Classic Rock 216: On Sale Now

Once a notorious drinking club of LA rock stars, now the Vampires are a new band featuring Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp and Joe Perry (with many more A-list guests). We headed to Hollywood to find out more, and to learn about the tales that inspired them.

Other features

The story of how the soft rockers became the biggest (and sometime most hated) band in the world. Plus: brand new Don Henley interview.

Nik Turner
Space rock pioneer and free jazz experimentalist, the Hawkwind saxophonist/flautist/singer looks back on a colourful career.

Chris Cornell
The man, the grunge superstar, the acoustic balladeer – the real story of the Soundgarden hero-turned-soloist.

They should have been the new Def Leppard. They ended up like Raging Bull. This is the story of the hair-metal band that tore itself apart.

As Jeff Lynne’s Electric Light Orchestra prepare to release their first new music in 10 years, we look back on their pissing-in-a-bucket lows and megastar highs.

Harder, stronger and drug-free (today, anyway) – meet Florida’s champions of hard ‘bro rock’.

Tom Robinson
The brief, brilliant tenure of Robinson’s politically-charged punk rock band, and how it all ended in acrimony.

As their 20th anniversary approaches, vocalist Shirley Manson looks back on a life of smash hits, Bond themes and exhaustion.

What’s on your free CD

Walk On The Wild Side
WILD thing! You make my heart sing…’ This month we glam and glitz up with some of the finest renegades in rock, including Clutch, Joe Bonamassa, Killing Joke, Monster Magnet, the Winery Dogs, Screaming Eagles and more…


The Dirt
Could this be the last album from Def Leppard? Joe Elliott reveals all; Black Sabbath announce their farewell tour… Introducing Radkey and Northcote… welcome back classic rock Swedes Graveyard, prog metallers Queensrÿche and County Durham punks Penetration… bid a final farewell to former Damned bassist Byrn Merrick, Bolt Thrower drummer Martin ‘Kiddie’ Kearns…

Raw Power
The Victory V100 amp. A first-class boutique amp head with tones to die for – and Guthrie Govan’s seal of approval.

The Stories Behind The Songs: Genesis - Turn It On Again
Keyboard player Tony Banks tells the tale behind this hit from one of his favourite Genesis albums (Duke), and why it’s a nightmare to clap or dance along to.

Q&A: Steve Harley
The Cockney Rebel frontman on revisiting his Best Years, ageing fans and rifts with the NME.

New albums from Killing Joke, Michael Monroe, Saxon, Don Henley, Trivium, Deep Purple, Threshold, Hawklords, Coheed And Cambria, The Alarm… Reissues from Jimi Hendrix, Status Quo, Small Faces, Peter Gabriel, Bad Company, King Crimson, Wishbone Ash, XTC… DVDs, films and books on Dave Grohl, Killing Joke, Jeff Lynne’s ELO, punk rock, Jimi Hendrix… Live reviews of Metallica, Faces, Foo Fighters, Babymetal, Manic Street Preachers, Public Image Ltd…

Buyer’s Guide: Vertigo Records
The superb supporting cast of the label that housed Black Sabbath and Status Quo, among others.

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Live Previews
Must-see gigs from Opeth, Michael Monroe, Gong, Jared James Nichols and Donovan. Plus full gig listings – who’s playing where and when.

Heavy Load: Marky Ramone
In the wake of his new book, the last Ramone (not actually a Ramone in the blood-relative sense) opens up about T-shirt royalties, cars and cleaning toilets.

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