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The Classic Rock Roll Of Honour 2015

The date: November 11, 2015. The place: The Roundhouse, London. The event: The 11th Classic Rock Roll Of Honour, starring Queen, Jimmy Page, Bruce Dickinson, Lemmy, Noddy Holder, a poet, several drunken revellers and a Canadian wrestler. Step this way for the Greatest Show On Earth…

It all happens in something of a blur. A deep breath. A few steps up on to a stage that will shortly be graced by true rock’n’roll royalty, I say a few words of welcome and the 11th annual Classic Rock Roll Of Honour is officially underway – MC-ed by Fozzy frontman/WWE wrestling superstar Chris Jericho.

There’s a grand piano front and centre, and it’s currently unoccupied. TeamRock Executive Director Alexander Milas heads to the stage. No, he’s not going to play, rather he says this: “In 2016 the Classic Rock Awards will be Live From Tokyo.”

Yep, last year Hollywood, this year London, next year Tokyo… Classic Rock truly is a global concern. And, fittingly, there’s a bona fide global superstar in the room to launch it: Yoshiki Hayashi, frontman with multimillion-selling Japanese band X-Japan. With a string quartet in support, Yoshiki plays an intimate piano performance of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody and his own band’s Without You. Dom arigato, Yoshiki, we’ll see you next year!

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Rick Wakeman, Alice Cooper, Steve Hogarth and Brian May

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Europe tearing it up onstage

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Alice Cooper and Chris Jericho share a moment...

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Blackberry Smoke, on smokin' form

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Blackberry Smoke

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Rick Wakeman

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Brian May snaps his old pal Joe Satriani

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Our Mastro award winner, Joe Satriani

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Alice Cooper with his Classic Album award (for Welcome To My Nightmare)

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Bruce Dickinson with our (reader-voted) Album Of The Year Award for Iron Maiden's The Book Of Souls

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Jimmy Page with Led Zeppelin's Reissues Of The Year award

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Blues rockers King King

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Bruce Dickinson accepts Iron Maiden's Album Of The Year gong

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Rocker/superbiker James Toseland

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Super agent Rod MacSween, with his VIP award

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The pimped-up Roundhouse exterior...

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The Urban Voodoo Machine get the party started...

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Outstanding Contribution winner Nils Lofgren

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The Cadillac Three

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Cleo Rocos looking fabulous

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Best New Band We Are Harlot

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Our Showman of the Year, Noddy Holder

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Phil Jupitus presents Noddy Holder with his Showman award

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Scientist Matt Taylor

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Wilko Johnson

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Bill Oddie

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Europe, post-Comeback award victory

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Japan X's Yoshiki serenades guests

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Classic Rock's Nicky Horne meets Jimmy Page on the red carpet

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Ginger Wildheart

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Joey Tempest

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Joe Satriani presents Brian May with Queen's Living Legend award

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Janie Hendrix with her brother's Tommy Vance Inspiration award

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