Classic Rock magazine: our must-have year-end issue is now out

Another year has passed and we have seen green shoots of a return to something close to our old normal. And so it’s time for our annual return to the last 12 months in rock.

The best albums of the year. The best reissues of the year. Our playlist of the year. And, along the way, we chat with some of the artists who have ensured that rock continues to roll throughout 2021.

And that’s not all. Christmas is coming, the goose is getting bigger and we’ve included two freebies with the new number: our now traditional Rock Icons 2022 wall calendar and a classic rock coloring book featuring Iron Maiden, Thin Lizzy, Iron Maiden and more.

New issue of Classic Rock is on sale now.



The best of 2021
Another year (pretty much), and another in which there were some fantastic new albums and lavish reissues. We take a look back at the 50 best new releases and the most remarkable reissues. We also remember those people who rocked our world but sadly left us in the past 12 months. We chat with some of the artists whose albums made our best album list, or for whom 2021 has been a year to remember, including…

Alice cooper
With his twenty-first studio album, Stories from Detroit, an Alice in vintage form offered an icy classic

Lindsey Buckingham
Ousted from Fleetwood Mac, the guitarist / singer bounced back with one of our 2021 albums.

Wolfgang van halen
While having a rock star parent opens a few doors, it also means you have a lot to do and a lot to prove.

Bruce dickinson
Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson took inspiration from Rammstein and can’t wait to perform live “more than you can ever imagine”.

Roger taylor
After releasing and touring his highest-in-the-charts solo album, the Queen’s Man is enjoying life away from his “day job”.

Robert Plant
Finally, the duo released Raise The Roof, the sequel to their hit album Raising Sand. And it was more than worth the wait

Joanne shaw taylor
Topping the list on our 2021 blues burnout albums, his new cover album, working and relaxing with Joe Bonamassa, and being “a giant nerd.”

Francois Rossi
It’s good to talk. This is certainly what Status Quo’s Francis Rossi thinks, as in 2021 he continued his spoken word marathon tour across the UK. Classic Rock’s Mick Wall was by his side every step of the way.

Benji webbe
The leader of Skindred on his first concert memories, his orchestral ambitions and his recipe for a perfect Christmas.

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Rock Icons 2022 Wall Calendar

Classic Rock Calendar 2022 Cover

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Classic rock coloring book

Classic Rock Magazine 2022 Wall Calendar Cover

(Image credit: Avenir)

The regulars

The stories behind the songs: Nirvana
On the 30th anniversary of the game-changing album Nevermind, we take a look at the incendiary single (and video) that catapulted Nirvana from virtual unknown to superstar.

Back to live
With gigs back on the agenda, we get a glimpse of tours from The Dust Coda, Bruce Dickinson and Rick Wakeman. Plus full concert listings – find out who’s playing where and when.

The Soundtrack of My Life: Huey Lewis
The songwriter, singer and bandleader on the records, artists and concerts that have enduring significance to him.

New albums from Volbeat, Bernie Marsden, Geese, Idles, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Eagles Of Death Metal, Groundhogs, Chuck Berry, Jim Peterik & World Stage… Reissues from The Hellacopters, Eric Martin, Mountain, Pretty Things, UK Subs, The Band, The Temperance Movement, Green Day, Hammerfall… DVDs, films and books about Ritchie Blackmore, Eric Clapton, ELP, Bruce Springsteen, Robby Krieger… Live reviews by Roger Taylor, Biffy Clyro, The Courettes, Bauhaus, Johnny Marr, The Water boys …


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