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 newspapers, he previously oversaw a daily section that was named Top 10 in the nation by the AP.
20 Years Ago: How Genesis’ Final Makeover Attempt Failed on ‘Calling All Stations’
Genesis had replaced a frontman before, so Phil Collins' departure didn't initially give Mike Rutherford too much pause.
24 Potential Collaborators for Rush’s Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson
Who's to say that they would stick with the tried-and-true trio format Rush has utilized since 1968?
September 2017 New Music Releases
The list of September 2017 new music releases is marked by one heartfelt goodbye and the long-awaited returns of a few huge stars.
Ted Nugent Shoots Down Kid Rock Candidacy, Takes a Swipe at Blue States
Ted Nugent would like the Republican Party to find a Donald Trump-like outsider who can take on Michigan's Democratic senator.
32 Weird Facts About Hipgnosis’ Most Famous Rock Album Covers
When it comes to rock album cover art, it’s basically either BH or AH – before or after Hipgnosis.
25 Years Ago: INXS’ ‘Welcome to Wherever You Are’ Marks a Huge Career Turning Point
Despite their best efforts, 'Welcome to Wherever You Are' tended to be viewed as a throwback to an earlier era – and INXS suddenly an instant relic.
20 Years Ago: George Harrison’s Last TV Appearance Becomes an Eerie Meditation on Dying
It was almost as if George Harrison somehow knew this would be his last TV appearance.
August 2017 New Music Releases
The month is highlighted by reissues of two of the biggest albums of the '80s, and the return of two familiar names.
Are Steven Tyler and Caitlyn Jenner Redoing Aerosmith’s ‘Dude Looks Like a Lady’?
The 67-year-old reality star calls Aerosmith's No. 14 hit "one of my favorite songs."
35 Years Ago: Roger Waters Creates, Then Loses Control of, ‘The Wall’ Movie
By the time 'Pink Floyd – The Wall' premiered, it had become something much different than what Roger Waters first envisioned.
15 Years Ago: Who Bassist John Entwistle Is Laid to Rest
Though Who bassist John Entwistle died in Las Vegas on the eve of huge tour, his final resting place was near home.
40 Years Ago: Styx Break Through While Questioning It All on ‘The Grand Illusion’
As Styx finally achieved a long-hoped-for measure of success, they did a rare thing in rock: Look inward.