It’s been another memorable year for fans of rock and metal and as we get ready to wave goodbye to 2009 we look back on the best and worst of the last 12 months.

Nothing’s ever perfect but while some things came pretty close others simply died a suitably swift death.

We can’t wait for what promises to be another fantastic year for fans of all things loud and heavy.

And rushonrock will be with you every steop of the way throughout 2010. But for now let’s look back at the year just gone.

RUSHONROCK’S 2009 HIGHLIGHTS:

1. Classic Rock Sunday at Download

2. The rise of Steel Panther

3. Vinyl’s continued resurgence

4. Shinedown’s UK breakthough

5. Gun’s best new songs for 20 years

RUSHONROCK’S 2009 LOW POINTS:

1. Spinal Tap’s ill-advised comeback

2. Getting puked on en route to AC/DC concert in Glasgow

3. Getting stuck in an ill-fitting T-shirt at AC/DC concert in Glasgow

4. Megadeth at Newcastle Academy

5. Hard Rock Hell’s fried chicken