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Foo Fighters win Classic Rock award (2008)

Foo Fighters

Story by Jack Foley

FOO Fighters were crowned band of the year at the Classic Rock awards ceremony in London on Monday night (November 3, 2008), which also celebrated the 10th anniversary of Classic Rock magazine.

Frontman Dave Grohl said he was delighted to accept the award in a speech that had been video-taped specially for the ceremony.

The band have enjoyed another prolific year, with an extensive tour including dates at London’s Wembley Stadium in the summer.

Other award recipients at the ceremony included Whitesnake, who received best album for Good To Be Bad, and Ozzy Osbourne, who was crowned a living legend. He received his award from ex-Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash.

Another guitarist, Paul Stanley of Kiss, was named showman of the year and Australian rockers Airborne were named best new band.

Led Zeppelin won event of the year for their tribute gig to Ahmet Ertegun, the late Atlantic Records boss, at London’s O2 Arena last December. And AC/DC won DVD of the year for Plug Me In.

Jeff Beck received an outstanding contribution to guitar music award, which was presented by Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood, while Pink Floyd’s Syd Barrett, who died in 2006, was posthumously honoured with the inspiration award – an award that was collected by his sister Rosemary.

Further awards were presented to Metallica, for re-issue of the year (for their first three albums) and to music promoter Harvey Goldsmith, who was delighted to receive a special award from Osbourne’s wife Sharon.

Most of the awards were voted for by readers of Classic Rock magazine and were handed out at a plush ceremony at London’s Park Lane Hotel.