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.
June 2018 New Music Releases
June's new music releases end with a bang: Guns N' Roses' massive 'Appetite for Destruction' reissue. But there's plenty to tide you over until then.
Freddie Mercury’s Sexuality Remained a Mystery Even to His Queen Bandmates
Queen never talked much about Freddie Mercury's sexuality, and even less about the disease that killed him.
How a Handshake Deal on an Iconic Jethro Tull Cover Went Bad
Burton Silverman is the typically uncredited, wildly underpaid cover artist behind 'Aqualung,' Jethro Tull's best-known album.
20 Beatles Songs That John Lennon Hated
John Lennon tore into deep cuts, treasured favorites and no less than four Beatles songs that reached No. 1.
Brian Wilson Postpones Shows to Undergo Back Surgery
Brian Wilson is coming off the road to deal with a back problem that has become unmanageable.
Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Gary Rossington Says He’s Had Heart Attacks Onstage
Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington is apparently taking a "battery of nitroglycerin pills to stay alive."
May 2018 New Music Releases
Richie Sambora's first post-Rock & Roll Hall of Fame project tops the list of May 2018 new music releases.
50 Years Ago: Sly and the Family Stone Go Mainstream With ‘Dance to the Music’
Before 'Dance to the Music' arrived, Sly and the Family Stone hadn't made a dent in the charts. That soon changed.
25 Totally Crazy Music Conspiracy Theories
Insane, and maybe untrue, stories about famous people have been around for ages.
Which Hall of Fame Bands Hated Each Other the Most?
These bandmates totally hate each other. And some fancy statue isn't going to change that.
How Neil Finn’s Friendship With Mick Fleetwood Led to a Gig With Fleetwood Mac
Neil Finn's sudden appearance in Fleetwood Mac's touring lineup seemed to come out of left field, but it really didn't.
72 Musicians Who Are Totally Lying About Their Names
Their names are forever etched in our collective musical memory – or are they?