Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Led Zeppelin lead list of Rockers To Watch in 2014

The calendar has flipped into the New Year, and hennemusic has a look at the rock forecast for 2014.

Here’s a list of the Top 10 rockers to watch for:

01 – Led Zeppelin
The band will launch a full catalog reissue campaign this year, with newly-remastered albums set to feature a companion disc of unreleased material, according to Jimmy Page.

02 – U2
The band will return this spring with the follow-up to 2009’s “No Line On The Horizon.” Danger Mouse has been producing the project, and reports indicate U2 are currently shopping for brand partners to announce the album via a Super Bowl commercial.

03 – Foo Fighters
Dave Grohl & Co. are working on the follow-up to 2011’s “Wasting Light.” Butch Vig is producing the project, which Grohl says is being made in a way that no one’s ever done before…without elaborating or giving that secret away.

04 – Metallica
The metal icons have been busy touring the past few years while stockpiling riffs for future use, and they say they’re planning to hit the studio in 2014. At least one new Metallica track will surface this year, as the group has committed to playing one new tune on their summer "Metallica By Request" tour of Europe…while fans vote to select the other 17 songs for each concert.

05 - KISS
The band will make the loudest noise at their induction into the 2014 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in New York on April 10. After years of slamming the institution, the band whipped the KISS Army into a frenzy to win the fan-voted ballot. Now, the question fans want to know is will the original lineup reunite one more time for the historical event.

06 – Rolling Stones
With three-quarters of the band’s remaining members over 70 (Ron Wood’s the baby at 66), the Stones will continue to play live this year with dates already announced for the United Arab Emirates, Australia, New Zealand and Asia.

07 – The Beatles
The band will sell 1964’s US invasion of Beatlemania all over again on its 50th anniversary. This month, the group releases a 13-disc box set, “The U.S. Albums.” The package celebrates the Beatles arrival in New York on February 7, 1964, and the February 9 appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, which was viewed by more than 74 million in the States (40% of the population), a record at the time and considered a watershed moment in pop culture. A Lifetime Achievement Award from the Grammys will be issued later this month, as well.

08 – Motorhead
The band returns to live action in February following a series of postponed shows and tours due to Lemmy’s health issues. All eyes will be on the legendary frontman as he returns to the stage in support of the group’s new album, “Aftershock.”

09 – Queen
Queen have been working on unreleased tracks by Freddie Mercury for eventual release. Brian May and Roger Taylor are recording music to accompany Freddie’s vocals, as they did with 1995’s “Made In Heaven” album. There’s also a few songs Mercury recorded with Michael Jackson in the 1980s that are expected to see the light of day.

10 – New releases

A short list of confirmed and possible new music and memoirs in 2014.

The Scorpions – “MTV Unplugged” (Jan 14)
Bruce Springsteen – “High Hopes” (Jan 14)
The Beatles – “The U.S. Albums” (Jan 21)
Metallica – “Through the Never” (DVD) (Jan 28)
Paul Rodgers - “The Royal Sessions” (Feb 4)
Heart – “Fanatic Live From Caesars Colosseum” (DVD) (Feb 25)
Sebastian Bach – “Give ‘Em Hell” (Mar 25)
James Durbin – “Celebrate” (Apr 8)

Alice Cooper (covers album)
Billy Idol
The Cult
Def Leppard
Guns N’ Roses
Judas Priest
Robert Plant
Rush – “Rush” (40th Anniversary Reissue)


Paul Stanley – “Face the Music: A Life Exposed” (Apr 22)
Joe Perry – “Rocks: My Life In And Out Of Aerosmith” (Oct 5)
Carlos Santana (tba)