Patiently awaiting part two

Zac Younkins

Zac Younkins

So far, 2014 is shaping up to be the year of long-awaited band reunions. Wu-Tang Clan released a song back in the latter half of 2013 aptly called “Family Reunion” and set the precedent for keeping fans waiting. Their new album, “A Better Tomorrow,” has kept fans on the edge of their seat since October, when RZA announced all that was left to do was record Raekwon’s verses. Four months later, still no news on the forthcoming LP, which would be the group’s first album completely together since 2007.  

One of the most buzzed about reunions is that of the landmark duo, Outkast. Big Boi has been releasing sonically groundbreaking well-received albums since their initial parting, while André 3000 has been busy with occasional acting and the once-in-a-blue-moon song feature. The duo recently announced a slew of festival performances including Cochella, Sasquatch! and the Governors Ball. Big Boi has also hinted at, but not confirmed, new music coming from the duo, and by this point it seems inevitable. The two disbanded after 2006’s flop, “Idlewild.”

Following a stand-out year for Memphis rapper Juicy J, including the Billboard hit album “Stay Trippy” and the No. 1 single “Dark Horse” with Katy Perry, 2014 may also hold a reunion for the cult-favorite Three 6 Mafia. Rap legends M.O.P., Mobb Deep, Clipse, Method Man & Redman, Juvenile and Ja Rule and the Neptunes have all speculated new releases this year as well.

On the rock and roll front, reggae band UB40, Slowdive, Brand New, ABBA and Genesis have announced intentions to reconvene this year.  

In addition, the long-rumored Oasis reunion has been confirmed by Noel Gallagher. Fans are holding out for further word from bands Sublime and the Kinks on possible reunions this year as well.

Led Zeppelin plans to reissue their first three albums this year as well as finally allowing online services like Spotify to release their catalogue. New music, however is of the utmost unlikeliness.

Following the exciting 2013 reunions of Fleetwood Mac and Black Sabbath, and a new album from David Bowie, 2014 will likely bring more reunions for artists like the Kinks who see the potential money to be made. Prince also has a new album to come this year, while The Cure, Red Hot Chili Peppers, My Morning Jacket and Stevie Wonder have all been rumored to be working in the studio. Big things are coming; we just have to be patient.

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