The 30th anniversary edition of "Rolling Stone" arrived on newsstands in New York and L.A. on Friday, doing double duty as a "salute to women" sort of issue, and featuring on its cover, all corralled in one photo, the diva triumvirate of Courtney Love, Tina Turner and Madonna. How did they all get along at the photo session? Well, there were no shootings, but some slight differences of opinion did arise over what sort of fun music to play while the shutters snapped. Here's the first-hand word.
MADONNA: What if I don't like it? I feel like I looked like I was a Spice Girl in it. I don't know how I got talked into that outfit.
KURT LODER: So the music at the photo shoot, were you controlling it, or...
MADONNA: Well, there was a bit of a skirmish over who was going to play what. We finally agreed that every other CD was mine and every other CD was Courtney's. But the ultimate song that we ended up dancing to all the time was DMC stereo remix of the Tricky song, which is a very good song to dance to.
LODER: So Tina didn't get a chance to...
MADONNA: She didn't care. Tina was so easy, she was like, whatever, I'll wear whatever, listen to whatever. I got to become a Buddhist, that's all I have to say.
LODER: We can all learn something from her.
MADONNA: But she's been around, she like could care less. She's very cool. I like her.
LODER: So, how's Courtney? Do you think she has matured?
MADONNA: Oh yeah. Definitely.
TINA TURNER: It was like working with kids. You know, I've always had... for dancers. So they were pretending a few times that they were my dancers. We always had some pretense going on, but it was always built around me being the mother of the two in some kind of way. In terms of Tina is this and we are that, and I was laughing the whole time, honestly. If the photograph comes out with me really laughing seriously, it was because of their reaction to each other. It was wonderful.
That issue of "Rolling Stone" will filter out to the rest of the country by Tuesday.