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.
Top 20 Songs of 2017
This past year brought long-awaited new music, thrilling collaborations and final thoughts from legends.
Dave Mustaine Says Credit Dispute Nixed Metallica’s ‘No Life ‘Til Leather’ Reissue
When Metallica announced a limited-edition cassette-only reissue for Record Store Day 2015, it seemed their early demos were next in line for an expanded look back.
How the Sex Pistols Ended Up Stealing David Bowie’s Equipment
Times were tight when the Sex Pistols started out, so much so that they resorted to swiping stuff.
Donald Fagen Sues Walter Becker’s Estate Over Steely Dan Ownership
Donald Fagen's plan to continue Steely Dan in Walter Becker's absence has run into a road block.
Funeral Set for AC/DC’s Malcolm Young
A who's-who of well-known fans is expected to be on hand to honor the late AC/DC legend Malcolm Young.
2018’s Five Worst Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Snubs
As fan voting continues for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's 2018 induction class, we can't help but wonder how these five key acts were somehow overlooked.
Charles Manson, Mass Murderer Who Twisted Beatles Lyrics, Is Dead
Charles Manson's death brings to a close a life defined by lawlessness, and framed by a deeply misguided obsession with the Beatles.
Watch Gene Simmons Go Into the Crowd to Confront a Heckler
Kiss co-founder Gene Simmons left the stage to silence a heckler during a solo performance in Providence, R.I., recently.
Steely Dan’s Walter Becker Died of ‘Extremely Aggressive’ Form of Cancer
Walter Becker passed away unexpectedly two months ago, after missing Steely Dan's Classic East and West concerts due to an unspecified ailment.
Aerosmith’s Joe Perry Announces First Solo Album Since 2009
Aerosmith's Joe Perry will release 'Sweetzerland Manifesto,' his first non-holiday solo album in eight years.
Walking Papers Announce ‘Raw, Explosive’ Sophomore Album
The second studio album from Walking Papers, a supergroup featuring members of Guns N' Roses and Screaming Trees, is set to arrive next year.
Rock Stars Flipping You Off
You can't be faulted for thinking rock has lost its edge, but at least one vestige of the music's provocative spirit remains.