In the How To Survive Rock’n’Roll special December issue of Q we have the tips of endurance headed up by returning punk veterans Green Day. 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.
PLUS: There’s a 34-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 Brian Molko invites Q round his place to talk through Placebo’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, 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