Guns N’ Roses’ Duff McKagan hails Pink Floyd and ZZ Top at Classic Rock Awards

ZZ Top bag the Living Legend award

Pink Floyd, ZZ Top, The Damned and Status Quo were all honoured at the Classic Rock Awards last night (November 13).

The ceremony was hosted by Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver and Loaded bassist Duff McKagan, who urged musicians to get behind the Help For Heroes charity.

ZZ Top bagged the Living Legend award, which was announced by 2011’s winner, guitarist Jeff Beck. Meanwhile, Rival Sons picked up the Breakthough Act Of The Year gong for their second album ‘Head Down’.

Russ Ballard – who penned tracks such as Rainbow’s 1980 hit ‘Since You’ve Been Gone’ and Argent’s ‘God Gave Rock And Roll To You’, which was later covered by Kiss – picked up the Classic Songwriter award.

The full list of winners at the Classic Rock Awards were as follows:

The Living Legend Award – ZZ Top
Event Of The Year – Ginger Raises £250k
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!’
VIP 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