Bon Jovi, "What About Now"
Currently running first for the Exceeding Expectations award, Bon Jovi keep on going strong without becoming a nostalgia act. In fact, the longer they go, the more critical recognition they get, including a 2009 induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Their 2010 world tour, in support of 2009's "The Circle," was the highest-grossing tour of that year and included a 12-night run at the O2 arena in London. "What About Now," their 12th studio offering, comes out March 26.
Tom Petty, TBD
Every release by Tom Petty, aka Mr. Easy to Root For, is rightfully greeted with anticipation. Petty, who has sold millions of records with a genius sound that recalls Dylan, Springsteen and Young, is one of the true originals of rock 'n' roll, equally appreciated by music critics, punk rockers and pop aficionados. His last studio offering, "Mojo," shot off plenty of sonic sparks, and his forthcoming album doubtlessly will deepen his importance in the history of American music.
Alice in Chains, TBD
One of the signature bands from Seattle in the 1990s, Alice in Chains catapulted to stardom on the strength of 1992's "Dirt" and 1994's "Jar of Flies," both of which went multiplatinum. Originally led by charismatic lead singer Layne Staley and the roaring guitar of Jerry Cantrell, the band took a hiatus after Staley's drug-related death in 2002, but reformed in 2005. In 2009, the band released "Black Gives Way to Blue," with new vocalist and guitar player William DuVall. Their fifth long-player is due out later this year.
Avenged Sevenfold, TBD
Delivering the chaos like an orc army storming over a mountain (with guitars), So Cal metal monsters Avenged Sevenfold have been cleaning the clocks of heavy-music lovers for more than a decade on releases such as their debut, 2001's "Sounding the Seventh Trumpet," to their last long-player, 2010's succinctly titled "Nightmare." Their sixth album, due out in the second half of 2013, will be their first with new drummer Arin Ilejay, and it doubtlessly will take their Megadeth-meets-Misfits sound to new sonic heights.
SOURCE: MSN news