After months of delays, Bono and the Edge’s musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark finally debuted on Broadway this week and Rolling Stone was there. Evie Nagy reviewed the production, which she says is no longer such a trainwreck, but has sadly lost some of its “tragic glory” since becoming a competent, crowd-pleasing show. We also talked to Bono and the Edge about the rebooted show. “I really believe in these tunes,”says Bono. “I really believe in the creative team.”
Rolling Stone also chatted with the Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl about his band’s hilarious new tour rider, talked to Fountains of Wayne about their dark new album Sky Full of Holes, and caught up with rapper Rick Ross and controversial dancehall star Vybz Kartel. We also reviewed some of the week’s biggest concerts, including Britney Spears’ tour kickoff in Sacramento, Mötley Crüe’s pyro-heavy gig at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, Sade’s sultry set in Baltimore and the Monkees’ performance at Manhattan’s Beacon Theater.
Plus, country singer-songwriter Tristen performed a brief acoustic set at our office, visionary beatmaker Clams Casino 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 reviewed the sci-fi super hero flick Green Lantern, which he says is “comic book movie hell,” and the “vital, indispensible” documentary Page One: Inside The New York Times. Also, Mallika Rao recapped the latest episode of The Voice and provided power rankings for the show’s four singing groups.
The Choose the Cover contest gained momentum this week, as finalists Lelia Broussard and the Sheepdogs both rocked out at Bonnaroo and appeared in a funny segment on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Time is running out, so be sure to check out both bands and vote for your favorite now – voting closes on July 1st!
We also posted a gallery of your Top 10 favorite album covers of all time, as determined by your votes on Facebook and Twitter. In honor of Father’s Day, our question for you this weekend is: What is the best song about fathers or fatherhood? You can answer on our website, on facebook.com/rollingstone or on Twitter with the #weekendrock hashtag.