Duff McKagan to host the evening - Southern Rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd to perform
Having sold well over 100 million albums worldwide, the former Guns ‘N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver bassist is flattered to have been asked by the magazine to host the awards: "I'm pretty honored to have been asked to host this years' Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards. God. I hope I don't fuck it up..."
Musician, songwriter, producer, businessman and Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductee McKagan follows an illustrious list of presenters that has included Alice Cooper and Gene Simmons. This year’s awards ceremony will see him presiding over the awards honouring the great and good of the Classic Rock fraternity.
Taking to the stage with their unmistakable sound of country rock will be the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, Lynyrd Skynyrd. The Floridian rockers will be closing the show with a 25-minute set of their biggest hits.
Johnny Van Zant, Lynyrd Skynyrd frontman, says: “It's great to see the band getting noticed in the UK, Europe and beyond. We've been working on spreading the band's music around the world and it's appreciated to see that the band and its legacy, is finally being recognised. I think my brother and the ones that have moved on would be proud. Not too bad for a little band from the Westside of Jacksonville, Florida!”
Already announced is the Texan trio ZZ Top who will be accepting the esteemed Living Legend Award.
Classic Rock is well into the voting process for the coveted reader-voted categories for this year’s Roll Of Honour and fans can cast their all-important vote now at
The categories voted for by readers are:
Best New Band - Awarded to the best new rock band of the past 12 months
The Civil Wars
Band Of The Year - Awarded to the most exciting rock band of the last 12 months
Guns 'n' Roses
Reissue Of The Year Awarded to the best-embellished reissue of the last 12 months
Heart, Strange Euphoria
Howlin’ Wolf, Complete Chess Masters 1951-1960
Jethro Tull, Aqualung Boxed Set
Judas Priest, Single Cuts: The Complete UK Singles Collection
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Reissues
Pink Floyd, Reissues
Roxy Music, The Complete Studio Recordings
Small Faces, Reissues
Whitesnake, Box O’Snakes: The Sunburst Years 1978-1982
The Who, Quadrophenia, The Super Deluxe Edition
Film/DVD Of The Year
George Harrison, Living In The Material World Mission to Lars
Mott the Hoople, The Ballad Of Mott The Hoople
Pink Floyd, The Story Of Wish You Were Here
Rock Of Ages
The Rolling Stones, Some Girls Live In Texas
Searching for Sugar Man
Album Of The Year
Alice Cooper, Welcome 2 My Nightmare
Bruce Springsteen, Wrecking Ball
Howlin Rain, The Russian Wilds
Joe Bonamassa, Driving Towards Daylight
Mark Tremonti, All I Was
Mastodon, The Hunter
Rush, Clockwork Angels
Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy, Apocalyptic Love
The Union, Siren’s Song
UFO, Seven Deadly
Van Halen, A Different Kind Of Truth
Event Of The Year - What was the most exciting talking point of the last 12 months?
Aerosmith kiss and make up
Black Sabbath reunite Download Festival 2012
Lou Reed and Metallica pool forces for Lulu
Queen work with Adam Lambert
Springsteen and McCartney get silenced at Hyde Park
Status Quo ‘Frantic Four’ reunite
Ginger Wildheart raises £250K for his new album
The Classic Rock Roll Of Honour is one of the most highly respected ceremonies of the music year and always attracts the biggest names in the world of Rock. Recognition at this must-attend event is the pinnacle of every musician’s career as they join the list of past winners.
This year’s awards will again be held at the legendary Roundhouse in Camden, London on Tuesday 13th November.