2015 is officially in the rear-view mirror, it’s a good time to take a look at the new music we can expect to hear in the coming year. We’ve got a lot of new studio albums from top artists and veteran acts to look forward to, including David Bowie, Elton John, Cheap Trick and Graham Nash.
Bowie, who returned from a decade-long musical hiatus in 2013 by releasing The Next Day, will kick off 2016 by issuing yet another new record. The influential artist’s 28th studio album, the title of which is stylized as a black star and pronounced Blackstar, will be released January 8, his 69th birthday.
Bowie explores avant-garde electronic and experimental jazz sounds on the album, which, according to a November article in Rolling Stone, features a New York-based jazz quartet led by saxophonist Donny McCaslin. Blackstar co-producer Tony Visconti told Rolling Stone, “The goal, in many, many ways, was to avoid rock & roll.” Visconti also revealed that Bowie continues to have no interest in performing live.
Elton John’s new album, Wonderful Crazy Night, is due out February 5. The record was produced by T Bone Burnett, and features a set of mostly upbeat tunes that Elton co-wrote with his longtime songwriting partner, Bernie Taupin. Several of John’s oldest musical collaborators, including guitarist Davey Johnstone, drummer Nigel Olsson and percussionist Ray Cooper, also contributed to the project.
Cheap Trick’s latest studio effort, Bang Zoom Crazy…Hello, will hit stores on April 1, just a week before the band will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Lead singer Robin Zander told Hits Daily Double that he thinks the album is “going to be one of our best records,” maintaining that it will be a diverse collection of tunes with “flavors of 1975.”
Nash will release This Path Tonight, his first solo album since 2002’s Songs for Survivors, on April 15. The record includes 10 new compositions that the folk-rock legend co-wrote with Crosby, Stills & Nash touring guitarist Shane Fontayne. “The music has a different feel to my earlier albums although I hear echoes of each one,” Graham says of This Path Tonight. “This journey of mine was one of self-discovery, of intense creation, of absolute passion.”
Other artists with concrete plans to release new studio albums in 2016 include Panic! at the Disco, Bonnie Raitt, Megadeth, Anthrax, Bloc Party, The 1975, Dion, Wolfmother, The Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon, and Robin Trower. In addition, other stars with new projects in the works that will or may arrive in the coming year include Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, U2, Bruce Springsteen, Roger Waters, Soundgarden, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ray Davies, Radiohead, Pearl Jam, Linkin Park, Kings of Leon, The Killers, Beck, The Strokes, Gorillaz, The Struts, The Last Shadow Puppets, Of Mice & Men, and Kansas.
Here are some of the albums scheduled for release in 2016, at a glance:
8/1 – David Bowie, Blackstar
22/1 – Megadeth, Dystopia
5/2 – Elton John, Wonderful Crazy Night
19/2 – Wolfmother, Victorious
26/2 – Bonnie Raitt, Dig In Deep; Anthrax, For All Kings;
1/4 – Cheap Trick, Bang Zoom Crazy…Hello
15/4 – Graham Nash, This Path Tonight
We can also expect albums from:
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Meat Loaf – Braver Than We Are
Eddie Money – Shake That Thing
And, with any luck, albums from:
The Rolling Stones
Reissues on the way:
Jack Bruce – More Jack Than Blues – January 15th
Bob Dylan – Minneapolis Hotel Tape & The Gaslight Cafe – January 15th
Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath, Paranoid, Master of Reality and Past Lives – January 22nd
Phil Collins – Face Value, Both Sides and Take a Look At Me Now – January 29th
Grateful Dead – Dick’s Picks Vol. 2 Columbus, Ohio 10/31/71 – February 5th
Canned Heat – Internal Combustion – April 29th
Cheap Trick – One on One and Next Position Please – April 29th
Boz Scaggs – Other Roads – April 29th