The 100 Most Influential Guitarists of All Time: Only in Classic Rock, On Sale Now


What would rock’n’roll be without guitarists, eh? Answer: nowhere – because there wouldn’t be scary rock and roll.

This month, we take a look at some of the sound architects without whom the musical landscape would be (and sound) much different. Join us on our in-depth dive celebrating many players who don’t always get the love and attention they deserve.

Also in this issue: a digital download album, a downloadable eBook, an official Gary Moore opening pick, and a sticker set (more details below).

The new number of Classic rock is on sale now.

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The 100 Most Influential Guitar Heroes
We look beyond the “usual suspects” that top the polls, and bring you the guitarists who really made a difference, as well as some relatively new youngsters to the six-string block. Including …

Tosin Abasi
Anyone who thinks that there is nothing new to do on the guitar, watch this space.

Joni mitchell
His one-of-a-kind, mostly open-tuned guitar playing occupies a field of its own.

Gary Clark Jr
His Grammy-winning combination of playing guitar, music and lyrics took him to the top of the list.

Terry kath
If Hendrix said the Chicago guitarist was the best, who are we to argue?

Rory gallagher
He was there for only one thing – the music. And when this Irish wizard played it, he was one of the greatest.

Hank marvin
Brian May on the profound influence of the underrated leader of The Shadows and the prototype guitar hero.

Mick ronson
A reluctant rock star, the quiet genius who just wanted to play music as it was meant to be played


Sylvain Sylvain
He had the look, the attitude, the talent, the desire, and he felt that his band, the New York Dolls, not the Stones, could have been the greatest rock and roll band in the world.

Todd rundgren
A wizard? A real star? We revisit the case of the singer, songwriter, guitar genius of the producer.

Nancy wilson
One of the few top female guitarists, Heart of Heart inspires others to stand up for their rights.

Steve cropper
If you’ve ever heard anything on the Stax Records label, then you’ve heard their masterful guitar playing.

Gary moore
A gifted guitarist who could turn to any style of music, “he was never really acclaimed”.

Greta Van Fleet
With a new album about to give them a boost, the only way is to climb as they reach for the stars.

Cheap tip
In the depths of their fifth decade of existence, they benefit from a surge of creativity at the end of their career.

The treatment
Relieved of the members of the group but boastful, they bet on a makeshift cover with their new fifth album.

Royal blood
The hard-hitting turbo-duo return with their most danceable, enjoyable album yet – and one member’s new sobriety.

To touch
While their return will be a delight for AOR fans, it’s also likely that there will be the return of a 40-year-old story with a sting in the tail.

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What else comes with my magazine?

Digital Download Album: It’s a Six String Thing
Has all that talk about guitarists made you want to play six strings? We’ve teamed up with the right folks at Mascot Records to bring you this exclusive compilation of some of the best including Steve Lukather, Joe Bonamassa, Walter Trout, Steve Cropper, Robby Krieger and more.

Downloadable eBook: Guitar Gods
30 years of classic interviews including BB King, Gary Moore, Mark Knopfler, Jimmy Page, Brian May, Eric Clapton, David Gilmour, Jeff Beck, Slash, Pete Townshend, Angus Young and more, plus a gallery of historic guitars and a audio course series.

And that’s not all
Classic Rock 287 comes with an official Gary Moore pick to mark the next one How can blue be obtained album, plus a set of guitar themed stickers.

The regulars

Rock reigns in the Top 20 again – guitar music is making a comeback; Mick Fleetwood is planning a Mac farewell tour; Download 2021 among the new cancellations; Ronnie Dio’s autobiography finally about to be published; David Gilmour insists that he “absolutely” doesn’t want to play with Pink Floyd anymore… Welcome back to The Offspring, Chris Holmes and Dropkick Murphys… Say hello to Jacob Bryant and Levara… Say goodbye to Chick Corea, Bunny Wailer , LG Petrov, Chris Hairdresser…

Q&A: Michael Schenker
The guitarist influence immortality, alcoholism and why he will never make peace with his older brother Scorpio Rudolf.

Six things you should know about… The Dust Coda
They all like AC / DC, they’re not always on 11, they’ve been in confinement to get a recording contract, they’ve played unusual gigs, they have hard rock, but also have a soft side …

New albums from Greta Van Fleet, Chris Cornell, Neil Young, Saxon, Cheap Trick, The Dust Coda, Paul Stanley’s Soul Station, Suzi Quatro, The Treatment, Blackmore’s Night… Reissues from The Allman Brothers, The Almighty, L7, Steve Harley, Dire Straits, Georgia Satellites, Jon Anderson, Gang Of Four, Joe Strummer… DVDs, films and books on The Who, Steve Marriott, Kiss, Cheap Trick, Aerosmith… Lockdown live reviews by Todd Rundgren, Crowbar, Jimmy Eat World…

Concert announcements
Find out who is playing where and when.

The Soundtrack of My Life: Suzi Quatro
The glam-rock icon on the records, artists and concerts that have enduring significance to her.


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