Wood wins top rock award

Rolling Stones star Ronnie Wood has been honoured for his outstanding contribution to rock at a leading awards event.

Rolling Stones star Ronnie Wood has been honoured for his outstanding contribution to rock at a leading awards event.

The guitarist, who has also been through the ranks of the Jeff Beck Group and The Faces, was rewarded last night for his “ageless presence on the scene”, at the Classic Rock Roll Of Honour Awards.

Other stars whose musical contributions were recognised included the late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, Cream’s Ginger Baker and the punk pioneer Iggy Pop, who was named a living legend.

Wood, 62, has recently been noted more for the turbulence of his private life, after leaving wife Jo for Russian girlfriend Ekaterina Ivanova, than his musical prowess.

He has also moved into the fashion world in recent weeks with his artwork inspiring a range of clothes and accessories at London store Liberty.

Wood – who joined the Stones in the mid-70s – was presented with his award by The Who’s guitarist Pete Townshend.

The Tommy Vance Inspiration Award went to the late Bonham, who died in 1980.

Another drummer, former Cream star Ginger Baker was honoured as the Classic Rock magazine ’Innovator’ for his pioneering uses of rhythm, by bringing jazz techniques into rock.

Iggy Pop was chosen for ’Living Legend’ status because the magazine said his influence “on all subsequent hard rock, heavy metal, punk and sleaze” was “incalculable”.

Previous winners have included Alice Cooper, Lemmy and Ozzy Osbourne.

More than 30 years into their career Iron Maiden were recognised as band of the year, while AC/DC’s 'Black Ice' was the year’s best album, according to reader votes.

A group of veterans, well known to rock fans in their own right, were named best new band. Chickenfoot was formed by Van Halen’s Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani.

The event, which took place at the Park Lane Hotel in London, puts the emphasis on veteran acts and honoured Mott The Hoople – a band who formed more than 40 years ago and recently reformed after 35 years – for the comeback of the year.

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