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.
August 2019 New Music Releases
Highly anticipated concert recordings from a trio of classic-rock greats top the list.
30 Years Ago: Who Kick Off Overstuffed, Widely Criticized Tour
There were plenty of reasons for the band to remain retired. Here's why it didn't.
Why Did Jeff Lynne Add ‘Bruce’ to Electric Light Orchestra’s ‘Don’t Bring Me Down’?
Actually, there was no Bruce.
How Journey Ended Up With That ‘Cheeseball’ Video for ‘Separate Ways’
For some reason, someone came up on the idea of playing air guitar. And air drums and air bass and air synths.
40 Years Ago: How Electric Light Orchestra Slimmed Down, Then Went Disco on ‘Discovery’
Jeff Lynne had reached the end of a creative road with the out-sized construction – and success – of 1977's 'Out of the Blue.'
June 2019 New Music Releases
Can't find the dough for the latest concert ticket? A string of cool upcoming live albums is on the way.
How Is the Resurgence of Vinyl Impacting Our Environment?
After more than a decade of phenomenal growth in vinyl sales, the question of sustainability remains.
Allergy-Stricken Roger Daltrey Clarifies His Stance on Pot
The Who's singer isn't trying to harsh your buzz.
45 Years Ago: Rush’s First U.S. Show Becomes a Complete Disaster
They were set to arrive with a very big bang. Then everything went wrong.
George Harrison Albums Ranked Worst to Best
The former Beatles star's solo career boasted this uniformity of message. It always had a familial atmosphere too.