Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards

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The 'Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards is an annual awards program established in 2005 by Classic Rock Magazine. Winners of the awards are chosen by the awards team and voted on by readers of the magazine. Winners are announced at an annual awards show and featured in the magazine, and the awards are presented at The Roundhouse in London. The awards are sponsored by various companies and has been broadcast on Sky Arts in the UK since 2011.

Winners / Recipients[edit]


Held at Avalon Hollywood, Los Angeles, USA.
Hosted by Sammy Hagar
Kings of Chaos with special guests Billy Gibbons, Joe Perry, Brian May, Sammy Hagar, Glenn Hughes and Joe Elliott, plus Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts, Rival Sons & California Breed all played live.


Held at Camden Roundhouse, London, UK.
Hosted by Fish from Marillion
The Darkness, Zakk Wylde & The Temperance Movement played live.


Held at Camden Roundhouse, London, UK.
Hosted by Duff McKagan
Lynyrd Skynyrd, Saint Jude and Walking Papers played live.

  • The Living Legend Award : ZZ Top
  • Event Of The Year: Ginger Raises L250k
  • Breakthrough Act Of The Year: Rival Sons
  • The Musicians’ Union Maestro Award: Phil Manzanera
  • Tommy Vance Inspiration Award: Jon Lord
  • Classic Songwriter Award: Russ Ballard
  • Outstanding Contribution: The Damned
  • Classic Album Award: Status Quo ‘Live!’
  • V.I.P. Award: Tony Smith
  • Metal Guru Award: Anthrax
  • Best New Band: Tracer
  • Album Of The Year: Rush ‘Clockwork Angels’
  • Reissue Of The Year: Pink Floyd’s ‘Immersion’
  • Film/DVD Award: Pink Floyd ‘The Story Of Wish You Were Here’
  • Band Of The Year: Rush
  • Spirit Of Prog Award: Family
  • Showman Of The Year: Nikki Sixx
  • Comeback Award: Lynyrd Skynyrd


Held at Camden Roundhouse, London, UK.
Hosted by Gene Simmons
Jeff Beck with special guests Chrissy Hynde & Joss Stone played live.

  • The Living Legend Award (sponsored by Orange Amplification) - Jeff Beck
  • Event Of The Year - Roger Waters' 'The Wall Live Tour'
  • Breakthrough Act Of The Year (sponsored by Universal Music) - Black Country Communion
  • The Spirit Of Prog (sponsored by EMI) - Jethro Tull
  • The Innovator Award (sponsored by Rimowa) - Deep Purple
  • Musicians' Union Maestro Award - Steve Winwood
  • Tommy Vance Inspiration Award - Steve Marriott
  • Classic Songwriter (sponsored by Fender) - Manic Street Preachers
  • Outstanding Contribution (sponsored by Monitor Audio) - Bob Ezrin
  • Metal Guru Award (sponsored by Mascot Label Group)- The Scorpions
  • Classic Album Award (sponsored by Ear Music) - The Who's 'Quadrophenia'
  • VIP Award (sponsored by - Baron Wolman
  • Best New Band (sponsored by Kraken) - Vintage Trouble
  • Album Of The Year (sponsored by Eagle Vision) - Michael Monroe for Sensory Overdrive
  • Re-issue Of The Year (sponsored by Alchemy) - Queen 'Re-Issues' package of their five albums
  • Film/DVD Award - Lemmy for Lemmy
  • Band Of The Year (sponsored by Live Nation) - Foo Fighters[2]


Held at Camden Roundhouse, London, UK.
Hosted by Alice Cooper

  • Best New Band (sponsored by Sonisphere) – The Union
  • Album Of The Year - Slash Slash (sponsored by Mascot Label)
  • Band Of The Year - AC/DC (sponsored by Live Nation)
  • Event Of The Year - Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’ goes Top 10
  • Reissue Of The Year - Rolling StonesExile On Main St (sponsored by Alchemy)
  • DVD/Film Of The Year - Oil City Confidential (sponsored by Entertainment One)
  • Breakthrough – Imelda May (sponsored by Universal catalogue/Lost Tunes)
  • Spirit Of Prog – Rick Wakeman (sponsored by Mean Fiddler)
  • Childline Rocks Award – Glenn Hughes (sponsored by Childline)
  • Marshall ‘11’ Award – Michael Schenker (sponsored by Marshall)
  • Innovator – Killing Joke (sponsored by Fender)
  • Classic Songwriter – Roy Wood (sponsored by Rock Radio)
  • Outstanding Contribution – John Paul Jones (sponsored by Monitor Audio)
  • Metal Guru – Geezer Butler (sponsored by Kawasaki)
  • Classic Album – Cheap Trick Live At Budokan (sponsored by Eagle Vision)
  • VIP Award – John Jackson (sponsored by
  • Tommy Vance Inspiration – Ronnie James Dio (sponsored by Metropolis)
  • Living Legend – Rush (sponsored by Marshall)[3]


Held at the Sheraton Park Lane Ballroom,
Hosted by Danny Bowes.

  • Best New Band - Sponsored by Mean Fiddler - Chickenfoot
  • Album Of The Year - Sponsored by Universal Catalogue / Lost Tunes - AC/DCBlack Ice
  • Band Of The Year - Sponsored by Guitar Hero - Iron Maiden
  • Best Reissue - Sponsored by Live Nation - Black Sabbath Reissues
  • DVD / Film Of The Year - Sponsored by - Anvil! The Story of Anvil
  • Event Of The Year - Sponsored by Alchemy - Download Festival
  • Outstanding Contribution - Sponsored by Monitor Audio - Ronnie Wood
  • Tommy Vance Inspiration Award - Sponsored by Rhino - John Bonham
  • Innovator - Sponsored by Eagle Rock - Ginger Baker
  • VIP Award - Sponsored by Dannoff Premium Vodka - Doc McGhee
  • Metal Guru - Sponsored by Bravado - Biff Byford
  • Spirit Of Prog -Sponsored by Planet Rock - Dream Theater
  • Marshall 11 Award - Sponsored by Marshall - Billy Gibbons
  • Childline Rocks Award - Steve Harley
  • Classic Songwriter - Sponsored by Sony Music -Paul Rodgers
  • Classic Album - Sponsored by Provogue - Aerosmith Rocks
  • Breakthrough - Sponsored by Rock Radio - Joe Bonamassa
  • Comeback Of The Year - Sponsored by EMI Music - Mott the Hoople
  • Living Legend - Sponsored by Marshall - Iggy Pop[4]


Held at the Sheraton Park Lane Ballroom,
Hosted by Nicky Horne.

  • Best New Band : Airbourne
  • Best Reissue : Metallica (First three albums)
  • DVD of The Year : AC/DC 'Plug Me In'
  • Band Of The Year : Foo Fighters
  • Album Of The Year : Whitesnake 'Good to be Bad'
  • The Songwriter : Peter Green
  • Showman Award : Paul Stanley
  • VIP Award : Harvey Goldsmith CBE
  • Event Of The Year : Led Zeppelin @ the O2
  • Metal Guru : MC5
  • Classic Album : Cream 'Disraeli Gears'
  • Gibson presents the Tommy Vance Inspiration Award : Syd Barrett
  • Marshall '11' Award : Slash
  • The Classic Rock / Childline Award : Bryan Adams
  • Outstanding Contribution : Jeff Beck
  • Living Legend : Ozzy Osbourne


Held at The Landmark Hotel, London
Hosted by Nicky Horne

  • Best New Band: Black Stone Cherry
  • Best Reissue: Kiss 'Alive! 1975-2000'
  • DVD of The Year: Frank Zappa Apostrophe (') / Over-Nite Sensation'
  • Album Of The Year: Porcupine Tree 'Fear of a Blank Planet'
  • Band Of The Year: Rush
  • Event Of The Year: Aerosmith
  • Classic Songwriters: Status Quo
  • Metal Guru: Tony Iommi
  • Showman Award: Jeff Wayne
  • The Classic Rock / Childline Award: Ian & Jackie Paice
  • Tommy Vance Inspiration Award: Mick Ronson
  • Outstanding Contribution: Storm Thorgerson
  • Classic Album: Meat Loaf 'Bat of Hell'
  • Comeback Of The Year: Heaven & Hell
  • Living Legend: Jimmy Page


Held at The Langham Hotel, London
Hosted by Andy Copping

  • Best New Band: Roadstar
  • Album Of The Year: Iron Maiden
  • Band Of The Year: Whitesnake
  • Best Reissue: Queen 'A Night At The Opera'
  • DVD of The Year: Whitesnake live
  • Event Of The Year: Return Of Monsters of Rock
  • Classic Songwriter: Queen
  • Comeback Of The Year: New York Dolls
  • VIP Award: Rod Smallwood
  • Tommy Vance Inspiration: Phil Lynott
  • Classic Album: Def Leppard 'Hysteria'
  • Metal Guru: Ronnie James Dio
  • Living Legend: Alice Cooper


Held at the Cafe De Paris, London
Hosted by Andy Copping

  • Best New Band: The Answer
  • Comeback of the Year: Billy Idol
  • The Showman: Arthur Brown
  • Classic Songwriter: Ian Hunter
  • The Metal Guru: Judas Priest
  • Classic Album: Deep Purple 'In Rock'
  • The Inspiration Award: Tommy Vance
  • The V.I.P.: Neil Warnock
  • The Living Legend: Lemmy Kilmister


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  2. ^ "Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards". Retrieved 24 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "Winners revealed". Retrieved 24 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "Classic Rock Roll Of Honour Awards Winners in Full". Retrieved 24 December 2011.