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Classic Rock 204: on sale today

In a world exclusive, Classic Rock has reunited the estranged former bandmates for the very first time in a decade.

The Doors were the most influential American band of them all. In our 20-page special there are tales of darkness, debauchery, magic and mysticism.

The Doors

When The Doors hit London: They brought controversy with them when they played their debut UK gigs, but over two unforgettable nights at The Roundhouse it was their incendiary music that did the talking.

Waiting For The Sun: Photographer Paul Ferrara takes us through unseen shots from the Waiting For The Sun album sessions.

Morrison Hotel: By the end of 1969, The Doors were in disarray. In the midst of the darkness, they dredged up a true return to form with the Morrison Hotel album. But it would be a false dawn for their self-destructive singer.

Ray Manzarek: We celebrate the late Doors’ keyboard player.

The 20 Greatest Doors Songs: Which of their songs light your fire? We pick the ultimate Doors playlist.

Features

Bryan Adams: How the star-making Reckless album turned an ambitious kid into the unlikeliest rock’n’roll hero of the 80s.

Ozzy Osbourne: A thoughtful and reflective Ozzy looks back on the triumphs, tragedies and occasional idiocy of his life with pride and surprisingly little regret.

Buzzcocks: With new album The Way showcasing their classic punk-pop, they prove they’re far from ready for the nostalgia circuit. Pete Shelley and Steve Diggle talk past, present and future.

Blues Pills: The music of these 60s disciples does strange things to people – like make them strip naked in public. Look away!

Lemmy: Classic Rock puts on its lifejacket and heads to the high seas on the Motörhead Motörboat.

The Levellers: Despite being hated by the mainstream music press, they became the biggest band in the UK. With a new ‘best of’ out now, they’re still here – and still angry.

What’s on your free CD
Riders On The Storm. The children of The Doors have gathered in their masses, armed with pyschedelic death-wishes and some damn fine tunes, including Casper Blanca, She Hunts Koalas, Interstellar Overdrive, Stonebelly, Magic Shoppe and more…

Regulars

The Dirt:
Malcolm Young’s dementia confirmed; Queen to record again? Huge names to gather for new festival in 2015; Led Zeppelin and Spirit battle over who wrote Stairway… say hello to Crobot and Henry’s Funeral Shoe; welcome back Godsmack, Joanne Shaw Taylor and Primus; goodnight Clive Beer-Jones, Raf Ravenscroft, Paul Revere, Rob Skipper…

The Stories Behind The Songs: Sugar
A song that came into Bob Mould’s head “as I was waking up one morning”, Hoover Dam is among the former Hüsker Dü man’s best.

Q&A: Ace Frehley
The original Kiss guitarist on old wounds, old habits, his new album and a new Kiss tour that he should be part of.

Reviews
New albums from Pink Floyd, Foo Fighters, Queen, Prince, Sixx: AM, Bryan Adams, Monster Magnet, Gong, Jimmy Barnes, Fripp & Eno… Reissues from The Who, Bryan Adams, Genesis, Rory Gallagher, Ian Dury, Iron Butterfly, Quireboys, Suzi Quatro… DVDs, films and books on Jimi Hendrix, Yes, The Doors, Jon Lord, Leonard Cohen, Paul McCartney… Live reviews of Robert Plant, Virginmarys, King Crimson, Crobot, Lenny Kravitz, Anathema, Buffalo Summer…

114 Buyer’s Guide: Dream Theater
Pushing prog-metal to its limits (some would argue even beyond), they’ve boldly taken the genre to where no band has gone before.

Letters
Got something to say? Let us hear it – shout it out loud!

Lives previews:
Gig previews from Anti-Mortem, Blue Öyster Cult and The Jesus And Mary Chain, plus gig listings – who’s playing where and when.

Heavy Load: Ian McLagan
The former Small Faces and Faces keyboard player on Rod, Ronnie, Wolf, Marriott and migraines.

If your newsagent isn't selling issue 204 of Classic Rock, you can order it online from MyFavouriteMagazines

Alternatively, you can download the Classic Rock magazine app from iTunes. 

Also: for this month only, customers buying copies of Classic Rock in branches of Morrisons will save £1 off the normal retail price. 

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