Nick DeRiso is associate editor of Ultimate Classic Rock. Named columnist of the year five times by the Associated Press, Louisiana Press Association and Louisiana Sports Writers Association during a lengthy career in newspapers, he previously oversaw a daily section that was named Top 10 in the nation by the AP.
35 Years Ago: ZZ Top Begin Refining Their ’80s Sound on ‘El Loco’
On one level, 'El Loco' was a continuation of ZZ Top's Texas-steeped blues aesthetic. But something else was in play, as a new synth-driven decade dawned.
Bruce Springsteen Announces Book Tour for Upcoming Memoir
Dates have been announced into October, and all events include a pre-signed copy of the book.
Abbey Road Console Used by the Beatles Goes Up for Sale
Named REDD.37 after its design team in EMI's Record Engineering Development Department, the desk was used by the Beatles through the making of 'Let It Be.'
Queen Dominate New Scientific Study of History’s Most Addictive Songs
Queen finished with three of the Top 10 earworms of all time, according to researchers at the University of St. Andrews.
That Time Hall and Oates Perfected New Wave Soul on ‘Private Eyes’
Hall and Oates' first-ever Top 5 Billboard album is also among their best.
Science Proves Sting Has an Unusual Reaction to Music
A scientific study of Sting's brain found he made surprising musical connections, among them the deeper similarities between an Argentine tango and the Beatles.
Ronnie James Dio Returns to the Stage as a Hologram
Ronnie James Dio even offered his signature devil-horns hand signal at the 2016 Wacken Open Air Festival.
How Journey Tweaked Their Lineup and Went Supernova With ‘Escape’
Journey thought they were on the verge of something big in 1980. And they were – but only after a period of sudden adversity.
Steven Tyler Says Lack of Communication With Joe Perry Has Him Worried
By all accounts, Joe Perry is recovering well after a health scare, but long-time Aerosmith bandmate Steven Tyler is worried anyway.
UPDATED: Ex-Iron Maiden Singer Paul Di’Anno Says He’s Not Battling Cancer
Former Iron Maiden frontman Paul Di'Anno has clarified his health issues.
How Neil Young’s Stirring Run of ’90s Successes Ended With ‘Broken Arrow’
Unmoored creatively by the death of his long-time producer, Neil Young's '90s-era career resurgence suddenly came apart.
Aerosmith’s Joe Perry Says Farewell Won’t Be Any Time Soon
Joe Perry is pumping the brakes on the talk surrounding a farewell tour for Aerosmith, saying the band is still taking things one step at a time.