Welcome to GI 45, a difficult issue to put together due to the tragic death of Michael Casswell in an accident back in September. We have a tribute to Mike, a great friend of everyone on the magazine and one of our most popular writers, inside this issue. We wondered whether we should run Mike's interview with the amazing Mick Ralphs, who has been a mainstay of straight-ahead Rock guitar since the 1970s. This was the last interview Mike undertook for us and one that I know he greatly enjoyed doing, so it seems only right to run it as intended. Mick Ralphs was one of the driving forces behind Mott The Hoople and went on to found the even more successful Bad Company – I know he and Mike got on really well together, so it seemed right to share it.
We also have a few absences from this issue, due to the usual seasonal colds, flu and gigging commitments but we hope to be back to (almost) full strength for GI 46. On a much happier note, we have three Peavey Piranha amps to give away with this issue, so make sure you enter this issue's competition. Good luck and I'll see you next time!