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Classic Rock Awards on British TV

The Classic Rock Roll of Honour ceremony that was held early November in London will be shown on Sky Arts TV channel in the UK. The broadcast is scheduled on Boxing Day, December 26 at 1:00 pm with repeat on January 28 at 11:30 pm. Deep Purple have won the Innovator Award with Gillan, Glover and Paice at the red carpet to accept it.

Classic Rock’s own footage of the event:

29 Comments to “Classic Rock Awards on British TV”:

  1. 1
    purplepriest1965 says:

    They must never have heard of Black Country Communion?

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    hindrawan tianadi says:


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    Drdp says:

    There are at least 15 different awards shows celebrating the WORST of music…. Country & Rap = CRAP!!!!!!!!!! And THIS can’t get a sniff out of Fuse TV/ VH 1 Classic or Palladium’s of the USA. The state of musical tastes here is now comparable to the DEAD ZONE of the early 60’s when the White Bread generic singers where scoring hits rerecording Little Richard/Bo Diddly & Chuck Berry classics . NOW we have the Biebers/Spears/GaGa’s et. al .The kids here today are lost in a haze of ridiculous dance routines, un-melodic noise or hypersonic prose pasted over a back beat usually stolen from a Classic Rock artist. Europe/Russia & The far East have never waiver-ed in their appreciation of REAL Rock music!

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    Scott W. says:

    Love the title above the video “crock2011” !!!!!
    Although i let my subscription to the mag lapse, i feel it is the best Rock mag out there. I can’t stand Rolling Stone!! Their list of the top 100 guitarists recently didn’t even have Ritchie in but, listed Prince!???????????? excuse me while i go vomit….. RS is the mag equivalent to the Rock and Roll hall of Shame. Useless garbage.

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    Bigger Al says:

    @ 4 , I thought I saw RB @ # 50, with people like Kurt Cobain, Edge, and several others that are not equal to a skidmark in RB’s favorite tights. Hendrix should be #1 maybe, but with Ritchie’s contributions and his longevity in music, my opinion is that he should be at least in the top 3. I wonder if the Zero is involved with the list.(kidding). I do believe I read that RB was involved in the making of the list,but # 50, way too low in my opinion.

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    Tracy Heyder (Zero the Hero) says:


    Actually, it won’t surprise me to see this aired eventually on VH-1c or Palladium. These channels are beginning to have a lot of specials pertaining to ‘Our’ music. They have been airing BCC- Live in Europe quite a bit and there are a multitude of airings of the various Metal Rock Fests also. Definitely you won’t see any of this music in the mainstream networking though as you state. They only cater to those such as you mentioned. On that note, personally I have to disagree with your combined genre of Country and Rap. Sorry dude but Country is good as gold to me. I happen to be a ‘long haired Country Boy’ whom knows the difference. Do and say what you will regarding Rap, but this Country boy will draw his ‘side iron’ in defense of his American Heritage, along with the Blues too, which is the actual Root of it all. Both are areas where our Heroes here have been influence in their musical expression. Purple, Zeppelin, even Sabbath give their credit to this style of music.


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    Tracy Heyder (Zero the Hero) says:


    Yeah, I get your jest here, but just a point of clarification for those whom may not get your humor….My all-time fav guitarist actually is Ritchie ‘friggin’ Blackmore, followed in almost equal level by Gary Moore (RIP). I just also happen to be less focused on that when dealing with Deep Purple. I look at a much more broad spectrum than my fav axe player.


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    Henrik says:

    Does anyone have info on the upcoming documentary on Made in Japan?

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    Drdp says:

    @6 Sorry Tracy but I spent 4 years in Texas back in the 80’s and my Country & Western (BOTH KINDS) meter has NOT backed outta the Red Zone since. To me the ”New” country is not REAL country , it is just a souped up semi- rock to appease the aging Boomers out there.For GOD’S sake ”The Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” is as close to rap as I EVER wanna get. Real Country to me is Hank/Waylon/Willie/Dolly/Loretta & their predecessors. You are right our REAL Rock hero’s cite C & W as an influence just not what passes for it today. I don’t care to know who the current REAL country artists are now if there are any but I know Urban/Paisley/Atkins/Swift et. al. are more melodic juiced up soft rock than anything with NO real Rock cred’. And I’ve been to an Urban Concert and seen it first hand. Just because your band has a steel guitar & a banjo & you wear a cowboy hat don’t mean you are one! Conversely , You can play the RIFF to SOTW as Paisley/Urban did at some awards show and you can play a 10 second blip of “The Boys Are back In Town” as Keith did when I saw him and that don’t make you “ROCK” either. All this cross-breeding and bastardization seemed to have started with Garth Brooks. While I appreciate it’s appeal especially over rap, I find it emotionless,empty & vapid, compared with “Purple” & The EXTENDED Family (ps: “Anyone’s Daughter” is OLD Country as is “Hot Dog”). My wife (A Native Texican) loves it so maybe it’s because I get ”exposed” to it more than the usual…. Sorta like looking into the sun!!!!!!! But in this case it’s more like … AHHHHHH…MY EARS!!!!!!!!!

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    Scott W. says:

    #5 Well i must say i just gave it a fast cursory flip thru in the store. I certainly did not buy it so i overlooked it! If RS gave RB #50 that is better than i thought they would give him. Maybe when i am at the mag rack again i will check it out. Is Sleeveless Morse in the Top 100?

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    Svante Axbacke says:

    @4: I respect anyone who doesn’t like Prince’s music. He has done so much and varied stuff though, including some real rocking stuff, that I find it weird that someone would dislike it all. But of course, everyone can’t have heard everything he has done.

    However, everyone whould be aware that Prince is one hell of a guitar player, very much deserving to be on a list with Blackmore, Page, Clapton, Bonamassa etc.

    Check out the first minute of this clip:

    From 1:18 in this clip:

    From 0:32 here:

    There’s loads more on YouTube. There’s much more fantastic rock guitar playing in a Prince gig than in a Blackmore gig these days.

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    Vavoom says:

    I’m sure the Innovator Award to DP is wrong exaggeration.
    “In Rock” album was two and a half years later since Led Zeppelin debut in 1968.
    It was the follow-up of the commercially sold line, so DP was not considered purely pioneer of hard rock.
    Their album was made for getting popular skillfully.
    “Black Night” and “Child in Time” were openly plagiarism riffs.
    Some of their audience felt young Gillan was merely a Presley clone.

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    MacGregor says:

    Yes, Purple in my book were innovators, & they were inspired hugely by Vanilla Fudge it seems! But there were so many “innovators”from that era of superb music, King Crimson, The Who, Jethro Tull, ELP, The Moody Blues, Yes & the legendary Pink Floyd to name a few! We could go on & it is down to ones own preference in music!

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    Fan says:

    I’m sure the Innovator Award to DP is not wrong.
    In Rock album is the first real hard rock album. And is not two and a half years after LZ I wich is not hard rock.
    Much of LZ riffs and melodyes are plagiasm…incl. STH.
    Some of audience felt young Plant is Roger Doltrey and even J. Joplin clone.

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    purplepriest1965 says:

    @ 11
    I agree that Prince made very different music along the way and that he is a surprisingly good guitarplayer.

    I m not sure if it’s just my taste or quite objective to state that it’s unrealistic to put him on a par with people like Schenker or RB.
    I like Bonamassa, really, but comparing him to the major section…..
    Then we could put up JJ from Glenn´s band as well, dontya think….

    at 12

    I m not sure what you´re referrong to or seriously want to imply.

    Last weeks we had a similair conversation-poll-discussion on a `De Wereld Draait Door` tv show.
    DUTCH show which has a lot of viewers.

    It has the ambition to serve any subject one can imagine.

    They also try to deliver a lot of music related items.
    It´s an enjoyable show but served with a speed that inflates the `quality`.

    Like a shredder they race through everything.

    Unfortunately, IMO, they have a strong bias in the music area.

    Nothing wrong with soul, songwriterartists, promotion of a lot of Belgian pop and a bit of metal.

    I do remember The Wolff, a DUTCH KEYBOARD plus GUITAR retro style band a classic rock fan ought to enjoy.
    But in general `our style`is badly served.

    Like I said, there has been a contest of sorts to make up a list of people `who changed things musically` .

    In the end some guests clearly knew what they were talking about and I think a certain doubt about the quality of the outcome was to be seen in main host Matthijs.

    Matthijs, who kinda confesssed his age and taste, when suggesting Blackmore during a brainstorm about a list of Top league gitarists).
    Very weird, that little snippet was CUT-edited in the rerun of the show that same night!!!!

    He seemed quite happy when at last Led Zeppelin was included in the list of musicians that had `changed the landscape`.

    A lot of great people were ignored or just bluntly deleted from the list.

    Prince and Nirvana are appearantly still very popular.
    But how can you leave out Black Sabbath, Metallica, DEEP PURPLE, Emerson Lake And Palmer and delete Pink Floyd in favour of Kraftwerk and Kurt Cobain.

    I do have respect for certain things Prince did but everyone should be able to recognise the musicians he took aspects from to mold his own style.
    But THAT is the same as what a lot of bands did, incl Purple, Zeppelin etc.

    DP, like LZ blended styles and added a bit or more of their own.

    LZ the instigator for RB to create a heavy rock outfit. Maybe.

    Sounds well, but was DP Mark I not already moving into that direction, I ask you.

    And what about people like Blue Cheer and The Who that already adopted a heavy sound before LZ and DP.
    What about Dick Dale….

    A guitarplayer in the show suggested people like The Kinks and played something by them,All Day And All Of The Night, that is.

    Suggesting that they and others took that dirty sound from Link Wary who supposed invented the distorted sound.
    He played the riff by the Kinks,…………

    In a flipsecond he mumbled something like…and later…….playing the SOTW riff!!!!!
    No mention of DP and his talking, which was quite educational and enjoyable, was cut off and the topic was rushed to an end.

    Last week a so called scientist suggested that the forthcoming, every year a bigger spectacle overhere, TOP 2000, was full of music that should be called palgiarism.


    And then I read DP will do a show in Amsterdam, in december 2012.
    Did not know yet they booked way beyond the Canadian shows.

    Jeeez, they never get tired, it seems.

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    purplepriest1965 says:


    Sorry for a few typos.
    And that snippet about RB suggest by Matthijs is something from an earlier show that ONLY talked about guitarists.

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    Tracy Heyder (Zero the Hero) says:

    Svante @11:

    You do have balls dude, I’ll grant you that. The Blackmore Worshippers will have thy head for putting him in the same category….LOL. I have to state here though that I totally agree with you regarding the Princemeister. Actually I remember a discussion a while back here whereby I was defending him as an extremely talented Guitarist whom is way overlooked due to him doing so much other than just play the 6 string. I had seen a video concert of his from back in the 80’s whereby he took off for a long period with his guitar and at that point I had become a fan (not of all of his work, but as an amazing musician and guitarist). Not only is he an incredible player, but watching him play with such fluidity, seemingly effortless is a stark reminder of Hendrix himself. I remember stating at that time that I would love for him to do a guitar oriented rock album and tour on it. I do believe he would blow some minds and totally surprise those whom reject his prowess….


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    Scott W. says:

    #11 Svante, maybe i am being harsh on Prince. i will check the vid links you sent. I guess i can’t get past his effiminate nature! I guess his “symbol’ is supposed to mean something other than the male ‘O^’ and female O+ sex symbols!??…..Asexual perhaps..?? I prefer my musicians to be well adjusted heterosexuals who love pus.y and not have gender issues!

    #7 Man i am glad you admitted that Tracy! Besides RB, my faves are M. Schenker, Uli Roth, Iommi, Moore, even Howe and Hackett when i’m in a Prog mood.

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    LRT says:


    Anyone’s Daughter is classical guitar playing, no country scales, and Hot Dog pure rock ‘n roll, just has a twang to it. Blackmore is not skilled in country to say the least.

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    stephen says:

    Led 1 did not chart in 1968, it charted in April 1969 and In Rock was released on 5th June 1970

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    Tracy Heyder (Zero the Hero) says:


    Yes I have to agree with you to a certain extent regard where Country has gone, and with your reflection on the Old Outlaw Gang you referred to. That being said, as with all genres of music, there is an evolution that has taken place and some change has been good while others have been bad. Hard Rock for instance has been through many shapes and forms. Many bands have developed many different styles and approaches to it. Do I like it all? Not on your life. I’d have to state the same with Country. There are many artists that have come along and sort of carried the torch of old. Also, look at the Southern Rock that has spun from that genre. Molly Hatchet, Skynnrd, Blackfoot and more resent, Blackstone Cherry, Hellyeah and even Primus….All attributed to Country Roots and are carrying the torch well. Yeah those greats of old paved the way for the Newbies, and there is a lot of it that stacks up.


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    Tracy Heyder (Zero the Hero) says:

    LRT @19

    ‘Anyone’s Daughter’ Classical Guitar playing??? Actually it’s ‘Accomplished Guitar Playing’. Ritchie actually played ‘Country Style’ and did it well. Yes it had his influence style in addition, but he pulled off a country riff. The only thing more country than his interpretation would have been to use a ‘Steel Guitar’. Actually it was classic ‘Blue Grass’. It has that {a Pickin’ and a Grinnin’} appeal. Skilled in Country? He is skilled period. The song, arrangement and melody decides its genre. Actually the only thing Not country about ‘Anyone’s Daughter’ is Gillan’s singing. Pull out his vocals and replace them with a Country Singer and you would have the total Country package. There are many extremely accomplished country guitarists with a classical background. Roy Clark (RIP) anyone?



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    purplepriest1965 says:

    How How How!!!

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    purplepriest1965 says:

    My boredom due to X Mas TV knows no boundaries.

    A friend of mine, stifled to death due to family obligations in X Mas Context, asked me :” What do you think Ian Gillan is doing on Christmas Eve?”

    Me(growing extremely depressed watching the x mas tv )replied :

    Running and screaming around the X mas tree crying HOW HOW HOW with a burning candle in his arse? : )

    Maybe Ian can enlight us what he really did. Enjoy his Portugese house?

    Today I blasted my speakers watching a BLACK SABBATH DVD.

    Oh man, Let’s get TRASHED!!!!

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    Tracy Heyder (Zero the Hero) says:

    Careful Priest.

    Somebody with boredom described as you are presenting @24 might need a professional to look after him. Christmas should be a time for bliss in celebration of Jesus Christ the Superstar. Unless of course you are a non-believer, then you are on your own with no way out….


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    Sami says:

    @ 9 Oh man, your post brought some old memories back: when I was a

    jobbing musician our soundman used to test the pa-system with the same Garth

    fucking Brooks-cd over and over again(few years actually), maybe I’ll call him(soundman) & give him

    hell for that elevator music he forced us to listen back then, hah.

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    Tracy Heyder (Zero the Hero) says:


    Yeah, I’d have to agree on the Garth issue. Sami, who was in charge of your band? I would have smashed the CD if it was me. Maybe once or twice for grins when Brookes was popular, but to constantly use that as the sound test is awful….unless it is representative of the music you played…..LOL. Just for grins, what music did you play?


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    Sami says:

    Tracy: our soundman might have used some Toto cd’s as well if my memory serves me right, but he’s still a good friend & a wonderful technician albeit with an awful taste in music so of course I didn’t smash his cd’s…he was a victim for quite a few of our pranks though so we got our revenge, ha 🙂

    Just for grins but mainly for the money we played everything: from pop to rock, Finnish dance music etc. etc. in pubs, clubs, restaurants, dance halls, sea cruises, private parties, weddings even(an average four gigs a week, or so)…(made two cd’s as well for a big regional record company)…It was fun for a few years & the money was decent, but of course I treated it as a job(when you’re playing crap music you got to) and eventually just got tired of it, met the wife, started a family & went back to my earlier profession(industrial maintenance as a foreman/technician). I still gig every now and again in weekends(mainly classic rock/hard rock covers), but just for the fun/love of it with a few old friends. Now that’s enough of my ‘life story’, take care Heyder-man(any activity in the cover band-front?), and thank you moderators for your patience.

  29. 29
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Wasn’t it Garth Brooks that actually was a KISS fan?

    And if one is not able to play rock why should they not be able to make a living with making music with an other style?

    A certain man in DP does it too!!!

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