When all's said and done, 2009 might be remembered as the year of the comeback. Acts like Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers might need to move over for musicians who are 20, 30, and even 40 years older than them. Read on for a short list of musical acts whose heyday might be long over, but who have new albums coming out in the second half of 2009.
- Aerosmith: Sometimes called "America's greatest rock band," a new tour combined with health problems for the lead singer, 61-year-old Steven Tyler, made the band postpone their latest album, but it's expected to be released before the end of 2009.
- Cowboy Junkies: This Canadian alternative rock band formed in 1985. Since then, smooth-voiced lead singer Margo Timmons has led them through 20 albums. Their 21st, Acoustic Junk, will have a limited release late in 2009.
- Devo: They first came together in 1973, but didn't make it big until the early 1980s, when they released "Whip It," played a major role in the formation of New Wave music, and helped pioneer the music video. Known for kitschy lyrics, red plastic hats, synthesizers, and deadpan delivery, Devo's new studio album should be out in the fall of 2009.
- Elvis Costello: Maybe you've never heard of him, but ask your parents and you'll probably find that Elvis Costello featured prominently at frat parties when they were in college. He was considered a punk artist, even though his albums have names like Get Happy!! and My Aim is True. His new studio album should be released in June of 2009.
- Whitney Houston: Her career has been a roller coaster. The high points include three consecutive number-one singles between 1985 and 1986 and being the only performer to turn "The Star Spangled Banner" into a top-20 hit. The low points include alleged drug use and a train wreck of a reality show in the early 2000s. Since then, Whitney divorced longtime husband Bobby Brown and started working on a new album. While there's no official release date, the album is expected this year.
- KISS: Back in the 1970s, this fire-breathing, blood-spitting band was every sensible parent's worst nightmare. Now, ten years after their last studio album, the band — with two original members intact — expects to release a new album over the summer that lead singer Gene Simmons promises will please the original fans from the 70s. (Get ready to see your dad in a black t-shirt, thrashing his head and holding a cigarette lighter in the air.)
- Iggy Pop: Maybe he never had the commercial success of other bands, but Iggy Pop is considered one of the founders of punk rock, and musicians like R.E.M., Kurt Cobain, and Nine Inch Nails credit him as an influence. At 62, Iggy remains long-haired and shirtless, and his new album comes out in June 2009.
- Simple Minds: Hailing from Scotland, this iconic 80s band's greatest success was in 1985 with "Don't You Forget about Me," the theme song to the equally iconic movie about teen angst and social norms, The Breakfast Club. Their 15th studio album is scheduled for release on May 25, 2009.
- ZZ Top: The three 60-year-old men who make up ZZ Top have been performing together for 40 years, which means it was your grandparents, not your parents, who were originally jamming to this music. ZZ Top is spending the summer of 2009 on tour with Aerosmith and will then release an album that promises a return to their roots.