Rolling Stone caught up with Kid Rock at the kickoff of the latest leg of his Born Free tour in Milwaukee this weekend, and learned that the rocker has plans to record a brand new album later this year. Rock isn’t quite sure what the next record will be like – he says it may end up being an eclectic mix like his 1998 breakthrough Devil Without a Cause – but he’s hoping to lock in Rick Rubin as the producer.
We also talked to former Yes frontman Jon Anderson about getting fired from the band, learned that Styx have no plans to reunite with ex-singer Dennis DeYoung, discovered the Pixies’ plans to record their first album since 1991, previewed the forthcoming Jay-Z/Kanye West collaborative album Watch the Throne and chatted with Incubus about their weeklong run of shows at a storefront in Los Angeles. Rolling Stone was also at some of the week’s hottest shows, including the Warped Tour in Southern California and the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, which featured performances from Usher, Mary J. Blige and Kanye West.
Plus, Lafayette, Louisiana indie pop band Givers performed a brief live set at our office, Kanye West protegé Big Sean was named our latest Artist to Watch, we analyzed this week’s pop charts, listed off the most exciting new tour kickoffs, looked back on this week in rock history and, as always, we reviewed all the week’s biggest new releases.
On the pop culture front, Peter Travers ranted about the runaway success of the truly awful Transformers 3 in a Damn You, Hollywood! rant and expressed disappointment in Horrible Bosses and Larry Crowne, two movies that waste the talent of charming actors on lousy writing. Also, Erica Futterman recapped the latest episode of HBO’s sexy vampire drama True Blood.
We also posted a gallery of your Top 10 favorite Queens of Pop, as determined by your votes on Facebook and Twitter. Our question for you this weekend is: Which musician is the best dancer of all time? You can answer on our website, on facebook.com/rollingstone or on Twitter with the #weekendrock hashtag.