Fifty short years ago on the first day of 2012, The Beatles entered a recording studio in London to record an audition – their first – for Decca. The resulting tapes were rejected, with the label boss telling them that “guitar groups are on the way out”. Oops! As well as reliving that fateful day – from the freezing cold journey down from Liverpool, to the songs they played – in the words of all four Fabs, this issue is a celebration both of The Beatles and just how wrong the above statement has turned out to be, time and time again, over the last half a century. With loads of rarely seen photos, tonnes of archive NME quotes from John, Paul, George and Ringo, and in-depth looks at the music and the clothes and the many, many ways in which they changed the world.
Also in this issue, we head out on the road with Kasabian, as they take ‘Velociraptor!’ into arenas, with Mr. Miles Kane in support. We’re out the front, on the bus, backstage and outside Tom Meighan’s dressing room, in which ‘Come On Eileen’ is blasting out. Don’t ask.
Plus, there are all of the big questions of 2012, answered by a panel of experts, and, er, us. We’re talking everything from ‘Who’ll be the next big reunion?’ to ‘Will we see artists engaging with politics more?’ to ‘Quiffs: yay or nay?’ and more.
Finally, there’s a look at all the brilliant albums coming out in the first month of the year, and more information on how that Stone Roses reunion is shaping up.