A Zeppelin covers band? A Sabbath tribute act? The Welsh Rush? Or genius proto-metal pioneers? Our readers examine Budgie's debut
Also with this issue: a giant Queen poster, a 100-page AC/DC book, a CD featuring the best new music on the planet, and a 148-page Metallica eBook
100 magnificent starts to 100 magnificent careers, as we reveal the 100 greatest debut albums of all time, as chosen by you
Why Vinyl Matters is a book that gathers together testimonials from across the music world to explain the joy of vinyl records. Here's Lars Ulrich's contribution...
Def Leppard have finally received a nomination for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame… and it’s about bloody time
Hanoi Rocks' Two Steps From The Move was meant to propel the impossibly glamorous Finns to stardom... instead it became an epitaph
Plus: Billy Gibbons, Nazareth, Mudhoney, Iron Maiden, Joe Bonamassa, The Struts, Steppenwolf, Monster Truck and more...
He hadn't been tagged the future of rock'n'roll yet, but Bruce Springsteen was beginning to make the right noises...
How and why did The Cult transform themselves from paisley-patterned goths into leather-clad rock beasts – and does the result still stand up today?
Robert Fleischman was briefly Journey’s singer before Steve Perry. But history would have been very different without him
Also in this issue: Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets, The Clash, The Beatles, Fish, The Magpie Salute, Rick Wakeman, the Brothers Osbourne, Vodun & much more
Beck, Bogert & Appice was a coming together of three superlative musical minds... but did their only studio album live up to the sum of its parts?
A talent who existed apart from the norm, nobody else makes music quite like Kate Bush... even at the very beginning
Classic Rock 252 also features Metallica, Alice In Chains, Halestorm, Ann Wilson, Reef, Urge Overkill, Doro, Fishbone and much more...
Lemmy thought it was too slow, but Motorhead's Overkill is clearly a fan favourite... as proved by our fan reviews
Your reviews of The Black Crowes' Southern Harmony And Musical Companion: the exhilarating sound of a band hitting its stride... or is it?
In which Rush head to Wales, where reader Ian Pritchard spots Geddy and Alex out sight-seeing, looking down the Brecon Valley toward Llangynidr