1. Red-They had an enormously successful first run with the Grammy-nominated album End of Silence back in 2006. Their new album Innocence & Instinct isn't just 10 tracks (14 for the deluxe), it's an entire experience. Rob Graves, who produced the first album, will produce again proving that "if it ain't broke, don't fix it". On top of all of that, this album is a concept record based on Dante's Inferno. If that doesn't get you hyped up, then maybe a song co-written by Ben Burnley of Breaking Benjamin ("Shadows") will.
2. Creed/Alter Bridge/Led Zeppelin-This is a triple entry because it's hard to say what will happen this year between the three bands. There had been rumors that once Alter Bridge stopped touring that Myles Kennedy would audition for and possibly take over Robert Plant's legendary position as the frontman for Led Zeppelin (which many of their own fans are opposed to). Word has it that if that were to happen that they would not call themselves Led Zeppelin. There are also rumors that Creed will be getting back together for some kind of reunion tour. It would be proof in the music business that you can never truly say never.
3. No Doubt-Everyone that mentions these kinds of lists will mention this group and I'm clearly no different. After two solo efforts from Gwen Stefani, they are hoping to release their first proper album in eight years (Rock Steady in 2001). It's said that they'll come back with a reggae/ska-influenced album that influenced their earlier sound and later singles such as "Underneath It All". They'll be on a full-fledged tour in 2009 along with headlining festivals such as the Bamboozle Festival in New Jersey in May. Their album is easily one of the most anticipated for the year.
4. Green Day-What year is this? 1995? Sorry, Foxboro Hot Tubs fans, it looks like it's going to be a while before you get an album. Green Day fans have been waiting for new music since their Grammy-winning American Idiot in 2004. Unfortunately, not much has been said about this album, but it's Green Day and that's good enough for most everyone.
5. Alice in Chains-OK, so it is 1995 apparently. The grunge gods are back after losing original frontman Layne Staley in 2002 to a heroin overdose. William DuVall, who's been the official lead singer since 2007 is writing and recording new material with the band, the first new music in ten years...the first proper album in 14 (self-titled in 1995).
6. Kelly Clarkson-Kelly put out My December in 2007, a much darker album than any of her previous efforts. Even though the album went on to hit platinum, it had been unpopular with Clive Davis and as a result put her in the doghouse. March's Masquerade will supposedly bring her back to the Breakaway sound that got her the most success. Max Martin, The Doctor Luke, Howard Benson, and One Republic's Ryan Tedder (co-writer of Leona Lewis' Bleeding Love) are all said to have worked on her album.
7. U2-Grammy darlings and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will be returning with No Line on the Horizon, said to be a heavier record with elements of electro. It'll mark their first album since 2004's How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, which marks their longest break for an album ever.
8. Psychostick-Not a band that I would expect you guys to know, but one that I would hope you will grow to love...in your pants. The silly humorcore band from Arizona will be putting out Sandwich, the follow-up to their debut We Couldn't Think of a Title...the album that earned them a record deal with Rock Ridge Records. In a rough economy, they came up with a great idea to fundraise money to record.
9. Halestorm-They were signed in 2005 to Atlantic Records and have been playing shows with Seether, Shinedown, and Flyleaf, to name a few...they even put out a live EP in 2005. However, they have not put out a proper record until now. Their debut album is scheduled to come out sometime this spring and will feature the production of Grammy-nominated producer, Howard Benson.