Classic Rock Issue 263

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Published 28th May

Issue 263’s cover stars are the mighty Motörhead. Having just been let out of a Finnish jail, Lemmy and co. returned to England needing to record a follow-up to their hit album Overkill – and fast. The result was Bomber, which came out all guns blazing, the charts in its sights.

1979 was not only a big year for Motörhead, it also saw the release of key albums by bands that would undergo a transformation in the 80s, including… 

Whitesnake: How Lovehunter changed the game. Foreigner: Head Games – their most controversial record. ZZ Top: The making of Degüello. Saxon: Their astonishing debut and the year when the dam burst. Plus Van Halen, Cheap Trick, The Knack, Scorpions, Aerosmith and more…

Other features include…

Queen In The 80s: the decade when they had it all, lost it and then clawed it back again.

Don Felder: From growing up in poverty, to being in the Eagles, one of the biggest bands in rock history.

Diamond Head were inspired by heavyweight rockers such as Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin, they seemed to be poised for major NWOBHM stardom, yet they remained cult favourites.

Since the early 90s The Wildhearts have continued to light up the rock world – and been through hell in the process. Now they’re back with their first album in 10 years. And it’s really good.

All this and more, plus regular features including Johnny Kidd & The Pirates, Primal Scream, Y&T, Hollis Brown, Royal Republic and more, not forgetting the biggest and loudest rock reviews section on the planet.