORV Cheap Trick would go on to make 19 studio DOEXPV RI HDUZRUPÄĽIULHQGO\ KHDY\ SRS DQG the breakthrough live document Cheap Trick At Budokan. Heaven Tonight, Dream Police, Lap Of Luxury and Woke Up With A Monster ÄŞUHPHPEHU WKDW RQH"ÄŤ KDYH FKDUWHG &KHDS7ULFNÂśV GL]]\ KLJKV DQG RFFDVLRQDO ORZV ÄŚ DQG DOO SRLQWV LQ EHÄĽ tween. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the secret of staying togethÄĽ HU"´SRQGHUVWKHÄĽ\HDUÄĽROG1LHOVHQLQDYRLFH grown gravellier with age. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to like what you do, but youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve gotta love it. We have fun and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re stillâ&#x20AC;Ś pretty good.â&#x20AC;? HE

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Stepping out: Cheap Trick at the American Music Awards, January 1980.


â&#x20AC;&#x153; YOU GET FULL OF YOURS E L F, S T A R T T O M C AT T I N G AROUND AND THINKING Y O U â&#x20AC;&#x2122; R E A B I G S H O T. â&#x20AC;?

Cops and rockers: promoting the Dream Police album in Tokyo, Japan, March 1979.

Necks appeal: Rick Nielsen on-stage at Madison Square Garden, July 29, 1988.

Cheap Trick never split up, and became a touchstone for groups as varied as MĂśtley CrĂźe and Nirvana, Green Day and Bon Jovi. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve also watched other bands get big E\ UHÄĽSXUSRVLQJ HOHPHQWV RI WKHLU VRXQG ,Q December, Cheap Trick support Def Leppard on their UK arena tour. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re good guys DQG IDQV RI RXUV´ =DQGHU RÉąHUV JUDFLRXVO\ Though you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t help wondering if heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s secretly gritting his teeth. As a teenager, Rick Nielsen, the son of RSHUDÄĽVLQJHUSDUHQWVZDVDQREVHVVLYHFROOHFÄĽ tor: records, guitars, copies of Melody Maker which he had airmailed from the UK. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When The Beatles and The Kinks came out, that was it,â&#x20AC;? he says. Âł$PHULFDQ PXVLF ZDV DZIXO , couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stomach all that West &RDVWVWXÉą´ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everything on American radio was so boring,â&#x20AC;? adds Zander. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We just latched on to the UK. The :KR7KH 0RYH ÄŚ WKRVH JURXSV were more exciting.â&#x20AC;? Cheap Trickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1977 debut sounded like Midwestern kids ZHDQHG RQ 79 DQG WUDVKÄĽSRS culture trying to play The BeatÄĽ lesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Magical Mystery Tour. Not much has changed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t change,â&#x20AC;? Nielsen points out. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve neverâ&#x20AC;Ś progressed.â&#x20AC;? The guitarist pronounces the last word as if heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s never said it before. The LPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s front cover set their image in stone. Zander and Petersson looked like rock star gigolos en route to the Playboy Mansion; Bun E. Carlos, with his cigarette and droopy â&#x20AC;&#x2122;tache, like he should be running an illegal gambling den, and Nielsen like the class clown pulling faces in a school photo. Âł7KHORRNZDVDQH[WHQVLRQRIZKR,ZDV as a kid,â&#x20AC;? explains Nielsen, whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d been the star of his school orchestra until he called its direcÄĽ tor â&#x20AC;&#x153;an incompetent, drunken foolâ&#x20AC;? and was NLFNHGRXWÂł,ÂśGQHYHUKDYHDGPLWWHG,ZDVWKH FODVVFORZQEXW,ZDV´ Cheap Trick played every bowling alley DQGVSRUWVEDULQ,OOLQRLVDQG:LVFRQVLQ1LHOÄĽ VHQ ZDV WKH DQWLÄĽURFN VWDU +H GUHVVHG OLNH

a dweeb in checkerboard sweaters and a bowtie and hid his retreating hairline under D Ă&#x20AC;LSSHGÄĽXS EDVHEDOO FDS +H ZDV D K\SHUDFÄĽ tive performer, gurning, windmilling and VFLVVRUÄĽNLFNLQJZKLOH=DQGHUORRNHGFDOPDQG collected in a shirt and waistcoat, an image KHÂśGOLIWHGIURP%RZLHDQG%U\DQ)HUU\Âł,RQO\ steal from the best,â&#x20AC;? he insists. &KHDS 7ULFNÂśV EOHQG RI KHDY\ ULÉąV DQG VXJDUÄĽVZHHWPHORG\FRQWLQXHGRQœœVIn Color and â&#x20AC;&#x2122;78â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Heaven Tonight. Today, Nielsen comÄĽ pares this yin and yang combination to â&#x20AC;&#x153;MariÄĽ O\Q 0DQVRQ PHHWV , GXQQRÂŤ 6KDQLD7ZDLQ´ They also stuck with the cartoon image. In Colorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sleeve showed Robin and Tom stradÄĽ GOLQJ+DUOH\ÄĽ'DYLGVRQVRQWKHIURQWDQG5LFN and Bun E. perched on kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; push bikes on the Ă&#x20AC;LS,WZDVNQRZLQJDQGFRPLFDOEXWLWZDVQÂśW enough. Cheap Trick played with everybody: from AC/DC to Lou Reed, from The Kinks to 5XVK WR .UDIWZHUN ÄŞ\HV KraftwerkÄŤ DQG VWLOO couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get a hit. Then came Japan. N TH E N EVE R-E N D I N G pub debate about the greatest live albums ever, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll always be someone rooting for Cheap Trick At Budokan, alongside Strangers In The Night, Live And Dangerous, etc. And rightly so. By 1979, America hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t succumbed to Cheap Trick, but the Far East had. Zander reÄĽ calls their manager suggesting they spend their ÂżQDOÂłEXFNVRUZKDWHYHU´RQPDNLQJD live record in Tokyo. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were broke and it was our last attempt to make something hapÄĽ pen. Our manager said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t worry, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just for Japan, no one else is going to hear it.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Cheap Trick At Budokan arrived in 1979, and America suddenly and unexpectedly VXFFXPEHG,WZHQW7RSDQGDOVRPDGHWKH 8.7RS  ZKHUH LW ZDV LVVXHG RQ VRÄĽFDOOHG â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Kamikaze yellow vinylâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yeah,â&#x20AC;? winces =DQGHUÂł1RUDFLVPLQWHQGHGWKHUH,WZDVWKH record companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s idea.â&#x20AC;? Even now, the singer seems bemused by it all. On the night, Cheap Trick only included WKHLULQIXULDWLQJO\FDWFK\SRSVRQJ,:DQW<RX To Want Me because the promoter at the

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PDLQWDLQWKHSLQÄĽXSQHUGUDWLREXWWKHPXVLF lost some of its sparkle. Âł2XUODEHOÄŹ(SLFÄ­NHSWDVNLQJÎź:KHQDUH you going to do another I Want You To Want Me?â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? sighs Zander. When Heart started scorÄĽ LQJ KLWV ZLWK VRQJV E\ RXWVLGH ZULWHUV (SLF suggested Cheap Trick try the same. Until now, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d written everything themselves, bar the odd cover version. The 1986 blockbuster PRYLH 7RS *XQ WXUQHG 7RP Cruise into a superstar, and Kenny Logginsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Danger Zone and Berlinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Take My Breath Away into worldwide hits. But who recalls the soundtrackâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s third single, Cheap Trickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Four great underrated, 0LJKW\ :LQJV FRÄĽZULWWHQ E\ Harold â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Beverly Hills Copâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; under-loved CT songs. Faltermeyer? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I could write Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s A Whore shitty songs on my own, (on Cheap Trick, 1977) thanks,â&#x20AC;? deadpans Nielsen. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I â&#x20AC;&#x153;This girl, didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need anyone to help me sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a joke, do it.â&#x20AC;? sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a Cheap Trickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1986 LP, The joke,â&#x20AC;? implores Doctor, didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fare much betÄĽ a frantic ter. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Have you listened to it Zander, as the Trick lately?â&#x20AC;? growls Nielsen. â&#x20AC;&#x153;CoupÄĽ out-Ramones the Ramones la good songs.â&#x20AC;? Cheap Trick on this peerless garage-rock wanted Def Leppardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s producÄĽ tear-up. er â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Muttâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Lange, but he was Southern Girls busy making Hysteria, so they (on In Color, 1977) ended up with his colleague, Cheap Trick Tony Platt, instead: â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were sound like a told, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Hey, this guy is just as zonked-out, JRRGÂś:HOOÂŤ*XHVVZKDW"´ hard-rock Beach Boys Things could only get on this worse. That summer, Cheap homage to a group of Trick supported MĂśtley CrĂźe friendly female Trick fans in Britain, and found themÄĽ from Southern Canada, selves playing the same apparently. theatres theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d once headÄĽ The Way Of OLQHG 'XULQJ D ODWHÄĽQLJKW The World boozing session, the CrĂźeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (on Dream Police, 1979) Nikki Sixx dropped his trouÄĽ The sers and urinated on Nielsenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s orchestral MDFNHW 5LFN ZDV ZHDULQJ LW strings? The at the time. It seemed like a jangling guitar riff? metaphor for Cheap Trickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The desperate situation. nursery-rhyme lyric? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the Meanwhile, Tom PetersÄĽ best song ELOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jeff Lynne sonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new group had fallen never wrote. apart. One night, he ran into Anytime KLV H[ÄĽEDQGPDWHV DW D SDUW\ (on Cheap Trick, 1997) thrown by Julian Lennon. Any The Trick awkwardness disappeared â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;go grungeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; when Petersson tripped and or else spilt a pitcher of beer in NielÄĽ pastiche VHQÂśV ODS +H UHÄĽMRLQHG &KHDS grunge. Take your Trick soon after.

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Cheap thrills: the Trick in 1985 (from left) Jon Brant, Rick Nielsen, Robin Zander, Bun E. Carlos.

Budokan told them they needed to pad out the set list. I Want Youâ&#x20AC;Ś became a huge hit and remains their most famous song. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Maybe weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d been thinking too hard beÄĽ fore,â&#x20AC;? admits Zander. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d just thrown this WKLQJWRJHWKHUÄŚDQGLWVROG´ Cheap Trick had their fourth album ready to go, but it was put on ice as Budokan kept VHOOLQJ:KHQLWÂżQDOO\DSSHDUHGDream Police FRPSRXQGHGWKHVXFFHVVZLWKDKLWÄĽVLQJOHWLWOH track and the big ballad Voices. It also saw 1LHOVHQ DQG &DUORV UHÄĽSURPRWHG WR WKH IURQW cover and the whole group looking like the RGGHVWFDPSHVWODZHQIRUFHPHQWRɡFHUVHYHU Suddenly Cheap Trick were superstars in their homeland. Nielsen with his daft sweater DQG FDS DQG RXWODQGLVK ÂżYHÄĽQHFN JXLWDU ÄŞLQÄĽ WHQGHG DV D JHQWOH SLVVÄĽWDNH RI 5XVKÂśV *HGG\ /HHDQG$OH[/LIHVRQZKRERWKSOD\HGWZLQÄĽ QHFN D[HVÄŤ KDG EHFRPH WKH ELJJHVW FDUWRRQ rock star in America. The band also realised one of their teenage dreams when they recorded 1980â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s All Shook UpZLWK7KH%HDWOHVÂśSURGXFHU*HRUJH0DUWLQ Nielsen had just missed the birth of his son Daxx to play, along with drummer Carlos, on John Lennonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Double Fantasy sessions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If it was Paul McCartney Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d have gone to the hospital,â&#x20AC;? he jokes. Nielsen, Carlos and Lennon toasted Daxxâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s arrival into the world and even planned to work together again. â&#x20AC;&#x153;John Lennon was talking about playing live and he wanted Cheap Trick to be his EDQG´FODLPV5LFN

All Shook Up didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sell as well, and illustrated Cheap Trickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s greatest problem: they were too quirky for the heavy metal crowd, too heavy for the pop kids and too old for the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;new waveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. As the 1980s got underway, cracks began to appear. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You get full of yourself when the money starts to pour in,â&#x20AC;? admits Zander. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You start tomcatting around, thinking youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a big shot, then you get arrested and thrown in jail.â&#x20AC;? Cheap Trick were touring with Heart in 1980 when Zander was nicked. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was for disorderly conduct without violence,â&#x20AC;? he divulges. Zander didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get much support from his bandmates: â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were all getting too big for our britches. Being from a VPDOOWRZQOLNH5RFNIRUGNHSW us anchored, but the 1980s was a strange time.â&#x20AC;? Change was perhaps ineviÄĽ table. Tom Petersson left to start a group with his then wife, D *HUPDQ IDVKLRQ PRGHO DQG fellow Illinois musician Jon Brant played bass on Cheap Trickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s next four records. Brant ZDV JRRGÄĽORRNLQJ HQRXJK WR

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;It hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been the same without him,â&#x20AC;? admits Zander. Peterssonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reappearance for â&#x20AC;&#x2122;88â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lap Of Luxury strengthened the Cheap Trick brand, but Epic gave them an ultimatum: have a hit VLQJOHÄŚRUHOVH,WZRUNHG7KH)ODPHD=LSÄĽ SRÄĽZDYLQJSRZHUEDOODGZULWWHQE\KLUHGJXQV Bob Mitchell and Nick Graham, gave Cheap 7ULFNWKDWPXFKÄĽQHHGHG861XPEHU 8EHUÄĽ7ULFN IDQ %LOO\ &RUJDQ RQFH VDLG Âł7KH)ODPHZDVSUREDEO\WKHEHJLQQLQJRIWKH end or the end of the beginning.â&#x20AC;? NevertheÄĽ OHVVLWVDYHGKLVKHURHVÂśFDUHHUÂł+H\WKDWÂśVWKH business,â&#x20AC;? states Nielsen. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is what it is.â&#x20AC;? suggests â&#x20AC;&#x153;the â&#x20AC;&#x2122;80s was a strange timeâ&#x20AC;?, WKHQ WKH V ZHUH VWUDQJHU still. Cheap Trick split with Epic and released just three DOEXPVLQWKDWGHFDGH7KHODVWÂśVCheap Trick, had the same title as their debut, and appeared on the independent Red Ant 5HFRUGV $ ORXG PHVV\ URFNÂśQÂśUROO DOEXP LW LOOXVWUDWLQJWKHLULQĂ&#x20AC;XHQFHRQ:HH]HUDQG)RR )LJKWHUVEXW5HG$QWZHQWEXVWDERXWPLQÄĽ XWHV DIWHU LW FDPH RXW Âł1RERG\ ERXJKW WKDW UHFRUGEXW,UHDOO\GXJLW´VD\V1LHOVHQ &KHDS7ULFNKDYHEHHQPRUHSUROLÂżFWKLV FHQWXU\ HYHQ WKRXJK %XQ ( &DUORV GLVDSÄĽ SHDUHG LQ  WR EH UHSODFHG E\ 1LHOVHQÂśV VRQ'D[[7KHSDUW\ÄĽOLQHZDV&DUORVKDGEDFN problems, making him unable to perform a full VHW&DUORVGHQLHGWKLVDQGÂżOHGDODZVXLWWR HQVXUH KH UHPDLQHG DQ RɡFLDO PHPEHU DQG retained his stake despite no longer touring. The matter was settled out of court. The four originals performed together when Cheap Trick were inducted into The 5RFNDQG5ROO+DOORI)DPHLQ%XWUHODÄĽ tions seem tense. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t spoken to Bun E. VLQFH WKHQ EXW ZH QHYHU FKDWWHG PXFK DQ\ÄĽ ZD\´1LHOVHQLQVLVWVÂł'D[[KDVEHHQZLWKXV HLJKWRU\HDUVQRZ´ &KHDS7ULFNSURYHWKHWKHRU\WKDWLI\RX VWLFNDURXQGORQJHQRXJKHYHQWXDOO\\RXÂśOOJHW UHÄĽGLVFRYHUHG ,Q  WKH ,OOLQRLV 6HQDWH SDVVHG D UHVROXWLRQ QDPLQJ $SULO  RɡFLDO &KHDS7ULFN'D\0HDQZKLOHWKHLUVRQJVKDG EHFRPH FXOWXUDO VKRUWKDQG IRU ÂżOP DQG 79 SURGXFHUVZKRJUHZXSLQWKHÂśVDQGÂśV Besides Top Gun, Cheap Trickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s music has WXUQHG XS LQ PDQ\ PRYLHV DQG 79 VKRZVIURP*XDUGLDQV2I7KH*DOD[\ 9ROXPHWR6RXWK3DUN,QRQHHSLVRGH RI7KH6LPSVRQVFDUWRRQ$VLDQVWRUHÄĽ keeper Apu was seen washing his car and crooning Dream Police. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like it,â&#x20AC;? Zander laughs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cool.â&#x20AC;? $FRXSOHRI\HDUVDJR5LFN1LHOVHQ F AS R O B I N ZAN D E R

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tour the UK with in December.

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THE CURE Disintegration (on Disintegration, 1989)

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(on Escape, 1981)

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Sweet Leaf (on Master Of Reality, 1971)

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BLACK SABBATH

Just canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get enough: Modeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dave Gahan.

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Maiden’s voyage: (clockwise from top right) The band’s first photo session for Sounds, Leicester Square, London, October 1979 (from left, Doug Sampson, Paul Di’Anno, Tony Parsons, Dave Murray, Steve Harris); Dennis Stratton in 1980; Steve Harris on-stage during the Killer World tour, 1981; Harris and Di’Anno backstage in Holland, October 5, 1980; Clive Burr in 1980.


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Innocent exiles: Maiden on-stage at Groenoordhallen, Leiden, Holland, supporting Kiss, October 5,1980.


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How’s Maiden first four albums paved the way for their global success.

EMI, April 1980 “Won’t you come in to my room, I want to show you all my wares…” Steve Harris’s original vision for Maiden was to combine the complexity of Yes and Genesis with Wishbone Ash’s twin-guitar harmonies and the melodicism of Free. But the East Londoners’ debut album offered much more. Running Free, with Paul Di’Anno’s lyric about embracing the chaos of youth, is an early escapist anthem, Phantom Of The Opera stands as Harris’s first attempt to fuse high and low culture in epic form and Remember Tomorrow sets a template for moody minor-key balladry which Metallica have mimicked from Fade To Black onwards. Had Maiden held back the brilliant Wrathchild from 1980’s Metal For Muthas compilation and swapped that and Sanctuary in for, say, Transylvania and Dave Murray’s off-colour Charlotte The Harlot, they might just have made the finest heavy metal debut album of all time.

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EMI, February 1981 Released on February 2, 1981, Maiden’s second album is perhaps most significant for a) marking the beginning of the band’s working relationship with producer Martin Birch and b) for introducing former Urchin frontman Adrian Smith as Dave Murray’s guitar foil, the pair having been pals since the age of 14. Their telepathy is evident throughout an ambitious, ridiculously underrated album which pivots much closer to prog than punk. The six-minute Prodigal Son nods towards

The Who, Murders In The Rue Morgue and Innocent Exile channel the spirit of Edgar Allan Poe and the title track is one of Paul Di’Anno’s most dramatic performances. Curiously, Killers was savaged by former champions Sounds, who awarded the set just one star, and damned it as “more of a failure than a triumph”. While it peaked at UK Number 12, the album sold 750,000 copies worldwide, 150,000 of those in the US, giving Maiden a platform for a tilt at Stateside glory. Sadly, Di’Anno wouldn’t last long enough to unleash his Cockney charm on the colonies.

“After it Maiden was a worldwide major act.”

EMI, May 1983 EMI, March 1982 From the outside, firing fan favourite Paul Di’Anno in the summer of 1981 looked like a bold move for Maiden, but once the vocalist’s lifestyle choices began fucking with his ability to do his job, his days were numbered. Steve Harris then faced the prospect of writing an album from scratch in just four weeks and blooding new vocalist Bruce Dickinson. With their backs to the wall, Maiden delivered their finest album to date. Adrian Smith’s blossoming songwriting partnership with Harris delivered two storming cult faves in The Prisoner and 22 Acacia Avenue, while the galloping Run To The Hills, the philosophical doom of Hallowed Be Thy Name and the diabolical title track are three of metal’s all time classic anthems. Released on March 29, 1982, the album debuted at UK Number 1, and broke the Top 40 in America. “Before The Number Of The Beast we were part of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal,” noted manager Rod Smallwood.

Though Piece Of Mind rarely polls high in any list of all-time great metal albums, Steve Harris actually considers it the finest of Maiden’s first four releases. “Piece Of Mind is just special,” he says. “We felt like we were on a high, and you can hear that mood on the album.” With live-wire ex-Trust drummer Nicko McBrain replacing Clive Burr on drums, Maiden’s ‘classic’ five-piece line-up assembled here for the first time, and the improved chemistry in the unit was tangible in the nine songs taped with Martin Birch in the Bahamas. Having been tied up in legal red tape on TNOTB, Bruce Dickinson delivered a mouth-watering taste of his compositional skills with the G.K. Chesterton-referencing Revelations, and kicked off what would prove to be a superb songwriting partnership with Adrian Smith on the soaring Flight Of Icarus. While the Crimean War-themed The Trooper is undeniably the LP’s most celebrated track, its hidden gem is the gently hypnotic Still Life, a rare co-write between Harris and Dave Murray.

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“WE HAD A FEW SPINAL TAP MOMENTS...”

Nostril-damus: Steve Harris and Nicko McBrain at Atlético Madrid stadium, July 14, 2018.

Bruce Dickinson and Steve Harris select some highlights from The Legacy Of The Beast tour set list. ACES HIGH Steve Harris: “Always a great set opener. Even now, when I hear Churchill’s speech starting up I start to get goosebumps, and that’s a good sign, because hopefully the crowd is feeling that too. I must admit, starting off with this and with a Spitfire screaming above us we did wonder, How are we going to follow that?”

WHERE EAGLES DARE Bruce Dickinson: “We wanted to use the intro music from the movie, as we did years ago, but it’s a different century now, and now you need a personal letter from Clint Eastwood to authorise that. So we made our own intro tape. The Spitfire crash is actually the sound of a Stuka.”

2 MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT BD: “We’ve always been surprisingly prescient about political issues. 2 Minutes To Midnight was spot-on with what was going on in 1984, and with what’s going on now. You’ve got all the big powers selling arms, genocide across the world, private wars costing the lives of thousands – all happily bankrolled by the States, ourselves, the Russians and the French.”

REVELATIONS BD: “I always liked the lyrics from O God Of Earth And Altar by G.K. Chesterton, and it really suited having some rock-style chords underneath it. It’s a song about religion, but not conventional religion, the occult and alchemical side of it, which is a theme I’ve always been interested in, as explored in The Chemical Wedding, my album about Blake, and the movie I did about Aleister Crowley.”

THE CLANSMAN BD: “I have a sword fight with Eddie in The Trooper, which is the next song up, so I got a claymore to use on The Clansman, as a nod to Braveheart. We had a few Spinal Tap moments where the claymore was covered up too well and I had to rip half the set down trying to find the damn thing!”

FOR THE GREATER GOOD OF GOD SH: “I’ve always loved my prog rock, I grew up on it. Having songs like this in the set, the big, epic, dramatic songs, offers a good counterpoint to the more aggressive songs. We do a twohour set every night, so you have to have different dynamics, because neither us nor the audience can be jumping around the whole time.”

THE TROOPER SH: “This is the sort of aggressive, adrenalinebased songwriting we were good at in the early years. I think everyone knows that I’ve never taken a drug in my life, but I feed off adrenaline, and when that runs out, I guess I’ll have run out! It’s a song about the Crimean War, but sadly it seems like there’s always a new conflict to write about.”

IRON MAIDEN SH: “Could we play an Iron Maiden gig without this? I mean, we could, we’ve more than enough songs to make it work, but since the very early days we’ve always ended our main set with this, so it’s a traditional thing now, and I think the fans expect it. It’s always a highlight of the night.”

FEAR OF THE DARK BD: “I tried to repurpose this song on this tour to make it more scary, with the Jack The Ripper-style outfit. Originally, I wanted to have LED lamps embedded in my palms, like Iron Man, so that I could be like a human searchlight. We got some lamps, but they weren’t working for me. Then we got one on a bracket, like the hermit with his lamp on the Tarot card. Scary, gothic, dramatic, a bit of smoke – perfect!”

RUN TO THE HILLS BD: “Run To The Hills is a reminder that you should never take yourself too seriously. Rather than try to recreate the serious topic of the song, I mime galloping on an invisible horse, which is my tribute to Monty Python And The Holy Grail. I also have a virtual apple in my back pocket so I can give my invisible horse a pat on the head and a munch of invisible apple. These little details amuse me.”

THE WICKER MAN BD: “The great thing about doing The Wicker Man is that it kicks into touch this idea that we stopped writing catchy songs in 1987. People think we only do prog-style songs since I came back [in 2000], but we’ve had a lot of catchy songs and The Wicker Man is one. It’s a great crowd favourite. I was blown away by how well it went down every night.”

THE EVIL THAT MEN DO SH: “Adrian [Smith] wrote the opening riff, I wrote the chorus and Bruce chipped in too. I remember he thought that the bridge should be the chorus, and I said, It’s a bloody good bridge, but it’s not the chorus, we need something to lift the song again. When we play it live now, it’s obvious that I was right!”

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Eighth album spurred on by their guitaristâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s death. There are moments on Holy Hell that feel uncomfortable to listen to, such is their complexÄ¥ ity and rawness. Over time, however, ArchiÄ¥ WHFWV¶HLJKWKDOEXPWKHLU¿UVWVLQFHWKHWUDJLF passing of founding guitarist Tom Searle on August 20, 2016, reveals just what a special and staggering record it is. Grief and love and KXUW DQG GH¿DQFH PDUN HYHU\ PRPHQW Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the smothering heft of Hereafter, the piercing strings and viciousness of the title WUDFN RU WKH RSHQÄ¥ZRXQG KRQHVW\ RI '\LQJ 7R +HDO DOO ¿QGLQJ YRFDOLVW 6DP &DUWHU LQ devastating form. The atmosphere, tension and expulsion of pain all build to a poignant FORVLQJ RQHÄ¥WZR ZLWK 'RRPVGD\ DQG $ Wasted Hymn featuring lyrical and guitar contributions from Tom. Only the Brighton ¿YHÄ¥SLHFH ZLOO NQRZ KRZ WKH\¶YH SLFNHG XS WKHSLHFHVWRUHFRUGWKLVWRZHULQJDQG¿WWLQJ WULEXWHWRWKHLUIDOOHQEURWKHUZKLFKFRQ¿UPV their status as the premier British metal band of their generation. David McLaughlin

Session players make Little Feat/The Bandinspired debut. /RQGRQÄ¥EDVHG FODVV\ QHZ IRXUÄ¥SLHFH -DZERQH KDYH SOD\HGZLWKWKHOLNHVRI(ULF&ODSWRQ5REHUW 3ODQWDQG5RQQLH:RRG7KHLUPXVLFLDQVKLS Ħ SDUWLFXODUO\ WKDW RI +DPPRQGSLDQR DFH 3DGG\0LOQHUĦVKLQHVRQWKLVZDUPEHDXWLÄ¥ fully produced record and, with Milner and guitarist Marcus Bonfanti sharing able OHDGÄ¥YRFDO GXWLHV WKH\ RR]H UHOD[HG FRQ¿ĥ GHQFH %XLOW RQ ZHHÄ¥VPDOO KRXUV HOHFWULF SLDQR DQG SDFNLQJ DQ LPSHFFDEOH JURRYH Two Billion Heartbeats gives a rough estimate of our lifetimeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ration, then ponders how we should live and whom we should spend time ZLWKDVWKH\HODSVH7KLVGHEXW¶VRWKHUVWDQGÄ¥ RXWVĦURRWV\URFNHU*HW:KDW<RX'HVHUYH EXFROLF FRXQWU\ ZDOW] 7KH <HDUV 8VHG 7R 0HDQ6R0XFKĦVRXQGVLPLODUO\VOLFNLQWKH EHVWSRVVLEOHVHQVHEXWWKXVIDU-DZERQHODFN WKDWRXWODQGLVKVSDUNRILPDJLQDWLRQDQGWKDW RQH NQRFNÄ¥RXW VRQJ WKDW FRXOG WUDQVIRUP DQ H[WUHPHO\ FDSDEOH EDFNLQJ EDQG LQWR WUXH contenders. James McNair

B E ST TRACKS:

Hereafter, Dying To Heal,

A Wasted Hymn

JON SPENCER Spencer Plays The Hits IN THE RED

+++ Blues Explosion man unleashes solo debut. Most veteran artists beginning a solo career try something UDGLFDOO\ GLɱHUHQW +RZHYHU -RQ6SHQFHU¶VPDLGHQVRORYR\DJHUHĥUXQVKLV EDFNĥSDJHV HYRNLQJ WKH RYHUGULYHQ JUHDVHU ULɱV RI KLV %OXHV ([SORVLRQ DQG WKH JRWKLF menace of Boss Hog, adding a soupcon of +HDY\7UDVK¶VVZDJJHULQJKROOHUDQGĦWKDQNV WRWKHXVHRIDQROG&KHY\JDVWDQNDVSHUFXVĥ VLRQ Ħ WKH SRVWĥLQGXVWULDO FODWWHU RI 3XVV\ *DORUH7KHEOXHVĥSXQNQRLVHLVRIDJHQHUDOO\ KLJK VWDQGDUG ZKLOH WKH O\ULFV ¿QG 6SHQFHU particularly exercised, with a number of WUDFNVĦWKHSRLVRQRXVVOLQNRI)DNHWKHULJKĥ WHRXVVWRPSRI'R7KH7UDVK&DQĦDLPHGDW 'RQDOG7UXPSWKRXJKLW¶V¿WWLQJWKDW6SHQĥ FHU¶VLUHLV¿HUFHVWRQ%HHWOH%RRWV³,PLWDWLRQ OHDWKHU:LWK D SODVWLF ]LSSHU´ 5HVW DVVXUHG Spencer is still the real thing. Dave Harrington

Two Billion Heartbeats, The Years Used To Mean So Much B E ST TRACKS:

B E ST TRACKS:

Fake, Overload, Alien Humidity

JOHN GARCIA John Garcia And The Band Of Gold NAPALM

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More spark required: session men Jawbone.

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ACCEPT Symphonic Terror ħ/LYH$W:DFNHQ NUCLEAR BLAST

+++ The re-energised German rockers, plus orchestra, play al fresco in their homeland. In recent years, metal titans Accept have undergone something of a renaisÄ¥ sance. Though they cut a swathe through â&#x20AC;&#x2122;80s metal with classic albums like %DOOV7R7KH:DOO, 0HWDO +HDUW and 5HVWOHVV $QG :LOG, the last GHFDGHRUVRKDVVHHQJXLWDULVW:ROI+RɱPDQQ and his troops of terror actually becoming bigÄ¥ ger than ever, even with the absence of original, FURZÄ¥WKURDWHG VLQJHU 8GR 'LUNVFKQHLGHU 7R wit: at last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wacken festival they saluted 80,000 fans with a mammoth show including an orchestral section, captured live here. The UXQÄ¥WKURXJKVRIVWDSOHVOLNH5HVWOHVV$QG:LOG and Fast As A Shark are as joyously energetic and destructive as ever, particularly when charged by the sound of an entire festival singÄ¥ LQJ DORQJ ZKLOH WKH PLGÄ¥VHFWLRQ LQ ZKLFK +RɱPDQVKRZVRɱMXVWKRZJRRGKHLVZLWKD fretboard by playing a load of classical â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;hitsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; with symphonic backing is an intriguing distraction. Was Beethoven a metal maniac? On this evidence, he may well have been. NICK RUSKELL

DQXQÃ&#x20AC;LQFKLQJTXDOLW\WRKHUGHOLYHU\RQ<RXU +HDUW ,V $V %ODFN $V 1LJKW DQG WKH DXWRÄ¥ biographical Spiders In My Bed; the last a tale RI PHQWDO DQJXLVK RɱVHW E\ D MDXQW\ FRXQWU\Ä¥ URFN EDFNLQJ$IWHU  VRQJV WKH XQÃ&#x20AC;LQFKLQJ DSSURDFKZLOOOHDYH\RXVKHOOÄ¥VKRFNHGEXW\RX FDQ¶WTXHVWLRQKHUFRQYLFWLRQ MARK BLAKE B E ST TRACKS: %DJ%DQJ%RRP%RRP<RXU

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++++ Collaborative debut album from UK bluesrock guitarists. A triumvirate of British guitarÄ¥ LVWV Ħ 7UR\ 5HGIHUQ -DFN +XWFKLQVRQDQG0LNH5RVVĦKHDGXSWKLVQHZ RXW¿WZLWKDFROOHFWLYHSHQFKDQWIRUWKHHDUWK\ and rootsy rockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;roll of decades past. With  RULJLQDO WUDFNV Ħ WKUHH IURP HDFK RI WKH IURQWPHQ DQG D FRXSOH RI LQVWUXPHQWDO FRÄ¥ ZULWHV WKURZQ LQ Ħ LW¶V D UHFRUG ZLWK SDOSDEOH

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PROPER MUSIC/AT THE HELM

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Californiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s queen of hand-wringing blues-rock let loose in London. %HWK+DUW¶VSRVWÄ¥PLOOHQQLDOUHELUWK continues. After a troubled 1990s, when her career was derailed by a previously undiagnosed bipolar disorder, Hart returned ZLWK D UXQ RI ZHOOÄ¥UHFHLYHG DOEXPV 7KLV summer 2018 concert feels like a victory lap. Listening to her switching seamlessly between rock, soul and country, and vamping through the title track to 2012â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s %DQJ%DQJ%RRP%RRP, LW¶VHDV\WRVHHZK\VKH¿OOHGWKH5R\DO$OEHUW +DOODQGEHFRPHDJRÄ¥WRJXHVWYRFDOLVWIRU-Hɱ %HFN DQG -RH %RQDPDVVD 1HYHU RQH WR VK\ away from exploring her personal strife in song, Hart pours the turmoil into the music. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

crossover and chemistry among the band that VZDJJHUV FRQ¿GHQWO\ EHWZHHQ ORRVHÄ¥OLPEHG blues, Southern rock and even a touch of psychedelia. With solid material throughout, 5RVV¶V FRQWULEXWLRQV SURYLGH VRPH RI WKH albumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s high points, She Painted The Moon KLQJLQJRQDWKUHHÄ¥SURQJHGJXLWDUJURRYHDQG contrastingly woozy chorus, while the hypnotic blues of Leviathan revel in dark menace. If thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lingering sense that at least one very ZHOOÄ¥ZRUQ FRS\ RI 7KH 6RXWKHUQ +DUPRQ\$QG 0XVLFDO&RPSDQLRQ is never far from their crib notes, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still plenty to enjoy here. PADDY WELLS

Skin-ned alive: Skunk Anansie unleash concert recordings.

SKUNK ANANSIE /,9(# REPUBLIC OF MUSIC

+++ Career spanning live album celebrating 25 years of the group. Formed in 1994, Skunk Ananĥ sie, led by the formidable


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VENOM & FAITH TRI KI WOO

++++ Success has never blunted Liam Howlettâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s uncompromising, and urgent synth-punk beatdowns.

TOM MORELLO THE ATLAS UNDERGROUND BMG

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Obviously indebted to QOTSA, London alt.rockers Witchingseason rumble and roll through 11 tracks of fuzzed-up disco-doom on an engaging debut.

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Reissues

He sounded wounded but invincible. Sadly, that last trait was only an illusion...

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Black hole son: Chris Cornell gets heavy with Soundgarden, Feyenoord Stadion, Rotterdam, June 23, 1992.


Reissues

CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL The Complete Studio Albums CRAFT RECORDINGS/UMC

++++ CCRâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seven studio LPs in deluxe box set form. Of all the American guitar bands that emerged in the 1960s, few have endured quite as resolutely as have Creedence Clearwater Revival. Despite the El Cerrito quartet having concluded their business inside of six years, many of their songs have risen with graceful ease to the status of standards. The Complete Studio Albums features 65 songs, many of which display a simplicity of purpose that in lesser hands might appear remedial. But CCR were no arrivistes, and founder John Fogerty, in particular, bestows upon the material an ageless and timeless voice that stands equal to singers such as Van Morrison and Joe Cocker. Presented with powerful panache, a song such as Run Through The Jungle capÄĽ tured the essence of Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s paranoid and dangerous age with an ease reminiscent of the Stonesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Gimme Shelter. And while CCR lacked the poise of their more glamorous brethren, the repeated warnings of a hard rain soon to fall resonate from their troubled times all the way to ours. IAN WINWOOD Have You Ever Seen The Rain, Fortunate Son, Bad Moon Rising B E ST TRACKS:

THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE Electric Ladyland EXPERIENCE HENDRIX/LEGACY

+++++ 50th anniversary edition of unimpeachable third LP. $IWHU D EXVWÄĽXS ZLWK SURGXFHU Chas Chandler, Hendrix took control at New Yorkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Record Plant, recruiting musician friends to create a WHFKQLFRORXUGUHDPZRUN7UDɡFÂśV6WHYH:LQÄĽ ZRRG SOD\V RUJDQ DQG -HÉąHUVRQ $LUSODQHÂśV Jack Casady bass on the spectacular blues jam 9RRGRR &KLOH ZKLOH :LQZRRGÂśV 7UDɡF SDOV 'DYH 0DVRQ DQG &KULV:RRG SURYLGH EDFNÄĽ ing vocals on the explosive acid rock of CrossÄĽ WRZQ7UDɡFDQGĂ&#x20AC;XWHRQWKHFKLPHULFDO ÄŞ$0HUPDQ,6KRXOG7XUQ7R%HÄŤUHVSHFWLYHO\ Mason also plays acoustic guitar on Hendrixâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 112 P L A N E T R O C K

YHUVLRQRI$OO$ORQJ7KH:DWFKWRZHU7KHUHÄĽ sults are peerless. This exemplary repackage WKHQ DGGV  VROR GHPRV ÄŞD VWLUULQJ $QJHOÄŤ HLJKWVWXGLRRXWWDNHVÄŞDKHDUWVWRSSLQJ$QJHO Caterina; a tremendous Long Hot Summer ZLWK$O .RRSHU RQ SLDQRÄŤ DQG D 6HSWHPEHU Âś +ROO\ZRRG %RZO VKRZ ZKLFK FDSWXUHV Jimi at his frenzied live peak. LOIS WILSON &URVVWRZQ7UDÉźF ÄŤ$0HUPDQ,6KRXOG7XUQ7R%HÄŹ$OO$ORQJ The Watchtower B E ST TRACKS:

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++++ The trioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s last dance with the side-long epic. Punk had mutated into new wave before it had some small impact upon Rush. Sequencers, mullets and shorter songs crept into their earÄĽ O\ÂśVDHVWKHWLFEXWFLUFDÂśVHemispheres WKH\ZHUHVWLOONQHHÄĽGHHSLQGRXEOHÄĽQHFNVDQG *UHHNP\WKÄĽLPEXHGSURJÂł/HWÂśVVD\RXULGHDV exceeded our grasp,â&#x20AC;? Geddy Lee recently admitted, doubtless mindful of the albumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ÄĽPLQXWH WLWOH WUDFN <HW Hemispheres as a whole has much to treasure, and even that ÂłVRQJ´ÄŚ&\JQXV;ÄĽ%RRN7ZR+HPLVSKHUHV ÄŚKDVPRPHQWVRIEULOOLDQFHÄŞZLWQHVVWKHVFLQÄĽ WLOODWLQJ JXLWDU VROR DW  PLQVÄŤ /D 9LOOD Strangiato still stands up as an extraordinarily imaginative instrumental, while Neil Peartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s political allegory The Trees soon became DPXFKÄĽORYHGVWDSOHRIWKHEDQGÂśVOLYHVKRZV Still, in lieu of any outtakes here, the live sets IURP$UL]RQDLQÂśDQG3LQN3RSIHVWLYDOLQ ÂśDUHDWDGXQHQWLFLQJJAMES MCNAIR B E ST TRACKS:

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DGSURPRWLQJ7XOOÂśVVLQJXODUGHEXWKHUH UHLVVXHG RYHU IRXU H[WUDVÄĽULFK GLVFV ,WÂśV WKH only Tull album to feature guitarist Mick Abrahams, thereafter replaced by Martin %DUUHDQGLWEULGJHVWKHEDQGÂśVEOXHV\HDUO\ÄĽ )OHHWZRRGÄĽ0DFÄĽZLWKÄĽĂ&#x20AC;XWHDSSURDFKDQGWKH IRONLHU IDLU WKDW VDZ ,DQ $QGHUVRQ DQG FR take prog to the woods. Porcupine Treeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 6WHYHQ :LOVRQ KDV GRQH DQ DFH MRE RI UHÄĽ mixing the original album and bonus tracks, and you can almost smell the patchouli on a lithe My Sunday Feeling recorded for BBC UDGLR &OHDUO\7XOO DUULYHG IXOO\ÄĽIRUPHG EXW Abrahams and Anderson disagreed over a diÄĽ rection, hence Abrahams chose to continue KLV EOXHV DÂżFLRQDGR MRXUQH\ ZLWK %ORGZ\Q 3LJ )LQH PDQGROLQÄĽULFK ERQXV WUDFN /RYH Story, meanwhile, signposts where Tull would head next. JAMES MCNAIR My Sunday Feeling, Beggarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Farm, Move On Alone B E ST TRACKS:

REO SPEEDWAGON 7KH(DUO\<HDUVÄŚ HNE RECORDINGS

+++ Illinoisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; future soft rock superstars long before the hits. At last glance, REO SpeedÄĽ ZDJRQÂśV  DOEXP Hi ,QĂ&#x20AC;GHOLW\KDGVROGVRPHPLOOLRQFRSLHV,W ZDVWKHLUQLQWKEXWWKHÂżUVWWRFRPHZLWKLQ spitting distance of the US Top 20, eventually going to Number 1 in that territory. This ÄĽ&' SDFNDJH FKDUWV WKHLU GD\V RI VWUXJJOH XSWRÂśV Live: You Get What You Play For. 7KLV LV 5(2 WKH KDUGÄĽJUDIWLQJ 0LGZHVWHUQ EDUEDQGÄŚGURRS\RIPRXVWDFKHDQGIUL]]\RI SHUP ÄŚ GLVSHQVLQJ KRQNLQJ EOXHV URFN ZLWK WKH RFFDVLRQDO SRVWÄĽSV\FKHGHOLF ZRUNÄĽRXW or romantic ballad to lighten the mix. Apparently, REO fell out with their original singer who didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like singing love songs, and GXPSHG KLP LQ D FRUQÂżHOG DIWHU D JLJ +LV replacement, Kevin Cronin, was more amenable, and you can hear the seeds of Hi ,QĂ&#x20AC;GHOLW\â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s power ballads begin to germinate LQÂśV5(2. Most of 7KH(DUO\<HDUVÄŚ , though, genuinely sounds like music IRU GULYLQJ D SLFNÄĽXS WKURXJK D FRUQÂżHOG presumably while keeping an eye out for abandoned lead singers. MARK BLAKE B E ST TRACKS: Ridinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; The Storm Out, Keep Pushinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, Flying Turkey Trot


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A wizard, a true star: Steven Wilson wows the Albert Hall.

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AC/DC 1973-1980 Jeff Apter JAWBONE

+++ The Bon Scott years, in illustrated diary form. Given that Australian author $SWHUKDVDOUHDG\SHQQHGDELRÄĽ JUDSK\ RI $QJXV <RXQJ ÄŞ+LJK Voltage: The Life Of Angus Young, AC/DCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s /DVW 0DQ 6WDQGLQJÄŤ LQ DGGLWLRQ WR JKRVWÄĽ writing books with AC/DCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s former bassist ÄŞ0DUN (YDQVÄŤ DQG H[ÄĽPDQDJHU ÄŞ0LFKDHO %URZQLQJÄŤ RQH PLJKW ZRQGHU H[DFWO\ KRZ PXFKPRUHLQVLJKWDQGHQWHUWDLQPHQWFDQEH ZUXQJ IURP WKH $QWLSRGHDQ KDUG URFNHUVÂś ZHOOÄĽGRFXPHQWHG VWRU\ ,WÂśV WR KLV FUHGLW WKHQWKDW$&'&ÄĽLVVXFKDQHQJDJÄĽ LQJ UHDG 'UDZLQJ WRJHWKHU D ZHDOWK RI FRQWHPSRUDQHRXV SUHVV FXWWLQJV DUFKLYH radio interviews and original interviews, $SWHU PDNHV IDPLOLDU WDOHV FUDFNOH ZLWK FRORXU DQG OLIH UHFDSWXULQJ D VHQVH RI WKH feral energy around the band on their dogged DVFHQW DV WKH\ PRYH IURP VFDQGDOLVLQJ $XVWUDOLD WR EHPXVLQJ PLGÄĽÂśV %ULWDLQ WR VHGXFLQJ$PHULFDÂł:HÂśUHQRWWRRFRQFHUQHG ZLWK EHLQJ YHU\ DUWLVWLF RU VRXQGLQJ SUHWW\´ Bon is quoted as saying in a 1979 interview ZLWK6XSHU5RFNÂł:HMXVWZDQWWRPDNHWKH ZDOOVFDYHLQDQGWKHFHLOLQJVFROODSVH´0RUH EDQGV ZRXOG EHQHÂżW IURP VXFK D FRQFLVH PLVVLRQVWDWHPHQWPAUL BRANNIGAN

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LED ZEPPELIN By Led Zeppelin

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hey, hey mama!â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the ofďŹ cial photo book. THE FINAL photograph in Led Zeppelin By Led Zeppelin shows them sharing a joke in a backstage corridor just before showtime. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a ďŹ tting sign-off for the story of a life lived on the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s greatest stages. While their ďŹ rst posed photo session shows Robert Plant and John Bonham not quite bedded into their roles as rock stars-inwaiting, any innocence dissipated the moment they walked on-stage. The three survivors share their memories almost as an afterthought. John Paul Jones â&#x20AC;&#x201C; forever typecast as â&#x20AC;&#x153;the normal oneâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; insists, â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was all about the music, all of the time.â&#x20AC;? Except, as timeless as that music is, Zeppelin also sold a timeless image (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rough and ready, joyous and ecstatic,â&#x20AC;? according to Plant). And rarely more so than in this book. The live photos capture Zeppelinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unbridled energy, but also, via several panoramic shots, the ever-increasing size of their audience. This, then, was the view Zeppelin had while conquering the world. That said, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s their swagger â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and none more so than the ever-swaggering Jimmy Page â&#x20AC;&#x201C; that comes to the fore here. A shot taken at The Cherry Tree, Welwyn Garden City in 1969 says it all. Locked in tight on a low stage in front of naff pub curtains, Zeppelin look like they are about to spontaneously combust â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and take the boozer with them. It was all about the music, but also a whole lot more.

MARK BLAKE P L A N E T R O C K 115


The Low Life Showing love to those underrated LPs. This time: a musical selďŹ e of hard-livinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; days and nights. By James McNair.

Wild at heart: UFO on-stage in 1982.

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I â&#x20AC;&#x2122; V E S O M E T I M E S wondered what became of my dinky little cassette copy of The Wild, The Willing And The Innocent. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sad to think RILWODQJXLVKLQJLQVRPHODQGÂżOOVLWHLWVSODVWLFFDVHFUDFNHGLWVEURZQ oxidised tape spooled out and decomposing. It could be hundreds or SHUKDSVHYHQWKRXVDQGVRIPLOHVDZD\IURPZKHUH,ÂżUVWSOD\HGLWRQ P\$NDLFDVVHWWHGHFN7KDWZDVLQEHIRUH,ÂśGOHQWLWWRVRPHRQH somehow knowing even as I did so that it would soon vanish into the abyss of tenuous friendship. A UFO ticket stub from the Glasgow Apollo would soon feature in P\EHGURRPVKULQHWRDOOWKLQJVKDUGURFNEXWIRUQRZ,ZDVMXVWJHWÄĽ WLQJLQWRWKHPPRVWO\YLDDFRS\RIWKHLUPRQXPHQWDO 1979 live album Strangers In The Night,ÂśGKRPHÄĽWDSHGLW RQWRD&WKDWSOD\HGDWZLOGO\Ă&#x20AC;XFWXDWLQJVSHHGV When I broke the bank and bought a copy of The Wild, The Willing And The InnocentLWZDVWKHÂżUVW8)2 studio album I heard in its entirety. I was coming at WKHLUEDFNFDWDORJXHDUVHDERXWIDFHEXWKDGVWXPEOHG XSRQDPLGÄĽSHULRGFODVVLF7KH UHFRUGVWLOO VWDQGVXS DV D EULOOLDQWO \DUUDQJHGVXLWHRISRWHQWZRQGHUIXOO \PHORGLF hard rock tunes. Closing track Profession Of Violence is ULJKWXSWKHUHZLWK'RFWRU'RFWRU/RYH7R/RYHRUDQ\ RWKHU6FKHQNHUÄĽHUD8)2FODVVLF\RXFDUHWRPHQWLRQ TRACKS No Place To RunWKHDOEXPWKDWSURFHHGHGLWVDZ8)2 Chains Chains, Long SDLUHGZLWK%HDWOHVSURGXFHU*HRUJH0DUWLQQROHVV,WÂśVD Gone, The Wild, The GHFHQWUHFRUGEXWLWZDVRQThe Wild, The Willing And The Willing And The Innocent, Innocent,ÂśGDUJXHWKDWYRFDOLVW3KLO0RJJDQGJXLWDULVW3DXO Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Killing Me, Makinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Chapmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s songwriting partnership really began to shine. Moves, Lonely Heart, Couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Get It Right, Îź7RQNDÂś &KDSPDQ ÄŚ QLFNQDPHG EHFDXVH OLNH WKH PHWDO Profession Of Violence toy brand of the same name he was supposedly indestructiÄĽ PERSONNEL EOHÄŚKDGSUHYLRXVO\EHHQZLWKDFH:HOVKURFNDFW/RQH6WDU EXWKHÂśGDOVREXLOWDUHSXWDWLRQDVDVXSHUÄĽVXE:KHQ*DU Phil Mogg (vocals), Paul Chapman (guitar), Neil 0 RRUH OHIW6NLG5RZLQLW ZDV7 RQND ZKRGVWHSSHGLQ Carter (keyboards, guitar, Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d also had earlier stints playing live with UFO i 197 saxophone, backing vocals), Pete Way (bass), DQG EXWNo Place To Run ZDVKLVÂż UVWVWXGLR UHF RUGLQJ Andy Parker (drums), with the band. John Sloman (additional TWTWATI ZDV UHFRUGHGDW$LU:HVVH[6RXQGDQG8WRÄĽ keyboards), Paul SLDVWXGLRVLQ/RQGRQDQGZDVWKHÂżUVW8)2DOEXPWREH Buckmaster (orchestral arrangements) HQWLUHO\VHOIÄĽSURGXFHG,WVDZH[ÄĽ:LOG+RUVHVNH\ERDUGLVW UK\WKPJXLWDULVW1HLO&DUWHUUHSODFH3DXO5D\PRQGEXWWKH PRODUCERS UFO VWDOZDUWUK\WKPVHFWLRQRI3HWH:D\ÄŞEDVVÄŤDQG$QG\3DUNHU ÄŞGUXPVÄŤUHPDLQHG 116 P L A N E T R O C K

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THE RAW RESPONSE TO TRAGEDY. THE RETREAT FROM THE MAINSTREAM. THE FAN FAVOURITE. SO WHICH ALBUM IS BEST? George Garner explores the deep waters of the unďŹ&#x201A;inching Seattle anti-heroesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; output.

I N 2 0 1 1 , the members of Pearl Jam watched their lives play out on a cinema screen. Alongside a host of boisterous fans, frontman Eddie Vedder, guitarÄĽ LVWV6WRQH*RVVDUGDQG0LNH0F&UHDG\EDVVLVW-HÉą Ament and drummer Matt Cameron took their seats in Torontoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Princess Of Wales Theatre as Cameron Croweâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s documentary PJ20 told their story as part of their 20th anniversary celebrations. In a press conference afterwards, Eddie Vedder recalled how it all started when he received a demo that altered the course of his life. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just heard something that I had never heard before,â&#x20AC;? he said of the music that compelled him to MRXUQH\IURP6DQ'LHJRWRWKH3DFLÂżF1RUWKZHVWLQ order to meet his future bandmates. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought that I would have a week in Seattle,â&#x20AC;? he laughed. That week transformed into a lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work frontÄĽ ing one of rockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most extraordinary groups. Formed

in the aftermath of Ament and Gossardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s prior band Mother Love Bone, following the fatal overdose of frontman Andrew Wood, Pearl Jamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s debut, Ten, crystallised grunge in the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s consciousness DORQJVLGH1LUYDQDÂśVNevermind. With Ten VHOOLQJ PXOWLÄĽPLOOLRQV DFFXVDWLRQV RI the band cashing in/selling out inevitably followed. Fame gnawed at them so much they proactively sabotaged their own success: potential hits were shelved, they stopped making videos and, to this day, interviews are rare. Fortunately, their 10 studio albums speak volumes. And with hundredsRIÎźRɡFLDO ERRWOHJVÂśRIWKHLUHSLFÄĽOHQJWKJLJVWKHLUYROXPLQRXV live discography is worth celebrating in itself. Much more than just grungeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great survivors, Pearl Jamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s collected body of work constitutes one of the most exhilarating and expansive in rock. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s examine the evidence in detailâ&#x20AC;Ś

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Vedder the devil you know: Pearl Jam at the Eagles Ballroom in Milwaukee, October 1991.


Riot Act (Epic, 2002)

9.11.2011 Toronto, Canada

Backspacer

No Code

(Monkeywrench, 2009)

(Epic, 1996)

(Monkeywrench, 2011)

As with other grunge alumni, in their early days Pearl Jam were often unfairly misrepresented in the press as consummate miserablists. That was always a one-dimensional evaluation, but it is worth noting that latter-day Pearl Jam albums have excelled at making songs about contentment every bit as compelling as those channelling angst. With soaring entries like The Fixer, Just Breath and Amongst The Waves, Backspacer celebrates how very sweet it is to be – fittingly for this band – alive.

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By this point in their career, Pearl Jam were at serious risk of burn-out. Though they had been temporarily rejuvenated by working with Neil Young on 1995’s Mirrorball album, they were otherwise fatigued by fame, boycotting Ticketmaster, and affected by poor communication within their ranks. Yet out of this exhaustion came an album that, whilst underperforming commercially, showcased a band making some of their greatest songs in the form of Sometimes, Present Tense, Lukin and Hail, Hail.

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Vs.

Ten

(J Records, 2006)

(Epic, 1993)

(Epic, 1991)

Galvanised by the presidency of George W. Bush, Pearl Jam raged like they hadn’t since the early ’90s on their self-titled eighth release. There is a breath-taking sense of urgency here, whether it’s protesting against the Iraq War on World Wide Suicide, highlighting poverty on Unemployable or Vedder mourning the loss of his close friend Johnny Ramone on Life Wasted. Beyond these searing cuts, however, are moments of rarefied grace; the slow-burn serenity of Come Back and epic scope of Inside Job showcase a band on mesmeric form.

Pearl Jam took the absolute piss out of the notion of “difficult second album” syndrome with Vs.. Not only did it shift some 950,000 copies in one week in America alone, it also rivalled their seismic debut’s quality. In particular, the social consciousness evidenced on Ten was painted on a much broader canvas here; Daughter saw Vedder tackle domestic violence from a female perspective, while Glorified G took a swipe at gun culture. Bonus: also features some of the most explosive rock songs of the ’90s via Go, Blood and Rearviewmirror.

Though it feels somewhat reductive to claim that Pearl Jam’s essential album is their debut, to be fair it’s not just any old debut. The Seattleites emerged fully formed here as one of rock’s greatest bands. That songs as accomplished as Black, Release, Alive, Even Flow and Jeremy were conceived by a fledgling act is astounding – it may as well have been christened Greatest Hits Vol.1. An instant classic and multi-million seller, Ten remains their indisputable calling card – one freighted with enough raw feeling to help reshape rock music for a new generation.

It is impossible to talk about Riot Act without first addressing the trauma that preceded it. On June 30, 2000, nine fans died in a crowd surge during Pearl Jam’s Roskilde Festival set – the event was ruled an accident, but that did little to alleviate the emotional toll on the band. With Vedder explicitly addressing the tragedy on Love Boat Captain, singing, “Lost nine friends we’ll never know, two years ago today”, Riot Act is best understood as a beautiful, meditative response to a tragedy.

The day after the PJ20 premiere, Pearl Jam played a 20th anniversary concert at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre. The set list not only drew from every corner of their discography, it was also supercharged with emotion. PJ had covered Mother Love Bone’s classic Crown Of Thorns before, but here they played it with Vedder singing Andrew Woods’ Chloe Dancer intro in full for the first time. As for the grand finale? Oh, just Neil Young joining them for a killer Rockin’ In The Free World.

Yield

Vitalogy

(Epic, 1998)

(Epic, 1994)

Yield marks a significant seachange in Pearl Jam’s songwriting. Following two records of Eddie Vedder steering the ship, Yield saw the band adopt a more collaborative approach to the creative process. The result was one of their most anthemic albums thanks to Given To Fly, Low Light, Brain Of J. and Wishlist, while the shapeshifting groove of Do The Evolution was even promoted with – STOP THE PRESS! – a music video. After years of fending off the world at large, Yield was Pearl Jam resurfacing to offer a warm handshake.

A vocal contingent in the Pearl Jam fan community insist that Vitalogy is their finest outing. Assuredly, it is an utterly beguiling listen. Sandwiched between beloved songs (Better Man, Corduroy) are moments of arch eccentricity, such as the accordion freak-out of Bugs. Vitalogy is, then, important for what it represents: released in the same year as Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain’s suicide – a subject many interpreted as being addressed on Immortality – this is the sound of a band taking a sharp turn away from the mainstream. They’re still reaping the rewards.

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7/11/03 Mansfield, Massachusetts (Epic, 2003)

Given they can – and will – perform any song from their sizeable repertoire, there are just too many variables at play for one Pearl Jam show to please everyone. Unless we’re talking Mansfield ’03. Across three nights they played 82 originals and 12 covers, with only one song duplicated. For the final night they went into overdrive with a 46-song set capturing them in imperious form. It even included a full acoustic set. Sometimes more is more.

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Mistreated but unbowed: the mighty Hughes rocks Camden.

Stormbringer he â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Voice Of Rockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; revisits his fecund stint in Deep Purple to sterling efect.

GLENN HUGHES E LECTR IC BALLROOM

Monday, October 15, 2018 T H E E L E C T R I C Ballroom is heaving, surely as packed as itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been on any night since the exiled sons and daughters of Ireland swarmed here in search of love, of at least a decent â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;shiftâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, in the 1940s. The London date of Glenn Hughesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Classic Deep Purple Live WRXU ZDV RULJLQDOO\ ERRNHG LQWR WKH ÄĽ Surprise: itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only Joe bloominâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Bonamassa!

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s G minor!: Glenn Hughes and guest star Joe Bonamassa tear through Highway Star.

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Planets rock: John Fogerty, chooglin’ at London’s O2 Arena, October 25, 2018.


Live Wire

Wrote A Song For Everyone Former Credence Clearwater Revival frontman serves up a feast of all-American anthems on the opening night of BluesFest 2018.

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SANDRA SORENSEN

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conceive of any other act in London this week having such a wealth of riches to draw upon. When Fogerty prefaces a tender reading of Whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll Stop The Rain by pointing out that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s using the same Rickenbacker 325 guitar he played at Woodstock in August 1969, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a gentle reminder of his often underrated contribution to rockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;roll history. In that same year, Creedence released three killer albums ÄŞBayou Country, Green River and Willy

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The Sheffield rockers – who were recently shortlisted as Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees – will perform their legendary 1987 album Hysteria in its entirety on this 11-date arena tour of the UK and Ireland. Rock Hall inductees Cheap Trick support on all dates.

Fun fact: Def Leppard spent an estimated £4 million recording Hysteria Expect: an arena full of people losing their minds when Joe Elliott asks if they take sugar

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THE MAGPIE SALUTE This band – led by former Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson –released their debut album, High Water I, this summer and pay a visit to the UK this winter, including a headline slot at Planet Rockstock. With a line-up that also features Marc Ford and Sven Pipien, would it be foolish to think there’ll be a smattering of Crowes classics? Wet one’s whistle: by listening to their single, Send Me An Omen

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Planet Rock’s annual party returns to Trecco Bay, South Wales in November. The three-day weekender features headline sets from The Magpie Salute, The Black Star Riders and The Dead Daisies, plus the likes of the Geoff Tate-led Operation: Mindcrime, Walter Trout and Wayward Sons bolstering a thrilling bill.

Following his sold-out March tour, the Pretorian bluesman will return for a nine-date run this November, plus an appearance at Planet Rockstock on December 1. If you’ve not had a chance to listen to his latest album, Perfection Kills, it’s best you acquaint yourself as soon as humanly possible.

As part of his upcoming UK tour, Fish will perform Marillion’s 1987 album Clutching At Straws in its entirety and a selection of tracks from his forthcoming album, Weltschmerz. The 6’4” Hibernian fan announced earlier this year that he will retire from touring in 2020, so catch him while you can.

Get there a day early for: RavenEye, who kick off the festival with a special headline set for Gold Ticket holders on November 29 Don’t: even think about going to work on December 3

Don’t shout: “Dan! Dan! Dan!” Nod approvingly during: the stomping, Audioslave-like drive of Dog Day When: November 21-30

Painfully niche fact to drop in the merch queue: In 2000, Fish appeared in the Scottish detective show, Taggart, as Dougie Todd Best Marillion song about a cocktail: White Russian When: December 2-13

When: November 30-December 2

Don’t shout: “Where’s Chris, then?” When: December 1-11 Easy rider: BSR’s Ricky Warwick.


Ace Face: Clutch’s Neil Fallon.

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Currently in the midst of an extensive European trek, the perennial London rockers hit the UK in support of their latest album, Living The Dream. Kicking off with a date in Manchester, the band stop off at Glasgow, London, Nottingham and Hull. With 25 albums under their belt, it’s anyone’s guess how they pick a set list to satisfy their most loyal fans. Expect: Gypsy, the opening track from their 1970 debut ...Very ’Eavy ...Very ’Umble Hats off to: sole original member Mick Box for 49 years of continued service to rock When: December 12-16

These Maryland volume dealers roll into the UK just a week before Christmas and will cause more earthly tremors than any amount of fracking. Expect a fat slice of their latest album, Book Of Bad Decisions, while frontman Neil Fallon roams the stage like a wild-eyed lay preacher.

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BLACK STONE CHERRY Following their Main Stage appearance at Download this summer, the Kentucky quartet return to the UK for a seven-date arena tour in support of their latest album, Family Tree. The band promise a “Southern-fried, rock’n’roll revival” and are bringing vehicular-themed rockers The Cadillac Three and Monster Truck along for the ride. Expect: a few classic covers sprinkled in their set Do: go to the toilet before their 21-song show When: December 6-14

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BROTHERS OSBORNE These Nashville-based bearded siblings – John and TJ – released their country-flavoured second album, Port Saint Joe earlier this year. And, following their sold-out tour earlier this year, the pair are back this November for a second helping of Britain’s service station fayre.

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It’s been six years since the Finnish symphonic rockers have performed any UK headline dates. Now, the wait is over, as the six-piece have lined up three arena shows in support of their best-of compilation, Decades. Support comes from Helsinki power metallers Beast In Black. Did you know?: Floor Jansen is a soprano, but has nothing to do with the TV crime family Don’t expect to see: Richard Dawkins in the pit When: December 8-11

Expect: the irresistible single, Shoot Me Straight Best song about deflecting blame: It Ain’t My Fault When: November 25-December 2, Planet Rockstock December 1

Spill your beer to: the thundering X-Ray Visions Best Clutch song about that thing above your neck: The Face When: December 18-22

Killing Floor: Nightwish’s Floor Jansen. Kentucky fried: BSC’s Chris Robertson.


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