Classic Rock Magazine: Pink Floyd Cover – Issue 286, April 2020

More often than not, when the name “Pink Floyd” is mentioned, many fans immediately think of The dark side of the moon Where The wall. Or for Floyd’s early devotees, thoughts might turn to Syd Barrett. But what about this fertile post-Syd and pre-Dark Side period?

It’s an intriguing time for a band struggling to cope with the loss of their flagship and lead songwriter; who got into the soundtrack work trying to figure out where to go next; which included the emergence of Roger Waters as a songwriter and the rise of David Gilmour as a singer and player…

It was a period of flux before things got absolutely stratospheric when released. Dark side on an unsuspecting world. And it is this tumultuous Floyd period that we are visiting this month.

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Pink floyd
After Syd Barrett left, Pink Floyd was constantly on the lookout for a sound – their sound. Eventually, Waters, Gilmour, Wright and Mason would find him. But it took a while, with some weird gigs, some crazy soundtracks, and some studio experimentation along the way …

Loved by some, hated by others, leader / main man Nathan James is no stranger to being the target of verbal abuse. But is it deserved, or is he just another innocent victim?

Uriah Heep
Inspired by mystical dreams and a fiery shoot, their 1972 album Demons and wizards makes Uriah Heep world superstars. But its success has also brought some wacky occultists and “weird birds” into their lives.

Alice cooper
With some of Motor City’s iconic musicians on board for the thrill ride, Alice’s new album Stories from Detroit is “a tribute to the place to which we owe our careers”.

Adrian Smith and Richie Kotzen
The Iron Maiden and Winery Dogs guitarists about playing away from home with their new project, and how they avoid bickering over who takes the solos.

Kate bush
There had been big production tours before, of course, but Kate Bush’s The Tour Of Life was something else. Her very first tour was a mind-blowing and revolutionary combination of music, dance, theater and more. It was also his last.

Pretty things
Without guitarist Dick Taylor, The Rolling Stones and The Pretty Things might never have happened, and the British ’60s R&B scene would have been much grayer – and quieter.

It’s no wonder they’re frustrated that they can’t shoot their latest album, considering it’s one of the best records they’ve made in decades.

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The regulars

Can a tour of Europe survive after Brexit? Marilyn Manson’s abuse allegations continue; Golden Earring forced to retire; Iron Maiden and Foo Fighters among Hall of Fame nominees; McVie hints at the end of the road for Fleetwood Mac… Welcome to the Black Spiders, Damon Johnson and Lucero… Say hello to Christopher Shayne and Wheel… Say goodbye to Tim Bogert, Sylvain Sylvain, Hilton Valentine…

The Stories Behind the Songs: Metallica
With a little help from astrophysics, Ice-T and Heart, they created a metal classic: Enter Sandman.

Q&A: Benji Webbe
The Skindred frontman loves vinyl, faces lockdown, and doesn’t wear a feather boa when shopping.

Six things you should know about … Skam
The power trio from Leicester on their love of rock and the live, adventures with The Answer and a concert for a witch.

The hot list
We take a look at 12 essential new rock tracks you need to hear and which artists to have on your radar. This month they include Royal Blood, Greta Van Fleet, Levara, Ayron Jones, Dumpstaphunk, LA Witch, White Void and more …

New albums from Alice Cooper, Thunder, Walking Papers, Kings Of Leon, Ricky Warwick, DeWolff, Steve Lukather, Lee Kerslake, NOFX, Michael Schenker Group, Weezer, Mogwai, Ken Hensley… Reissues of Black Sabbath, Black Crowes, Bob Dylan , Japan, Dio, Neil Young, Whitesnake, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Be-Bop Deluxe, The Almighty… DVDs, films and books on Ian Hunter, Jimi Hendrix, Killing Joke, Syd Barrett, John Cooper Clarke, Janis Joplin… Live reviews from DeWolff, Destruction, The lakes of Besnard, Nebula …

Buyer’s Guide: Samplers from the 60s / 70s
These label showcases were a lifeline for fans of the new music and helped launch the careers of many future stars.

Concert announcements
Find out who is playing where and when (hopefully).

The Soundtrack of My Life: Eric Bloom
The leader of Blue Öyster Cult selects his records, artists and concerts of lasting importance.


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