This week Rolling Stone went behind the scenes of Pink Floyd’s historic reunion at a recent Roger Waters gig in London, which, as it turns out, wasn’t entirely planned in advance. Rolling Stone also got the exclusive scoop on Super Heavy, Mick Jagger’s new supergroup featuring Dave Stewart, Joss Stone, Damian Marley and Indian film composer A.R. Rahman, as well as Rufus Wainwright’s plans to record a new album with Mark Ronson. We also talked to Paul McCartney about his upcoming covers album, provided track-by-track breakdowns of Lady Gaga’s Born This Way and Bon Iver’s Bon Iver, and reviewed hot shows by soul legend Aretha Franklin and hip-hop upstarts Odd Future.
Plus, Swedish indie rockers the Raveonettes performed a brief acoustic set at our office, noise-folk singer EMA was named our latest Artist to Watch, we analyzed this week’s pop charts, 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 chatted with Donnie Wahlberg about his role on the hit CBS cop show Blue Bloods and his summer tour with New Kids on the Block, and reviewed Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, which he says is “infected with the repetitive action and blathering incoherence that scuttled its predecessors.” Also, in her recaps of American Idol, Mallika Rao commented on Beyoncé’s mentorship of the contestants and said goodbye to Haley Reinhart. Rao also checked in on the progress of NBC’s new singing competition The Voice, and Erica Futterman reviewed this week’s totally absurd episode of Glee.
The final round of the Choose the Cover of Rolling Stone contest has begun! After over half a million votes were cast online, the 16 acts vying for the cover of Rolling Stone – as well as an Atlantic Records contract – have been narrowed down to two finalists: Canadian boogie rockers the Sheepdogs and Los Angeles singer-songwriter Lelia Broussard. If you’re not already familiar with the bands, you can check out videos, free downloads and interviews, or catch them when they play an epic battle of the bands at the Bonnaroo festival on Saturday, June 11th. Vote for your favorite now!
We also posted a gallery of your Top 10 favorite Bob Dylan songs of all time, as determined by your votes on Facebook and Twitter. Our question for you this weekend is: What is Pink Floyd’s greatest song? You can answer on our website, on facebook.com/rollingstone or on Twitter with the #weekendrock hashtag.
LAST WEEK: Rolling Stone Pays Tribute to Bob Dylan