There are rockstars, and there are legends... And then there's Murray Cook. In our exclusive one-on-one interview with the ex-red Wiggle and current shredhead-in-chief of The Soul Movers, Australian Guitar dives deep on the price of fame, the (unexpected) future of music, and of course, Cook's stunning guitar collection.
Ahead of their final ever Australian tour, we get down to the wire with KISS on why their legacy will never truly die. We go hard and heavy with Periphery, learn how Frank Iero came back from the brink of death with a cracking new album, riff on the tender new work of Duff McKagan, follow The Dream Syndicate on their journey down a new path, and figure out how to strike the perfect balance of narrative and sound with Catfish And The Bottlemen.
On the local side, we dig into the background behind the criminally great new album from Jimmy Barnes, join The Best Of Luck Club with Alex Lahey, get messy at the Iguana with Polish Club, learn how Tal Wilkenfeld found her voice, and give that whole "optimism" thing a spin with Ceres. We also celebrate the joys of nostalgia with Eskimo Joe, get our punk on with Clowns, swoon way too hard over Dean Lewis, and go full Kemper-goth with The Beautiful Monument.
Still not enough top notch interviews for ya? How about an exclusive yarn with Fender Custom Shop master builder Rob Thorn, who took on the monumental task of crafting three guitars fit for royalty in celebration of the long-awaited Game Of Thrones finale?
When we're not shredding out on our own guitars, or talking to those who do, you can find us deep in the mosh pit, soaking in the riffs like UV rays in a Queensland summer. And in this issue of Australian Guitar, we're looking back on two of the country's biggest music festivals: Bluesfest and Download. We're also getting ourselves hyped up for this year's Melbourne Guitar Show, which is creeping up shockingly quick!
And as always, we’ve got a stack of hot new gear reviews – including the crash-hot Fender American Performer Strat and Tele combo, an all-new Music Man JP Majesty model, and a stunningly special Gibson Custom Shop Les Paul valued at almost $12,000 – as well as all the usual lesson and technique columns, album reviews (including our take on the polarising new Rammstein opus) and producer profile. Plus, we're celebrating the 30th anniversary of Nirvana's classic Bleach album with the exclusive full tablature for “Come As You Are”.
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