Sterling Whitaker is a Nashville-based musician and music journalist. He is the author of two books: 'Unsung Heroes of Rock Guitar' and 'The Grand Delusion: The Unauthorized True Story of Styx.' He has appeared as a guest on VH1, BBC Radio and radio all over North America. Whitaker is also very involved in animal rescue.
Quiet Riot Brought Metal to the Mainstream With ‘Metal Health’
Released in March 1983, Quiet Riot's 'Metal Health became the first heavy metal disc to capture the top spot on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart.
25 Years Ago: Paul McCartney Enters the ’90s With ‘Off the Ground’
Paul McCartney's solo albums can be hit-and-miss, to put it diplomatically.
The History of Kenney Jones’ Time With the Who
Kenney Jones was already highly regarded in the British rock scene by the end of 1978, when he got the unexpected opportunity of a lifetime.
Revisiting the Rolling Stones’ Altamont Speedway Concert
A murder at a Rolling Stones concert effectively brought the peace-and-love ethos of the '60s to a jarring end.
When Ozzy Osbourne Revisited His Black Sabbath Past on ‘Speak of the Devil’
Ozzy Osbourne was in a terrible spot at the end of 1982, but he somehow managed to pull it together and release 'Speak of the Devil' on Nov. 27, 1982.
The Story of ‘Bat Out of Hell’ and Meat Loaf’s Rise to Stardom
Meat Loaf's out-of-nowhere blockbuster, 'Bat Out of Hell,' was released in October 1977.
40 Years Ago: Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Plane Crashes
Lynyrd Skynyrd had established themselves as one of the most successful rock bands of the '70s by the time they released 'Street Survivors' in October 1977.
45 Years Ago: Creedence Clearwater Revival Break Up
Creedence Clearwater Revival announced their split on Oct. 16, 1972.
The Day Metallica Bassist Cliff Burton Died in a Bus Accident
Metallica were on top of the metal world in 1986. But the band's year ended with a crushing blow after bassist Cliff Burton died in a bus accident while touring overseas.
The Story of AC/DC’s Transitional ‘Powerage’ Album
'Powerage,' which was released on May 25, 1978, proved to be transitional between AC/DC's first albums and the hits that would soon follow.
The Story of David Bowie’s Eye-Popping ‘Glass Spider’ Tour
The spectacle was so massive that, despite its success, David Bowie never attempted to repeat it.
The Story of Alice Cooper’s ‘Welcome to My Nightmare’ Tour
Alice Cooper launched his 'Welcome to My Nightmare' tour in May 1975.