It’s going to take a long time to figure out that Eddie Van Halen is no longer here in the world with us.
What we have, however, is the music he left behind; his writing and his incredible guitar pyrotechnics. He was the last great guitar hero who truly changed guitar playing and rock music forever, and we pay tribute in the new issue of Classic rock.
On a much brighter note, we still have things to celebrate this month. Foremost among them is the return of AC / DC and their new album, with Brian Johnson back on the mic. Just as things should be.
We sat down with Brian and Angus to chat about their comeback, how Malcolm influenced the new album, AXL / DC, and many other must-see things.
They had lost Malcolm. Brian was out. Phil was in trouble with the law. Cliff had retired. Despite a successful tour with Axl Rose, it looked like the high voltage AC / DC had been disconnected for good. Not so. Angus Young and Brian Johnson speak exclusively to Classic Rock about the resurrection of the greatest hard rock band of all time.
Eddie van halen
Classic rock‘s Steven Rosen takes a personal look at the music, life and times of the late great guitar hero. The irreplaceable man who was “the Mozart of the guitar”.
Cherry black stone
They rejuvenated southern rock, enjoyed huge success and crippling disappointment, weathered internal storms and survived. This is the story of Black Stone Cherry. Until now…
Before Rage Against The Machine was a rock veteran, there was a young Kiss fan who dreamed of becoming a star. Now, as he prepares to publish a new book, Something It Takes, he takes us back to his early years, with personal photos and memories.
As a teenager, she played with Santana and Steve Vai. Since then she has toured with Alice Cooper and has become one of the most requested guitarists. Now she has a new record.
Cult of the blue yster
A brilliant line-up, lyrics from a science fiction author, a tribute to This Is Spinal Tap… Welcome to BÖC’s first new album in almost 20 years.
With 2020 overturned, Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown responded to the lockdown by making a home album in Nashville. But how did their always-busy live leader get locked up?
Mike Campbell and the dirty buttons
It took them 15 years and a tragic death, but longtime Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers ‘co-captain’ and Fleetwood Mac guitarist Mike Campbell’s current side project have finally released their debut album.
Also with this problem
Classic rock 282 comes with a double-sided poster featuring the great Eddie Van Halen on one side and AC / DC’s Angus Young on the other. But that’s not all: each issue comes with an official AC / DC laptop sticker and an additional magazine dedicated to the genius of the late great EVH.
We pay tribute to the late Eddie Van Halen, one of the greatest rock guitarists of all time; April 2021 is there a possible goal for the return of live concerts at full capacity? Bruce Dickinson hints that new Iron Maiden material may be coming soon; Six year plagiarism court case on Led Zeppelin’s Stairway To Heaven finally over… Welcome Kerbdog and Jeff Scott Soto… Say hello to When Rivers Meet… Say goodbye to Spencer Davis, Jimmy Winston, Gordon Haskell…
The stories behind the songs: Saxon
Inspired by a BBC documentary, frontman Biff Byford wrote the song that would soon become one of the band’s biggest hits and anthems: 747 (strangers in the night).
Q&A: Perry Farrell
The main man of Jane’s Addiction on her new set, growing a quarter of an inch taller, and the power of PG Tips.
The hot list
In a new regular feature, we take a look at 12 essential new rock tracks you need to hear and artists to have on your radar. This month they include Greta Van Fleet, Larkin Poe, Empyre, Hawxx, Moon City Masters, Starbenders and more …
New albums from AC / DC, Black Stone Cherry, Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Alter Bridge, Yes, Phil Campbell & The Bastard Sons Drive-By Truckers, Helloween, Snowy White, Diamond Head… Reissues by Ozzy Osbourne, Pink Floyd , Pantera, Geezer Butler, Derek And The Dominos, Uriah Heep, Jimi Hendrix, King Crimson, UFO, Greg Lake, Whitesnake… DVDs, films and books on Rob Halford, Free, Roger Waters, Rolling Stones, Tom Morello, David Bowie… Live reviews of Corey Taylor, Stone Temple Pilots, Brothers Osborne, Lamb Of God, Thurston Moore…
Find out who is playing where and when. Now including live broadcasts.
The Soundtrack of My Life: William Shatner
Captain Kirk has released a new album with guests including Ritchie Blackmore and Steve Cropper. Here, the enterprising screen legend talks about the records, artists and concerts that hold lasting significance to him.
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