The slate of April 2016 new music releases begins with Cheap Trick, whose Bang Zoom Crazy ... Hello represents both their first album since 2009's The Latest and their first since Rick Nielsen's son Daxx took over for drummer Bun E. Carlos. And that's just the beginning, as the month promises plenty of cool sounds.

Santana have reunited with most of their classic-era lineup, while Ace Frehley is once again paired with former Kiss bandmate Paul Stanley for one track from Frehley's new album. And Graham Nash releases his first solo disc since 2002 – just after announcing the end of Crosby, Stills and Nash. Similarly, a new disc by Sixx:A.M. fills the void for Nikki Sixx now that Motley Crue have left the road.

Live projects include Lynyrd Skynyrd's Pronounced ‘Lĕh-‘nérd ‘Skin’nérd and Second Helping performed in their entirety; a Motorhead date in Rio De Janeiro from 2011; Rainbow at Donington in 1980; and a pair of Bad Company dates from their classic '70s era, among others.

Meanwhile, the schedule of classic rock reissues features Derek and the Dominos' Layla and Derek and the Dominos in Concert; Deep Purple's Stormbringer and Come Taste the Band; Phil Collins' No Jacket Required and Testify; and Foghat's Bearsville-era albums. Then there's Metallica's huge reexaminations of early favorites Kill ‘Em All and Ride the Lightning.

That's to say nothing of the avalanche of tasty stuff associated with the annual Record Store Day.

More information on these and other classic-rock releases can be found below. And remember to look at our updated list of 2016 New Music Releases for details on music issued throughout the year.

  • April 1

    Cheap Trick, Bang Zoom Crazy … Hello

    Derek and the Dominos, Layla; Derek and the Dominos in Concert (remastered reissues)

    Todd Rundgren, Live at the Forum: London 1994

  • April 8

    Lynyrd Skynyrd, Pronounced ‘Lĕh-‘nérd ‘Skin’nérd & Second Helping: Live From Jacksonville (DVD)

    Motörhead, Hellfire: Recorded In Rio De Janeiro 2011 (DVD)

    Zakk Wylde, Book of Shadows II

    Deep Purple, Stormbringer; Come Taste the Band: 35th Anniversary Edition

    Peter Wolf, A Cure for Loneliness

  • April 15

  • April 16

    (Record Store Day 2016)


    The Animals, Animal Tracks - Format: 10" Vinyl

    David Bowie, I Dig Everything - The Pye Years 1966 - Format: 12" Vinyl

    David Bowie, The Man Who Sold The World - Format: 12" Picture Disc

    David Bowie, "TVC15" - Format: 7" Picture Disc

    Paul Butterfield Blues Band / Albert King, "Born Under a Bad Sign" - Format: 7" Colored Vinyl

    Cheap Trick, Found New Parts - Format: 10" Vinyl

    The Doors, "Roadhouse Blues (Live)"/"A Feast of Friends" - Format: 7" Vinyl

    The Doors, Live at the Aquarius: The First Performance - Format: 3 x LP

    Bob Dylan, "Melancholy Mood" - Format: 7" Colored Vinyl

    Fleetwood Mac, (Alternative) Tusk - Format: 2 x LP

    Grateful Dead, Capitol Theatre, Passaic NJ 4/25/77 - Format: 4 x LP

    Iron Maiden, Empire of the Clouds - Format: 12" Picture Disc

    Jethro Tull, Too Old To Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young to Die! - Format: LP

    Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Sinner LP - Format: LP

    The Kinks, "Mister Pleasant" - Format: 7" Vinyl

    The Kinks, Dave Davies Hits - Format: 7" Vinyl

    The Monkees, Classic Album Collection - Format: Vinyl Box Set

    The Monkees, "Saturday's Child"/"You Just May Be The One" - Format: 7" Picture Disc

    Moody Blues, Moody Blues #1 - Format: LP

    Mudcrutch, "Trailer"/"Beautiful World" - Format: 7" Vinyl

    Graham Nash, This Path Tonight - Format: LP

    Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Kiss My Amps II - Format: LP

    Sex Pistols, Never Mind The Bollocks Here's The Sex Pistols - Format: 12" Picture Disc


    The Move, Something Else By the Move - Format: 7" Vinyl

    The Runaways, The Runaways: Right Now/Black Leather - Format: 7" Colored Vinyl

    Todd Rundgren & Utopia, Disco Jets - Format: LP

    The Turtles, "Happy Together" - Format: 7" Colored Vinyl


    Cheap Trick, At Budokan: The Complete Concert - Format: 2 x LP

    Creedence Clearwater Revival, 1969 Box Set - Format: Vinyl Box Set

    Jimi Hendrix, Smash Hits - Format: LP

    Iggy & The Stooges, METALLIC K.O. - Format: LP

    Metallica, Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité, Metallica! - Live at Le Bataclan. Paris, France - June 11th, 2003 - Format: CD

    Ramones, "Judy Is A Punk" - Format: 7" Vinyl

    Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention, "My Guitar" / "Dog Breath" - Format: 7" Colored Vinyl

  • April 22

  • April 29

  • May and Beyond