A lot is going on for the rock music genre in 2015. A few great albums have already been released this year, although to not much success on the commercial side of things. The rock music industry seems to have hit an all time low in sales and support, and that may not change this year.
Albums already released this year
Here are the albums that have been released this year that are worth checking out/purchasing:
- Marilyn Manson – The Pale Emperor
Marilyn Manson’s Jan. 16 album sounds just like his late ’90s and early 2000s work that made him famous. Manson sounds rejuvenated and his creativity seems to be back in check after the failure of his last few albums.
- Wednesday 13 – Monsters of the Universe: Come Out And Plague
Wednesday 13 released his newest album in January nearly two years after his last one. The album is, much like its predecessor, a change in musical style and lyrical composition. Whereas Wednesday’s first two albums Transylvania 90210 and Fang Bang and his fourth album Calling All Corpses were fun in nature and maybe just a tad bit cheesy, his two recent albums have been much darker in nature and more aggressive.
This album is based around the theme of the unknown, mainly aliens, and UFO sightings and conspiracies. The album is more playful and experimental than the Dixie Dead, which was supposed to accompany a never completed film of the same name.
- Kid Rock – First Kiss
This album is one of Kid Rock’s finest. It seems to feed off of his country rock influence and also off of the legendary Bob Seger.
- Revolution Saints – Revolution Saints
Revolution Saints is exactly the type of band that needs to be making hits. Unfortunately, the release of the super group’s first album went virtually unnoticed and advertising for the album is nonexistent. This is surprising, since members of the band are from Night Ranger, Journey, and Whitesnake.
Future 2015 released to look out for
- Def Leppard
The band will release their first album since 2008 in the fall. They have recorded 15 songs that have been described as “heavy” and “classic” by the band members. There have also been reports that the band’s new songs are close in sound to the 1996 album Slang.
Perhaps must surprising is that record labels are actually submitting bids and deals to release the album, which is something most ’80s rock bands do not have the opportunity for. I guess the album must be good enough for major labels to fight over it.
Europe is set to release an album this month. I hope that we will all be surprised by the quality.
Rock tours of 2015
- Def Leppard – Styx – Tesla
This concert lineup sounds like a dream come true for rock fans. Def Leppard’s stage presence is at its best since the early 2000s (although not quite to the levels of 1999 and before) and Tesla still rocks live with amazing new album tracks. I would go see this tour, but I unfortunately will not be able to this year.
- Motley Crue – Alice Cooper
Motley Crue’s final tour is coming back for its final leg, playing sold out stadiums and arenas like back in 1987 and 1989. I saw them last year at White River Amphitheater, but the venue didn’t allow the entire stage or drum roller coaster. Instead, we got to see a smaller version of the coaster.
This time, the Crue is playing the Tacoma Dome, where the full set should be allowed. Both bands rocked last year and I am excited to see them one last time.
- Kid Rock – Foreigner
This is a strange lineup. The two musical groups couldn’t be more different, but somehow they are going on tour for just $20 a ticket.
AC/DC is playing only a few select shows across North America in football stadiums and large venues. I have been dying to see AC/DC in concert, but they are not playing a show in my area. In 2008 and 2009 they played at the Tacoma Dome, selling out both times within minutes. Yet, they are avoiding the entire Seattle-Tacoma-Portland market for this tour.