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.
When Eddie Van Halen Hit No. 1 on Michael Jackson’s ‘Beat It’
Pop and R&B star Michael Jackson was looking to broaden his audience base when he invited Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen to play on a track from the album he was working on as a follow-up to his best-selling 1979 LP 'Off the Wall.'
Top 10 Angus Young Guitar Solos
AC/DC guitarist Angus Young may be one of the unlikeliest guitar heroes in rock music, simply for the fact that he's not trying to be a guitar hero at all.
35 Years Ago: ‘Kilroy Was Here’ Tears Styx Apart
"I have many times bemoaned the fact that I, through my sheer will, dragged the group into that," Styx singer Dennis DeYoung later admitted.
42 Years Ago: Keith Emerson Injures Hands at ELP Concert
The progressive-rock supergroup Emerson, Lake and Palmer were never really notable for their restraint, either in the complexity and execution of their music or in their over-the-top live shows.
That Time the Beatles’ White Album Was Played in Court During the Charles Manson Trial
The Beatles' 'White Album' was played in court during the trial of Charles Manson on Jan. 19, 1971.
The Time Ace Frehley Was Nearly Electrocuted Onstage at a Kiss Concert
The near-fatal production snafu occurred early on at a gig in Lakeland, Fla., right after Kiss played "Detroit Rock City."
The Story of Jim Morrison’s Arrest and Macing in New Haven
Doors frontman Jim Morrison was arrested and maced at a concert on Dec. 9, 1967
45 Years Ago: Jim Morrison Arrested in Arizona
A delayed flight leads to big trouble for the Doors frontman.
Watch Kiss Sing ‘White Christmas’
Nothing says "Merry Christmas" quite like Jewish rock stars singing a Bing Crosby tune on stage to a deafening arena audience.
The Story of Frank Zappa’s Death
Frank Zappa died on Dec. 4, 1993.
40 Years Ago: Aerosmith Get Back to Basics on ‘Draw the Line’
Aerosmith were coming off the peak of their success when they went into the studio for Draw the Line.
41 Years Ago: Gram Parsons Body Theft Case Settled
Gram Parsons was one of the most influential musicians of his generation -- though the true extent of his influence would not be felt until after his death.