"Black Night? It was done in two hours of drunkenness!": Deep Purple's best songs, in their own words - Only in the revealing new issue of Classic Rock

Classic Rock 326 - cover image featuring Deep Purple
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It’s a really tough question: which is your favourite Deep Purple track? Over the past couple of years, Classic Rock has been putting that question to the great and good of the rock world, including members of Deep Purple themselves, past and present. 

So, who picked a track "just to annoy" a bandmate "who doesn’t like it", and which track is it? Which song does Ian Paice call, "a template of how a hard rock band playing a rock’n’roll tune should be"? Which track does Brian May believe features "the best drum break in the world"? The answer to all these questions and many more can be found within our new issue. 

Elsewhere we talk to the Scorpions about the making of their classic Love At First Sting as it celebrates its 40th anniversary; sit down with Sheryl Crow for the Classic Rock Interview; shoot the breeze with Gun; take a trip on the Big Big Train; hang out with Gary Clark Jr. and so much more. 

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Deep Purple
How Machine Head was a triumph snatched from the flames of disaster. Plus: band members and other rock stars – including Tony Iommi, Paul Stanley, Ian Anderson, Steve Harris, Lzzy Hale and more – talk about their favourite Purple patches. 

Q&A: Kris Barras
The blues-rocker on getting heavier, top advice from Billy Gibbons, and being a “Poundshop version” of Richie Kotzen.

In 1983 their career was wobbling. But then the next year’s Love At First Sting album turned them into global superstars. 

Big Big Train
With their first album following the death of their frontman, they have something he would be have been proud of.

With new album Hombres they’ve hit the bullseye again. 

Gary Clark Jr.
With his new album he’s thrown off the labels and delivered a musically diverse record while still hitting with social commentary.

The cover of Classic Rock 326, featuring Deep Purple

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The Dirt
It’s Record Store Day again; Lemmy statue approved; Foreigner finally nominated for the Hall Of Fame… Welcome back Honeymoon Suite, Dion and Billy Morrison. Say hello to Gen & The Degenerates and Ferris & Sylvester. Say goodbye to Damo Suzuki, Paul Martinez, Bobby Tench.

The Stories Behind The Songs: The Waterboys
The key line of their signature song The Whole Of The Moon “floated into my mind as if by magic” says its writer Mike Scott.

The Classic Rock Interview: Sheryl Crow
The artist, activist, Grammy winner, superstar, cancer survivor and more looks back on the triumphs, hardships, hopes and achievements that mark out her winding road.

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 Mdou Moctar, Beaux Gris Gris & The Apocalypse, The Warning, Joanne Shaw Taylor, Dan Byrne and more.

New albums from Pearl Jam, Gary Clark Jr, Hawkwind, Sheryl Crow, The Black Keys, Gun, Kris Barras, These Wicked Rivers, Kid Kapichi. Reissues from Deep Purple, Bon Jovi, Manic Street Preachers, Alice Cooper, Garbage, Michael Schenker Group, Nico. DVDs, films and books on Phil Manzanera, John Martyn, Little Richard, The Zombies. Live reviews of Feeder, Dirty Honey, Mandy, Indiana. 

We preview tours by Jethro Tull, The Hives and New Model Army. Plus gig listings – who’s playing where and when.

Buyer’s Guide: Peter Green
If you’re thinking of going Green, read our guide first. 

The Soundtrack Of My Life: Wolfgang Van Halen
The Mammoth WVH guitarist/singer on albums, artists and songs including AC/DC, Peter Gabriel, dad Eddie and more.


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Sian 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.