Chris Cornell, Gregg Allman and 1987 feature in the new Classic Rock, out now

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1987 was the year of the era-defining album, the generation soundtracking debut, the career-defining mega-hit and the career-saving belter-on-a-budget. With these and many more, it was also the year that delivered some of the greatest music of the 80s. Including…


Whitesnake: 1987 The album that took David Coverdale from Redcar to Rodeo Drive and, with Tawny Kitaen at his side, MTV stardom.

The Cult
Down and looking at out, in 1987 they delivered out-and-out rock album Electric and sparked off a revolution.

Marillion: Clutching At Straws
Marillion were never supposed to be pop stars. But then along came Clutching At Straws…

With Keeper Of The Seven Keys they were poised to be metal’s Next Big Things. But they split, and the bitterness lasted for decades. So what brought them back together

Def Leppard: Hysteria
Vega vocalist Nick Workman on the monster album that came to define Leppard and helped define the 80s.

Midnight Oil
The fiercely political Aussies have been sorely missed. Now they’re back with a slew of reissues and a huge world tour.

Guns N’ Roses: Appetite For Destruction
“They don’t sound like any other band. It’s just timeless.” Manic Street Preachers’ James Dean Bradfield looks back at the debut album that soundtracked a generation.

At the start of 1987, they were on the edge of a crisis. Then they saved their career with $5.98. What a bargain!

Kiss: Crazy Nights
“Any album that produces a song like Crazy Nights is good for me!” Paul Stanley talks about Kiss’s UK breakthough.

Other Features

Gregg Allman
Classic Rock looks back on the life and legacy of a southern rock legend, who died last month.

Chris Cornell
Even as Soundgarden were beginning to break out of the Seattle scene, he stood apart from his peers. Classic Rock charts the rise and tragic death of a true star.

Eric Gales
He’s the guitar world’s best-kept secret, praised by A-listers, who lost decades to drugs and trouble with the law. Now Eric Gales is back on the right side of the tracks.

Todd Rundgren
He says he’s a hard-worker more than a genius, that timing is everything and that music has been devalued. These things and more shape his world view.

What’s on your free CD

Ramble On
Get ready for the Ramblin’ Man Fair in Maidstone with our pick of 15 of the best summertime songs from this year’s festival’s finest, including Black Star Riders, Rival Sons, Monster Truck, Blues Pills, The Vintage Caravan and Supersonic Blues Machine…


The Dirt
New Cheap Trick album being prepared… Brian Johnson returns to the stage; Vince Gill joins the Eagles; Aerosmith have second thoughts about calling it a day… Say hello to Blackwater Conspiracy and Blacktop Mojo, Welcome back Roger Waters, Bash & Pop and Stone Sour, say goodbye to Chris Cornell, Gregg Allman, Bruce ‘The Colonel’ Hampton…

Raw Power
Has the Moon 888 hi-fi amp reached the audio holy grail?

The Stories Behind The Songs: Bad Company
“Basically a spaghetti western set to music” Bad Company gave the band their theme song and gave rock a classic.

Q&A: Jake Burns
The Stiff Little Fingers frontman on punk, politics, SLF’s re-formation and how he’d happily go to a Kiss show.

Q&A: Benjamin Booker
Six things you need to know about this singer, songwriter and guitarist who’s making soulful music and turning heads.

New albums from Joe Bonamassa, Royal Blood, Status Quo, Styx, Rancid, Mr. Big, Benjamin Booker, Royal Trux, Gov’t Mule, Stone Sour… Reissues from ZZ Top, Glenn Hughes, Nirvana, Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, David Bowie, Patto, Dr. Feelgood, Prince… DVDs, films and books on Queen, Yes, David Bowie/Mick Ronson, Kraftwerk, Plasmatics… Live reviews of Kiss, Starcrawler, Download: Aerosmith, System Of A Down, Biffy Clyro, Alter Bridge, Slayer, Rob Zombie and more…

Buyer’s Guide: Red Hot Chili Peppers
How to come out of the record shop with the best albums from one of the best bands to come out of LA.

Live Previews
Must-see gigs from Wilko Johnson, UFO, Touchstone, Dan Baird & Homemade Sin and Rock Goddess. Plus full gig listings – find out who’s playing where and when.

Heavy Load: Steve Earle
The singer-songwriter on school daze, lost years, Nashville, politics, survival and supporting Arsenal.

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