2012 was the year of brand new “Classic Rock” material, with groups like Aerosmith, Van Halen, ZZ Top and Lynyrd Skynyrd all dropping LPs. From the looks of it, that trend isn’t stopping anytime soon, and next year is expected to be chock-full of great music from some of our favorite bands. To get pumped up for the New Year, we’ve gathered the Top 5 albums we’re most looking forward to in 2013; did they make your list too?
1. Bon Jovi – What About Now? – These New Jersey rockers will drop their 12th studio album on March 26th of next year. Guitarist Richie Sambora has stated that fans can expect the band’s new material to feature an upbeat sound with positive lyrics. Bon Jovi also announced the Because We Can world tour in support of the new record, with dates scheduled in North America, Europe, and South Africa beginning in February.
2. Black Sabbath –There was much rejoicing heard around the world on October 23rd last year. That’s when the band posted on their web site, “We are all set to record a new song in the studio today!” Not only are we looking forward to the new album because it’s Black Sabbath, but also because it’s being produced by the mega talented Rick Rubin and it will be group’s first album with Ozzy Osbourne on vocals since 1979. Reports have surfaced that the new Sabbath LP will be released in April, and the band is set to headline Ozzfest Japan next summer.
3. Thin Lizzy (Black Star Riders) – Out of respect for the late Phil Lynott, the remaining members of Thin Lizzy, along with the group’s new members, have decided to release their upcoming album under the name Black Star Riders. The band, which consists of singer Ricky Warwick, guitarists Scott Gorham and Damon Johnson, bassist Marco Mendoza and the newest edition, drummer Jimmy DeGrasso, is expected to hit the studio in January, with the currently entitled album due out in May via Nuclear Beast. Black Star Riders are also set to follow-up their debut LP’s release with a world tour.
4. AC/DC –Not much is yet known about the Australian rocker group’s upcoming LP, with the release date and other details still being kept under wraps. The record will be AC/DC’s first since 2008’s Black Ice and their 15th international studio album overall. The group has also hinted at a tour for 2013, which marks their 40th anniversary as a band.
5. Deep Purple – This group may not have grabbed a nomination for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year, but they’re not letting that get them down! Deep Purple has announced that they will be releasing their first new studio album in eight years on April 30th, 2013. Producer Bob Ezrin worked with the Classic Rockers to capture the group’s iconic sound, reportedly putting a little twist on it with modern techniques. The LP, which marks the band’s 19th overall, has yet to have an official title attached to it, though teasers are being posted on www.deeppurple2013.com.