Rock’s Greatest Cover Versions: Only in the new issue of Classic Rock magazine

In this month’s glossy edition of classic rock magazine, we look at the cover version art, talking to the bands and artists who have been covered and those who have been on the cover. We also dug deep into some cover versions that have become true rock classics.

That’s not all, however. We also said goodbye to Budgie’s Burke Shelley, a man who was no stranger to what a top band cover could do for you; chat with Beth Hart – including about her Led Zeppelin covers album! ; hanging out with blues maestro Eric Gales; travel back in time to David Bowie’s 50th birthday party at Madison Square Garden in 1997; and much more.

New issue of Classic Rock is on sale now.



Cover versions
Whether it’s because they like a song and think they can make a good version of it themselves, or because they can’t create their own song, many artists have successfully covered someone else’s song. else – sometimes with an even better version. version than the original.

We talk to many coverers and covers, and take a look at some of the best or most memorable cover versions, including Slim Lizzy, Joan Jett, The Clash, Led Zeppelin, Johnny Cash and many others.

beth hart
The singer-songwriter with his heart on his sleeve on his new album of Led Zep covers, and how the lockdown has helped address mental health issues.

Eric Gales
With his years of drug addiction well behind him, and more acclaim and success to come, Eric Gales is shaping up to be the next modern blues superstar of the 21st century.

Don McLean
As his all-conquering single American Pie passes its half-century, Don McLean recalls a childhood plagued by illness, getting his foot in the folk scene, struggling to get signed and keeping the folk flame alive. lit following the civil unrest of 2020. .

david bowie
For just one night in 1997, David Bowie and personally invited stars celebrated his 50th birthday with a show at Madison Square Garden. This is how the stardust was dusted.

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Under the covers
We’ve teamed up with the good folks at Mascot Records for this eclectic and exclusive compilation of cover versions featuring Beth Hart, Black Stone Cherry, Joe Bonamassa, Gov’t Mule, Toto, Robby Krieger, Yngwie Malmsteen and more.


New Slash albums with Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators, Scorpions, Eddie Vedder, Beth Hart, Magnum, Tears For Fears, Steve Vai, Dan Reed Network… Reissues by Hawkwind, Theater Of Hate, Van Der Graaf Generator, Frankie Miller, Faster Pussycat , Gong, Mordred, Anthony Phillips, Bernard Butler… DVDs, movies and books on Manic Street Preachers, Radiohead, Mark Lanegan, Jim McCarty… Live review of David Bowie’s streaming celebration concert.

Buyer’s Guide: Kevin Shirley
The in-demand South African and lover of classic rock is arguably the 21st century’s premier producer for top music.

Soundtrack of my life: Steve Vai
The guitar hero on the records, artists and concerts that are close to his heart.


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