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.
Why Some Critics Initially Hated the Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’
Critic Richard Goldstein infamously called the Beatles' 'Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band' “an undistinguished collection of work” – but he wasn’t alone in criticizing the project.
King Crimson Adds More Dates to First North American Tour in Three Years
King Crimson are also putting out a new EP featuring a cover of David Bowie's "Heroes" to coincide with the tour.
Why the BBC Wasn’t ‘Turned On’ by the Beatles’ ‘A Day in the Life’
These new details arrive as the Beatles prepare an expanded reissue of 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band,' which featured "A Day in the Life" as its finale.
ZZ Top’s New ‘Cinco’ Vinyl Box Set Features First Five Albums
'Cinco: The First Five LPs' has been designed to look like ZZ Top's custom "Nudie Suits."
Wendy Dio Fires Back at Critics of Ronnie James Dio Hologram
Wendy Dio spoke to Ultimate Classic Rock as work continues on an all-new version of the hologram to be featured on a planned tour.
Peter Criss Says Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Was Right to Honor Only Original Kiss Members
Peter Criss is preparing for his final round of shows, having announced his retirement from the road.
Sammy Hagar Announces New Fall Tour With the Circle
Sammy Hagar returns to the road this September with a band that includes fellow Van Halen alum Michael Anthony.
How the Ride for Ronnie Helps Keep Ronnie James Dio’s Legacy Alive: Exclusive Wendy Dio In…
The Ride for Ronnie stands as another example of a desire Wendy Dio had to get donations to the right place after her husband succumbed to cancer.
May 2017 New Music Releases
Ultimate Classic Rock takes a look a new music releases of note for May 2017.
Surprise! Izzy Stradlin Turns Up on John Mellencamp’s New Album
This actually isn't the first time Izzy Stradlin has sat in with John Mellencamp, who shares his Indiana lineage.
Check Out Buckingham McVie’s Sweetly Romantic New Tune, ‘Feel About You’
Buckingham McVie's "Feel About You" pleasantly recalls Fleetwood Mac's perfect pop confections on 1987's 'Tango in the Night' – and that's fitting.
Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen to Tour With a New Solo Band
They're promising setlists filled with Steely Dan hits and songs from Donald Fagen's solo albums plus "some swell surprises," Fagen says.