The Year in Rock: Classic Artists to Release New Music in 2013
With the new year of 2013 comes the release of several new studio albums from classic rock and heavy metal artists. A few have already been announced, so this is a list of what is to come this year.
Album title: “13”
Expected release: June
Black Sabbath’s reunion has been the victim of bad luck so far: guitarist Tony Iommi was diagnosed with cancer a year ago while drummer Bill Ward bowed out over contractual issues. Despite Ward’s absence, “13” will be Black Sabbath’s first studio album with singer Ozzy Osbourne since 1978’s “Never Say Die.” Original bassist Geezer Butler is also in the band with Osbourne and Iommi, while Rage Against the Machine drummer Brad Wilk will take Ward’s place for the album. This will be the first album released under the Black Sabbath name since 1995’s “Forbidden,” although Iommi and Butler released an album in 2009 under the name Heaven and Hell with the late Ronnie James Dio. The new album will also be produced by the Grammy Award-winning Rick Rubin.
Black Star Riders
Album title: TBA
Expected release: May
Black Star Riders may sound like a new band but it actually is the renamed reunited version of Thin Lizzy. In 2010 a new Thin Lizzy line-up was announced, featuring Gorham, original drummer Brian Downey, and keyboardist Darren Wharton from the Phil Lynott-front version joined by three other musicians, including guitarist/singer Ricky Warwick. The new Thin Lizzy went on tour to pay tribute to their old music and their late leader, bassist/singer Phil Lynott. The band decided to record a new studio album but out of respect, they changed their name to Black Star Riders. Downey and Wharton have moved on to other projects, while Gorham and Warwick are joined by three other musicians.
Album title: The Next Day
Expected Release: March 12
On the day of his 66th birthday, David Bowie surprised fans with the announcement of the release of a brand new studio album. Apparently, Bowie and long-time producer Tony Visconti have been working on this new album in secret for two years. “The Next Day” will be Bowie’s first album since 2003’s “Reality.” As for the possibility of a tour, Visconti has said this will be unlikely although Bowie may choose to do a one-off show in support of the album.
Album title: TBA
Expected release: April
English hard rock legends Deep Purple have announced that they will be releasing a new studio album sometime this year. The band currently consists of singer Ian Gillian, guitarist Steve Morse, bassist Roger Glover, drummer Ian Paice and keyboardist Don Airey. This will be the band’s first album since 2005’s “Rapture of the Deep.”
Album title: Hope in Hell
Expected release: April/May
Canadian heavy metal band Anvil is expected to have a new studio album out this year. The band was the subject of the critically acclaimed documentary “Anvil: The Story of Anvil” in 2009. The documentary gave the band a great amount of attention as a result. “Hope In Hell” will be the band’s first album since 2011’s “Juggernaut of Justice.”
Album title: TBA
Expected release: Unknown
Queensryche has been through a lot in the last year. After a series of well publicized arguments and tensions, the band fired original singer Geoff Tate last year. This will be the band’s first album with new singer Todd LaTorre.
Album title: Love the Life You Live (rumored)
Expected release: Spring
Rod Stewart’s forthcoming album will be something he hasn’t done in quite a while: a rock album. In October Stewart said he had completed an album with all-new songs and expects it to be released sometime in the spring.