Issue 262's cover stars are the legendary Lynyrd Skynyrd. As one of the great American bands prepares to quit the road, we catch up with Gary Rossington, Rickey Medlocke and Johnny Van Zant in Canada to talk about their band and its incredible tale. Other features include... All Roads Lead South: as Skynyrd prepare to bow out, we celebrate some of the bands who've been picking up the southern rock torch during Classic Rock's 20-year lifetime, including Texas Gentlemen, Bishop Gunn, Ashley McBryde, Whiskey Myers, Blackberry Smoke, The Cadillac Three, The Sheepdogs, Eric Church, Brothers Osborne and more... Duff McKagan: In The Classic Rock Interview, he talks about Guns N' Roses, a life in music, near-death, break-ups, make-ups, the journey from alcoholism to sobriety and his soon-to-be-released solo record. Oh, and a new GN'R album. Aerosmith: after their multimillion-selling album Permanent Vacation, it was time for them to go one bigger. So along came Pump, ASs Peter Frampton heads out on a farewell tour, forced to quit due to degenerative muscle condition, he reminds us that this isn't the first bombshell he's faced in his half-century career. It's not easy for a poodle-haired pop star of the 80s to now be taken seriously. So how did The Mute Gods mainman Nick Beggs do it? Tesla: after their last album, in 2014, they didn't know whether they'd ever make another one. Then along came Def Leppard's Phil Collen. There's also a free digital album to download: Rockin' The Blues 2019. To tie in with the upcoming Rockin' The Blues tour, we've got some killer new tracks from its stars - Jonny Lang, Kris Barras, Walter Trout - plus top tunes from Mascot Records. Elsewhere, in our regular features we hae Megadeth, Alan Parsons, Walter Trout and more, plus the biggest and loudest rock reviews section on the planet.