Classic Rock Magazine have today revealed the nominations for their annual awards bash – The Classic Rock Roll Of Honour – which takes place on Wednesday 10 November at London’s Roundhouse, hosted by Alice Cooper. For the first time in the awards’ history the show will also feature live performances from Cheap Trick and Alter Bridge.
Six reader voted honours are now up for grabs – to cast your vote go to link or pick up a copy of the new issue of Classic Rock, on sale 18 August.
Leading the charge with two nominations apiece are four heavyweights of the rock world – AC/DC, Rage Against The Machine, KISS and Slash who all lock (devil) horns in the category of Band Of The Year, along with Aerosmith, Bon Jovi and the Jeff Beck Band.
AC/DC are also nominated for Reissue Of The Year, for their ‘Backtracks’ box set – the super deluxe version even featuring a working guitar amplifier – fighting it out alongside The Rolling Stones, whose reissue of Exile On Main Street went in at No. 1 on release in May, plus Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, David Bowie, Nazareth, King Crimson and Rhino Records’ Where The Action Is: LA Nuggets 1965-1968.
Rage Against The Machine go head to head with Download Festival (which they headlined in June), the Classic Rock-sponsored High Voltage, reunions for Mott The Hoople and The Stooges and Journey’s ‘Don’t Stop Believing going Top 10, for the honour of Event Of The Year, for their triumphant chart battle to reach the No. 1 spot in December 2009 with ‘Killing In The Name’, plus the free show they put on in London’s Finsbury Park as a reward for the fans who bought the single.
Former Guns ‘N’ Roses guitarist Slash and outrageous New York rockers KISS contest the honour of Best Album, for respective albums ‘Slash’ and ‘Sonic Boom’, both critically acclaimed upon release. A who’s who of classic rock makes up the full nominations for this category with Cheap Trick, Bigelf, Wolfmother, Pearl Jam, Iron Maiden, Alice in Chains, Lynyrd Skynrd, Gaslight Anthem, The Scorpions, Europe, Ratt, Foreigner, Black Crowes and Steve Hackett all hoping to take home Best Album come 10 November.
The nominations for Best New Band see a range of emerging talent facing off in this category. The Union, a brand new classic rock act fronted by former Thunder guitarist Luke Morley and ex-Winterville vocalist / guitarist Peter Shoulder, are up against Roadrunner Records’ Las Vegas boys Taking Dawn, Finnish hair-metallers Reckless Love, Earache newcomers White Wizzard and the blues influenced New Yorkers Alberta Cross.
DVD / Film of the Year sees the ladies get a look in, with ‘The Runaways’ – featuring Twilight’s Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning - competing against ‘Oil City Confidential’ – Julian Temple’s Dr Feelgood doco, ‘Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage’, ‘Saxon: Heavy Metal Thunder’ and The Doors’ ‘When You’re Strange’, the new documentary narrated by Johnny Depp which featured at the Sundance and Berlin film festivals among others earlier in the year.
Other Classic Rock Roll Of Honour awards to be handed out on the night include the Classic Rock Living Legend, Classic Songwriter, Tommy Vance Inspiration Award, Outstanding Contribution, Classic Album, Metal Guru, and VIP Award.
Classic Rock Editor-in-Chief Scott Rowley had this to say, ‘Capping off a year that saw Classic Rock explore exciting new formats with the release of the Slash album, the launch of our own festival with partners MAMA Group called High Voltage, and the continued success of the magazine as well as our sister mag, Prog, this year’s move to the Roundhouse – with the Right Reverend Alice Cooper as ringmaster – shows Classic Rock’s commitment to aiming high and doing things differently.’
Classic Rock Roll of Honour 2010 – Full List of Nominations
Best New Band The Union
Urban Voodoo Machine
Album Of The Year
Cheap Trick – The Latest
Bigelf – Cheat The Gallows
Slash – Slash
Kiss – Sonic Boom
Wolfmother – Cosmic Egg
Iron Maiden – The Final Frontier
Pearl Jam – Backspacer
Alice In Chains – Black Gives Way To Blue
Lynyrd Skynyrd – God & Guns
Gaslight Anthem – American Slang
The Scorpions – Sting In The Tail
Europe – Last Look At Eden
Foreigner – Can’t Slow Down
Black Crowes – Before The Frost…
Steve Hackett – Out Of The Tunnel’s Mouth
Band Of The Year
Rage Against The Machine
Slash & Friends
Jeff Beck Band
Event Of The Year
Mott The Hoople Reunion
Rage Against The Machine get to No.1 and play free Finsbury Park show
The Stooges Reunion
Journey’s Don’t Stop Believing goes Top 10
Reissue Of The Year
Rolling Stones – Exile On Main St
Judas Priest – British Steel
The Beatles – Reissues
Black Sabbath – The Dio Years
AC/DC – Backtracks
Jimi Hendrix – Reissues
Nazareth – Reissues
King Crimson – In The Court Of The Crimson King
Where the Action Is: La Nuggets 1965-1968
David Bowie – Station To Station
DVD/Film Of The Year
Oil City Confidential
Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage
Saxon: Heavy Metal Thunder
The Doors: When You’re Strange