The eagerly awaited 2016 is finally with us, and with it comes a sense of rejuvenation in the world of rock music.
This is always a time when bands are quick to make their announcements on what we can expect in the coming 365 days and the Worldwide Web grapevine has certainly been replete with rumours. We will approach these rumours with cautious optimism because in the past, we have often been greatly disappointed.
Internationally, there are great shows and festivals lined up. The most notable is that David Bowie’s album, Blackstar, will be released on the eve of his 69th birthday. This album has been deemed the most extreme of his career and is definitely worth looking out for.
The Maniac Street Preachers will be playing their most successful album in its entirety during the Everything Must Go tour. The show’s most anticipated date is May 28, when they play in Swansea, UK, backed by Super Furry Animals and Public Service Broadcasting.
This is also the year that will see the Guns and Roses reunion, with Slash and Axl Rose set to play at the Coachella festival and other international concerts. This is a huge deal for fans of rock and roll and there is bound to be a ticket-buying frenzy. Duff McKagan will be on bass guitar, with Matt Storum on the drums. There is yet to be an official announcement but the band members have on separate occasions hinted at a reunion.
Other rock and roll heavyweights will continue to tour. Hinder are already on tour, playing across the US diverse dates. Metallica, Foo Fighters, Muse and a number of other bands will also be out and about.
Locally, there are a few things to look forward to as well. Lust of A Dying Breed is set to release a full-length album. Having had continental success with their 2015 single, Divine Design, the band announced that there would be more music coming in the New Year under the record titled Pyramid Entities.
Last Year’s Tragedy released a great single, 'Bury Your Fallen Dreams' last year and we hope that the guys camped at Andromeda will come up with a record before too long.
RASH was very active last year and maybe this is the year they will finally come out and release an album. They are a very popular young band and they would do well to ride the wave of success and push their agenda with the fans.
This might also be the year when In Oath comes back onto the scene with their new album, The Bread of Disposition. We all know how good these guys are. If you haven’t had a chance to listen to them, check out their demos online and the blistering riffs will throw you off your seat.
Worthy of an honourable mention is Rish and her 2015 jam, 'Hate Song'. The song did remarkably well during last year and this year will give this songstress another opportunity to keep making major rips on our airwaves.
Happy New Year, readers.