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The December issue of Q is a How To Survive Rock’n’Roll special, with the tips of endurance headed up by returning punk veterans Green Day. On sale from Tuesday 18th October, Q hits the road with the trio to hear about the resurrection of Billie Joe Armstrong and how the singer put himself back together after his very public breakdown in 2012. “There was some sort of higher power saying, “Billie, you better look after your life.” It was time for me to take care of my addiction to drugs and alcohol,” Armstrong tells Andrew Perry.
Equally as durable, Metallica explain how they are still going strong after 35 years at the forefront of rock music. Mark Blake travels to New York as the metal quartet launch their tenth album and hears that, despite being one of the biggest bands in the world for three decades, they still feel like messed-up outsiders.
There’s also a 14-page exclusive interview with guitar icon Johnny Marr, who guides Dorian Lynskey through the secrets of the albums he’s worked on over his career. “Whether The Smiths defines me doesn’t bother me,” he says, “you’re lucky to be known for anything.” Elsewhere, Madness map out their career for Tom Doyle and Placebo's Brian Molko invites Q round his place to talk through his group's longevity. Having David Bowie as a mentor obviously helped.
There’s a feature with chart-topping indie-rockers Blossoms, who take Simon Goddard on the road with them, and The 1975 are the latest band to be grilled by fans in this month’s Cash For Questions. They open up about working with One Direction and ponder whether Jeremy Paxman would look good in leather. This month’s Q Maverick is prolific poet and rapper Kate Tempest and we travel to Las Vegas for an all-access live feature with The Killers as they play their second album in full at its namesake hotel and casino Sam’s Town.
The Q Review section is your music guide for all the latest releases, with reviews of new albums from Empire Of The Sun, Courteeners, Pretenders, Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, Robbie Williams and Leonard Cohen and many more.
Get your copy – in print or on digital – on sale from Tuesday, 18th October 2016.