What Obamacare May Look Like In 2018

Myles Kennedy unveils his solo debut

The singer with both Alter Bridge and Slash’s solo band finally releases his debut album in the spring via Napalm Records. Produced by Michael ‘Elvis’ Baskette, Year Of The Tiger is a 12-song concept album inspired by Kennedy losing his father when he was a child. It includes the tracks Ghost Of Shangri La, Love Can Only Heal and Devil On The Wall.

Last summer Alter Bridge guitarist Mark Tremonti joked that Kennedy’s album was “about eight years overdue”. Asked about the music on it, he said: “From what I’ve heard it’s less of an Alter Bridge-sounding rock’n’roll record and more in the vein of [his heroes] Chris Whitley and Jeff Buckley.” Look out for a live recording from Alter Bridge’s two nights at the Albert Hall with the Parallax Orchestra too.

Ginger throws down the gauntlet; Pearl Jam fly in

A co-headline tour from Reef, The Wildhearts and Terrorvision, billed as Britrock Must Be Destroyed!, is among the most intriguing tours of 2018. Stoking up the fires of competition, Ginger Wildheart quipped of the May showdown: “We are honoured to be a part of this legendary tour. Mainly because it means that we’re still alive, but also because it gives us a chance to prove that we were always the best band of this whole bunch.”

Pearl Jam have confirmed a pair of dates at London’s O2 Arena on June 18 and 19, and in the autumn Jeff Lynne takes his new-look Jeff Lynne’s ELO around the country for eight indoor dates.

Comedy metallers Steel Panther are back, with Inglorious and Toby Jepson’s new group Wayward Sons as support. The ubiquitous Ginger Wildheart is also out on the road again in February and March as special guest of the Levellers, while Brothers Osborne play their first UK headline tour in May.

Priest flex their Firepower, Stone Temple Pilots bounce back

Judas Priest recently launched a short but very sweet teaser clip of Firepower, their second studio album with guitarist Richie Faulkner. Expect it to be out in time for their slot at Bloodstock Festival on August 10.

Saxon’s Thunderbolt is due on February 2, and with titles such as Speed Merchants, Olympus Rising and They Played Rock ’N’ Roll there are no prizes for guessing what it sounds like.

Stone Temple Pilots have a new frontman, Jeff Gutt, who follows former frontmen Scott Weiland and Chester Bennington, both of whom are now no longer with us. Gutt (pronounced Goot) appears on STP’s new single Meadow. An as-yet-untitled seventh album is released via Atlantic Records in early 2018.

It will be fascinating to see what The Damned turn in, with the legendary Tony Visconti producing and Paul Gray back on bass, while in the coming months Clutch are set to release a follow-up to 2015’s Psychic Warfare.

Fish is making progress with Weltschmerz (the title means ‘pain of the world’), the dark studio album that he claims will be his last, and that is followed by a final run of shows.

Some 14 years after their previous album, eMOTIVe, A Perfect Circle release something new in the coming months. If it’s anything like teaser track The Doomed, count us in.

Joe Bonamassa and Beth Hart both have big years ahead. Bonamassa, who kicks things off with Black Country Communion, plays Hampton Court Palace Festival on June 12. Hart’s commitments include a sold-out date at London’s Royal Albert Hall on May 4. Together they have a new studio album, Black Coffee, out on January 26, followed by a live recording from a previous show at the Albert Hall.

Source : http://teamrock.com/feature/2018-01-18/12-things-were-looking-forward-to-in-2018

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