Two music magazines, Planet Rock and Q, bit the dust recently, partly killed by COVID. Without any live gig advertising and reduced footfall to the newsagents during Lockdown, profits dwindled and there was not much point in either carrying on.
I was on the staff of Q in the late 1990s, and it was better than having a real job. In this current issue I’ve written about the time I arranged a meeting between John Lydon and Kate Bush at the annual Q Awards. Lydon was a pain in the arse but very amusing, and Kate Bush reminded me of a tiny, nervous bird with big staring eyes.
To be frank, I never knew there were as many as 100 great live albums, but I have written about some of them in the penultimate issue of Planet Rock. Thin Lizzy’s Live And Dangerous is in there, obviously…. The final issue of Planet Rock will be out at the end of July. It’s being produced on someone’s kitchen table, and we are, literally, making it up as we go along.