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Classic Rock – Roll Of Honour Awards 2012






15/11/12 Hosted by Guns ‘n’ Roses, Velvet Revolver and Loaded’s Duff McKagan, The Orange Amplification Classic Rock Roll Of Honour in association with currencies.co.uk was once again the highlight of the awards calendar, gathering the great and good of the rock world to celebrate this year’s winners.

The evening’s guests of honour, and recipients of the coveted Living Legend Award were ZZ Top, and they picked up their trophy from arguably the greatest guitar player of all time − and 2011 Living Legend recipient − Jeff Beck. ZZ Top join a select and honoured few who have previously received the accolade, including Jimmy Page, Alice Cooper and Iggy Pop

This year’s event provided the usual high octane rock n roll entertainment. Now in its eighth year and returning to Camden’s Roundhouse, The Classic Rock Roll of Honour rewarded Rush, Pink Floyd, Status Quo and Anthrax in front of a venue rammed with rock royalty.

The Classic Rock Roll Of Honour celebrates the world’s biggest-selling artists alongside newcomers to the scene, and this November has been a month of rock like no other, with some of the world’s greatest acts taking to the road or releasing albums, films and DVDs.

Classic Rock magazine’s Scott Rowley said: “You would never know it from listening to the radio or watching TV but while you were all getting excited about Psy and Fun and Nicki Minaj, it’s actually been a great year for new rock music. Brilliant new albums from ZZ Top, Rush, Aerosmith, Kiss, Springsteen, Slash, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Van Halen and some great new artists coming in to their own: Rivals Sons, Tracer, Howlin’ Rain, Gary Clark Jr – the list goes on. Classic Rock is proud to keep on supporting rock music, classic and brand new, and the Roll of Honour has become an office party for the rock industry.”

Host Duff McKagan paid tribute to Help for Heroes, the charity that helps injured servicemen to recuperate, as the star of the Paralympics closing ceremony − Lance Corporal Rory McKenzie − took to the stage to urge the musicians to get behind them.

Roxy Music founding member and guitarist Phil Manzanera picked up the Musicians Union Maestro Award. Rival Sons were the winners of Breakthrough Act Of The Year following the recent release of their second album ‘Head Down’. The late Jon Lord, best known for his work with Deep Purple, was awarded the Tommy Vance Inspiration Award. Russ Ballard picked up the award for Classic Songwriter in recognition to his outstanding catalogue of hits that include ‘Since You’ve Been Gone’ and ‘God Gave Rock ‘n’ Roll To You’

It was a good night for English rock bands Status Quo, The Damned and Family who picked up Classic Album Award, Outstanding Contribution and Spirit Of Prog Award respectively. Critic and fan favourite Anthrax added another trophy to their cabinet, winning the Metal Guru Award.

Respected music manager Tony Smith was recognised with the VIP Award. Mötley Crüe founder and bassist Nikki Sixx, who recorded his radio show Sixx Sense from the awards, fittingly won Showman of the Year.

Winners from the five reader-voted categories were also announced through the evening. Best New Band went to Tracer. Album Of The Year went to Clockwork Angels by Rush, who also won Band Of The Year. Rock legends Pink Floyd were also multiple winners picking up Re-issue Of The Year for Immersions and the Film/DVD Award for The Story Of Wish You Were Here.

The awards show was broken up with a performance from newcomers Saint Jude and was topped off with a staggering performance from winners of the Comeback Award, Lynyrd Skynyrd. Comebacks don’t come any bigger than Skynyrd, who have endured more than most but this year returned with one of the best albums of their career.

The Winners:

The Living Legend Award (Sponsored by Orange Amplification) – ZZ Top

Event Of The Year (Sponsored by Roadrunner) – Ginger Raises £250k

Breakthrough Act Of The Year (sponsored by Olympus) – Rival Sons

The Musicians’ Union Maestro Award – Phil Manzanera

Tommy Vance Inspiration Award (Sponsored by Lewis Leathers) – Jon Lord

Classic Songwriter Award (Sponsored by Sennheiser) – Russ Ballard

Outstanding Contribution (sponsored by Monitor Audio) – The Damned

Classic Album Award (sponsored by Eagle Rock) – Status Quo ‘Live!’

V.I.P. Award (sponsored by currencies.co.uk) – Tony Smith

Metal Guru Award (sponsored by Mascot Label Group) – Anthrax

Best New Band (sponsored by Kraken) – Tracer

Album Of The Year – Rush ‘Clockwork Angels’

Reissue Of The Year (sponsored by Alchemy) – Pink Floyd’s ‘Immersion’

Film/DVD Award – Pink Floyd ‘The Story Of Wish You Were Here’

Band Of The Year (sponsored by Live Nation) – Rush

Spirit Of Prog Award (sponsored by USM / UMC) – Family

Showman Of The Year (sponsored by Rimowa) – Nikki Sixx

Comeback Award (Sponsored by Jeffery West) – Lynyrd Skynyrd

For more information on the Orange Amplification Classic Rock Roll Of Honour in association with currencies.co.uk please contact david.cox@outside-org.co.uk 0207 436 3633


About Classic Rock

The worlds most revered and respected hard rock magazine, every month Classic Rock magazine goes behind the scenes to bring the real stories behind rock legends from Led Zeppelin to Guns N Roses, Black Sabbath to Pink Floyd and far beyond. Written by the world’s leading rock experts and featuring rock’s most renowned photographers, Classic Rock unearths the reality from the myths and brings you the latest in 21st century rock. Classic Rock is the original main brand from the same people who also publish Classic Rock Presents Prog and Classic Rock Presents AOR. Every issue is packed with exclusive interviews and features on rock’s biggest names, and includes the heftiest and most trustworthy rock reviews section on the planet. Classic Rock: The world’s only high-voltage rock’n’roll magazine.

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