Kings of the Stone Age: Classic rock revival

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This year, many classic rock artists will be making a comeback in the music world. Forms of their comebacks include new albums, special appearances, and going on tour. Here’s a preview of what to expect from some of the classic rock artists who plan on making a comeback in 2014. 

After many years of dealing with drug, health, and legal issues, David Crosby is coming back into the rock music scene with his album “Croz.”

As a former member of the popular classic rock group Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Crosby is excited to take on another solo album.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, he says, “I do things differently than they do and a couple years ago, I just started writing like crazy. I’m so happy that I did.”

Crosby has been on a 20-year hiatus from making music. This album has been two years in the making, complete with songs co-written and produced with his son, James Raymond. “Croz” will be released on Jan. 28.

Neil Young has recently released “Live at the Cellar Door.” This album is apart of a live album series that Young has been continuously releasing.

Most of the songs on “Live at the Cellar Door” include just him singing and playing the guitar or piano for an intimate crowd at the Cellar Door in Washington, D.C. during the 1970s. The live album includes a version of his hit classic rock song “Old Man.”

Young was also honored at a Grammy event on Jan. 22. The Grammy Producers and Engineers Wing recently celebrated him for his career, which has spanned over four decades, and awarded him for his artistic creativity.

“So the time has come for us to recover and to bring music back to the people in a way that they can recognize it in their souls through the window of their souls, their ears.” He said in a speech given when he received his award.  “So they can feel and vibrate and so that they can get goosebumps. We cherish those f***ing goosebumps. We really need those.”

Bruce Springsteen, also known as “The Boss,” released his new album “High Hopes” on Jan. 14. The album is currently number one on the Billboard 200 chart, which makes this Springsteen’s 11th number one album.

“High Hopes” is an album completely made up of songs that never made it to other albums.  In an interview with SiriusXM’s E-Street Radio, he says, “Over that past decade, there was a small handful of things that were that close to being on the records that didn’t get on, and those are the things-a lot of the things-I worked on for this particular album.”

Songs included on the album are “American Skin (41 Shots),” which is a combination of two songs, and “Dream Baby Dream,” a song that was always sung live, but never put on an album until now.

Springsteen recreated this material with his new  E-Street band, but includes music from late members of the band.

In “Harry’s Place,” there is a saxophone solo played by the late Clarence Clemons, and in “The Wall,” the late Danny Federici plays the organ. The material from the deceased members reminds fans of Springsteen’s belief in keeping the original band alive.

Classic rock is definitely making a comeback in 2014. These are just a few of the artists that are still keeping rock music alive. With the power of these great artists, rock music will never die.

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