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Country rock legend Charlie Daniels dead at 83

By Fraser Lewry

The death of Country Music Hall of Fame member Charlie Daniels has been confirmed

Watch the Japanese Consul General to The US unleash a Hendrix-style take on The Star Spangled Banner

By Fraser Lewry

Kanji Yamanouchi straps on his Fender Stratocaster and plays Hendrix to celebrate Independence Day

Elton John’s career celebrated with new commemorative coin range

By Scott Munro

The Royal Mint release set of commemorative coins to celebrate Elton John’s remarkable career

Axl Rose: I’m nobody - just a citizen with my own opinions

By Scott Munro

After slamming US Surgeon General Jerome Adams last week, Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose says he’ll continue to speak out through a sense of “outrage, obligation and responsibility”

Legendary Oscar-winning soundtrack composer Ennio Morricone dead at 91

By Scott Munro

The Italian Oscar-winning composer, who created more than 500 scores for film and television, has died at the age of 91

UK government announce £1.57 billion support package for entertainment sector

By Scott Munro

Music venues, theatres, galleries, independent cinemas and museums will receive loans and grants to help them survive the coronavirus crisis

Tracks of the Week: new music from Jim Kirkpatrick, Low Cut Connie and more Start your week right with eight of the world's best new rock tracks. But which one's THE best? You decide. Country rock legend Charlie Daniels dead at 83 The death of Country Music Hall of Fame member Charlie Daniels has been confirmed The 100 Greatest Songs Of The Century... so far. In the new Classic Rock, out now Also in this issue: Little Richard, Glenn Hughes, Humble Pie, Mick Box, Marillion, Black Sabbath, These Wicked Rivers, Mungo Jerry and more

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Axl Rose: I’m nobody - just a citizen with my own opinions

By Scott Munro

After slamming US Surgeon General Jerome Adams last week, Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose says he’ll continue to speak out through a sense of “outrage, obligation and responsibility”

Watch the Japanese Consul General to The US unleash a Hendrix-style take on The Star Spangled Banner

By Fraser Lewry

Kanji Yamanouchi straps on his Fender Stratocaster and plays Hendrix to celebrate Independence Day

Classic Rock

Elton John’s career celebrated with new commemorative coin range

By Scott Munro

The Royal Mint release set of commemorative coins to celebrate Elton John’s remarkable career

Classic Rock

Legendary Oscar-winning soundtrack composer Ennio Morricone dead at 91

By Scott Munro

The Italian Oscar-winning composer, who created more than 500 scores for film and television, has died at the age of 91

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UK government announce £1.57 billion support package for entertainment sector

By Scott Munro

Music venues, theatres, galleries, independent cinemas and museums will receive loans and grants to help them survive the coronavirus crisis

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Geddy Lee: Yes are the only band I’ve lined up all night to see

By Scott Munro

Rush’s Geddy Lee says he and Alex Lifeson queued all night to get tickets to see Yes when they first came to Toronto

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Zakk Sabbath celebrate Black Sabbath’s 50th anniversary with new album Vertigo

By Scott Munro

Zakk Wylde, Blasko and Joey Castillo will release their tribute to Sabbath’s debut album in September - listen to lead track Black Sabbath

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Dave Grohl: I feared I might be fired from Nirvana

By Scott Munro

Dave Grohl looks back on his time in Nirvana and says he was worried that Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic might dismiss him and “find somebody else”

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Here it is: The UK’s first dedicated socially distanced music venue

By Scott Munro

The Virgin Money Unity Arena will open this summer at Newcastle’s Gosforth Park for live music and comedy

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Do you wanna get ripped? Def Leppard’s Phil Collen announces 30-day fitness challenge

By Scott Munro

Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen reveals a 30-day fitness challenge – and he’s encouraging fans to join him

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Slash has been focusing on new Guns N’ Roses material during lockdown

By Scott Munro

Slash says he’s been jamming with Duff McKagan and Axl Rose during the lockdown and recording “guitar stuff” for Guns N’ Roses

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Listen to David Gilmour’s first new music in five years

By Scott Munro

David Gilmour releases his new track Yes, I Have Ghosts - the former Pink Floyd vocalist and guitarist’s first new material since 2015’s Rattle That Lock

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Megadeth, Lamb Of God, Trivium and In Flames announce 2021 tour

By Scott Munro

Megadeth, Lamb Of God, Trivium and In Flames reschedule their postponed 2020 tour - all 42 dates will take place next summer

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  1. 1Country rock legend Charlie Daniels dead at 83
  2. 2Watch the Japanese Consul General to The US unleash a Hendrix-style take on The Star Spangled Banner
  3. 3Elton John’s career celebrated with new commemorative coin range
  4. 4Black Sabbath: Never Say Die! - Album Of The Week Club review
  5. 5Tracks of the Week: new music from Jim Kirkpatrick, Low Cut Connie and more

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Muddy Waters: a guide to his best albums

By Henry Yates

The best albums from Muddy Waters, the electric warrior of fine blues who mobilised the Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton

How to clean vinyl records, deal with scratches, and store LP records properly

By Huw Baines

How to All you need to know about caring for your LP collection, including how to clean vinyl records properly, and where NOT to store them

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Why Ennio Morricone’s The Ecstasy Of Gold is more than just metal’s greatest intro music

By Malcolm Dome

How Ennio Morricone’s The Ecstasy Of Gold become part of metal’s mythology courtesy of Metallica

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Megadeth’s Rust In Peace: the inside story of the greatest thrash album of the ’90s

By Dom Lawson

How a newly cleaned-up Megadeth made Rust In Peace – the 1990 masterpiece that sealed their place in thrash metal’s Big Four

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Alice Cooper: “I woke up with 40 bodies around me”

By Ali Cooper

Pythons, guillotines and drug-fuelled parties – this why Alice Cooper is the Godfather Of Shock and you're not

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Metallica’s Rob Trujillo: My Life Story

By Alexander Milas

Suicidal Tendencies, Ozzy Osbourne, Jerry Cantrell and, of course, Metallica – Rob Trujillo has played for them all. This is the story of the man behind the bass

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The 10 best NWOBHM bands, by the man who gave the movement its name

By Geoff Barton

At the end of the 70s, the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal revitalised the genre in the UK and now bears a weighty influence on metal worldwide. Geoff Barton – who invented the phrase all those years ago – charts 10 of the best

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Kansas: an everyday story of success, failure, drugs, booze and jealousy

By Dave Ling

The story of Kansas is just your average tale of power struggles, line-up changes, religious conversions and multi-million selling hit records

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Crap 80s Metal Art is our new favourite thing

By Dave Everley

All hail the Mona Lisas of 80s metal album sleeves

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Why I love Aerosmith, by Slash

By Fraser Lewry

Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash on everything he's learned from the mighty Aerosmith

Classic Rock

Bryan Adams: the surprisingly sexual story of Summer Of '69

By Henry Yates

Bryan Adams’ hit single Summer Of '69 wasn’t about childhood innocence and forgotten friendships – it was an ode to topsy-turvy lurve-makin’

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Back-stabbing, bullying, busking: how The Clash disintegrated

By Chris Knowles

In 1983, The Clash sacked founder Mick Jones, hired three new members and tried to return to their punk rock roots. Cue two years of fighting and one of the worst albums ever made

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Crashes, madness and missing money: the story of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band

By Michael Heatley

Smart, funny and mad as hatters, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band could have been huge. Instead, they burned out, having inspired a new generation of bands... like AC/DC

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Black Sabbath: Never Say Die! - Album Of The Week Club review

By Classic Rock

Black Sabbath's Never Say Die! arrived as the band's original line-up began to disintegrate. History has not been kind, but will our reviewers find more to enjoy?

Paul Weller's On Sunset: a musical magpie, refusing to stagnate

By Max Bell

Songs from the Twilight Zone provide intrigue on Paul Weller's 15th solo album On Sunset

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Buzzcocks: Sell You Everything (1991-2004) - the definitive compendium of the other years

By David Stubbs

Buzzcocks sell you everything on eight-CD compilation of Mancunian (post) punksters second wave of recording life

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Nick D’Virgilio's Invisible lets you know he's much more than just a drummer

By Hugh Fielder

The meaning of prog, from Big Big Train drummer Nick D’Virgilio

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The Vacant Lots' Interzone: the perfect stun-blast soundtrack for a shattered society

By Kris Needs

Society-lacerating third album Interzone from Vermont electro-punks The Vacant Lots

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Wino's Forever Gone: a reassuring voice in troubled times

By Dom Lawson

The king of American doom Wino goes soulfully solo on Forever Gone

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Neon Animal's Make No Mistake is pure, adrenalin-soaked scorch

By Sleazegrinder

Rock, rock, rock, rock, rock… on Neon Animals' follow-up to Bring Back Rock n Roll From The Dead

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Asking Alexandria's Like A House On Fire is the sound of a band stepping up and shaping up

By Hugh Fielder

Owning up and owning it on Asking Alexandria's sixth album Like A House On Fire

Classic Rock

Cro-Mags: In The Beginning - a monstrous comeback rich in sonic beef

By Dom Lawson

NYHC legends Cro-Mags kick-start a new age of quarrel on In The Beginning

Classic Rock

Whitesnake: The Rock Album - proof that there's life left in brand Coverdale

By Paul Elliot

Big hits, latter-day bangers and, for Whitesnake diehards, a new song on The Rock Album

Classic Rock

Bad Touch: Kiss The Sky - tunes designed to put a smile on your face

By Essi Berelian

Bad Touch ain’t looking for nothing but a good time on fourth album Kiss The Sky

Classic Rock

Lamb Of God's Lamb Of God: self-titled, hook-powered thunder-crunch

By Dom Lawson

American metal titans Lamb Of God get all fired-up and definitive

Vega: Grit Your Teeth - all the hallmarks of vintage Bon Jovi

By Neil Jeffries

Grit Your Teeth, that difficult sixth album from Vega: sometimes very different, sometimes the same, always good

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