Classic Rock Magazine a anunţat că în acest an premiul Living Legend îi va fi decernat chitaristului Jeff Beck în cadrul Classic Rock Roll Of Honour, festivitatea urmând a fi ţinută în 9 noiembrie la The Roundhouse, în Londra.

Laureatul a declarat: „The Classic Rock Roll Of Honour has always been about great music that inspires and excites others. To be named as a «Living Legend» amongst so many fantastic musicians is an honour. When I was a 6 year old boy I heard Les Paul’s «How High the Moon» over the radio and from that moment on I knew that I wanted to play the guitar and make music. That moment has led me to where I am today. Rock music continues to evolve and its (sic! it’s, cf. Liana Silea) great how established acts inspire the upcoming bands and vice versa, producing more and more great music. I am proud to be a small part of this”.

Şi mai emoţionat s-a arătat Chaim Weitz (Gene Simmons, pe numele de scenă, celebrul component al formaţiei Kiss – grup care anul trecut a pierdut competiţia, alături de AC/DC, Rage Against The Machine şi Slash, în faţa trupei Rush), cel care îi succede lui Alice Cooper ca gazdă a festivităţilor. Potrivit organizatorilor, Simmons a spus: „On that momentous occasion, the planets will align, living legends will gather to honour their own and London will become the centre of the rock & roll universe. It’s one thing being a voracious and loyal reader of Classic Rock, but it’s another to be in the same room as the people who have inspired me to stop flipping burgers and jump up on stage and have a go at it myself.”

Florin Silea