Classic Rock Issue 268

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Published 14th October

Issue 268’s cover stars are Queen. Their first decade was a glorious hot streak – interrupted by poverty, gangrene and being pelted with hot dogs. This is the true story of the band who were “the perfect animals for the 70s".

Other features include: 

Alter Bridge: with two of their star members returning fresh from solo commitments, they’re back with a blazing new album.

Massive Wagons: quarry workers, electricians and truckers by day, raucous rockers by night. Double shifts are paying off – with a Top 20 album and the acclaim of some of their heroes.

Bruce Springsteen: The Boss’s latest project is a cinematic exploration and adaptation of his latest album Western Stars. We caught up with him at the Toronto Film Festival.

The Doors: recorded during a period of problems, unease and controversy, their fourth album, The Soft Parade, was not the record that anyone expected them to make – including the band.

The Darkness: some rock bands would laugh at the idea of opening for the world’s biggest pop star. For The Darkness, however, it’s the ideal opportunity to rake in new fans. We join them backstage.

Also, The Sheepdogs, The Virginmarys, The Blues Cruise (we join Joe Bonamassa, Peter Frampton, Bernie Marsden and a raft of other guitar legends on the Keeping The Blues Alive At Sea cruise). 

All this plus our regular features, including Nazareth, Michael Monroe… plus the biggest rock reviews section on the planet.

Our gifts this month include our Rocket Fuel CD, 11 deliciously sizzling, fire-starting slices of the best new rock’n’roll in the world right now, including Hells Fire Sinners, The Buffalo Ryders, Black Magic Tree, Ole English and more. 

There's also a giant, double-sided Queen poster featuring Freddie Mercury at his most charismatic. An extra magazine featuring the ultimate album-by-album guide to Queen's discography. A 148-page Queen eBook (iPad not included, sorry). And Boom Boom Boom!, a digital album from the Mascot label featuring Beth Hart, Joe Bonamassa, Black Stone Cherry and many more!

Get Classic Rock 268, on sale October 15.