I attend somewhere around 100 concerts per year. Even though one of my New Year's resolutions was to try to slow down a bit this year and go for quality over quantity, as 2013 continues to progress, I realize that's probably not going to happen.
My first quarter of the year has been spent listening to new releases: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds' Push The Sky Away, Depeche Mode's Delta Machine, Atoms For Peace's Amok, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's Specter At The Feast, David Bowie's The Next Day, and the Black Angels' Indigo Meadow. I've already seen what might be my most memorable concert of the year — Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles on Feb. 21 — and an intimate show in New York in March with Depeche Mode. And in the mail I am expecting tickets to more Depeche Mode shows, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Atoms For Peace, and the Black Angels.
In a matter of days, I will see my favorite musician, Trent Reznor, grace the stage for the first time since 2009 with his new band, How To Destroy Angels. And Nine Inch Nails are set to return to the stage after a several-year hiatus later this year. Always an innovator, I look forward to seeing what kind of interesting things Reznor has in store for his live shows.
It looks like I'll finally be seeing the Rolling Stones in May, and I'm waiting to see if tour rumors become a reality for some of my other favorite classic bands, including Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin (fingers crossed for Bowie, too).
Highly anticipated upcoming albums include Ghost B.C.'s Infestissumam (April 16) and Alice In Chains' The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here (May 28). I'll also be curious to hear the new Rick Rubin-produced Black Sabbath album, 13 (June 11) — the first release recorded in 35 years featuring Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi and Ozzy Osbourne. I also can't wait to hear new albums in the works by Toxic Holocaust, Kyng, Black Anvil, Queens Of The Stone Age, Tool, and Mastodon.
Dave Grohl's Sound City documentary has been a great way to kick off 2013, and I'm highly anticipating seeing A Band Called Death, Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer and the Killing Joke documentary, The Death And Resurrection Show. I'm also looking forward to the Metallica 3-D film, Metallica — Through The Never, due Aug. 9. Also, the Alice In Chains "mockumentary" that recently came out is a must-see.
I am looking forward to reading the recently released autobiography by Pantera's Rex Brown, Official Truth, 101 Proof: The Inside Story Of Pantera, and Rainbow In The Dark: The Autobiography Of Ronnie James Dio, which is set for release this year. I also can't wait to check out Experiencing Nirvana: Grunge In Europe, 1989.
Alongside all of the new music, concerts, biographies, and documentaries, I look forward to seeing how social media and music will progress throughout the year. Things are moving at lightning speed, and I can't wait to see how I'm using things differently to share my rockin' music moments by the end of this year.