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.
2018’s Biggest Rock Stories
Classic rock's most memorable headlines weren't limited to albums, singles and streams.
40 Years Ago: The Blues Brothers’ ‘Briefcase Full of Blues’ Was a Labor of Love
When John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd gathered to record this album, there was still some question as to whether they meant it or not.
How Keith Richards’ ‘Talk Is Cheap’ Saved the Rolling Stones
LP offered definitive proof that there remained an audience for a Stones record that sounded like, you know, the Stones.
Jefferson Airplane Co-Founder Marty Balin Dead at 76
The singer for both Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship has died of unknown causes at the age of 76.
How Barbra Streisand Unknowingly Inspired Aerosmith’s Biggest Hit
A Barbra Streisand anecdote about new love helped Aerosmith score their first and only No. 1 song.
Journey Could Be on the Brink of a Split After Latest Feud
Co-founding guitarist Neal Schon is strongly implying that he intends to construct a new lineup of Journey.
Def Leppard Could Tour With Journey for Some 2018 Dates
They last shared the same bill in 2006, when Def Leppard was on the road in support of 'Yeah!'
Gene Simmons Wants to Trademark His Horn-Hands Gesture
Of course, a variety of other rockers have made hand signals that were similar, or even apparently exactly the same.
How John Lennon Went Off the Deep End on ‘Some Time in New York City’
'Some Time in New York City' remains one of John Lennon's most determinedly topical, most critically reviled, and most often ignored solo albums.
Journey’s Neal Schon and Jonathan Cain Appear to Be Feuding
Journey is in the midst of a public rift, just months after their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.