Revolver magazine is celebrating the release of its "Mega 100th Issue" by spotlighting the "100 Greatest Living Rock Stars." From Ozzy to Axl to Lemmy, the issue features those who have rocked the hardest and lived to tell about it. On newsstands now and available online right here, the issue also features Revolver's Top 20 albums of 2011, which crowns KORN's controversial dubstep-infused record, "The Path Of Totality", with top honors.
The "100 Greatest Living Rock Stars" list takes a no-holds-barred look at the rock arena and highlights those artists who embody rock and roll's rebel attitude. Whether it's the well-chronicled debauched exploits OF MÖTLEY CRÜE or newcomer James Durbin bringing metal to pop's biggest forum, "American Idol", these artists have what it takes to stand out from the pack. Included in the feature are rock star tips and tales from Gene Simmons, Chris Cornell, Bret Michaels and Dave Navarro, among others.
"Some would say the era of the rock star is dead," says Revolver editor-in-chief Brandon Geist. "And those are probably the same disbelievers who have told us many times that rock is dead, that metal is dead, that print is dead. And yet, here Revolver is at 100 issues —100 real, tangible, bathroom-ready printed issues — celebrating 100 rock stars who are very much alive and kicking ass. Needlessly to say, reports of all these deaths are greatly exaggerated."
The cover of Revolver's "Mega 100th Issue" features 22 notable rockers partying hard in celebration of the milestone in a special illustration created by famed horror-artist Jason Edmiston. These rock stars include: GUNS N' ROSES' Axl Rose, Ozzy Osbourne, METALLICA's James Hetfield, KISS' Gene Simmons, KORN's Jonathan Davis, Marilyn Manson, Slash, MÖTLEY CRÜE and SIXX: A.M.'s Nikki Sixx, SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR's Corey Taylor, MOTÖRHEAD's Lemmy Kilmister, FOO FIGHTERS' Dave Grohl, Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie, SLAYER's Kerry King, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY's Zakk Wylde, LAMB OF GOD's Randy Blythe, AVENGED SEVENFOLD's M. Shadows, JANE'S ADDICTION's Dave Navarro, Sebastian Bach, BLACK VEIL BRIDES' Andy Biersack, and FALLING IN REVERSE's Ronnie Radke.
The cover of Revolver was recently named by Billboard to be the #1 place to get maximum exposure as a hard-rock artist; Revolver expands its reign as the leading hard-rock and heavy-metal destination with its 100th issue, which is its first issue ever to be sold at Walmart. Kicking off the relationship, 775 of the retailer's top locations will feature custom Revolver displays in their music sections to make the issue easily accessible for music fans around the country. The celebratory issue is also the first to feature a redesign to both the up-front and back-of-book sections.
Also included in the "Mega 100th Issue" is Revolver's highly anticipated list of the Top 20 albums of 2011. "Album Of The Year" honors go to KORN for their album "The Path Of Totality", which sees the pioneering metal band collaborating with such dubstep producers as Skrillex, Excision, Kill the Noise and Nosia. Other albums making the cut include MACHINE HEAD's "Unto the Locust", MEGADETH's "TH1RT3EN", the FOO FIGHTERS' "Wasting Light" and EVANESCENCE's self-titled release.
In addition, the issue features a commemorative fold-out poster of late, great PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott; a download code for 15 free songs, including tracks by BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, HATEBREED, HIGH ON FIRE; articles on BLACK SABBATH, SHINEDOWN, GWAR, SKELETONWITCH, CLUTCH, and many others; as well as the "Top 10 Presents to Kick 2012 Up to 11," Revolver's holiday gift guide with the perfect items for the rockers on your list.