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Rolling Stone Australia August 2017

Rolling Stone is one of Australia’s longest-running magazines. Since 1971 it has been the premier music & entertainment magazine in Australia. It reflects both global and Australian popular culture with passion, honesty and attitude.

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Thank the Lorde I REALLY DIDN’T THINK Lorde could pull it off again, but I’ve been proven wrong. Thanks for the great story, RS [RS 788] – Ella remains a huge inspiration for me and millions of young women around the world. Shelley Field Castle Hill, NSW Legendary Lady LOVED TINA ARENA’S HONES- ty in your Living Legends feature [RS 788]. Her insight into the treatment of women in the industry – particularly those who are ageing – was enlightening without being bitter. She’s as honest as she is a class act – no wonder she’s had such a long career in the music industry. Bailey Rimrose Maroochydore, QLD Holy Smokes LET’S GET THIS STRAIGHT. According to John Mellencamp [RS 788] he invented modern country and thinks glorifying smoking is a good idea because it’s been “great…

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TELEVISION GAME OF THRONES SEASON SEVEN Winter is finally here? Follow all the action of the hit show’s penultimate season IN-DEPTH SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS We report back from the Byron Bay festival, this year headlined by Queens of the Stone Age and LCD Soundsystem. EXCLUSIVE FIFTY YEARS OF ROLLING STONE Half a century on from the magazine’s humble start, we highlight all that has shaped the masthead’s unique voice. WATCH LIVE AT THE RS OFFICE This month we present intimate performances from Brightness, Ayla, Ben Wright Smith and more. MUSIC NEWS, AROUND THE CLOCK Get breaking music news from ROLLING STONE’s award-winning staff of writers and reporters 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at RollingStoneAus.com FOLLOW US ON GETTY IMAGES; COURTESY; BRANTLEY GUTIERREZ…

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random notes

U Classic 2’s Return U2 are flooring fans with the 30th anniversary tour of their classic album The Joshua Tree, but that doesn’t mean Bono isn’t a bit self-conscious about it. “It’s so not us to throw ourselves a birthday party. We didn’t know if we could pull off a tour that honours The Joshua Tree without it being nostalgic – that’s an oxymoron.” SPLIT DECISION Ty Taylor showed London how to rock at a Vintage Trouble show in Shepherd’s Bush. M.I.A.’S MELTDOWN It’s been a while since M.I.A. caused a ruckus of her own, which made her the natural choice to curate London’s annual Meltdown festival, which she also headlined. NEW JEWEL Killer Mike and El-P of Run the Jewels checked out the virtual-reality video for their track “Crown” in Boston. Touch of Green Before Dead & Co.…

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metallica’s monster shows

‘DO YOU ALWAYS do that?” James Hetfield asks Lars Ulrich with a hint of agitation in his voice. The two are facing each other in the “Tuning Room”, where they typically rehearse before a show. They’re trying to get their 1991 classic “Wherever I May Roam” right, but Ulrich is playing a strange off-kilter rhythm. Fifteen years ago, this might have resulted in a long, teary group-therapy session. But today, Hetfield drops the issue and lets Ulrich play the song his own way while exchanging grins with the rest of the band. This is how Metallica are operating on their first North American tour in eight years (and first stadium run in nearly 20): loose and easygoing, but also sensitive to one another’s feelings. “We know where all the nuclear buttons…

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fleetwood mac’s new spinoff

BACK IN 2014, SOMETHING WON- derful happened to Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie. They tried writing songs together for the first time in ages – taking a tentative, low-stakes approach – and were overjoyed to discover that “within the first hour”, as Buckingham puts it, “it was like, ‘Holy shit, whatever we used to have—’” “—is still there,” says McVie, sitting a metre away. It’s mid-May, and the Fleetwood Mac icons are on a soundstage in L.A., about to rehearse. Those new songs grew into an album, Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie, which will imminently give way to a new tour, so they’ve booked this space for five weeks of practice. The pair’s success was in no way guaranteed. Sure, back in the late Seventies, while working on Rumours and Tusk, McVie wrote…

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royal blood

1 Their debut was an unexpected smash Royal Blood’s 2014 self-titled debut LP was partially self-funded, and written when they didn’t have a fanbase. It went on to earn the duo – bassist-vocalist Mike Kerr and drummer Ben Thatcher – a BRIT Award for Best British Group, and led to them playing more than 300 shows around the world, including festivals such as Coachella and Splendour in the Grass. “It wasn’t a huge thing to endure,” says Kerr of the trajectory. “It was about keeping up with the pace of it and trying to enjoy it rather than freak out.” 2 So they repeated the formula on its follow-up, right? “The whole thing was about resisting that really,” says Kerr. “Some of those songs [on the debut] are five years old, I wrote…