Gibson Name The Most Anticipated Rock Releases of 2014
1. Bruce Springsteen: For someone at his level, Bruce Springsteen is way more productive than he needs to be, having released five albums in the past ten years. On January 14 it is time for High Hopes, a collection of covers, and reworked unreleased material. Some of the recording for the album took place while on tour in Australia earlier in the year when Tom Morello was filling in for Steven Van Zandt. Morello is reportedly playing on eight of the album's twelve tracks, which also feature late E Street Band members Danny Federici and Clarence Clemons.
2. U2: Could this be the biggest release of 2014? U2 bassist Adam Clayton has said that he hopes the band will wrap up recording for their next studio album before the holidays. "We're in the studio. We're trying to get these 12 songs absolutely right and get them finished by the end of November, and then we can kind of enjoy Christmas," Clayton said on 98 FM's Dermot and Dave show. Rumor has it that the band will announce the new album for an April release during a Super Bowl commercial. If the new U2 song "Ordinary Love" is any indication of the band's sound for the upcoming album we are in for something very special.
3. Metallica: It's been five years since Metallica released their latest studio album, Death Magnetic. In the years since its release, James Hetfield and the boys have been busy doing extensive touring, and working on their 3D movie Metallica Through The Never that came out in September. But both Hetfield, and bassist Robert Trujillo have hinted at 2014 being the year that the band record their next album. Said Hetfield in an interview with Oakland Press : "Hopefully it happens soon. I'm itchin'. We have tons of material to sift through. That takes a lot of time, because there's a lot of great stuff," said Hetfield. In terms of a timeframe for when recordings will start, Hetfield said: "We go full-throttle into something and multitasking is not what we're after. So the next record will hopefully start some time in the spring." Trujillo told Classic Rock: "In 2014 it'll be all about getting new music – without any interruptions, hopefully." Does this mean we can expect a new Metallica album to hit the shelves in late 2014? In any case we're keeping our fingers crossed.
4. Foo Fighters: After what was probably the shortest hiatus in history, workaholic Foo Fighters main man Dave Grohl revealed back in August that the band's next album has already been written. "It's a little way off – it's not ready to happen right now, but I think next year is going to be a really big year for the Foo Fighters without question. It's going to be great, I can't wait." Grohl told XFM when asked about when recording will start. Foo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiflett echoed Grohl's statement in an interview with Rolling Stone, saying: "We're going to start recording the new Foo Fighters record at the beginning of next year."
5. Slash: Despite Myles Kennedy being busy touring with his band Alter Bridge at the moment, it looks as though the singer will get together with Slash to record a new album during 2014. Back in July Slash told The Salt Lake Tribune that he had started working on demos for his third solo album: "We're actually working up the next one as we speak. Myles has a new album coming out and then a tour, so it'll be after that. But I'm working on material, I'll send it to him, and he'll come in and record. It'll be out early next year." Myles Kennedy confirmed the plans in an interview with Billboard: "We'll probably get together here later with the other guys, start chipping away at some things, and the goal is to record it next year." See who else made the list.
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