The world of rock is finally emerging from its long winter's nap, as a quick spin through our list of February 2016 new music releases shows.

So we have a new album from Elton John, his first since 2013's The Diving Board. And Alice Cooper sitting in for a symphonic reading of Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here. The Cult are back,too, after some time spent in the studio. February also gives us another opportunity to dig more deeply into the vast musical heritage of Johnny Winter and the Grateful Dead.

You can get yourself ready for the upcoming Guns N' Roses reunion with the DVD release of Slash's Raised on the Sunset Strip. Or return to other signature live performances from Bruce Springsteen and Crosby, Stills and Nash. (The latter was a fun show that saw Joe Walsh stopping by for a visit.)

Last in Line, a group of Dio vets, release their first original studio album this month, while Peter Frampton goes acoustic. Anthrax have new stuff coming, too, as we remember George Harrison on a guest-packed night that featured Brian Wilson, Heart's Ann Wilson and many others. Phil Collins also continues his series of expanded solo reissues.

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.

  • February 5

    Alice Cooper, Rick Wakeman, London Orion Orchestra + others, Pink Floyd’s 'Wish You Were Here' Symphonic
    The Cult, Hidden City
    Elton John, Wonderful Crazy Night
    Grateful Dead, Dick’s Picks Vol. 2 Columbus, Ohio 10/31/71
    Johnny Winter, Live Bootleg Series Vol. 12
    Slash - Raised on the Sunset Strip (DVD)

  • February 12

    The Allman Brothers Band, Crackdown Concert 1986
    Bruce Springsteen - Roxy Night 1978: The Classic Los Angeles Broadcast
    Paul Carrack (Squeeze, Mike + the Mechanics), Soul Shadows
    Crosby Stills and Nash, Survival Sunday: Hollywood Bowl 1980 with Joe Walsh

  • February 19

    Last in Line, Heavy Crown
    Rick Springfield, Rocket Science

  • February 26

  • March and Beyond

    Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Lost 1978 Broadcast
    Dave Mason (Traffic, Fleetwood Mac), The Columbia Years: The Definitive Anthology
    Mötley Crüe, Too Fast For Love (reissue)
    Robin Trower, Where Are You Going To
    Cheap Trick, Bang Zoom Crazy … Hello