He went from the suburbs of Birmingham to performing on the world’s biggest stages, helping invent heavy metal along the way. The Black Sabbath bassist/lyricist looks back on more than 50 years of defecating singers, setting drummers on fire, intra-band bust-ups and a lifelong struggle with depression.
RETIREMENT WHAT RETIREMENT?
In 2012 the Scorpions announced their retirement. A decade later… they’re still with us. Classic Rock caught up with the core members to look back at the life and times of one of hard rock’s great and most enduring bands.
From a cotton-picking child, through years of physical abuse at the hands of her husband, her talent and determination saw her rise to become one of the greatest ever music stars, the Queen Of Rock’N’Roll, simply the best.
Themen | 010/2023 (06.10.2023)
Life of Bryan
These days he says he’s “a photographer moonlighting as a singer,” but before that came decades of making high-grade classic rock – and one of the biggest-selling records ever.
THE ALBUMS THAT BUIL THE 80s
Rock, hard rock, heavy metal, big rock, stadium rock, alt.rock, AOR, punk, goth, grebo, NWOBHM, pop-rock, rap-rock and more… The 80s was the decade that had it all. On the following 10 pages we break down the long players that defined the sound of an era.
One of rock’s all-time great vocalists looks back at his life and times with Free, Bad Company, The Firm and Queen, the tragedy of Paul Kossoff, his solo career, and why he probably owes the fact that he’s still alive today to his involvement in martial arts.
Themen | 011/2023 (03.11.2023)
THE HARD STUFF ALBUMS
Pretty Vicious BIG MACHINE
Derby’s ambitious classic rock crew aim for the stars with album number four.
If the company you keep was a measure of success, then The Struts would be on an unstoppable trajectory to the stars. Dave Grohl is an admirer and very vocal supporter. They’ve collaborated with everyone from Kesha to Tom Morello, Def Leppard to Paris Jackson – a cross generational, cross-genre crew of disparate characters if ever there was one.
They’ve supported the Rolling Stones and Guns N’ Roses, and frontman Luke Spiller sang with Queen at the Taylor Hawkins tribute concerts in LA and London. Yet despite all this and also a reputation for spectacular live shows, their profile outside the rock-scene bubble has never quite matched their promise.
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