The Classic Rock Awards 2016 + Live Performance

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Key Points
  • Classic Rock Roll Of Honour held in Tokyo, Japan
  • Kirk Hammett and Def Leppard’s Phil Collen Join Cheap Trick, Joe Walsh, Richie Sambora and Orianthi for A Celebration Of Jeff Beck at this year’s Classic Rock Roll Of Honour Awards.
  • Shortlist nominations announced – voting open now at
  • Big Big Train Win Two Awards For Live Event and Band of the Year
  • Friday November 11, 2016
    Ryogoku Sumo Hall, Tokyo, Japan

TeamRock and KLab Entertainment today revealed the third round of artists for the Classic Rock Awards 2016 + Live Performance. This year’s event is the first ever in the series to be held in Japan.

The third round of artists announced for the event features Kirk Hammett and Def Leppard’s Phil Collen.

Kirk Hammett has gained international fame as the much-celebrated lead guitarist of perhaps the greatest heavy metal band of all time, Metallica. The band, now celebrating their 35th anniversary, have won numerous awards including Grammys, and recorded many US Billboard chart-topping hits. Recently inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Metallica truly fit the definition 'legend of rock'. Kirk Hammett has also flexed his creative muscles in the business arena, founding his own guitar effects pedal company, KHDK.

Phil Collen is the lead guitarist with Def Leppard, one of Britain’s biggest and most successful rock bands, who recorded mega-hit albums such as Hysteria and Pyromania that changed the face of rock forever. In 2015 the ever-popular band celebrated 35 years since their debut album. A lover of blues-tinged hard rock, Phil Collen last year launched his blues-rooted side project Delta Deep, garnering international attention and proving that he still has much to contribute to the world of music.

This year’s Classic Rock Roll Of Honour Awards is the first in the acclaimed series of awards events ever to be held in Japan. Divided into two parts, the evening consists of an awards ceremony plus live performances by a number of rock's true living legends. The list of guests of honour who will be appearing on the night includes Jeff Beck, Cheap Trick, Joe Walsh, Kirk Hammett and Phil Collen. Come November all eyes will be on Tokyo as the world of rock descends upon the city for a night of unforgettable entertainment.

The Classic Rock Roll Of Honour 2016 includes four categories voted for by the public, and voting for Best New Band, Album Of The Year, Band Of The Year and Reissue Of The Year is now open at

Siân Llewellyn, Editor of Classic Rock, says, “First London, then Los Angeles and now Japan. Last November we announced our intention to take the Classic Rock Roll Of Honour to Tokyo, and today we’re delighted to open the public vote. With brilliant new bands to celebrate and fantastic releases from the last 12-months to consider, whittling down the shortlist proved a tougher task than ever. But we got there in the end!

“We’re also delighted to announce more incredible six-string talent for our show. In what will be an epic night of the guitars, Kirk Hammett and Def Leppard’s Phil Collen will now join Cheap Trick, Joe Walsh, Richie Sambora and Orianthi in an evening that celebrates the incomparable maestro Jeff Beck… Classic Rock? Big in Japan? Damn straight."

The nominees in this year’s categories are:

Category Nominees
Best New Band
Recognising the finest new blood in rock ’n’ roll
  • Tax The Heat
  • A Thousand Horses
  • The Struts
  • Whiskey Myers
  • Ming City Rockers
  • The Record Company
Album Of The Year
The records that rocked our world over the past 12 months
  • David Gilmour – Rattle That Lock
  • Clutch – Psychic Warfare
  • Jeff Lynne’s ELO – Alone In The Universe
  • Def Leppard – Def Leppard
  • The Temperance Movement – White Bear
  • Iggy Pop – Post Pop Depression
Band Of The Year
Honouring the group that made the biggest waves in rock'n'roll during the past 12 months
  • AC/DC
  • Black Sabbath
  • Jeff Lynne’s ELO
  • Iron Maiden
  • Guns N' Roses
Reissue Of The Year
Recognising the very best in rock re-releases
  • Ramones – Ramones (40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)
  • When Slade Rocked The World 1971-1975
  • Fleetwood Mac – Tusk
  • Metallica – The Complete Studio Recordings
  • Queen – The Studio Collection
  • Alex Harvey – The Last Of The Teenage Idols

The Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards takes place on November 11 at the Ryogoku Sumo Hall, Tokyo, Japan.


Notes to Editors

Team Rock is the global home of Rock and Metal music. It provides unrivalled access to the world's very best Rock and Metal content through a data-driven, multi-media content creation and distribution platform which is rapidly becoming the go-to destination for fans and artists alike. Owner of the leading Rock and Metal brands TeamRock, Classic Rock, Metal Hammer and Prog, TeamRock engages with fans through websites and apps for mobile and desktop, digital and print magazines, gaming and retail. TeamRock is backed by Harwood Private Equity.

About Parallel Contemporary Music International (PCMI)
Parallel Contemporary Music International (PCMI) is the appointed representative of TeamRock in Asia. Its sister company, Parallel Contemporary Music (PCM) is a sponsorship and marketing agency for music rights across the region. PCM has over 10 years of experience in the Asian music marketplace and has worked with some of the biggest brands in the world. PCM has experience completing sponsorship deals and being instrumental to the creation of new music ventures. Through its associated music business, PCM has secured underwriting for an annual dance music event in Tokyo from 2016 and launched collaboration with Google/YouTube to create CenterStage in Asia, the first edition of which took place at Bon Jovi's concert in September 2015, Indonesia.

About KLab/ KLab Entertainment
KLab offers high-quality mobile online games designed and developed in-house. KLab Entertainment is a KLab subsidiary company which specialises in events and licensing business. KLab Entertainment will utilise KLab’s knowhow of obtaining IP to continue to organise a variety of events. KLab group, by fusing the planning ability of KLab Entertainment and the technical strength of KLab, will grow into substantial entertainment company.

Event overview
The Classic Rock Awards 2016 + Live Performance.

Featured artists
Newly added: Kirk Hammett, Phil Collen

Previously confirmed: Jeff Beck, Cheap Trick, Richie Sambora, Orianthi, Joe Walsh, Slot Machine.

More to be announced.

A full list of performing artists will be announced via the official website at a later date.

Voting details
Launch date: Wednesday, August 10, 2016


Hashtag: #classicrockawards

Event details
Date: Friday, November 11, 2016

Place: Ryogoku Kokugikan Stadium, Tokyo, Japan

Time: Doors open at 5pm, ceremony starts at 6pm (schedule to be confirmed)

Limited-edition ticket packages
Personal Sponsorship Package: JPY 300,000 (tax included)

Platinum VIP Package: JPY 150,000 (tax included)

Gold VIP Package: JPY 60,000 (tax included)

General ticketing
General A-Class Ticket: JPY 18,000 (tax included)

The Classic Rock Awards 2016 Official Website