Classic Rock Issue 273

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Published 3rd March

This issue’s cover feature is AC/DC. When frontman Bon Scott in February 1980, it looked like it might have dealt a fatal blow to the band as well. But they got a new singer, and made a career-rejuvenating record that became the biggest-selling rock album of all time: Back In Black. We also speak exclusively to Phil Carson, the man who signed AC/DC, as he tells the inside story of their rise to fame and how, after Bon’s death, they rose again to become the biggest band in the world. 

Other features include… Released 50 years ago, Joni Mitchell’s Ladies Of The Canyon marked the moment when she went from folk princess to pop star, while setting the pace for the entire singer-songwriter movement. Steve
Howe could have been known only as the guitarist with proto-psychedelic Brit-rockers Tomorrow. Instead he joined Yes, and began a long career as a member of prog royalty. All this and more in the Classic Rock Interview.

Kiss broke out of the New York City clubs in 1974, determined to become huge. But it would be a long, hard slog before the rest of America paid attention.

R&B journeyman Big Boy Bloater reflects on the merits of dangerous music, breaking the speed limit in a hearse, and why having to deal with angry drunks can be a good thing.

When Goth Went Metal. In the second part of Classic Rock’s epic oral history of goth, we look at the rise of goth metal, which saw some early goths elbowed into the margins or disappearing completely, their thunder stolen by goth-leaning arrivals from the metal world.

Heading for glory in the 80s, Swiss rockers Krokus skidded out of the fast lane due to inflated ego, divisive management and white-line fever. Now, after 45 years, they’re parking the tour bus for good.

All this plus our regular feature, including Dio, Steve Harley, Blackwater Conspiracy, The Kinks and H.e.a.t’s Erik Grönwall, not forgetting the biggest rock reviews section on the planet.
Get Classic Rock 273, on sale March 3.