2013 saw the ninth Classic Rock Roll Of Honour Awards held at London’s Roundhouse on Thursday November 14th. For the third year running Orange Amplification was headline sponsor of this world-renowned event that is one of the greatest gathering of rock stars in a single place.

Fish, a man of many talents that include being an award winning radio broadcaster and former front man of Marillion, hosted the evening.  Sitting at the main sponsor’s table was industry legend and Orange Amplification’s CEO, Cliff Copper and Damon Waller, Managing Director. Joining them all around the room were literally hundreds of rocks most illustrious stars.


Orange Amplification sponsored the Living Legend award, presented by Zakk Wylde, which was won by Black Sabbath following their triumphant return earlier this year. Back on stage together again to receive the award were Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Gezzer Butler. Black Sabbath also received the Event of the Year and Album of Year awards.

Ozzy accepts the Album of the Year award on behalf of Black Sabbath

Ozzy accepts the Album of the Year award on behalf of Black Sabbath

Several Orange endorsees received awards including Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page who was presented with the Film of the Year award and Manic Street Preachers’ James Dean Bradfield who was given The Musicians’ Union Maestro award.

Led Zeppelin received the "Film of the Year" award for Celebration Day

Led Zeppelin received the “Film of the Year” award for Celebration Day

The Temperance Movement performed an acoustic set and were also presented with the Best New Band award. The surprise act of the night was Zakk Wylde with a soulful solo performance on the piano; he later received the Metal Guru award.

Zakk Wylde on the piano: not what you'd expect!

Zakk Wylde on the piano: not what you’d expect!

The Darkness closed the evening with a blistering show full of fun, fireworks and flamethrowers, which had the acclaimed audience clapping their approval. The after show party at Dingwells saw Blackberry Smoke entertain with their own unique blend of bluegrass and country rock.  

The full list of winners is:

The Living Legend Award – Black Sabbath
Event Of The Year – Black Sabbath go to number one on the charts
Breakthrough Award – Virginmarys
The Musicians’ Union Maestro – James Dean Bradfield
Tommy Vance Inspiration Award – Rory Gallagher
Outstanding Contribution – Mott the Hoople
Classic Album – Blues Breakers With Eric Clapton by John Mayall
VIP Award – Shep Gordon
Metal Guru – Zakk Wylde
Best New Band – The Temperance Movement
Album Of The Year – 13 by Black Sabbath
Reissue Of The Year – Rumours (35th anniversary edition) by Fleetwood Mac
Film Of The Year – Celebration Day by Led Zeppelin
Band Of The Year – The Rolling Stones
Spirit Of Prog – Alex Lifeson
The Showmen – The Darkness
Innovator – Wilko Johnson

About the author of this post: Dave Phillips is a PR specialist, photographer, and author of “A Drummer’s Perspective.”

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