So our dying breed series identified scores of classic rock artists who have consistently recorded and released new music at least up to this point in time. What about those artists/bands that we continue to hold out hope for? Will they ever record again? Reunite? Do SOMETHING? They could only bolster the re-surging rock and roll movement!
Today were going to look at the 2017 rumor mill in the hopes that these are artists resurrect themselves...
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The James Gang
Women and Children First
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Recording or not recording? Roth or Hagar? Something’s brewing here… My take on all the rumors lately is that I hope they get Roth in the studio and get things going. I don’t buy the Hagar reconciliation stories and I don’t think Anthony will be let back in for any new recording (though its rumored he may make appearances on a 40th anniversary tour), but get Roth, get writing, and get recording? One thing we all know is that no matter what is really happening, the Van Halen’s will deny everything until they’re ready. Still, something’s afoot at the Circle K Ted!! And I’m in! Or maybe that’s already happening….???
David Lee Roth recently let slip that Van Halen is working on a follow-up to 2012’s ‘A Different Kind of Truth,’ and although he cautioned fans they’d have to wait awhile, it sounds like the band is making real progress. According to a source, rumors of Eddie Van Halen (from Van Halen) working in recording studio are true, with as many as eight songs having been put to tape. “It’s still in the early stages,” “He’s got security on the doors to ensure no-one hears a whisper,” a source said.
Fleetwood Mac IS coming out with a new album this year. Well, newly remastered, so it'll sound new!!!!!!!!!!!!! No bonus tracks like Mirage, though. But it'll be newly-minted sound experience for Tango In The Night. Yesireebob!!!!!
Personally, I couldn't care more (or less) is SP got back with Journey. It's almost like that ship has sailed a long, long time ago but it'll keep popping up.
As for VH, I wouldn't mind seeing the SH-era albums remastered, but I'm not going to cry if they never are. I'm sure something from VH in one incarnation or another will be out soon. Yes, I used a big word.
James Gang would be interesting.
The one album I'm interested in that should be released this year is from Tears For Fears. Other than that, I can't think of any other group I'm dying to see get back together.
You got me listening to Tears for Fears again, I love Seed of Love such a freaky cool album!
James Gang - I have Thirds and Rides Again, as well as a Greatest Hits disc. This is a cool song. Is it Walsh singing? Was he the only lead vocalist? Just curious, 'cause I don't know. But if I see any James Gang CD's for cheap, I'll certainly buy them. I like what I've heard, including this.
Mac - Man, I dig Stevie's voice back then. She could have easily done country music as well, and this has a definite country influence. I'm really surprised a country hater like SG would include such a countrified song. Hmmmm...anyway, is this from the deluxe edition from last year?
Journey - I think I have this album but have never listened to it. Nope, I only have Street Talk. I'd like to find this cheap as well. This sounds just like Journey, not just because of the vocals, but musically too. Nice pick here.
VH - I have a sneaking feeling we will see something with Hagar. Maybe just a tour, but something. Of course, it will all begin like they've always been the greatest of friends, and end like Hagar is the worst dude in the world. But it won't count if Anthony isn't involved, whether it's Roth or Hagar. For my money, I'd rather hear new music from EVH, AVH, WVH and Roth than EVH, AVH, MA and SH. Though I'd take either...
I think we'll get a Black Country Communion reunion this year. Yes, I know they haven't been around nearly as long as these bands, but it will still be highly anticipated by me.
Kiss should kick Tommy Thayer to the curb and record one more album with the original, one and only Spaceman. In my opinion, there is absolutely zero musical chemistry with Thayer in the band. It's all formulaic and difficult to listen to. But I believe they can be inspired to write from the heart one more time with Ace. We shall see. By the way, I'm okay with Eric Singer staying as I think they could make an album with Ace, but not with Ace and Peter.
Styx should bring Dennis DeYoung back again. No doubt about this one.
Foreigner needs to see if Gramm can still sing well enough to do one more album.
That's all I can think of right now.
I would be interested in the BCC disc, I really loved their first two and Hughes solo effort last year is outstanding!
And you're spot on with KISS, Thayer has no appeal or chemistry in Aces role and therefore makes zero sense to me to place him in the makeup. Also just not a good songwriter in the KISS context either. Though I can understand Singers position more since he has a history with the band which includes studio work as an actual band member it still feels "not 100% right" to wear the makeup. Maybe it would make more sense to see Singer play as Catman with Ace back in the band because he has that history... Do it one more time I say, its probably all that's left in the tank!
I've lost hope on the Styx-DeYoung debacle. Seems irreconcilable and just like Thayer, Gowan has zero chemistry with the band in the role he's assumed, providing a poor parody of DeYoung on stage, and then there's that nagging thing about quality songwriting talent! They are lost without the interplay - however much they hated it - DeYoung brought high quality to the table.
Definitely will be interesting to see if there's something these Foreigner reunion shows may kindle...
1. Ace has gained a good amount of weight. My preference would be a semi-reunion with Ace in street clothes, no makeup. Just get out and perform the awesome music that you guys made years ago, all while writing some new stuff that is worth hearing.
2. I heard a song yesterday that sounded like it could very well be the best Styx song that wasn't written by Styx. It would probably surprise you to know that the song is Sweet Dreams by Air Supply. I mean, I've heard it many times and I would say it's easily my favorite Air Supply track. But DeYoung and the boys would have knocked this out of the park (as did Air Supply). Listen through the whole track at all of the little things, including the lead guitar.