As humanity celebrates 50 years of heavy metal, here’s half a century’s worth of pioneering heavy music, from the classics to the contemporary hard-hitters
In 2007 Led Zeppelin played their historic Celebration Day reunion show at London’s O2 Arena. We were there.
...some weird old-guy waffle about what-it-were-like-in-our-day, plus stuff about The Pogues, gig etiquette, Poptimism, and why classic rock will grow old but won't grow up.
The best British Blues Rock albums: Direct from the Delta to Dartford and beyond, the Blues turned British rock on its head
Billy Gibbons, Peter Frampton and Nancy Wilson head-up a generation spanning gig that shows that rock music is in good health too
Gerry Rafferty’s former manager Jon Brewer recalls what it was like managing the Baker Street star in the wheeling-dealing 70s – the age of chart-fixing, payola and big money.
We talk to the surviving members of Big Country about their rise, fall, and subsequent rise — and the suicide of Stuart Adamson
How the Buzzcocks invented independent records and challenged ideas of what it meant to be a male rock star
The Darkness came to Glasgow to help launch Marshall’s new beers and reminded us of where the bar is actually set…
Ding-ding! Take your corners for the battle of the 90s: loud-mouthed Mancunian louts vs mockney softies
Exclusive: Classic Rock talks to Slash about getting the band back together, getting older, and getting on with Axl
From jangly indie to dark, sexy alt-rock, the 80s was the decade when there really was an alternative to the mainstream
After punk came a new wave of bands determined to do things differently, and often sounding very unalike. We round up 10 of the best new wave and post punk albums ever made
Eyewitness accounts and unseen pictures of Jimi Hendrix's last gig – a festival marred by appalling weather, machine-gun fire and marauding Hell's Angels…
We went to see Pearl Jam play the O2. We got the Trump balloon, a set that smashed the curfew, and a whole load of hysteria
Joe Bonamassa was discovered as a kid, mentored by the greats – and screwed by the music biz. Then he got his revenge…
Tributes paid as Elvis Presley's first regular drummer, Dominic Joseph Fontana, passes away in his sleep.