Week in Review: Pink Floyd Revisit 'The Dark Side of the Moon'

Also: Radiohead rocks New York, Metallica teams up with Lou Reed and R.E.M.'s exit interview

September 30, 2011 5:35 PM ET
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An inflatable pig flies above the Battersea Power Station to commemorate the 35th anniversary of Pink Floyd's 'Animals' album.
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The surviving members of Pink Floyd reunited, more or less, for Rolling Stone's new cover story: With Floyd re-releasing their entire catalog, David Gilmour, Roger Waters and Nick Mason all spoke with senior writer Brian Hiatt for our latest issue, on stands and available through Rolling Stone All Access now. In addition to the cover story, we published interviews with drummer Nick Mason, graphic designer Storm Thorgerson and producer Alan Parsons, and talked to artists such as Billy Corgan and Erykah Badu about their love of the band's classic record The Dark Side of the Moon.

Also, Rolling Stone talked to R.E.M.'s Mike Mills about the band calling it quits after three decades, went behind the scenes of Metallica and Lou Reed's new collaborative album, learned about the Beach Boys' plans for their 50th anniversary and chatted with Blink-182, Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, Jane's Addiction's Perry Farrell and Peter Gabriel about their latest projects. We also reviewed hot concerts by Radiohead, Elton John, Lindsey Buckingham and TV on the Radio.

Photos: Radiohead Return to New York

Plus, we took the Misfits toy shopping in New York and talked to Tori Amos about her new classical album, and John Doe performed an acoustic set at our studio. We also analyzed this week's pop charts, looked back on this week in rock history and, as always, reviewed all the week's biggest releases.

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On the pop culture front, Peter Travers tossed all the worst movies of September into the Scum Bucket, checked in with Beastie Boy Ad-Rock's appearance on Top Chef: Just Desserts, and recapped the latest episodes of X Factor, The Sing-Off, Jersey Shore, Boardwalk Empire and Glee.

Photos: Random Notes
We also posted a gallery of your favorite R.E.M. songs of all time as determined by your votes. Our question for you this week is: What is the worst song of the Eighties? You can answer on our website, at facebook.com/rollingstone, or on Twitter using the #weekendrock hashtag.

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