The early slate of 2021 new music releases is unusually full, after several albums were pushed back in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. At the same time, being off the road apparently gave others space to complete studio recordings.

Alice Cooper found inspiration in his hometown – but that doesn't mean he slipped into easy nostalgia. He says Detroit Stories will "have a lot of different flavors," admitting that he liked "breaking out of the mode where an Alice Cooper album sounds like an Alice Cooper album."

Former Van Halen bassist Wolfgang Van Halen will also release his new band Mammoth WVH's debut album early in the year. He's already issued the first solo single, "Distance," which honored his late father Eddie Van Halen, and announced his first show.

The Foo Fighters are back with a nine-song follow-up to 2017's Concrete and Gold. Medicine at Midnight, their 10th album, was confirmed when the group debuted the lead track "Shame Shame" during a recent live performance on Saturday Night Live.

The Dead Daisies return with a different lineup on their upcoming fifth album. Holy Ground will be the first to feature former Black Sabbath and Deep Purple member Glenn Hughes. He's joined by ex-Whitesnake guitarist Doug Aldrich, guitarist David Lowy and onetime Journey drummer Deen Castronovo.

Steve Lukather and Joseph Williams are also releasing tandem solo projects. Both albums feature guest turns by one another, as well as contributions from fellow Toto member David Paich. Ringo Starr also makes an appearance on Lukather's record, performing on the lead single "Run to Me." Lukather has been a member of Ringo's All Starr Band since 2012.

Singer Jon Davison and bassist Billy Sherwood of Yes have joined with one of the band's current onstage drummers, Jay Schellen, to form an offshoot prog-rock group called Arc of Life. Their self-titled debut also features guitarist Jimmy Haun (who appeared on Yes' Union album) and keyboard player Dave Kerzner. Davison said they plan to hit the road in 2021.

More information on these and other 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. 1
The Black Keys, Brothers: Deluxe Remastered Anniversary Edition
Sly & Robbie, Red Hills Road

Jan. 8
Barry Gibb, Greenfields: The Gibb Brothers’ Songbook, Vol. 1
Grateful Dead, Road Trips, Vol. 4 No. 5: Boston Music Hall 6/9/76 (3CD set)
Ian Hunter and Mott the Hoople, Gold (3CD set)
Janis Ian, Hope
Lickerish Quartet [Jellyfish], Threesome Vol. 2
Paul Weller, Wake Up the Nation: 10th Anniversary Edition
Sammy Hagar and the Circle, Lockdown 2020

Jan. 15
Accept, Too Mean to Die
Dr. Hook, Bankrupt / A Little Bit More (single-disc reissue)
Europe, Gold (3CD set)
Jeff Tweedy, Love Is the King (vinyl)
Matthew Sweet, Catspaw
Peter Paul and Mary, Peter, Paul & Mommy, Too (DVD)
Peter Schilling, Vis Visa
Stevie Nicks, Live in Concert: The 24 Karat Gold Tour (Blu-ray)

Jan. 22
Bob Mould, Distortion: 1996-2007 (8LP vinyl set)
Brian Eno, Film Music 1976-2020
Buzzcocks, 30: Live in the London (2LP red vinyl); Late for the Train: Live and In Session 1989-2016 (6CD set)
Fraternity [Bon Scott], Seasons of Change: The Complete Recordings 1970-1974 (3CD clamshell set)
Dead Daisies [Glenn Hughes], Holy Ground
Perry Farrell, The Glitz; The Glamour (7LP vinyl set)
Robin Trower, The Complete Atlantic Recordings (2CD set)
Steve Hackett, Under a Mediterranean Sky

Jan. 29
Bob Marley, Songs of Freedom: The Island Years (3CD set)
J Mascis [Dinosaur Jr.], Martin and Me (yellow vinyl); Fed Up and Feeling Strange: Live and In Person 1993-1998 (3CD set)
John Mayall, The First Generation 1965-1974 (35CD set)
Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul, Macca to Mecca!
Martin Gore [Depeche Mode], The Third Chimpanzee (five-song EP)
Steven Wilson, The Future Bites
Tommy James and the Shondells, Celebration: The Complete Roulette Recordings 1966-73 (6CD set)
Various artists, For the Good Times: The Songs of Kris Kristofferson [Roger McGuinn, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Isaac Hayes, others]

Feb. 5
Arcade Fire, Reflektor (vinyl reissue)
Curved Air, The Albums 1970-1973 (4CD clamshell box)
Downes Braide Association [Yes' Geoff Downes], Halcyon Hymns
Dusty Springfield, The Complete Atlantic Singles 1968-1971
Fine Young Cannibals, Fine Young Cannibals; The Raw and the Cooked (expanded edition reissues)
Foo Fighters, Medicine at Midnight

Feb. 12
Arc of Life [Yes' Jon Davison and Billy Sherwood], Arc of Life
The Band, Stage Fright: 50th Anniversary Edition
Black Sabbath, Vol 4: Super Deluxe Edition
Carole King, Tapestry (vinyl reissue)
Dio, Evil or Divine: Live in New York City
Huey Lewis and the News, Plan B; Soulsville (reissues)
Love and Death [Korn's Brian "Head" Welch], Perfectly Preserved
Pretty Reckless, Death By Rock and Roll [with Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron, Tom Morello]
Todd Rundgren, Nearly Human (expanded deluxe edition)
Tommy Bolin, Shake the Devil: The Lost Sessions

Feb. 19
Edie Brickell and New Bohemians, Hunter and the Dog Star
Frank Zappa, Zappa: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (3CD set)
Hearty Har [sons of John Fogerty], Radio Astro
Nilsson, Gold (3CD set)
Various artists, Staring at the Rudeboys: The British Ska Revival 1979-1989 [3CD set with the Specials, Madness, others]
Whitesnake, The Blues Album

Feb. 26
Alice Cooper, Detroit Stories
Black Crowes, Shake Your Money Maker (expanded 30th anniversary reissue)
Bob Dylan, Bob Dylan – 1970 (3CD set)
Bonnie Tyler, The Best Is Yet to Come
Georgia Satellites, Ultimate Georgia Satellites (3CD set)
Ike and Tina Turner, Come Together; ’Nuff Said (single-disc reissue)
Jackie DeShannon, Laurel Canyon; Put a Little Love In Your Heart; To Be Free; Songs (two-disc reissue)
Joseph Williams [Toto], Denizen Tenant
Lynyrd Skynyrd, Nothing Comes Easy: 1991-2012 (5CD clamshell box)
Melvins, Working With God
Neil Young, Way Down in the Rust Bucket
Residents, Freak Show (3CD reissue)
Steve Lukather, I Found the Sun Again
Various artists, Oh! You Pretty Things: Glam Queens and Street Urchins 1970-76 [3CD set, with Roxy Music, Electric Light Orchestra, Lou Reed, Sweet, others]

March 5
Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell; Mob Rules (deluxe edition reissues)
Kings of Leon, When You See Yourself
Neil Young, Archives Vol. II: 1972-1976 (10CD set)
Soul Station [Paul Stanley], Now and Then
Teenage Fanclub, Endless Arcade

March 12
Madness, Our House: The Very Best of Madness
Rob Zombie, The Lunar Injection Kool Aid Eclipse Conspiracy
Saga, Symmetry (vinyl release)

March 19
Andrew Farriss [INXS], Andrew Farriss
Chris Cornell, No One Sings Like You Anymore
Ringo Starr, Zoom In [five-song EP with Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Dave Grohl, others]
Steve Earle and the Dukes, J.T.
Sting, Duets [Eric Clapton, Annie Lennox, Sam Moore, others]
Ten Years After, A Sting in the Tale (deluxe edition reissue)

March 26
Joe Strummer, Assembly
Jon Anderson, Olias of Sunhillow (2CD expanded reissue)
Level 42, The Complete Polydor Years Vol. 1: 1980-1984 (10CD set)
Liquid Tension Experiment, LTE3
Neil Young, Young Shakespeare
Smith/Kotzen [Adrian Smith and Richie Kotzen], Smith/Kotzen
Spirit, Son of America (3CD expanded reissue)
Tower of Power, 50 Years of Funk & Soul: Live at the Fox Theater (2CD set)

April 2
Al Stewart, Year of the Cat (3CD/1DVD 45th-anniversary deluxe reissue)
Beat Farmers, Tales of the New West (deluxe edition reissue)
The Damned, Punk Oddities & Rare Tracks 1977-1982
Mark Bryan [Hootie and the Blowfish], Midlife Priceless
Various artists, The Best of Bond … James Bond [2CD reissue with Paul McCartney, Tina Turner, Duran Duran and others]

April 9
Cheap Trick, In Another World
Fleetwood Mac, Live: Super Deluxe Edition
Lynyrd Skynyrd, Live at Knebworth '76

April 16
Greta Van Fleet, The Battle at Garden’s Gate
Jethro Tull, A (A La Mode): 40th Anniversary Edition

April 23
Bad Brains, Bad Brains (vinyl reissue)
Dr. Hook, Pleasure & Pain / Sometimes You Win (single-disc reissue)
Motorhead, Louder Than Noise … Live in Berlin
Peter Frampton, Frampton Forgets the Words
Steve Cropper, Fire It Up
Various artists, Riding the Rock Machine: British '70s Classic Rock [3CD clamshell box with the Who, Rainbow, Jethro Tull, Mott the Hoople, Electric Light Orchestra, the Faces, Uriah Heep and others]

April 30
Del Amitri, Fatal Mistakes
Gary Moore, How Blue Can You Get
Howard Jones, In the Running (3CD/1DVD expanded reissue)
Jon Anderson, Animation (expanded reissue)
Marianne Faithfull, She Walks in Beauty [Nick Cave, Brian Eno]
Mick Fleetwood & Friends, Celebrate the Music of Peter Green and the Early Years of Fleetwood Mac
Renaissance, Ashes Are Burning: An Anthology Live in Concert (2CD/1DVD/Blu-ray)
Saga, The Best of Saga (2CD set)
Teenage Fanclub, Endless Arcade (vinyl release)

May 7
Nancy Wilson [Heart], You and Me
New Order, Education Entertainment Recreation (1CD/Blu-ray)
Tony Joe White, Smoke from the Chimney
Weezer, Van Weezer

May 14
Juliana Hatfield, Blood
Levara, Levara [Steve Lukather, Steve Perry, Joseph Williams]
Myles Kennedy, The Ides of March
Steve Goodman, It Sure Looked Good On Paper: The Steve Goodman Demos

May 21
Gary Numan, Intruder

May 28
Peter Cetera, Love, Glory Honor and Heart: The Complete Full Moon and Warner Bros. Recordings (1981-1992)

June 11
Mammoth WVH, Mammoth WVH

Oct. 8
Various artists, The Best of Bond … James Bond [2CD reissue with Paul McCartney, Tina Turner, Duran Duran and others] (vinyl release)

TBA / Rumored:
Ace Frehley, Origins, Vol. 3; untitled original project
Adler (untitled, details here)
Bad Company (untitled, details here)
Billy Gibbons (untitled, details here)
Chris Robinson (untitled, details here)
Doobie Brothers, (untitled EP, details here)
Extreme (untitled, details here)
George Clinton, One Nation Under Sedation
George Harrison, All Things Must Pass (expanded and remixed)
Guns N' Roses (untitled, details here)
Iron Maiden (untitled, details here)
Jerry Lee Lewis (untitled, details here)
Journey (untitled, details here)
KK's Priest [K.K. Downing, Tim "Ripper" Owens and Les Binks], untitled debut album
Kinks (untitled reunion LP, details here)
Killers, Imploding the Mirage
Krokus (untitled, details here)
Lemmy Kilmister (untitled solo debut, details here)
Mick Mars (untitled solo debut, details here); (untitled John Corabi collaboration, details here)
Neil Young, Ragged Glory (expanded edition)
Pink Floyd, Animals (5.1 surround-sound reissue)
Robert Plant (untitled, details here)
Scorpions (untitled, details here)
Sixx:A.M. (untitled, details here)
Skid Row (untitled, details here)
Styx (untitled, details here)
Todd Rundgren, Space Force
ZZ Top (untitled, details here)