The Second Coming of Jack White

Let’s face it, sometimes the past should stay dead. But when an awesome artist fades from popularity, their fans later wonder, Where are they now?  You may not know it, but many artists you’ve loved in the past are still hard at work writing new albums or preparing to tour once more. Fortunately, you now have Second Coming to reintroduce some of your favorite acts of the last few decades and give you the scoop on what you can expect from them in the future.

THEN: Husband-and-wife blues/garage rock duo The White Stripes made their debut in 1997. With Jack White on guitar and vocals and Meg White on drums, the band became well-known for their lo-fi aesthetic and strange tendency to tell the media they were brother and sister (actually, Jack took Meg’s last name when they married). The White Stripes had a few indie releases around the turn of the century, but it was 2001’s White Blood Cells that brought them into the alt rock limelight. Though the couple divorced in 2000, the band continued on, a decision that would turn out to have some pretty awesome results. With hits like “Fell In Love With A Girl” “Seven Nation Army” and “Icky Thump,” The White Stripes quickly became one of the most prominent alternative bands of the early 2000’s. Jack also became involved in successful side project The Raconteurs, whose song “Steady, As She Goes” was a smash hit, and was nominated for a GRAMMY award in 2007. Additionally, he was tapped to produce and perform on Loretta Lynn’s album, Van Lear Rose. The album proved to be the most successful crossover record of Lynn’s career.

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The Second Coming of Ben Folds Five

Let’s face it, sometimes the past should stay dead. But when an awesome artist fades from popularity, their fans later wonder, Where are they now?  You may not know it, but many artists you’ve loved in the past are still hard at work writing new albums or preparing to tour once more. Fortunately, you now have Second Coming to reintroduce some of your favorite acts of the last few decades and give you the scoop on what you can expect from them in the future.

THEN: As we know, the early 90’s saw an alt rock explosion. Singer-songwriter Ben Folds jumped into the fray with a band of his own, Ben Folds Five. An indication of Folds’ off-kilter humor, the band was actually a trio (an in-joke unsurprising to anyone who knew that Folds’ first band, Majosha, released an EP called Five Songs About Jesus, which included four secular tunes). The band’s self-titled debut LP garnered them a significant amount of buzz upon its release in 1995, but it was their sophomore effort, Whatever and Ever Amen, that spawned the hit “Brick.” Though they went on to record a third record (and most of a fourth), but decided to “amicably” split up in 2000. Folds, of course, went on to rock the suburbs with a successful solo career, but it seemed as though the world had seen the last of the Five.

NOW: In 2011, Ben Folds Five reunited once more to record three tracks for Folds’ compilation album, The Best Imitation of Myself: A Retrospective. A few months later, Folds announced via Twitter that they would be writing and recording a brand new album: “It’s happening fo sho – Day 1 in studio with Robert and Darren through March #NewBenFoldsFiveRecord.” Looking ahead to the rest of 2012, BFF are slated to headline New York’s Mountain Jam, as well as perform a set at the legendary Bonnaroo Festival in Tennessee. The new record’s title and release date are still TBA, but we’re excited to hear what they sound like thirteen years after their last album.

Who could forget the wild video for “Underground?”

The Second Coming of The Cranberries

Let’s face it, sometimes the past should stay dead. But when an awesome musical artist fades from popularity, their fans later wonder, Where are they now?  You may not know it, but many artists you loved in the past are still hard at work writing new albums or preparing to tour once more.  Fortunately, you now have Second Coming to reintroduce you to some of your favorite acts of the last few decades and give you the scoop on what you can expect from them in the future!

THEN: Back in the early ’90s, you couldn’t turn on your car stereo without hearing one of The Cranberries’ songs. The group formed in 1989 under the name The Cranberry Saw Us, but when singer Dolores O’Riordan replaced the band’s original vocalist, she suggested the name be simplified to “The Cranberries” (much better, in our opinion). From “Linger” to “Zombie,” the band churned out hit after hit, making them international alternative superstars. By the middle of the decade, the eclectic Irish band became a staple on MTV and continued to tour worldwide on the heels of their success. At the peak of the new millennium, the members of The Cranberries decided to take a break from the band to pursue solo projects. This hiatus became much longer than ever anticipated; the group didn’t reunite until 2009, and were quick to brush off rumors that they were officially back together.

NOW: After fighting off reunion rumors for several years, O’Riordan finally announced that The Cranberries would be going out on tour in 2010. The set list of the reunion tour included some of her solo project songs, along with classic Cranberries singles and some songs the band had recently written. The band went back into silence for a few years before recording a brand new record, called Roses. In an interview with Spinner.com, O’Riordan discussed the need to rejuvenate the band: “The Cranberries became a box and we had to get out of the box and make it something fun and fresh, which it now has become.” Roses was released on February 27th, and the band is heading out on a world tour  in just a matter of days. For a complete list of tour dates, check out the band’s official Web site.

Nine years later, it’s still nearly impossible to walk through a grocery store without hearing “Linger”:

The Second Coming of The Beach Boys

Let’s face it, sometimes the past should stay dead. But when an awesome musical artist fades from popularity, their fans later wonder, Where are they now?  You may not know it, but many artists you loved in the past are still hard at work writing new albums or preparing to tour once more.  Fortunately, you now have Second Coming to reintroduce you to some of your favorite acts of the last few decades, and give you the scoop on what you can expect from them in the future!

THEN: The year was 1961 and a brand new musical soundscape was about to unfold. The three Wilson brothers (Brian, Dennis and Carl) along with their cousin and friend formed a band called the Beach Boys. The group had several hits, like “Surfin’ USA,” “I Get Around” and “Wouldn’t It Be Nice.” Besides serving up some sunny pop tunes, the band is also known for creating the first-ever concept album: 1966’s Pet Sounds. This record showed a departure from the simplistic beach hits of the group’s early days and pioneered new instrumentation and musical stylings. Though the band had every intention of continuing on after Pet Sounds, frontman Brian Wilson began to fall victim to mental instability and substance abuse. After Carl and Dennis both passed away, the band made sporadic appearances under the Beach Boys name, but they were still very clearly distanced from the close relationship they once had.

NOW: Rumors of a Beach Boys reunion have circulated for a few years, but it wasn’t until December of 2011 that the surviving members of the band confirmed the plans. If you tuned in to the 2012 GRAMMY Awards, then you may have caught the group’s first performance with Brian Wilson in over twenty years, which featured appearances from Maroon 5 and Foster the People. It may seem strange to call these seventy-year-olds “boys,” but it’s clear that everyone was feeling nostalgic during their performance of “Good Vibrations.” The Boys used the GRAMMYs as a chance to announce their Fiftieth Anniversary Tour, which includes a set at the New Orleans Jazz Festival. Visit their official site for a complete list of tour dates and information on their upcoming album!

Take a trip down memory lane with this live television performance of “I Get Around”:

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The Second Coming of Lil' Kim

Let’s face it, sometimes the past should stay dead. But when an awesome musical artist fades from popularity, their fans later wonder, Where are they now?  You may not know it, but many artists you loved in the past are still hard at work writing new albums or preparing to tour once more.  Fortunately, you now have Second Coming to reintroduce you to some of your favorite acts of the last few decades and give you the scoop on what you can expect from them in the future!

THEN: A protégé of the late Notorious B.I.G., Lil’ Kim made her debut as a member of rap group Junior M.A.F.I.A in 1995. A year later, she reintroduced herself to the world as a solo artist by dropping her own album, Hard Core, and appearing on tracks by Mary J. Blige and Missy Elliott in 1997. The album, which was very accurately described as “gangsta porno rap” by US politician C. Delores Tucker, raised more than a few eyebrows. Kim’s sophomore album, The Notorious K.I.M. (see what she did there?), reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 200 charts. The same year, she contributed to the anthemic “Lady Marmalade” cover sung by Christina Aguilera, Missy Elliott, P!nk and Mya for the Moulin Rouge soundtrack. She saw additional success with her duets with 50 Cent (“Magic Stick”) and X-Tina again (“Can’t Hold Us Down”), but her fourth album, The Naked Truth, didn’t do so well, commercially. In 2005, she served  a year-long prison sentence for perjury. Four years later, Kim returned to the spotlight when she appeared on Dancing With The Stars and finished in fifth place.

NOW: Though she hasn’t released an official album, Kim has been in music news lately, thanks to her ongoing rap feud with Nicki Minaj. Soon after accusing Minaj of stealing her style, Kim became the subject of Minaj’s biting, diss-laden track “Roman’s Revenge,” which featured Eminem. Kim responded with a mixtape titled Black Friday, taking multiple shots at Minaj’s album Pink Friday. The rap battle rages on, as Nicki has seen recent success with her Kim-targeted single “Stupid Hoe,” and has named her sophomore album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded after Roman, her angry male alter-ego who loves to hate on Kim.

But, feuds aside, Kim’s gearing up for a big year in 2012, including the release of her new album. She enlisted the help of rap heavyweights 50 Cent and Dr. Dre for the record, which has not yet been titled. Kim has also written a book, titled The Price of Loyalty, which is set to be released simultaneously with the album, as well been the subject of a documentary. According to ThisBeatGoes.com, Kim said the following about her book: When I did my book deal they were basically like ˜we want the Kim life story.’ But my lawyers were like ˜no, no, that’s like four different checks. ‘Cause [my story is] to be continued, to be continued, to be continued.

It’s everyone’s favorite stripper quartet! Check out Lil’ Kim’s appearance in the video for “Lady Marmalade” below:

The Second Coming of Howie Dorough

Let’s face it, sometimes the past should stay dead. But when an awesome musical artist fades from popularity, their fans later wonder, Where are they now?  You may not know it, but many artists you loved in the past are still hard at work writing new albums or preparing to tour once more.  Fortunately, you now have Second Coming to reintroduce you to some of your favorite acts of the last few decades and give you the scoop on what you can expect from them in the future!


THEN: When your first performance is at SeaWorld, you know big things are coming…right? Well, that’s exactly what happened for five American teenagers in 1993. Howie Dorough, Kevin Richardson, Nick Carter, AJ McLean and Brian Littrell had been hand-selected by now-notorious impresario Lou Pearlman to form a group called Backstreet Boys. The group was catapulted to worldwide fame with hits like “I’ll Never Break Your Heart,” “As Long As You Love Me,” “I Want It That Way,” “The Shape Of My Heart,” “The Call” and “Incomplete.” As pioneers of the boy band era, they continued to stay on top of their game even as similar groups, like LFO, O-Town and 98 Degrees, seemed to emerge daily. With sales surpassing 100 million records, Backstreet Boys are still one of the highest selling artists of all time.

NOW: Though BSB are still going strong (minus Richardson, who left the group in 2006), Howie Dorough is also pursuing a solo career. “Howie D,” as he’s now known, released his solo album Back To Me in November, and has been hard at work with touring and promotion ever since. In an interview with AOL Music, Howie stated: Ž”[The album title] has a lot of meaning for me. I’m getting back to me, Howie Dorough, and what I’m all about outside of Backstreet Boys. At the same time, “Back,” being a part of Backstreet, it’s got kind of a cool double meaning.” Howie’s making sure he’s known as an individual by reaching out to reconnect with fans, both old and new, whether it’s over Twitter or even one-on-one Skype sessions. He also joined fellow ’90s pop icon Britney Spears for a few dates of her recent Femme Fatale Tour. 2012 will be a big year for Howie, as he continues to bring his energetic pop tunes to fans all over the world.

Take a seat and enjoy this ’90s pop gem: the video for “As Long As You Love Me.”

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