- Black Sabbath take home three awards – The Living Legend Award, Album of the Year and Event of the Year (for their #1 album, “13”).
- Led Zeppelin win Film of the Year (for their Reunion Concert film “Celebration Day”.
- The Rolling Stones are awarded Band of the Year.
- Zakk Wylde receives Metal Guru award.
So, last night, I had the pleasure of being invited to the Classic Rock Roll of Honour at the Round House in Camden to cover the ceremony for my radio show Rock into the Weekend on HCR104fm.
This is the most prestigious event in the Rock music calendar so to say I was excited is an understatement. I have been a music fanatic since I was about 8 or 9 years old and ever since I first heard Guns n Roses, Led Zeppelin and most of all Black Sabbath, music has dominated my life. I am still very much a fan boy now so the thought of being in the same building as some of my all time heroes, let alone getting to interview them was a dream come true then add to that a free bar (I was poured half a pint of Chivas Regal at one point) and Zakk Wylde playing the Piano in the middle of a room full of the who’s who of Rock and you have the recipe for a very special night, it’s fair to say that I have had worse nights.
Me on the Red Carpet
I was situated on the red carpet as you can see above and was lucky enough to get to talk to legends like Black Sabbath, Jimmy Page, Zakk Wylde, Wilko Johnson, Mott the Hoople, John Mayall, Walter Trout, Fish, Alex Lifeson from Rush Black Star Riders, John Coghlan from Status Quo, Rick Wakeman, The Darkness and up and coming stars The Temperance Movement, Blackberry Smoke and The Virgin Mary’s.
Well enough of my fanboy ramblings, here is how the night went down.
After getting everyone down the red carpet the evening was opened by a performance from young pups The Temperance Movement. I can only imagine how nerve racking it must have been for a bunch of young Irish guys who have only just broken on to the scene to be playing in front of the likes of Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Jimmy Page, John Mayall and countless other legends but when talking to the band, they seemed to take it completely in their stride and treated it as just another date on the tour. Pure professionals.
The stars then had their dinner while I joined Neil Jones from the Star Radio Rock Show in propping up the bar and blagging about half a bottle of 18 yr old Chivas Regal for myself and a bottle of white wine for Neil. As we were making our way through our contraband, there was a call for silence and as we looked over, Zakk Wylde had seated himself at a mini grand piano in the middle of the room and gave a mini performance of two songs that were simply incredible and with the end of that, the awards got underway.
First up, The Temperance Movement took the well deserved award for Best New Band.
The Temperance Movement
Next up is Breakthrough Band which goes to The Virgin Mary’s followed by The Musicans’ Union Maestro Award which was received by James Dean Bradfield of the Manic Street Preachers. The V.I.P Award went to Shep Gordon, long time manager of Alice Cooper and subject of an upcoming documentary “Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon” in which the likes of Michael Myers (Director), Alice Cooper, Michael Douglas and the Dali Lama pay tribute to the man.
The Classic Album Award went to John Mayall’s Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton (or the Beano album as it is affectionately known). This was awarded to him by an unrecognisable Walter Trout who has been ravaged by Liver Cancer. It was sad to see this legend of a man literally wasting away but he was in great spirits and incredibly proud to be giving this award to John who revealed that, rather criminally, this was the first time that this seminal album or the man himself had ever received any official recognition from the industry. This really is a crime given how many true legends received their musical education in the Blues Breakers, Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck being among the most prominent, and how many people were in turned inspired by those John schooled.
John Mayall with Walter Trout
Of course, the buzz of the evening was all about Black Sabbath who were nominated for and won three awards: The Living Legend Award, which was announced ahead of the evening and also Album of the Year for their album “13” and also Event of the Year for that album reaching Number 1 in the mainstream album charts. It was great to see Ozzy, Tony and Geezer walking the red carpet but unfortunately the absence of Bill Ward was more than obvious and Tony revealed that Bill is currently in hospital so all the best to him for a quick recovery from whatever has put him there.
There were of course a number of other awards so I will sign off with a full list of the winners and some select photos from the evening and you can of course tune in to Rock into the Weekend next Friday at 10pm on HCR104fm to hear all the interviews from the evening.
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The Living Legend Award (Sponsored by Orange Amplification) – Black Sabbath
Event Of The Year (Sponsored by Roadrunner) – Black Sabbath go to #1 spot
Breakthrough Award – Virginmarys
The Musicians’ Union Maestro – James Dean Bradfield
Tommy Vance Inspiration Award (Sponsored by Spinefarm Records) – Rory Gallagher
Outstanding Contribution (sponsored by Monitor Audio) – Mott the Hoople
Classic Album (sponsored by Eagle Rock) – ‘Blues Breakers With Eric Clapton’ – John Mayall
V.I.P. Award (sponsored by currencies.co.uk) – Shep Gordon
Metal Guru (sponsored by Mascot Label Group) – Zakk Wylde
Best New Band (sponsored by Kraken) – The Temperance Movement
Album Of The Year (sponsored by Live Nation) – Black Sabbath ‘13’
Reissue Of The Year (sponsored by Alchemy) – Fleetwood Mac ‘Rumours 35th Anniversary Edition’
Film Of The Year – Led Zeppelin ‘Celebration Day’
Band Of The Year (sponsored by Investec) – The Rolling Stones
Spirit Of Prog (sponsored by USM / UMC) – Alex Lifeson
The Showmen– The Darkness
Innovator – Wilko Johnson
John Coughlan (Status Quo)
Ian Hunter (Mott the Hoople)
The Virgin Mary’s
The power of that fist pump was equal to 10 Chuck Norris Round House Kicks.
Listen in to Rock into the Weekend next week at 10pm on 104fm or online at http://www.hcrfm.co.uk to hear all the interviews.
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