ROCK NEWS - Archive 2009

DECEMBER

 

Black Label Society will enter the studio in January 2010 to begin work on their new album. The disc will be the first since the band's departure from Roadrunner Records and is expected to be released in June.

 

Avenged Sevenfold drummer James Owen Sullivan, better known by his stage name 'The Rev', was found dead in his Huntington Beach home on December 28 at approximately 1 p.m., according to the Orange County Register. He was 28 years old. The Orange County Coroner's Office is investigating his death but at this time the SoCal musician is thought to have died of natural causes.

 

Steven Tyler has entered a rehabilitation facility to treat an addiction to painkillers after months of rumors and uncertainty about the Aerosmith's future.

 

The Goo Goo Dolls plan to have their next album, "Something For The Rest Of Us", finished in February 2010 and out in late spring.

 

NME.com reports Ozzy Osbourne has titled his new album "Soul Sucka". Produced by Osbourne and Kevin Chruko the disc is due out in the summer of 2010.

 

Butch Walker will release his new album, "I Liked It Better When You Had No Heart", on February 23, 2010. A vinyl release is due on February 2.

 

Deftones have set April 27, 2010 as the release date for their as-yet-untitled new album. Earlier this year the band decided to hold off on releasing their latest recording "Eros", they plan to release eventually in the future.

 

Rumors recently began swirling that guitarist John Frusciante had quit The Red Hot Chili Peppers, for the second time in his career. Now Frusciante has confirmed the news, in a MySpace blog. Frusicante says he quit the Chili Peppers over a year ago, while the band was on an indefinite hiatus.

 

Melissa Auf Der Maur will release her second solo album, "Out Of Our Minds", on March 13, 2010.

 

Coheed And Cambria's fifth studio album, "Year Of The Black Rainbow", is slated for release in April 2010.

 

In This Moment will being recording their third album in February, a summer 2010 releases is currently planned.

 

Every Time I Die vocalist Keith Buckley has teamed with Scott Ian and Rob Caggiano from Anthrax and Fall Out Boy guitarist Joe Trohman and drummer Andy Hurley to form The Damned Things. The band is currently demoing tracks for their debut album with recording expected to begin later this month.

 

Eric Woolfson, co-founder of The Alan Parsons Project, passed away Tuesday, December 2, at the age of 64. Woolfson had been battling cancer for a long time. He co-founded the Project with Parsons in the mid-'70s and co-wrote 10 albums with him, including all their lyrics and lead vocals on many songs.

 

Arcade Fire, the acclaimed Canadian indie Rock band that exploded onto the international scene with 2003's "Funeral", is nearing completion of its as-yet-untitled third album. The disc, which according to Billboard sources is currently on track for a May 2010 release, will be the group's first set of new material since 2007's "Neon Bible".

 

What began as a hiatus as turned into the end of Live after more than twenty years as a band. In a message to fan club members guitarist Chad Taylor stated the move is a result of a legal controversy between frontman Ed Kowalczyk and the remaining band members.

 

Kerrang! magazine reports that Limp Bizkit have titled their new record "Gold Cobra". The disc will be the first since 2005's "The Unquestionable Truth (Part 1)" and the first with the group's original line-up since "Chocolate Starfish And The Hot Dog Flavored Water". A release is expected in early 2010.

 

The Bachman-Turner Overdrive principals Randy Bachman and Fred Turner have reunited to record the title-track of Bachman's next album, "Rock 'n' Roll Is The Only Way Out". It is expected to arrive next fall.

 

The Whigs will release their third album, "In The Dark", on March 2, 2010, via ATO Records.

 

According to The Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas, the band is slated to get back together in January 2010 after spending five months earlier this year working “on a bunch of songs” for the group's fourth album. The Strokes will make their return to the stage next summer as one of the headliners of the 2010 Isle Of Wight Festival.

 

 

NOVEMBER

 

Damon Albarn tells the U.K.'s Guardian that the third official Gorillaz album will be titled "Plastic Beach". He revealed a number of guest stars making cameos on the record, including Lou Reed, Barry Gibb and more.

 

Sade will make her comeback early next year, the highly anticipated new body of work from one of the most mysterious, sultry, songbirds of the music scene, "Soldier Of Love", will be released on February 8, 2010.

 

Stone Sour will hit the studio in January to begin work on their third album. The new disc is darker, but more melodic and mature according to a NoiseCreep.com interview with Corey Taylor.

 

Taproot signed a new deal with Victory Records and are looking to release their label debut sometime in the spring or summer of 2010.

 

Interpol will release their fourth studio album early in 2010 on Capitol Records. Drummer Sam Fogarino told Paste magazine that they already recorded much of the record back in the spring and says the new material hearkens back to their debut, "Turn On The Bright Lights".

 

Former Korn guitarist Brian 'Head' Welch is in the studio with his band working on their second album with producer Rob Graves with hopes to finish it in February 2010.

 

Stone Temple Pilots have postponed the end of their North American tour to finish work on their long-awaited comeback effort. According to their website the band's new album will be coming out in the early spring of next year.

 

My Chemical Romance are in the studio putting the final touches on their upcoming still untitled new album due out some time in the spring of 2010.

 

Story Of The Year new album will be called "The Constant" and is set for a February 16, 2010, release on Epitaph Records.

 

Soulfly have tentatively titled their upcoming new album "Omen" which is expected sometime in early 2010.

 

Liam Gallagher says that he and the other ex-members of Oasis are starting a new band together, without his brother Noel, who quit and effectively broke up the band earlier this year.

 

Peter Gabriel has confirmed rumors that he has recorded a covers album, featuring versions of songs by David Bowie, Radiohead, Talking Heads, Arcade Fire, Neil Young and others. The NME reports the album is titled "Scratch My Back" and slated for a U.K. release on January 25, 2010.

 

Courtney Love tells Rolling Stone that her long-delayed new album, "Somebody's Daughter", will finally be out in January 2010. Love reiterated that she is resurrecting her old band name Hole for the record.

 

Days Of The New will release their first album since 2001 next year; frontman Travis Meeks has stated that the new record will feature a very theatrical sound, with the incorporation of upright bass and cello, while still maintaining the acoustic and percussive leanings of the previous albums.

 

Travis Barker has announced that he is working on his first solo album which he hopes to have completed sometime in January or Febraury of 2010. The album will include a new Blink-182 song and collaborations with Slash and Linkin Park's Chester Bennington among others.

 

Godsmack are planning to release their upcoming new full-length disc sometime in March of 2010. The band is currently in the studio and hopes to have the album mixed and mastered sometime in December.

 

The confusion and drama surrounding Aerosmith continues with a pair of interviews Joe Perry gave to Rolling Stone and Billboard on Wednesday, November 11. On Tuesday night, Steven Tyler joined Perry onstage to sing "Walk This Way" and declare “I am not leaving Aerosmith”. However, Perry says there is still friction and uncertainty amongst the band.

 

Flobots are working on finishing off the follow-up to their breakthrough album, "Fight With Tools". The album, tentatively titled "Survival Story", is slated for a 2010 release.

 

Deftones front-man Chino Moreno was recently in the studio writing and recording on a track with Tommy Lee for the upcoming new Methods Of Mayhem record due out sometime next year via Roadrunner Records.

 

Steven Tyler has quit Aerosmith, according to the band's guitarist Joe Perry. In August, Tyler broke his shoulder after falling off stage while performing in South Dakota. Perry admitted that following the accident he and Tyler didn't speak for more than a month, prompting rumours the band's future was in jeopardy.

 

Blaqk Audio, the electronic-oriented side-project from AFI members Davey Havok and Jade Puget, is waiting in the wings. While the two are busy touring the world in support of AFI's latest album, "Crash Love", Puget tells Billboard.com that the Blaqk Audio's second album, "Bright Black Heaven", is almost finished.

 

Slash has announced the roster of artists who will perform on his upcoming new solo album, "Slash & Friends", including Myles Kennedy, Dave Grohl, Flea, Chris Cornell, Iggy Pop, Alice Cooper, Ozzy Osbourne and more.

 

12 Stones have announced that their original bassist, Kevin Dorr, has returned to the line-up. The band are currently working on a new album which will include a cover of K's Choice's hit "Not An Addict".

 

Bob Seger is raiding his vaults for a 10-song set dubbed "Early Seger, Vol. 1" that will be released November 24 exclusively via Meijers stores in the Midwest before becoming available on Seger's official web site three days later.

 

Armor For Sleep, who had been inactive for over a year, have decided to call it a day.

 

Saving Abel plan to release their next record in the first half 2010, drummer Blake Dixon tells Billboard, “Basically right now we've got the album pretty much finished”. The Mississippi rockers make plans to record a few more songs in January to complete the new album.

 

After taking a few years off, Fivespeed have announced that they are back in the studio working on their upcoming new album due out sometime next year.

 

In a recent interview, Motorhead's iconic frontman Lemmy confirmed that the band will be entering the recording studio in February of next year to begin work on their next studio album.

 

 

OCTOBER

 

2010 will see the return of The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, in retrospect at least. Starting in the late spring, Shout! Factory will begin a catalog campaign that includes a new best-of compilation as well as expanded reissues of the group's studio albums. Spencer promises “a lot of additional tracks” but, he adds, The Blues Explosion remains “very much in deep hiatus” though it did play a show during the summer in New York City.

 

Stone Temple Pilots have announced that they will continue work on their upcoming new album after their current tour ends in early 2010. The band are planning for a spring/summer release.

 

Airbourne have titled their second album "No Guts, No Glory"; the disc is set for release on February 23, 2010.

 

The Whigs will release their third album, "Into The Dark", on ATO Records early in 2010.

 

MGMT have confirmed that they will release their sophomore album "Congratulations" in early 2010.

 

For their fifth album, Good Charlotte has ditched the dancier sound on their last LP in favor of writing straightforward Rock songs; the new record, dubbed "Cardiology", is slated for release in the spring of 2010.

 

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones have been back together and they're releasing a new album sometime late this year; it's called "Pin Points And Gin Joints".

 

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones have been back together and they're releasing a new album sometime late this year; it's called "Pin Points And Gin Joints".

 

Fear Factory has set "Mechanized" as the title of its new album, tentatively due in February 2010.

 

AM Conspiracy will release their long-delayed self-titled debut album on January 12, 2010, via Burn Union Records. The band, fronted by ex-Drowning Pool singer Jason 'Gong' Jones, released a single entitled "Far" back in 2007.

 

Lifehouse has targeted December 8 for the release of their fifth album, entitled "Smoke & Mirrors". The first single from the CD is called "Halfway Gone".

 

Hawthorne Heights is ready to return. The group is now targeting an early 2010 release for their Wind-up Records debut "Skeletons".

 

Lo-Pro have titled their upcoming full-length album "The Beautiful Sounds Of Revenge", which they plan to release sometime next year.

 

Cake is in the midst of recording its untitled sixth album, tentatively due in Spring 2010.

 

Black Label Society have announced that they will enter the studio in January to begin recording a new album which they hope to release sometime in the Spring of 2010.

 

HELLYEAH have already recorded half of the follow-up to their 2007 self-titled debut; their long-awaited second album is scheduled to be released in March or April of 2010.

 

Them Crooked Vultures, the new band featuring Queens Of The Stone Age main man Josh Homme, Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl and Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones have announced that their debut album will be self-titled and released sometime before the end of the year.

 

Liam Gallagher has insisted that Oasis is no more, following Noel Gallagher's departure from the group in the summer after a row with him in Paris. Although the brothers have always had a rocky relationship, Gallagher insisted this split was for good, during an interview with the London Times ostensibly to discuss his new Pretty Green clothing range.

 

Mudvayne are back with a self-titled release that will hit stores on December 22, 2009, in three formats; the set contains the preceding single "Beautiful And Strange".

 

Puddle Of Mudd has set the release date for its new album "Volume 4: Songs In The Key Of Love & Hate", the record, which was originally titled "Jacket On The Rack", is due out December 4. The first single is entitled "Spaceship".

 

With a boxed set of its primary catalog on the way, electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk is eyeballing 2010 for the release of its first new album since 2003's "Tour De France Soundtracks".

 

Bullet For My Valentine, who originally planned on releasing their next album late this year, are now eying an early 2010 release date.

 

Since October have announced that they will be hitting the studio to record their second album on October 12 and will finish it up around Thanksgiving.

 

Five years after the release of Social Distortion's last studio effort, "Sex, Love And Rock 'n' Roll", the veteran Punk band is currently writing with plans to record a new album, due for release sometime in 2010.

 

Fall Out Boy will be releasing Fall Out Boy's Greatest Hits Volume One this November. Included on the CD will be two brand new songs.

 

 

SEPTEMBER

 

John Mayer is ready to unveil his fourth studio album, "Battle Studies", on November 17 via Columbia Records.

 

Butch Walker will release his new album, "I Liked It Better When You Had No Heart", sometime early next year.

 

The Lostprophets will release their upcoming new album "The Betrayed" on January 11, 2010.

 

Live front-man Ed Kowalczyk has confirmed that he is indeed working on his first solo album, no projected release date has been set.

 

OK Go has set January 12, 2010 as the release date for their long-awaited new album, titled "Of The Blue Colour Of The Sky".

 

Pavement, one of indie alt-Rock's most influential groups is set to reunite in 2010. The band will play select cities on a world tour next year, however they have no plans for further touring or recording. A greatest hits compilation will be released to coincide with the tour.

 

Billy Corgan has been saying for a while that he planned for the next Smashing Pumpkins release to be something different than the traditional album format. The “album” will be made up of 44 songs given away for free online over the next year of so. The songs will be occasionally compiled into physical releases as limited edition EPs, with 11 EPs of four songs each. When the entire “album” titled "Teargarden By Kaleidyscope", is completed, it will be released as a deluxe box set.

 

Rob Zombie will release his upcoming new album "Hellbilly Deluxe 2: Noble Jackals, Penny Dreadfuls And The Systematic Dehumanization Of Cool" on November 10.

 

Methods Of Mayhem has crafted a truly interactive concept for an album collaboration, in which the Tommy Lee-fronted band is inviting fans, musicians and anyone with a great idea to help record their upcoming album. Participants will also have a chance to perform with the band at their record release show. The album, entitled "Public Mayhem", is set for release in early 2010.

 

Devo has signed a deal with their original label home, Warner Bros. Records. The label will reissue deluxe CD and limited-edition colored vinyl versions of the band's first two albums on November 3, that same day, the band will launch a series of live shows. Next year, Devo plans to release a new studio album and do a proper world tour.

 

Vampire Weekend have announced that their new album will be called "Contra" and will be released on January 12, 2010, on XL Recordings.

 

The Flaming Lips' new album, "Embryonic", will be in stores October 13.

 

Powderfinger will release their upcoming new album "Golden Rule" on November 13; the disc includes the single "All Of The Dreamers".

 

Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas will offer his debut solo album, "Phrazes For The Young", on October 20 via Cult Records/RCA.

 

Hawthorne Heights have completed their fourth album and their first release for Wind-up Records; the disc is due out sometime next year.

 

30 Seconds To Mars have earmarked November 24 as the date they will release their new album, "This Is War". Following on the huge success of their sophomore effort, "A Beautiful Lie", their latest opus will have 2,000 different album covers featuring individual photos of fans from around the world.

 

Rammstein has set "Liebe Ist Für Alle Da" as the title of its new album, due on October 20.

 

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club is currently holed up at the Station House in Hollywood mixing its fifth studio album, with a projected spring 2010 release date.

 

Cold have announced that they have titled their new album "Epic", the disc is expected out at the start of the new year.

 

Ashes Divide, who were rumored to have called it quits last November, have announced that they are working on new material. The band also announced the departure of guitarist Andy Gerold and the addition of former Kill Hannah guitarist Jonny Radtke.

 

Allele broke up for a while but they're back together now and working on their next album, "Something Cured", due out sometime this year.

 

Puddle Of Mudd have titled their upcoming new album "Jacket On The Rack"; the record is expected to hit stores later this year.

 

Echo And The Bunnymen keyboard player Jake Drake-Brockman has died in a motorcycle crash. He was 53-years-old. Brockman played with the British band for several years before becoming an official member in 1989. Brockman played on the band's new album, "The Fountain", due out next month.

 

Goo Goo Dolls have completed work on their ninth studio album due out sometime early next year.

 

 

AUGUST

 

The Almost return with their sophomore effort "Monster Monster" on November 3. However, the band will release a new EP titled "Monster" exclusively at Hot Topic starting October 6.

 

Flaw have announced that they are putting the final touches on their upcoming new album which they are planning to release this November.

 

Foo Fighters have set November 3 as the release date for their new greatest hits album; the record will feature two new songs including their new single "Wheels".

 

Rob Zombie will release his as-yet-untitled new solo album on November 10.

 

Everclear have inked a new deal with 429 Records and will release a new album titled "In A Different Light" on October 6. The 11-track set will feature two new songs as well as re-worked versions of some of their hits.

 

The Ataris will release their upcoming new album "The Graveyard Of The Atlantic" sometime this fall.

 

Lit drummer Allen Shellenberger has passed away August 13, 2009, after losing his battle with brain cancer, surrounded by his loving family, the band and close friends. He was 39 years old. Allen was a founding member of the California modern Rock outfit over two decades ago and was able to perform with the band until last fall.

 

Former Fuel vocalist Brett Scallions has formed the new band Re-Fueled with bass player and Fuel co-founder Jeff Abercrombie, ex-Buckcherry guitarist Yogi and former Candiria drummer Ken Schalk.

 

After months of online rumors, Adema have confirmed that they have reunited with their original singer Mark 'Marky' Chavez, Half-brother of Korn's Jonathan Davis. The band are planning a new album with the new line-up sometime in 2010.

 

Guitar legend Les Paul has passed away at the age of 94. Paul died from complications of severe pneumonia, according to a statement from Gibson Guitar. Paul became famous for his guitar playing as well as innovation with the instrument itself. The solid body Les Paul guitar model was introduced by Gibson in 1952.

 

Weezer has announced that their seventh studio album will be out on October 27. The band has been in the studio recording lately and debuted a few new songs live in South Korea.

 

Wolfmother has set an October 13 release date for "Cosmic Egg", the follow-up to the Australian rockers' self-titled 2005 debut.

 

Kill Hannah's brand new album entitled "Wake Up The Sleepers" is being released on September 29.

 

Two years after reuniting, The Verve have apparently split up again. The Guardian reports that guitarist Nick McCabe and bassist Simon Jones have not spoken to frontman Richard Ashcroft since last year and have started a new band.

 

36 Crazyfists will release their upcoming new live DVD on October 27 via Ferret Music. The band will be hitting the studio in November to begin recording their next full-length album with a 2010 spring release expected.

 

Phish will release "Joy", its eleventh studio album and first in five year, on September 8.

 

Drowning Pool have announced that they are currently working on a new album which they hope to release sometime this fall.

 

Crossfade, who were originally thought to be releasing a new album sometime this year, have announced that their as-yet-untitled new album won't likely see a release until early 2010.

 

Three Days Grace have announced that its new effort will be called "Life Starts Now", the group also revealed that the first single from their upcoming album, due September 22, is titled "Break".

 

Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler has reportedly broken his shoulder, after falling off the stage at a show in Sturgis, South Dakota. Guitarist Joe Perry's wife Billie revealed via Twitter that Tyler “hit his head and back. No concussion, stitches in head and back near shoulder. Broken shoulder”.

 

SOiL have signed a new deal with Bieler Bros. Records who will release their new album, "Picture Perfect", on October 20.

 

The Lostprophets are planning to release their forthcoming fourth album sometime early next year and the first single from the album titled "It's Not The End Of The World But I Can See It From Here" sometime in October.

 

Flyleaf have set the release date of their long awaited new effort, "Memento Mori" sophomore studio album meaning “Be mindful of death” in Latin, for October 20.

 

Rammstein, the Berlin-based Industrial outfit well known for their controversial and fiery live performances, returns with their first new album in four years, having signed a marketing and distribution deal in the U.S. with Vagrant. The 11-song CD is slated for a late fall 2009 simultaneous worldwide launch.

 

Relient K announced that they have completed their upcoming new album "Forget And Not Slow Down" due out October 6.

 

Breaking Benjamin have revealed the title of their upcoming fourth album as "Dear Agony". The band's first new record in three years will drop on September 29, the first single from the CD is called "I Will Not Bow".

 

Creed have finally set an October 20 release date for their upcoming come back album entitled "Full Circle".

 

My Chemical Romance had officially begun recording the follow-up to 2006's "The Black Parade". As opposed to the high-concept Black Parade album, the new record, expected out sometime in 2010, won't have an overarching theme.

 

Switchfoot have delayed the release of their upcoming new album "Hello Hurricane" to November 3.

 

 

JULY

 

Atreyu have completed the follow-up to 2007's acclaimed "Lead Sails Paper Anchor". The album, titled "Congregation Of The Damned" will be released October 27.

 

Powerman 5000 has set "Somewhere On The Other Side Of Nowhere" as the title of its new album, due on October 6.

 

Alien Ant Farm have announced that they are working on the follow-up to their 2006 release "Up In The Attic".

 

Chad Smith recently told Billboard that The Red Hot Chili Peppers will end their hiatus this fall and reconvene in October, after taking two years off. The band toured extensively behind 2005's double-album "Stadium Arcadium".

 

Say Anything will release their third record, a self-titled effort, on October 13.

 

3 Doors Down singer Brad Arnold will tie the knot on September 12. The singer got engaged to fiancée Jennifer Sanderford in late 2008. After the wedding, Arnold says the group will begin recording a follow-up to their 2008 self-titled effort.

 

Matchbox Twenty front-man Rob Thomas recently hooked up with INXS in Australia and laid down vocals for a newly recorded version of that band's 1988 hit "Never Tear Us Apart". There's no word yet on when the song will be made available.

 

Thousand Foot Krutch's new album, "Welcome To The Masquerade", will be released on September 8 via Tooth & Nail.

 

Blindside's new as-yet-untitled album will be released worldwide in the first half of 2010; recording will take place in Los Angeles in September with Grammy-nominated producer Howard Benson.

 

Angels & Airwaves will release their upcoming new album/feature film titled "Love" on Valentines Day next year, February 14.

 

30 Seconds To Mars will release its long-delayed third album "This Is War" on October 20, following a truce between the EMI-owned label, which had sued the group for $30 million. Soon after the announcement of the lawsuit settlement, frontman Jared Leto revealed that their new album has had its release date pushed back from April 2009, to sometime in September. Although these dates have been changed many times, 30 Seconds To Mars have promised to release "This Is War" by October 2009.

 

The Raveonettes have revealed that "In And Out Of Control" is the title of their new album. The danish alt-Rock duo's fourth studio record is slated for an October 6 release on Vice.

 

Breaking Benjamin have set a September 29 release date for their upcoming, as-yet-untitled new album.

 

Steve Perry, former Journey frontman is working on a new album at Dave Grohl's 606 Studio. The singer released his last solo album, "For The Love Of Strange Medicine", in 1994.

 

John Fogerty will release "The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again" on September 1. On this album, Fogerty brings back the concept behind his solo debut, 1973's "The Blue Ridge Rangers", as he dusts off a collection of his favorite classic songs.

 

On July 20, Adam "MCA" Yauch of The Beastie Boys announced in a video statement that he was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor in his left parotid (salivary) gland. The tumor was found early and is very treatable, however, Yauch will require surgery and radiation treatment. Luckily, the cancer in not in a location that will affect Yauch's vocal chords. In light of this news, the Beasties have cancelled all upcoming tour dates on their schedule and will also postpone the release of their new album, "Hot Sauce Committee".

 

Story Of The Year have hit the studio to work on their next album. The band just finished up tracking drums, but don't have an expected release date for the currently untitled album.

 

Korn singer Jonathan Davis has reportedly inked a deal with Warner Bros. Records for his debut solo album, which he plans to release later this year or early in 2010.

 

They Might Be Giants is readying the release its third kid-centric album, "Here Comes Science", the disc and animated DVD is due September 1 on Amazon and iTunes and everywhere September 22 on Disney Sound. In addition to this new offering, singer John Flansburgh reveals to Billboard.com that They Might Be Giants is working on full-fledged Rock album and eyeing a spring 2010 release.

 

Coheed And Cambria announced that they are working on a new album which they plan on releasing sometime early next year.

 

Day Of Fire have announced that they won't be releasing their new record, "Losing All", until early next year.

 

Brand New had previously announced that the title of their upcoming record would be "And One Head Can Never Die", but apparently it is now simply titled "Daisy". The release date is set for September 22 on Interscope Records.

 

Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington's long-in-the-works side project, Dead By Sunrise, has finally completed their debut album. Titled "Out Of Ashes", the record has a tentative fall release scheduled through Warner Bros. Records.

 

Lynyrd Skynyrd will release their new album "God & Guns" on September 29 via Loud & Proud/Roadrunner Records. The band considers the album to be “a tribute to the past and to the future of this band, too”, according to frontman Johnny Van Zant.

 

Bruce Hornsby is very busy working on various projects including his next album "Levitate". The 12-song set, is slated for a September 15 release via Verve and finds the multi-instrumentalist collaborating with his band the Noisemakers on their first recordings together since 2004's "Halcyon Days"; Eric Clapton guests on the song "Space Is The Place".

 

AFI bassist Hunter Burgan has spilled the beans about the band's upcoming album. According to his Twitter, the new record is titled "Crash Love" and will be out on September 29.

 

Panic At The Disco guitarist Ryan Ross and bassist Jon Walker are leaving the band “to embark on a musical excursion of their own”, this is what they announced on July 6. The band had been writing on tour last fall with hopes of releasing their third album sometime this year.

 

The Almost will release their second album, "Monster Monster", sometime this fall.

 

Sevendust have announced that they are working on their eighth studio album and hope to hit the studio before the end of the year.

 

Joe Perry's next solo album is just about ready to go, while Aerosmith's upcoming album might be “on the bench, in pieces”, waiting for the group to resume recording after it finishes touring in mid-September. Perry tells Billboard.com that he plans to release a single in late July or early August, with the album coming out this fall.

 

Rumors are flying that Queens Of The Stone Age front-man Josh Homme, Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl and Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones are recording together as a top-secret supergroup.

 

Live have announced that they are taking a two year hiatus, but made it clear that the band is not breaking up. Front-man Ed Kowalczyk has launched his own website, eddieklive.com and is reportedly working on his first solo album.

 

Needtobreathe have a new song titled "Something Beautiful" on their MySpace page. The track is taken from the band's upcoming new album "The Outsiders" due out August 25.

 

 

JUNE

 

Every Time I Die have parted ways with their drummer Mike 'Ratboy' Novak as a result of personal conflicts. The band will release their upcoming new album, "New Junk Aesthetic", sometime in September.

 

Slayer have announced a “late summer” release for their ninth album, "World Painted Blood", following the quartet's co-headlining slot on this year's Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival.

 

Former Rock Star Supernova front-man Lukas Rossi has put together a new supergroup named Interview. The band includes P.O.D. guitarist Marcos Curiel, former Chevelle bassist Joe Loeffler and former Papa Roach drummer Dave Buckner.

 

Michael Jackson: friends, music luminaries and fans from around the world and around the web reacted to the news of his death on June 25.
Commenting on Michael Jackson's passing Eddie Van Halen said “I am really shocked; as I'm sure the world is, to hear the news. I had the pleasure of working with Michael on "Beat It" back in '83, one of my fondest memories in my career. Michael will be missed and may he rest in peace”.

“I feel privileged to have hung out and worked with Michael. He was a massively talented boy man with a gentle soul. His music will be remembered forever and my memories of our time together will be happy ones”-- Paul McCartney

“If not for him, I wouldn't be doing what I'm doing. He gave me joy as a child and showed me the way to go” -- Lenny Kravitz

“The first album I ever bought with my own money was "Thriller". His performance at the Grammys is a milestone in the history of American music. I watched it on tv and spent the next two weeks in my kitchen trying to learn how to moonwalk” -- Mark Hoppus

“I'm shocked. He was a pioneer who transcended genre and race with the most unique talent and style the world has ever or will ever see” -- Rob Thomas

 

Saosin is set to release their newly titled album "In Search Of Solid Ground" on September 9 through Capitol Records.

 

Kittie have inked a new three-album record deal with E1 Music. The band will release their upcoming new album, "In The Black" on September 15.

 

Paramore have announced the title and release date for their new album: "Brand New Eyes" will drop September 29 via Fueled By Ramen.

 

Shadows Fall have set "Retribution" as the title of their new album, tentatively due on September 15 via the band's newly created record label, Everblack Industries, in conjunction with Warner Music Group's ILG and Ferret Music.

 

SOiL are planning to release their new album "Picture Perfect" sometime this September via Driven Music, the label created by former Korn guitarist Brian 'Head' Welch.

 

Train will release their fifth studio album, titled "Save Me From San Francisco", sometime in September via Columbia Records.

 

After scoring multiple hit singles at Rock radio off 2008's "Rise And Fall, Rage And Grace", The Offspring are starting to plot out their next record. Guitarist Kevin "Noodles" Wasserman spoke to Billboard about the band's plans and revealed that frontman Dexter Holland recently met with producer Bob Rock.

 

Living Colour will release their first new studio album in five years, "The Chair In The Doorway", on September 15 via Megaforce Records.

 

Megadeth has set "Endgame" as the title of their twelfth studio album; the disc is currently scheduled to be released in September through Roadrunner Records. This will be the first Megadeth record to feature new lead guitarist Chris Broderick.

 

Courtney Love has decided to re-work her long-delayed album "Nobody's Daughter" into a more Rock direction and therefore she plans to now release it as a Hole album.

 

Sting will release a new album, "If On A Winter's Night...", on October 27. The record is a collection of interpretations of traditional and classic tunes, along with two of Sting's own compositions.

 

Default have signed with EMI Canada Records to release their long-delayed fourth album; the currently untitled record will be released in September.

 

Limp Bizkit announced that they are hoping to release their new album sometime this year. Frontman Fred Durst told nme.com, “We're getting together our demos right now and we're going to go in and record them”.

 

Muse have announced that their next album, "The Resistance" , will be released on September 14.

 

Day Of Fire will release their third album, "Losing All", on September 22 via Razor & Tie.

 

Thrice has announced that their sixth studio album will be entitled "Beggars", the self-produced disc is scheduled for an October release on Vagrant Records.

 

Alice In Chains will release their upcoming new album "Black Gives Way To Blue" on September 29 through Virgin Records.

 

Sister Hazel will release its upcoming new album, titled "Release", on August 18 via Rock Ridge.

 

HIM will be hitting the studio in August to begin work on their next album, "Screamworks: Love In Theory And Practice", tentatively due out in February 2010.

 

The Black Crowes will release their new album "Before The Frost..." on September 1. A second album titled "...Until The Freeze" will be given away for free exclusively through a unique download code which is included in the first album as a “thank you” to their fans for two decades of continued support.

 

Collective Soul will release their upcoming new album, "Rabbit", on August 25, their first via Roadrunner Records.

 

The Ataris has posted a brand new track on their MySpace profile called "All Souls Day". The song is taken from the band's new album due out later this summer and will also be featured on the upcoming Warped Tour 2009 compilation.

 

Five Finger Death Punch have been forced to cancel a series of June tour dates in Europe due a combination of events that involve both personal matters and the necessity to finish mixing the tracks for their second studio album, "War Is The Answer", which is due out in late August.

 

Otep are in the studio where they are working on their upcoming new album "Smash The Control Machine" due out August 18. The album will mark the band's debut with Vitory Records as well as the reunion with former members Mark 'Moke' Bistany on drums and Rob Patterson on guitar.

 

Arctic Monkeys will release their third studio album on August 25. The band has chosen 10 songs from their sessions with producers James Ford and Queens Of The Stone Age main man Josh Homme.

 

Pearl Jam's new album, "Backspacer", is set to be released this fall; the disc is expected to initially be a Target exclusive release with other partnerships in the works.

 

Harvey Danger, known for their massive '90s hit "Flagpole Sitta", have called it a day. The band had a 15-year run as a cult favorite and released the album "Little By Little" for free on the Internet (before Radiohead or Nine Inch Nails) in 2006.

 

Sade Adu, the reclusive “quiet storm” Soul signer who takes notoriously long breaks between releases, has regrouped with the band that bears her name and is recording her first album of new material since 2000's "Lovers Rock". Sade hopes to put the record out by the end of 2009 though, despite rumors, there is no set release date on the calendar.

 

 

MAY

 

As I Lay Dying have announced that they are expecting to release a new album next year.

 

The Used's new album, "Artwork", is set to arrive in stores on August 10; the band have selected "Blood On My Hands" as the first single off the CD.

 

Needtobreathe have completed their third studio album, "The Outsiders"; the disc will drop this summer.

 

Cheap Trick is stepping outside of the label world to release its next studio album, "The Latest", itself; the 13-track set will come out on June 23.

 

In a new online post from Weezer, the band reveals that they recorded some new material over the winter for a new album that should be out later in 2009; a new Weezer single could be released as soon as this summer.

 

The Beastie Boys announced the title of their new album via an e-mail to fans: "Hot Sauce Committee". The new record is due out in September.

 

Allele are in the studio working on their upcoming new album titled "Something Cured" due out sometime this summer.

 

Creed, after officially announcing their reunion in April, is hoping to have a new album, tentatively called "Full Circle", ready for an August release date.

 

Muse have announced that their new album is to be titled "The Resistance"; the disc is going to be out in September.

 

Dolores O'Riordan has inked with Rounder Records' rock imprint Zoë for her second solo record; entitled "No Baggage", the 11-song set is due August 25.

 

Flyleaf upcoming new album will be titled "Memento Mori" and should tentatively be out in either late August or early September.

 

Megadeth have completed work on their 12th studio album which is currently set for a September 1 release.

 

Every Time I Die will release their upcoming new album, "New Junk Aesthetic" sometime in September.

 

Porcupine Tree have inked a deal with Roadrunner Records and will release a new album on September 22; the record will contain a 50-minute long continuous song cycle, along with three additional shorter tracks.

 

Gwar have signed back to Metal Blade Records and will release their upcoming new album "Lust In Space" sometime in August.

 

Queen and singer Paul Rodgers have decided to part ways, as Rodgers has a Bad Company reunion tour in the works for the summer. “At this point we're gonna sit back from this”, Rodgers told Billboard.com.

 

Default announced that they will be releasing their fourth studio album, "Still Standing", sometime in July.

 

The Flaming Lips are considering releasing a double-album as the follow-up to 2006's "At War With The Mystics"; the new record is expected out at the end of the summer.

 

Five Finger Death Punch will release their new album, "War Is The Answer", in the late summer/early fall.

 

Pillar have set a September 22 release date for their upcoming new album, "Confessions".

 

In 2007, The White Stripes cut short their tour in support of "Icky Thump" when Meg White was diagnosed with “acute anxiety”. Now Jack White has explained the circumstances surrounding her troubles in a new interview and he says the duo should be active again by 2010.

 

Vertical Horizon's new album, "Burning The Days" will be released on July 13; the disc will feature the single "Save Me From Myself" as well as three songs performed by Rush drummer Neil Peart.

 

Switchfoot have announced two brand new album titles: "Hello Hurricane" is expected out in September and "Vice Verses" will arrive sometime in 2010.

 

Train have finished recording their upcoming new album; the release date is expected to be sometime in late August or September.

 

Chevelle are planning a late August / early September release for their fifth studio effort, "Letter From A Thief"; the first single will impact radio in mid-June.

 

Bassist Donald 'Ean' Evans of the Southern-Rock legends Lynyrd Skynyrd has died of cancer at his home in Mississippi. He was 48. Evans' death is the second for the group this year, following the passing of keyboardist Billy Powell in January.

 

Relient K have given a name to their upcoming album, "Forget And Not Slow Down" is the follow-up to their previous release, "Five Score And Seven Years Ago".

 

Linkin Park have revealed that their new single will be titled "New Divide" and will be the lead single from the upcoming movie soundtrack for "Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen" which hits theaters June 24.

 

30 Seconds To Mars are set to release their new album, tentatively titled "The War", on October 20.

 

Spoon will debut new material from its as-yet-untitled seventh album during a three-night mini-festival at Austin's Stubb's Amphitheater on July 9-11 dubbed SPOONX3. The Indie-Rock outfit is currently in the recording studio working on the follow-up to 2007's "Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga".

 

Our Lady Peace have a new single ready to hit radio called "All You Did Was Save Me"; the song comes from the band's upcoming new album "Burn, Burn".

 

Paramore is wrapping up work on the follow-up to their hit record, "Riot!"; the band are shooting for a September release for their upcoming as-yet-untitled new album.

 

 

APRIL

 

Atreyu is in a Los Angeles studio with producer Bob Marlette working on their next album; the band has made 30 song demos and plans to narrow it down to 16, with the goal being to finish recording by June.

 

Jet will release their new album "Shaka Rock" on August 25, the first single is slated to be "She's A Genius".

 

Creed's highly rumored reunion has been confirmed with all four original members getting together for a tour and a new album which will likely be titled "Full Circle". Stapp and Tremonti already have six demos for the new album, which they plan on recording shortly in Nashville.

 

Gavin Rossdale tells Billboard that he is writing for a new album, but hasn't decided if it will be a follow-up to his solo debut or for the first Bush album since 2001. Rossdale says a Bush return would depend on guitarist Nigel Pulsford, who has opted to stay with his family rather than return to action with the '90s rockers.

 

Nonpoint have announced that they will release a new album February 2010; the band parted ways with their label, Bieler Bros. Records, in January.

 

Alice In Chains have signed with Virgin Records for the release of their as-yet-untitled new album; the disc is scheduled for a September release.

 

Puddle of Mudd have hit the studio with producer Brian Howes to begin work on the follow-up to 2007's "Famous". The as-yet-untitled album will be the band's first since the return of guitarist Paul Phillips and is expected to hit stores later this year.

 

Skillet have titled their new album "Awake"; the disc is tentatively due out in August.

 

Marcy Playground will release their fourth album "Leaving Wonderland... In A Fit Of Rage" on July 14; the record is the first to feature new drummer Shlomi Lavie.

 

Brand New are prepping and putting the finished touches on their upcoming fourth album, which is currently untitled; the set is expected to drop sometime this summer.

 

Lovehammers have decided to change the title of their new effort from "Let me Out" to "Heavy Crown"; Marty Casey's band's upcoming album will be released sometime this year.

 

Jet have a brand new song streaming at their website; it's titled "K.I.A. (Killed In Action)" and it's the first taste of their third studio album due later this year.

 

Regina Spektor's new record, "Far", has finally been given a release date; the album will drop June 23 on Sire Records.

 

Oleander is planning their return to the music scene this year as they prepare to release their first new album in over six years. The members of the band decided to go on unofficial hiatus in 2004.

 

Sick Puppies have announced that their upcoming new album "Tripolar" will be released on July 14.

 

Skillet have announced that their upcoming new album will be released sometime in August.

 

Filter are planning an August release for the follow-up to 2008's "Anthems For The Damnen".

 

AM Conspiracy have signed with the newly formed Burnhill Union Records, the band is currently in the studio working on their full-length debut which is due out later this year.

 

Clutch will release their upcoming new album "Strange Cousins From The West" on July 7.

 

Needtobreathe is finishing off their next album, "The Outsiders"; the disc is expected to be released sometime this summer.

 

Victory Records has signed Los Angeles recording artist Otep; the first release under the new alliance is Otep's highly anticipated fourth full-length studio album "Smash The Control Machine". The new studio album will be released August 18.

 

Son Volt returns this summer with a new album and new label. "American Central Dust", the band's sixth full-length and its first since signing with Rounder Records, will be released on July 7.

 

Good Charlotte have announced that their next album will be titled "Cardiology"; the disc is expected out this summer.

 

Dishwalla front-man J.R. Richards' solo debut album has been completed; the disc entitled "A Beautiful End" will be out on May 12.

 

Dave Matthews Band have titled their upcoming new album "Big Whiskey And The Groogrux King" and will release it on June 2.

 

It Dies Today's new album, "Lividity", has been delayed once again and is now due on June 23.

 

 

MARCH

 

Rancid will release their upcoming new record "Let The Dominoes Fall" on June 2; the album will be the band's first material in five years.

 

Angels and Airwaves are in the studio working on their third album which they hope to release late 2009 or early 2010 due to Tom DeLonge's commitments with Blink-182.

 

The Strokes have announced they are back in the studio working on a fourth album after a nearly three-year hiatus. The follow-up to 2006's "First Impressions Of Earth" is expected to drop before the close of 2009.

 

The Mars Volta have titled their fifth studio album "Octahedron"; a June release is expected.

 

Lifehouse has announced that they are about 50 percent done with their upcoming new album which they hope to release sometime this summer. The band also revealed that Chris Daughtry has worked with them in the studio.

 

The Smashing Pumpkins are currently working on five new songs in the studio; the band recently announced the departure of long-time drummer Jimmy Chamberlin.

 

Rob Thomas has announced the release of his second solo album, "Cradlesong"; Thomas' new single, "Her Diamonds", will debut at radio in mid-April.

 

Flyleaf are planning to release their long-awaited sophomore album sometime in August.

 

Iggy Pop will release his new album, "Préliminaires" (meaning “foreplay” in French) on June 2, through Astralwerks.

 

Green Day's long-awaited "21st Century Breakdown" has a concrete release date of May 15; the first single, "Know Your Enemy", arrives in mid-April.

 

Egypt Central have announced that they are putting the final touches on their second album.

 

The Used have announced that they will release their upcoming new album, "Artwork", sometime in June.

 

Filter have announced that they are working on new material. The band will release a greatest hits album titled "The Very Best Things (1995-2008)" on March 31.

 

Taking Back Sunday will offer a new album, "New Again", on June 2. It will be the band's first release since guitarist Matt Fazzi replaced Fred Mascherino.

 

Silverstein will release their fifth record entitled "A Shipwreck In The Sand" on March 31 through Victory Records.

 

Tantric are planning a July 21 release for their new album, "Mind Control".

 

Lynyrd Skynyrd has inked a deal with Loud & Proud, the Roadrunner Records imprint that is home to Sammy Hagar and Collective Soul. The band is already at work in Nashville recording a new album to be released later this year.

 

Megadeth announced that they will be releasing their upcoming as-yet-untitled album on September 1 via Roadrunner.

 

Puddle Of Mudd began work on their new studio effort in February, a summer release is expected. According to their MySpace page guitarist Paul Phillips has rejoined the band.

 

Killswitch Engage will release their as-yet-untitled new album on June 2.

 

Kid Rock is in the studio working on his follow-up to 2007's megahit "Rock N Roll Jesus"; the new album is expected out sometime towards the end of the year.

 

Regina Spektor is finishing off her next album, "Far", the follow up to her breakthrough record "Begin To Hope", it is expected to be released in June.

 

Heaven & Hell, the band featuring Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinny Appice, have finished a new album dubbed "The Devil You Know"; the disc will arrive on April 28 via Rhino Records.

 

Day Of Fire have signed on with Razor and Tie Records for the release of their new album which is due out this summer.

 

Switchfoot have announced that they are finishing up recording their upcoming new album; a release is expected sometime this year.

 

Dream Theater will release their new studio effort, "Black Clouds And Silver Linings", on June 23.

 

Pillar have announced that they are working on a new album; the band has also revealed the addition of bassist Rich Gilliand and drummer Taylor Carroll.

 

Better Than Ezra have announced that they will be releasing their new album, "Paper Empire", on May 12.

 

Incubus' greatest hits album, "Monuments & Melodies", will be in stores May 5. The set will include the band's previous thirteen singles as well as two brand new tracks: "Midnight Swim" and "Black Heart Inertia".

 

Godsmack have begun writing for their upcoming new album which will likely drop sometime in 2010. Frontman Sully Erna has also just finished up work on his first solo record which currently has no title or release date.

 

30 Seconds To Mars have tentatively titled their new album "This Is War". A release is expected later this year.

 

Pet Shop Boys will return with their tenth album, "Yes", via Astralwerks on April 21; the disc features guitar work by ex-Smith Johnny Marr.

 

Neil Young's most recent obsession, a retooled 1959 Lincoln Continental that runs entirely on alternative energy, is the inspiration behind "Fork In The Road", the 63-year old musician's new studio album due April 7 via Reprise.

 

 

FEBRUARY

 

Cypress Hill is finishing its first studio album in five years and planning a fall release on Suburban Noize Records.

 

Korn have announced that they are in the studio writing for their ninth album; frontman Jonathan Davis told Pulse of Radio that the band plans to return to the sound of their earlier albums.

 

Styx, REO Speedwagon and .38 Special are teaming up for a 29-city tour and in celebration of the trek Styx and REO have teamed up to record a joint song called "Can't Stop Rockin'" which was cowritten by Tommy Shaw and Kevin Cronin.

 

Wilco will release their next studio record sometime in June.

 

Smile Empty Soul will release their upcoming new album, "Consciousness", on June 16.

 

Thousand Foot Krutch are shooting for a fall release for their upcoming new album which they have titled "Welcome To The Masquerade".

 

Barenaked Ladies lead singer and guitarist Steven Page has left band “by mutual agreement” to pursue solo projects. Page was arrested last summer for possession of cocaine just weeks after the band released a children's album.

 

Dredg have titled their upcoming new album "The Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion"; the disc will be in stores on May 19.

 

AFI have revealed that "Crash Love" is the title of their next album, which is set for release later this year on Interscope Records.

 

Tori Amos' new album has been titled "Abnormally Attracted To Sin" and is due out this spring; it will be her first with Universal Republic Records.

 

Evans Blue have chosen Dan Chandler as their new lead singer; the band is currently in the studio recording their self-titled album that they hope to release sometime this summer.

 

Erik Rogers has abandoned plans to utilize the Stereomud moniker for his new project with guitarist Billy Grey and ex-Stuck Mojo drummer Rodney Beaubouef. The group, whose line-up is completed by bassist Jake Kitchens, has been renamed Dangerous New Machine.

 

Former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha is part of a new band, Tinted Windows, that also includes members of Cheap Trick, Fountains Of Wayne and Hanson; the group have finished recording their debut album which they hope to release sometime this spring.

 

OK Go will release the follow-up to 2005's "Oh No" sometime this summer.

 

Sum 41 have announced plans to release a new album later in 2009; singer Deryck Whibley wrote on the band's official site that the group had started writing for an EP, but now they have enough material for a full record.

 

Conor Oberst has wrapped his second album with his Mystic Valley Band, "Outer South" and will release it May 5 on Merge Records.

 

INXS has decided to part ways with their latest lead singer, JD Fortune; it is unclear if INXS will seek a new singer or simply call it a day.

 

Nine Inch Nails will tour later this year with the reunited Jane's Addiction; following the tour, Trent Reznor has announced that NIN will be going on an indefinite hiatus.

 

Electric Light Orchestra bassist Kelly Groucutt has passed away at the age of 62 after suffering a heart attack. Groucutt joined ELO in time to record their 1975 album "Face The Music" and left the group in 1983.

 

Chimaira's new album, "The Infection", will hit stores on April 21.

 

Ozzy Osbourne is reportedly putting his annual Ozzfest summer festival on hold this year while he completes a new album; the follow-up to 2007's "Black Rain" is due around Thanksgiving.

 

Green Day is nearly finished with its next album which the band has entitled "21st Century Breakdown"; the Butch Vig-produced, due in May from Warner Bros. is split into three acts: "Heroes And Cons", "Charlatans And Saints" and "Horseshoes And Handgrenades, with 16 songs in total on the album.

 

Dream Theater have announced that they are working on a new album which they hope to release sometime this summer.

 

Lacuna Coil's upcoming new album, "Shallow Life", will hit stores on April 21, via Century Media.

 

30 Seconds To Mars are planning a summer release for their as-yet-untitled new album; the disc could be delayed however due to a pending lawsuit from their former record label, Virgin Records/EMI.

 

Bowling For Soup announced that they are in the studio working on their next album which they hope to release this June.

 

A re-united Blink-182 are currently in the studio working on their first studio album since their 2003 self-titled release; the album is expected to be in stores later this year with a summer tour in the works.

 

In a recent blog posting, former Dark New Day guitarist Clint Lowery stated the release of the band's sophomore album is unlikely; the disc had been expected to be released in some form in 2009, however it has yet to be released. Lowery stated the album may eventually be released to iTunes.

 

Scott Weiland says Stone Temple Pilots will release a comeback record sometime in 2010; in an interview with Spin, Weiland revealed that the DeLeo brothers have begun writing music.

 

Veteran Scottish Rock act Simple Minds has put the finishing touches on its next album, "Graffiti Soul", due May 25 from Universal.

 

Yeah Yeah Yeahs upcoming album is called "It's Blitz!" and will be released on April 14; first single will be "Zero".

 

Pearl Jam is about to hit the studio for a two-week session in Los Angeles with producer Brendan O'Brien as it continues work on its ninth studio album, which the band plans to self-release in the United States.

 

311 have titled their ninth studio album "Uplifter", which will see release sometime in late spring on Volcano/Jive Records.

 

Marilyn Manson has titled his new album "The High End of Low"; the disc is set to be released in May.

 

Rob Zombie has announced that he's completed his upcoming as-yet-untitled studio album, but is delaying its release until he finishes directing the sequel film "Halloween 2".

 

Doves will release "Kingdom Of Rust", their first new album in four years, on April 7 via Astralwerks.

 

Queensrÿche envisions war through the eyes of a soldier with their upcoming concept album "American Soldier"; Rhino has reportedly set a March 31 release date for the band's twelfth studio release.

 

 

JANUARY

 

Lynyrd Skynyrd keyboardist Billy Powell has passed away at his home in Florida at the age of 56. Powell was one of the two surviving band members from the famous 1977 plane crash that took the lives of three members of Lynyrd Skynyrd.

 

32 Leaves have set February 14, as the tentative release date for their new album "Panoramic".

 

Silversun Pickups will release "Swoon", the follow up to their breakthrough debut "Carnavas", on April 14.

 

Green Day's as-yet-untitled new studio album is reportedly set to drop in early May; the band began recording the album in October with producer Butch Vig.

 

Decyfer Down's sophomore release, "Crash", is set to be released on May 5. The disc has seen a number of setbacks due to the re-tracking of vocals with new front-man TJ Harris. Harris joined the band in October 2008 and replaced former singer Caleb Oliver.

 

Tommy Lee's side-project, Methods Of Mayhem, are working on their first album since their 1999 debut. The band hopes to begin recording as soon as Mötley Crüe are finished touring at the end of March.

 

Depeche Mode have titled their upcoming album "Sounds Of The Universe", set for release on April 21, the first single will be "Wrong". The Brit Rock veterans will head out later this year on a massive world tour.

 

Corey Taylor, masked man of Slipknot and unmasked man in Stone Sour, is making plans to record his next album under his own name.

 

Three Days Grace is currently in the studio working on a new album, which they hope to release this year.

 

Ex-Blink 182 and current +44 front-man, Mark Hoppus announced in an interview that he is working on his first solo album; in the interview Hoppus all but comes out and says that +44 are finished after providing news that Travis Barker is also working on his own album.

 

Evans Blue will begin work shortly on their new album with their new front-man; the new vocalist replaces Kevin Matisyn, who left the band in October 2008 and will be named shortly. The as-yet-untitled album is expected to be released later this year and will be the first album since the band parted ways with Hollywood Records.

 

Thursday's Epitaph Records debut "Common Existence" will hit stores on March 10.

 

Guitarist Ron Asheton of legendary band The Stooges was found dead in his home in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He was 60. Asheton, along with his brother Scott on drums, Iggy Pop on vocals and original bassist Dave Alexander, formed The Stooges in Detroit in 1967.

 

Papa Roach will release their upcoming new album "Metamorphosis" on March 24.

 

SOiL is currently in the studio recording its new album, to be released via Driven Music Group; the disc is tentatively scheduled for a spring 2009 release.

 

Aerosmith have announced that they are working on their first new album of original material since 2001's "Just Push Play"; there's no date for the new record, but it's expected to be out sometime this year via Columbia.

 

Every Time I Die have signed a new record deal with Epitaph Records; their new album is expected to hit stores this summer.

 

Dope will release their long-awaited fifth album, "No Regrets", on March 10 via Koch Records.

 

 

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