The magazine carries one of Jon’s final interviews – from June 2012 – focusing on the story behind the album:
– My role during [the recording of Machine Head] was to provide the musical ballast, some structure for the chords, polish it, and enhance the melodic sensibilities of it. I thought [Smoke on the Water] was a cracking riff and I love the chord change in the chorus – C, to A major, to G – I do like that. I have a feeling that was mine, ha, Jon says in the interview.
The Machine Head special issue comes with a CD of re-recorded tracks from the album by artists such as Joe Bonamassa, Chickenfoot, Santana, Iron Maiden, Glenn Hughes and others.
Another segment of Jon’s interview was published in Classic Rock’s September issue.