Issue five of Planet Rock magazine (on-sale 15/12) salutes British hard rock legends Deep Purple with a unique embossed gatefold cover and epic 15 page interview. With the band set to celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2018, we join Purple on tour in Stockholm and London to hear how the monumental In Rock album set the classic Mk. II line-up on the path to superstardom and frontman Ian Gillan explains why the Long Goodbye tour doesn't spell the end for this ground-breaking musical institution.
Sadly, the fifth issue of our high voltage magazine also sees us say goodbye to one of the godfathers of our scene, with the passing of AC/DC’s fearless leader Malcolm Young. In tribute to ’DC’s founding father, the issue comes with a special two-sided poster featuring iconic images of Malcolm and Bon Scott-era AC/DC, and we celebrate his life, music and enduring influence with an emotional eulogy.
Elsewhere in the magazine we have the first review of our very own Planet Rockstock festival, we profile cult heroes Girlschool as they gear up for their 40th anniversary and we sit down with Kiss‘s ever-controversial figurehead Gene Simmons to unmask the man behind the make-up.
We speak with Pearl Jam about the making of grunge classic Ten, catch up with Metallica and Royal Blood on their huge UK tours, and revisit the historic night in 1967 where a young American guitar hero stunned The Beatles, The Who and Cream.
As 2017 draws to a close we select the year’s defining albums, and former Mötley Crüe leader Nikki Sixx reveals the songs that changed his life. The issue also features Iron Maiden, Rush, Alice Cooper, Queen, Jethro Tull, Wayward Sons, Judas Priest, Joe Satriani, Blue Öyster Cult... and 10 reasons why 2018 is going to be an incredible year for rock fans.
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