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 the newspaper industry, he previously oversaw a daily section that was named Top 10 in the nation by the AP.
55 Years Ago: The Kinks Try to Find Themselves on Self-Titled Debut
This album is perhaps rightly separated by "You Really Got Me" and songs that are not "You Really Got Me."
How to Make the Perfect LP From Paul McCartney’s Recent Albums
The playlist is limited to 12 songs and roughly 45 minutes - just like a classic vinyl release!
Have Eddie Van Halen’s Health Issues Kept Van Halen Off the Road?
David Lee Roth stoked new conjecture by linking hints of a cancer relapse with his newly confirmed solo shows.
Why Bon Jovi Decided to Get Political on ‘Bon Jovi 2020’
Frontman says his most personal album led directly to a more socially conscious outlook on his band’s upcoming LP.
45 Years Ago: Emerson, Lake and Palmer Mark End of Era With ‘Welcome Back, My Friends’
The trio's '70s-era live shows were just as outsized as their studio albums. Maybe more so.
25 Years Ago: Why Elton John Almost Never Made ‘The Lion King’
The soundtrack became a multi-million-selling, Oscar-winning 1994 triumph, but it wasn't easy.
Brian Wilson Postpones Summer U.S. Tour Citing Health Issues
These June dates were billed as his final performances of the Beach Boys' 1966 masterpiece 'Pet Sounds.'
Why Did Jeff Lynne Add ‘Bruce’ to Electric Light Orchestra’s ‘Don’t Bring Me Down’?
Actually, there was no Bruce.
30 Years Ago: How Sean Connery Got Harrison Ford to Return as Indiana Jones
'The Last Crusade' focused on a search for the archeologist's lost father, their lost relationship – and a certain legendary goblet.
The Best Song From Every Steely Dan Album
They became legendary for endless searches for just the right sound, or just the right take. But which track was best?
How John Lennon Told the Story of His Love for Yoko Ono in Song
These narratives continued through a posthumous album released years after the ex-Beatles star's murder.
Rod Stewart Set for Rare Reunion With Jeff Beck
Their last full-length appearance together took place more than 35 years ago.