Many legends of classic rock are pushing the big seven-oh, and many of them have passed that mark already. And yet, there’s still a bevy of albums, tours and events centered around music’s biggest legends in 2014. Here’s some of the things we’re most looking forward to:
1. Bruce Springsteen‘s High Hopes. It tops the list because it’s coming first, chronologically: the album will be released January 14. But also – it’s Bruce. We know that he recorded the album during his tour of Australia this year, and that Rage Against The Machine guitar wizard/Bruce super-fan Tom Morello plays on much of the album. Bruce & the E Street Band spent much of 2013 on the road, but played zero concerts in the U.S. Perhaps with a new album under his belt (and the E Street Band’s upcoming induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame), they’ll bring rock and roll’s greatest show back to these shores.
3. Bob Seger‘s next album. Seger spent part of 2013 on the road, but he’s been talking about his next album, telling the Oakland Press that “I wouldn’t mind putting out one more record, one last swan song.” On his tour, he was covering John Hiatt’s “Detroit Made,” Wilco’s “California Stars” and doing a new original, “All The Roads”; we’ve seen the YouTube performances, and we’re hoping that all three would make the record. He told the newspaper that he wanted the album out in August of last year; obviously, that didn’t happen, but hopefully we’ll get a new record in 2014.
4. The 50th Anniversary of the Beatles‘ debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. February 9 marks a half century since the Fab Four changed everything. The Night That Changed America: A GRAMMY Salute To The Beatles will be recorded on January 27 (the day after the GRAMMYs), and will be broadcast exactly 50 years to the day, date and time of their Ed Sullivan appearance: February 9 from 8-10 p.m. (EST/PST) on CBS. We’re looking forward to seeing what GRAMMY nominees and winners will pay tribute to the greatest band of all time. Read more: 50 Years after The Beatles’ Ed Sullivan Appearance, TV Tribute Coming this February
5. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. KISS, Nirvana, Peter Gabriel, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Linda Ronstadt and Cat Stevens will all be inducted, along with the E Street Band, the Rolling Stones‘ former manager/producer Andrew Loog Oldham and the Beatles’ former manger Brian Epstein. What that means: a possible reunion of the original members of KISS, performances by Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates and Cat Stevens, and tributes to Ronstadt, Nirvana, the Beatles and the Stones. Oh, the E Street Band’s singer will probably show up, so they may perform as well. On the drama front, it will be interesting to see former Nirvana members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic on stage with Kurt Cobain’s widow Courtney Love. And then there’s the Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley/Ace Frehley and Peter Criss thing. Oh yeah, and the fact that KISS fans are likely to boo Rolling Stone founder and Rock Hall big wig Jann Wenner (as Rush fans did at last year’s ceremony). Read more: Nirvana, KISS, Hall and Oates & More React to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductions
6. Fleetwood Mac may reunite with Christine McVie. The band’s former singer/pianist/songwriter joined the Mac onstage in England in September, and then told The Guardian that she’d love to rejoin permanently. Hopefully that will happen: and hopefully her ex-husband, bassist John McVie will be cancer-free and back in playing form.
7. U2‘s new album. Over three decades into their career, they are still the biggest band in the land, and hopes are high for their new Danger Mouse-produced album. We got a first taste with “Ordinary Love,” from the Nelson Mandela biopic. Read more: U2 Will Return to Punk Rock Roots on New Album
— Brian Ives, Radio.com