The new issue of Classic Rock is an AC/DC 50th Anniversary Collector's Edition

AC/DC on the cover of Classic Rock 329
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When news broke in early February that AC/DC were returning to the road, there were scenes of great joy in the Classic Rock office. I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned in this space before that of all the bands that the editorial team love, it’s quite possibly only AC/DC that unites us all! 

Ahead of their imminent arrival in the UK, we sent Dave Everley to Germany to catch the fervour of the opening night of their tour, and Paul Elliott spoke with rock luminaries Joe Perry, Gene Simmons and Francis Rossi to try to get to the heart of what makes Angus and co. tick and how AC/DC manage to keep their rock’n’roll train rolling. And it all comes (subscribers, online purchases and UK newsstand only) with an AC/DC @ 50 badge set with two exclusive pin badges.

Also in this issue, Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart sit down with us for the Classic Rock Interview, we look back at the making of classic Allman Brothers live album At Fillmore East, catch up with Joe Bonamassa and Glenn Hughes as they reunite Black Country Communion, chat with Ian Hunter about his celebrity encounters, and so much more. 

We've also got a limited edition Black Country Communion bundle containing the magazine with a unique, bespoke cover plus an exclusive lyric sheet, hand-signed by Glenn Hughes, a limited-edition Black Country Communion drinks coaster and two Black Country Communion guitar picks. 

Until next month...

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Fellow rock’n’roll lifers Gene Simmons, Francis Rossi and Joe Perry uncover how AC/DC have survived changes in musical fashion (with tragedy striking more than once), and yet continue to thrive. Plus: Classic Rock gets thunderstruck at their first show in eight years. 

Black Country Communion
They say new album V is the best one they’ve made. Whether it will be their last is more difficult to answer, even for them.

Marcus King
The guitarist, singer, songwriter and bandleader on his new album, love and loss, mental health and having a ‘real job’.

The Lemon Twigs
They’ve spent most of their lives in search of perfect pop. And unlike most who try, they get very close. 

The Allman Brothers
The story of the southern rockers’ landmark album At Fillmore East, Duane Allman’s last and greatest musical statement.

Digital Album
Classic Rock and Mascot Records bring you an exclusive 12-track compilation, including Black Country Communion, Beth Hart, Masters Of Reality, Black Stone Cherry and more.

The cover of Classic Rock 329, featuring Angus Young

This 50th Anniversary Collector's Edition comes with an official limited edition AC/DC @ 50 badge set with 2 exclusive pin badges. (Image credit: Future)

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The Black Country Communion bundle contains one copy of Classic Rock 329 with a bespoke Black Country Communion cover, 1x Exclusive lyric sheet (hand-signed by Glenn Hughes), 1x limited edition Black Country Communion drinks coaster, and 2x Black Country Communion guitar picks. Get yours now(Image credit: Future)


The Dirt
Led Zep documentary imminent; Black Sabbath to play one more show? GN’R working on new album. Welcome back Anvil and Mitch Ryder. Say hello to Freedom and Battlesnake. Say goodbye to Robin George, Richard Tandy, Steve Albini.

The Stories Behind The Songs: Lindisfarne
A song about death might not sound like hit-single material, but it struck a chord with the British public and helped transform the Geordie band’s fortunes, and remains a classic of the period.

The Classic Rock Interview: Heart
The Wilson sisters’ long career has taken them collectively and individually to thin-air highs and crushing lows, in a 50-year roller-coaster rock’n’roll saga that continues.

Ever Meet Lemmy?: Ian Hunter
He’s mates with Queen, he’s worked with Bowie, listened politely to lengthy jams at Frank Zappa’s house, had bass legend Jaco Pastorius stay at his house, found out things he didn’t know about his career from Joe Elliott, got a song idea from Bob Dylan complaining about the Stones. He’s Ian Hunter, solo artist and former Mott The Hoople frontman, and these are some of his stories. 

The Hot List
We look at some of the essential new tracks you need to hear and the artists to have on your radar. This month they include Louise Patricia Crane, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, The Moon City Masters, LowLives, The Hot Damn! and more.

New albums from Deep Purple, Halestorm, Duff McKagan, Redd Kross, Joanne Shaw Taylor, Status Quo, Focus, Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown, Anvil and more. Reissues from AC/DC, David Bowie, Rival Sons, John Lennon, Kiss, Joni Mitchell, Nick Mason and more. DVDs, films and books on Dexys Midnight Runners, Kate Bush, Robyn Hitchcock, Mama Cass and more. Live reviews of The Black Crowes, Eric Clapton, The Black Keys and more. 

Buyer’s Guide: ELP
One of the great British prog bands, a power trio and a supergroup, they left a legacy that includes some classic prog-rock albums.

We preview tours by Manic Street Preachers, The Pretty Reckless and Love Featuring Johnny Echols. Plus gig listings – who’s playing where and when.

The Soundtrack Of My Life: ‘Whispering’ Bob Harris
The broadcasting legend picks his records, artists and gigs of lasting significance.


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Siân Llewellyn
Classic Rock, Editor

Classic Rock editor Siân has worked on the magazine for longer than she cares to discuss, and prior to that was deputy editor of Total Guitar. During that time, she’s had the chance to interview artists such as Brian May, Slash, Jeff Beck, James Hetfield, Sammy Hagar, Alice Cooper, Manic Street Preachers and countless more. She has hosted The Classic Rock Magazine Show on both TotalRock and TeamRock radio, contributed to CR’s The 20 Million Club podcast and has also had bylines in Metal Hammer, Guitarist, Total Film, Cult TV and more. When not listening to, playing, thinking or writing about music, she can be found getting increasingly more depressed about the state of the Welsh national rugby team and her beloved Pittsburgh Steelers.