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.
45 Years Ago: Paul McCartney and Wings Fall Apart After ‘Red Rose Speedway’
Paul McCartney's 'Red Rose Speedway' was supposed to be a double album, something indicative of a band at the peak of its powers. Instead, it drove a wedge in Wings.
Bon Jovi, the Cars, Dire Straits and the Moody Blues to Enter Rock Hall
The fans nailed it again, as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces its Class of 2018 honorees.
Charles Manson, Mass Murderer Who Twisted Beatles Lyrics, Is Dead
Charles Manson's death brings to a close a life defined by lawlessness, and framed by a deeply misguided obsession with the Beatles.
Rock Stars Flipping You Off
You can't be faulted for thinking rock has lost its edge, but at least one vestige of the music's provocative spirit remains.
35 Years Ago: Hall and Oates Sharpen Their Sound on ‘H2O’
Hall and Oates shifted focus to the mechanized '80s zeitgeist on 'H20,' building on the long-hoped-for fame they'd earlier achieved with a turn toward sleek New Wave.
Classic Rock Artists Who (Allegedly) Ripped Somebody Off
Musicians appropriate ideas from everywhere, sometimes to the point where a court of law calls it stealing.
Las Vegas Mass Shooting: Rockers React
The deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history has sparked an outpouring of emotion from rock stars.
Paul Simon, Bonnie Raitt, James Taylor and Others to Play Texas Hurricane Benefit
An all-star lineup featuring Paul Simon, Bonnie Raitt, James Taylor and others is set to perform at a huge benefit for hurricane victims in Texas.
40 Years Ago: How Robert Fleischman Began Journey’s Pre-Steve Perry Transformation
Robert Fleischman might have made a perfectly serviceable frontman for Journey. Then came Steve Perry.
How the Beatles Said Goodbye With Their Final Official Concert
At the time, it must have seemed like an otherwise nondescript show. Instead, history was made as the Beatles played the nearly half-empty Candlestick Park.