2008 was a huge year for rock ... and 2009 looks like it could be even bigger. So all this week, we're taking stock of the things guaranteed to rock this year. From the triumphant returns of some of the biggest bands on the planet to a handful of up-and-coming acts that we're expecting big things from in '09, we've got it all covered. This is Rock Week, on MTVNews.com.
It's not like we're complaining. This year is already shaping up to be a pretty solid one, what with new albums expected from U2, Green Day, Paramore, My Chemical Romance, Tokio Hotel and Mastodon.
But that doesn't mean we can't pine for even more rock action. And so, we present our list of things we'd love to see happen this year:
Guns N' Roses: Yes, we already got the long-awaited Chinese Democracy, and that was ... satisfying. But what could Axl and his band of merry replacements do to really bring it all back home? (You know, short of returning the first stringers.) How about mounting a kick-ass tour and playing the classics without showing up three hours late every night, setting off riots or canceling dates because the color of the green room was too green. Plus, an EP of outtakes and remixes would be kind of dope too.
White Stripes: The Raconteurs are great. But it's been two years since Icky Thump and since Meg came down with "acute anxiety" that cut short that album's tour cycle. Rumors of a seventh album in the works from the duo have floated, but nothing official has been announced yet.
Blink-182: The boys are talking again, and while Tom, Travis and Mark are all working on their own projects, we know a thaw has happened and the door is open to a possible reunion. We're not asking for much — maybe just a few spot shows leading to a full-fledged naked dance party and a new album. That's all.
No Doubt: Not that anyone is counting, but technically, it's been eight years since your last album and almost six since there was any real activity. We know you're working on that new album and that it isn't supposed to be ready until 2010, but a Christmas surprise would be so boss.
Blur: Not that Blur leader Damon Albarn has been slacking since this Britpop act went on hiatus in 1999 (see: solo albums; Gorillaz; the Good, the Bad and the Queen; Monkey), but a new album from the group, and maybe that rumored Coachella headlining reunion slot, is all we're asking for.
Linkin Park: Minutes to Midnight came out in 2006. Hurry up and finish that concept album.
A Perfect Circle, Arctic Monkeys, Evanescence, Korn, the Strokes: Speaking of "hurry up" ...
Led Zeppelin: The rumors have been swirling ever since the three original members of this English juggernaut reunited for a one-night-only show in late 2007, but all along, singer Robert Plant has said he's not down for what would likely be the biggest-grossing tour of all time. Here's to hoping he has a change of heart.
Kid Rock: Yeah, 2007's Rock N Roll Jesus had a slow-burn rise up the charts, but, iTunes be damned, Rock proved once again that he can only do things his way. We're ready for another dose, thank you.
Rage Against the Machine: You got back together, played a bunch of dates, nobody punched anybody in the face backstage (as far as we know) — what gives? Just make a new record, will ya?
Flaming Lips: That Christmas on Mars instrumental album just isn't going to cut it. Cough up the real goods, fellas.
Stone Temple Pilots: You're back together, Scott's solo album was ... interesting, but it's high time to crunch some bones.
The Hold Steady: You've been averaging almost an album a year since 2004. Stay Positive came out last year. Do the math.
Velvet Revolver: Get a new singer already.
For more Rock Week coverage, check out our Rock Rookies of 2009: Kevin Rudolf and Chester French, Hey Monday and Friday Night Boys, and Crooked X and Glasvegas.