Staind’s frontman has talked about putting out his first solo album since December 2008, but there’s still no official word about when it will be released, although he has said it will be a more country-ish affair. In the meantime, Staind will be getting back together to work on their next band album late in 2010.
In 2009, Limp Bizkit buried the hatchet with estranged guitarist Wes Borland and started working on demos for a new record. Initially, the band wanted to release their comeback album by Christmas 2009, but now Gold Cobra’s release date is unknown. This new album will be Limp Bizkit’s first with Borland since 2000’s Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water, and the hope is that Borland’s innovative guitar playing will help give the band their old vitality.
When Chester Bennington launched his side project, Dead by Sunrise, in the fall of 2009, he made it clear that it was in no way going to affect the making of Linkin Park’s next album. Indeed, the band have spent most of 2009 working on their follow-up to 2007’s Minutes to Midnight, although they took a break to release “New Divide” as part of the Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen soundtrack. “They’re going to have to come up with a new genre name for what this record is,” singer Mike Shinoda bragged to Rolling Stone about their record, which was called A Thousand Suns.
Red Hot Chili Peppers
The first new Red Hot Chili Peppers album since 2006’s Stadium Arcadium probably won’t arrive until the end of 2010. The Los Angeles quartet convened in October 2009 to start jamming, which is their standard practice when they begin work on a new record.
R.E.M. returned to a hard-edged rock sound on their 2008 record Accelerate, and it appears that the alt-rock trio want to stay in that vein for their follow-up. Working again with Accelerate producer Jacknife Lee, the band are currently recording in Portland, and Lee has hinted that the approach to the new record will be similar to that of the last record. (Update: The album will be coming Spring 2011.)
Saving Abel found success with their self-titled debut in 2008, largely thanks to the hit single “Addicted.” And judging from their follow-up album, Miss America, they didn’t want to alter Saving Abel’s raunchy southern-rock sound one bit. Saving Abel toured like dogs to get the word out about their first record, so one can safely assume they’ll be gigging extensively for the new disc as well.
While his main band, Velvet Revolver, continue their search for a lead singer, Slash released his first solo album, simply called Slash. The record featured several guests, including Dave Grohl (of Foo Fighters), Duff McKagan and Iggy Pop. “I'm extremely happy about how the whole thing turned out,” Slash wrote on his MySpace page in November 2009. “I think you’re going to dig it.”
Stone Temple Pilots
In 2008, Stone Temple Pilots reunited for a tour, and in 2010 the band put out their first new studio record in nine years. Working with veteran rock producer Don Was, the band hoped with Stone Temple Pilots to reclaim their commercial clout from the 1990s, when albums like Core and Purple went platinum many times over.
Hot on the heels of the release of 2009’s No Line on the Horizon, U2 discussed releasing a companion album, just as they did with Zooropa after Achtung Baby back in the early ‘90s. If the Irish quartet decide to go that way, the album would be called Songs of Ascent and would feature a contemplative, introspective sound. But U2 may ultimately choose to pursue new material, or they might return to songs that were part of the aborted Rick Rubin sessions that didn’t make it onto No Line.