This year promised some heavy sounds, as Judas Priest, Ace Frehley, Bruce Dickinson and Mick Mars issuing new albums.

Judas Priest topped the early release schedule with Invincible Shield. There had actually been talk of leaving 2018's Firepower as the band's final album, but Rob Halford said excitement around the release ended up sparking new material. Meanwhile, The Mandrake Project finds Iron Maiden's frontman returning to solo work after previously issuing Tyranny of Souls in 2005.

Frehley's 10,000 Volts is his first album of original material since 2018's Spaceman. The former Kiss star released the covers collection Origins Vol. 2 in 2020. Mars, the retired Motley Crue guitarist, will finally unveil his long-awaited debut album. He'd spent more than a decade working on Another Side of Mars.

Elsewhere, 2024 was set to bring new projects from Blackberry Smoke, Sheryl Crow, Green Day and Lenny Kravitz, among others. The Smile, a Radiohead offshoot band featuring Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood, will also issue Wall of Eyes. This is their second LP, following 2022's A Light for Attracting Attention.

Also scheduled to arrive were key reissues from Paul McCartney and Wings, Peter Frampton and the Average White Band, with intriguing live stuff on the way from the Allman Brothers Band, Rolling Stones, Dire Straits, Rick Wakeman and the Babys.

More information on these and other pending rock albums can be found below. Remember to follow this continuously updated list of new music releases for details on records issued throughout the year.

Jan. 5
The Babys, Live at the Bottom Line 1979
The English Beat, I Just Can’t Stop It (expanded reissue)

Jan. 12
The Allman Brothers Band, Manley Field House, Syracuse University, April 7, 1972 (2CD set)
Jim Peterik [Survivor/Ides of March], Roots & Shoots Vol. 1 (with Night Ranger's Kelly Keagy, 38 Special's Don Barnes, Grand Funk's Mark Farner)
Lou Reed, Hudson River Wind Meditations (remastered reissue)
Trevor Horn [Yes/Buggles], Echoes: Ancient and Modern

Jan. 19
Dire Straits, Dire Straits: Live 1978-1992 (8CD box)
Green Day, Saviors
Robby Krieger [The Doors], Robby Krieger and the Soul Savages
The Rolling Stones, Hackney Diamonds: Live Edition (2CD set)
Sleater-Kinney, Little Rope
Various artists, Pushin' Too Hard: American Garage Punk 1964-1967 (3CD box with Captain Beefheart, ? and the Mysterians, Paul Revere and the Raiders, others)

Jan. 26
10cc, 20 Years: 1972-1992 (14CD box)
Firefall, The Singles A’s & B’s (2CD set)
Mitch Ryder, The Roof is on Fire (2CD live album)
The Smile, Wall of Eyes

Feb. 2
Average White Band, AWB: A 50th Anniversary Celebration (15CD box); AWB (50th anniversary half-speed master edition)
Nils Lofgren, Nights Fade Away / Wonderland (remastered reissue)
Paul McCartney and Wings, Band on the Run (expanded 2CD 50th anniversary reissue)
Peter Frampton, Where I Should Be (remastered reissue)
Spooky Tooth, You Broke My Heart So … I Busted Your Jaw / Witness (remastered reissue)
UFO, Lights Out (remastered and expanded reissue)

Feb. 9
Muscle Shoals Horns, Born To Get Down / Doin' It to the Bone / Shine On (2CD reissue)
Revolution Saints [Deen Castronovo], Against the Winds

Feb. 16
Blackberry Smoke, Be Right Here
Cutting Crew, All For You: The Virgin Years 1986-1992 (3CD box)
Gentle Giant, The Missing Piece (remixed and expanded reissue)
The Immediate Family [Danny Kortchmar, Waddy Wachtel], Skin in the Game
Rick Wakeman, Live at the London Palladium 2023 (4CD box)
Sean Ono Lennon, Asterisms
Various artists, New Guitars in Town: Power Pop 1978-1982 (3CD box with Squeeze, Elvis Costello, The Jam, Boomtown Rats, Buzzcocks, others)
Various artists, Patterns on the Window: The British Progressive Pop Sounds of 1974 (3CD box with Bryan Ferry, Mick Ronson, Status Quo, Thin Lizzy, Spencer Davis Group, others)

Feb. 23
Ace Frehley, 10,000 Volts
Andy Jackson [Pink Floyd], AI AJ (CD/Blu-Ray editions)
Anthony Phillips [Genesis] and Harry Williamson, Gypsy Suite (expanded remastered reissue)
Davy Jones [Monkees], The Bell Records Story (expanded reissue)
Dream Academy, Religion, Revolution & Railways (7CD box)
Kim Wilde, Love Blonde: The RAK Years (4CD box)
Mick Mars [Motley Crue], The Other Side of Mars
Modern English, 1 2 3 4
Procol Harum, Shine On Brightly (remastered vinyl edition)
Rod Stewart with Jools Holland, Swing Fever

March 1
Bruce Dickinson [Iron Maiden], The Mandrake Project
Bruce Hornsby and yMusic, Deep Sea Vents
Rik Emmett [Triumph], Diamonds: The Best of the Hard Rock Years 1990-1995 (expanded reissue)
Liam Gallagher and John Squire, Liam Gallagher and John Squire
Walter Trout [Canned Heat/John Mayall], Broken
The Who, Live at Shea Stadium 1982

March 8
Alice Cooper, Billion Dollar Babies: 50th Anniversary Edition
Rolling Stones, Live at the Wiltern
Judas Priest, Invincible Shield

March 15
Black Crowes, Happiness Bastards
Peter Garrett [Midnight Oil], The True North
Phish, The Spectrum ’97 (6CD box)
Scott Stapp [Creed], Higher Power

March 22
The Cure, Paris: 30th Anniversary Expanded Edition
Rick Vito [Fleetwood Mac], Cadillac Man
Various artists, I See You Live on Love Street: Music From Laurel Canyon 1967-1975 (3CD box with Byrds, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Mamas and Papas, Buffalo Springfield, Poco, Warren Zevon and others)

March 29
Chris Spedding [Bryan Ferry, Paul McCartney, Harry Nilsson], Songs Without Words (remastered reissue)
Deep Purple, Machine Head: Super Deluxe Edition
Jack Bruce, Smiles & Grins: Broadcast Sessions 1970-2001 (4CD/2 Blu-ray box)
Lillian Axe, The Box Volume Two: The Quickening (6CD box)
Michael Schenker Group, Is It Loud Enough? Michael Schenker: 1980-1983 (6CD box)
Nektar, Recycled (remastered and expanded 5CD box)
Nico [Velvet Underground], The Marble Index; Desertshore (expanded reissues)
Sheryl Crow, Evolution
Van Der Graaf Generator, Van Der Graaf Live (remastered 2CD set); Still Life (remastered vinyl release)
Various artists, Moving Away From the Pulsebeat: Post-Punk Britain 1977-1981 (5CD box with the Cure, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Buzzcocks, Echo and the Bunnymen, others)

April 5
Black Keys, Ohio Players
Dixie Dregs, Free Fall / What If / Night of the Living Dregs (2CD set)
Foghat, Slow Ride: Live in Concert (CD/DVD and Blu-ray)
Hawkwind, Stories From Time and Space (CD and double vinyl)
Larry Campbell [Bob Dylan] and Teresa Williams, All This Time
Marcus King, Mood Swings
Yes, Mirror to the Sky (expanded 2CD/Blu-ray reissue)

April 12
Eagles, To the Limit: The Essential Collection (3CD set)
Emerson Lake and Powell, The Complete Collection (3CD set)
Blue Oyster Cult, Ghost Stories
John Lodge [Moody Blues], Days of Future Passed: My Sojourn
Mark Knopfler, One Deep River

April 19
Bruce Springsteen, Best of Bruce Springsteen
The Fall, Live at the Witch Trials (vinyl edition)
Flying Burrito Brothers, Live in Amsterdam 1972 (2CD set)
Gene Clark [Byrds], The Lost Studio Sessions 1964-1982
Ian Hunter, Defiance Part 2: Fiction (Black Crowes, Cheap Trick, Def Leppard, Jeff Beck, Taylor Hawkins, Pearl Jam, others)
Melvins, Tarantula Heart
Pearl Jam, Dark Matter
T Bone Burnett, The Other Side
UB40, UB45
UFO, Covenant + Sharks (expanded 3CD reissue)
Various artists, Glen Campbell Duets: Ghost on the Canvas Sessions (Elton John, Sting, Carole King, Eric Clapton, Brian Wilson, others)
Various artists, Live on Mountain Stage: Outlaws and Outliers (Wilco, Jason Isbell, others)
Various artists, Reimagining the Court of the Crimson King (Todd Rundgren, King Crimson's Mel Collins and Jakko Jakszyk, Ian Paice, Joe Lynn Turner, Carmine Appice, others)
Various artists, We Still Can't Say Good Bye: A Musicians' Tribute to Chet Atkins (Eric Clapton, James Taylor, others)

April 20
Record Store Day 2024

Ace Frehley, 10,000 Volts (Picture disc LP)
Alan Parsons Project, Pyramid: Work In Progress (LP)
America, Live From the Hollywood Bowl 1975 (2LP)
Average White Band, Live at the Rainbow Theatre 1974 (LP)
Beatles, "I Want To Hold Your Hand," "I Saw Her Standing There," "She Loves You," "Til There Was You," (3-inch singles); limited edition RSD3 turntable
Black Crowes, "Wanting and Waiting" (7-inch vinyl)
Captain Beefheart, The Spotlight Kid: Deluxe Edition (2LP)
Cure, The Top (Picture disc LP)
David Bowie, Waiting in the Sky: Before the Starman Came to Earth (LP)
Dio, The Last in Line: 40th Anniversary Zoetrope Picture Disc (LP); The Last in Live: 40 Years of 'The Last in Line' (12-inch picture disc)
Doors, Live at Konserthuset, Stockholm, September 20, 1968 (LP box set/ 2CD)
Emerson Lake and Palmer, Pictures at an Exhibition (Picture disc LP)
Eric Carr [Kiss], Unfinished Business: Deluxe Edition (2LP/CD)
Faces, The BBC Session Recordings (2LP)
Fleetwood Mac, Rumours (Picture disc LP)
Foghat, Permission to Jam: Live in New Orleans 1973 (2LP)
GBI [Dave Grohl, Charlie Benante, Scott Ian], The Regulator (7-inch vinyl)
George Harrison, Electronic Sound: Zoetrope Picture Disc (LP); Wonderwall Music: Zoetrope Picture Disc (LP)
Grateful Dead, Nightfall of Diamonds (4LP)
Iggy and the Stooges, Live at Lokerse Feesten 2005 (LP)
Jerry Garcia Band, Electric on the Eel: June 10th, 1989 (4LP)
Jim Croce, Live: The Final Tour (LP)
Joe Strummer [Clash], Rock Art and the X-Ray Style: 25th Anniversary Edition (2LP)
Linda Ronstadt, The Asylum Albums: 1973-1977 (4LP)
Lowell George [Little Feat], Thanks, I'll Eat It Here: Deluxe Edition (2LP)
Mark Knopfler, The Boy (12-inch vinyl EP)
Motley Crue, Supersonic and Demonic Relics (2LP picture disc)
Motorhead, Remorse? No! (2LP)
Nico [Velvet Underground], At the Live Inn, Tokyo '86 (LP)
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Magic Secrets No. 2 (7-inch vinyl)
Pearl Jam, Dark Matter (LP)
Pixies, Live From Red Rocks 2005 (2LP)
Ramones, The 1975 Sire Demos (LP)
Replacements, Not Ready for Prime Time: Live at the Cabaret Metro, Chicago, IL, January 11, 1986 (2LP)
Rolling Stones, The Rolling Stones (LP)
Sleater-Kinney, This Time / Here Today (7-inch vinyl)
Talking Heads, Live at WCOZ '77 (2LP)
Tesla, Real 2 Reel (2LP)
Todd Rundgren, Todd (2LP)
Tom Verlaine [Television], Souvenir From a Dream – The Tom Verlaine Albums: 1979-1984 (4LP)
Various Artists, Even More Dazed and Confused: Music From the Motion Picture (LP)
Various Artists, The Power of the Heart: A Tribute to Lou Reed (LP)
Wilco, The Whole Love Expanded (LP box set)
Yardbirds, Psycho Daisies: The Complete B-Sides (LP); Five Live Yardbirds (LP)
Yes, Yale Bowl '71 (LP)

Amboy Dukes, Journey to the Center of the Mind (LP)
Collective Soul, Dosage: 25th Anniversary Edition (LP)
Cranberries, Bury the Hatchet: The Complete Sessions (2LP)
Def Leppard, One Night Only: Live at the Leadmill 2023 (2LP)
Dr. John, Gris-Gris Gumbo Ya Ya: Singles 1968-1974 (2LP)
Elton John, Caribou: 50th Anniversary Edition (2LP)
Flying Burrito Brothers, Live in Amsterdam 1972 (2LP)
Frank Zappa, Zappa For President (2LP)
Gene Clark [Byrds], The Lost Studio Sessions 1964-1982 (2LP); No Other Sessions: 50th Anniversary Edition (2LP)
Ian Hunter, Defiance Part 2 – Fiction: Deluxe Edition (2LP)
John Lennon, Mind Games (Color EP)
Little Richard, Right Now! (LP)
Monkees, The Birds, the Bees and the Monkees (LP)
Mr. Big, The Big Finish - Lean Into It Live (LP)
Neil Young with Crazy Horse, Fuckin' Up (2LP)
Ringo Starr, Crooked Boy (marble-vinyl EP release)
Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman [Byrds], Sweetheart of the Rodeo 50th Anniversary: Live (2LP)
Rolling Stones, Live at Racket NYC (LP)
Sonic Youth, Hits Are for Squares (2LP)
T. Rex, Zinc Alloy: 50th Anniversary Zoetrope Picture Disc (LP)
Television, Live at the Academy (2LP)
Thin Lizzy, Live at Hammersmith 16/11/1976 (2LP)
Todd Rundgren, Liars (2LP)
U2, Atomic City: U2/UV Live At Sphere, Las Vegas (10-inch vinyl single)
Who, The Story of the Who (2LP)

Ann Wilson [Heart] and Tripsitter, Live in Concert (2LP)
Lenny Kaye and Friends, Live at the Cat's Cradle: A 50th Anniversary Celebration of Nuggets (LP)

April 26
Accept, Humanoid
Billy Idol, Rebel Yell: 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (expanded reissue)
Def Leppard, Pyromania: 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (expanded reissue)
Neil Young with Crazy Horse, Fuckin' Up (general release)
Renaissance, Tuscany (expanded 3CD set)
Ringo Starr, Crooked Boy (digital EP release)
Tina Turner, What's Love Got to Do With It (expanded 30th anniversary reissue)

May 3
Indigo Girls, Glitter & Doom: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Maurice White [Earth Wind and Fire], Manifestation: Deluxe Edition
Melanie, Central Park 1974 (2CD set)
The Yardbirds, The Ultimate Live at the BBC (4CD box)
Various artists, Holland-Dozier-Holland: Detroit 1969-1977 (4CD box)

May 10
John Entwistle [The Who], John Entwistle: The Ox Box Set (6CD box)
Kings of Leon, Can We Please Have Fun
Peter Gabriel, Back to Front: Live in London (Blu-ray)
Queen, Queen Rock Montreal (2CD/3LP)
Sebastian Bach [Skid Row], Child Within the Man
The Staple Singers, Africa ’80

May 17
Collective Soul, Here to Eternity
Don McLean, American Boys
Joe Bonamassa, Live at the Hollywood Bowl With Orchestra (CD/DVD set)
John Oates, Reunion
Kerry King [Slayer], From Hell I Rise
Little Feat, Sam's Place
Oliver Wakeman [Yes], Anam Cara
Pink Floyd, Animals 2018 Remix: Dolby Atmos (Blu-ray/digital)
Robin Trower, Bridge of Sighs (4CD 50th anniversary edition)
Slash, Orgy of the Damned
Various artists, Long Distance Love: A Sweet Relief Tribute to Lowell George (Elvis Costello, Ben Harper, Dave Alvin, others)

May 24
Lenny Kravitz, Blue Electric Light
Paul Weller, 66
Michael Shrieve [Santana], Drums of Compassion
Rainbow, Boston 1981
Yes, Talk (expanded 4CD anniversary reissue)

May 31
Anthony Phillips [Genesis], The Golden Hour: Private Parts and Pieces XII
Black Sabbath, Anno Domini 1989-1995 (4CD box)
Crowded House, Gravity Stairs
Enuff Z'nuff, The 1987 Demos
Howard Jones, Human's Lib; Dream Into Action (CD and Blu-ray reissues)
Iron Butterfly, Live at the Galaxy 1967
The Rascals, It's Wonderful: The Atlantic Studio Recordings (7CD box)
Ratt, Rarities
R.E.M., Fables of the Reconstruction (vinyl reissue)
Richard Thompson, Ship to Shore
Ringo Starr, Crooked Boy (black vinyl/compact disc EP release)
Squackett [Chris Squire and Steve Hackett], A Life Within a Day (CD and Blu-ray reissue)
Various artists, No Songs Tomorrow: Darkwave, Ethereal Rock and Cold Wave 1981-1990 (4CD box with the Cure, Dead Can Dance, Cocteau Twins, Soft Cell, others)

June 7
Bon Jovi, Forever
Human League, The Sound of the Crowd: Greatest Hits in Concert (2CD/DVD set)
Loverboy, Live in ’82 (CD/Blu-ray set)
Robert Hunter [Grateful Dead], Tales of the Great Rum Runners (2CD deluxe edition)
Various artists, Ben and Jerry's Newport Folk Festival '88 Live Volume 2: Mementos (Dr. John, Richard Thompson, Taj Mahal, others)

June 14
Black Country Communion, V
David Bowie, Rock 'n' Roll Star (5CD/Blu-ray box)
John Cale [Velvet Underground], POPtical Illusion
Little Feat, Feats Don't Fail Me Now (expanded reissue)
UFO, Ain't Misbehavin' (expanded vinyl EP reissue)

June 21
Grateful Dead, Mars Hotel: 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition
Jethro Tull, Bursting Out: The Inflated Edition (expanded 3CD/3DVD reissue)
Marillion, An Hour Before It's Dark: Live in Port Zelande 2023 (2CD set)
Various artists, Petty Country: A Country Music Celebration of Tom Petty

June 28
Al Stewart, Past, Present and Future: 50th Anniversary Limited Edition (3CD/Blu-ray)
Gerry Beckley [America], Gerry Beckley

July 5
Melissa Etheridge, I'm Not Broken: Live From Topeka Correctional Facility

July 12
Phish, Evolve

Aug. 2
Brian Ray [Paul McCartney], My Town

Aug. 30
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Wild God

Sept. 30
Jackson Browne, For Everyman (vinyl reissue)

TBA / Rumored:
Ace Frehley, Origins, Vol. 3
Adler (untitled, details here)
Bad Company (untitled, details here)
Bruce Springsteen, Tracks 2; Covers Vol. 2
Chris Robinson (untitled, details here)
David Crosby (untitled, details here)
George Clinton, One Nation Under Sedation
Jerry Lee Lewis (untitled, details here)
Joe Walsh (untitled, details here)
Kinks (untitled reunion LP, details here)
Krokus, (untitled, details here)
Lemmy Kilmister, (untitled solo debut, details here)
MC5, Heavy Lifting
Mick Mars (untitled John Corabi collaboration, details here)
Neil Young, Ragged Glory (expanded edition)
Robert Plant (untitled, details here)
Robin Taylor Zander [Cheap Trick] (untitled solo debut)
Roger Waters (untitled, details here)
Steve Perry (untitled, details here)
U2, Songs of Ascent
ZZ Top (untitled, details here)

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