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.
40 Years Ago: Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Plane Crashes
Lynyrd Skynyrd had established themselves as one of the most successful rock bands of the '70s by the time they released 'Street Survivors' in October 1977.
45 Years Ago: Creedence Clearwater Revival Break Up
Creedence Clearwater Revival announced their split on Oct. 16, 1972.
The Day Metallica Bassist Cliff Burton Died in a Bus Accident
Metallica were on top of the metal world in 1986. But the band's year ended with a crushing blow after bassist Cliff Burton died in a bus accident while touring overseas.
Why the Doors Got Banned From ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’
It was a clash of mainstream culture vs. the counterculture when the Doors were booked to appear on 'The Ed Sullivan Show' on Sept. 17, 1967.
The Story of AC/DC’s Transitional ‘Powerage’ Album
'Powerage,' which was released on May 25, 1978, proved to be transitional between AC/DC's first albums and the hits that would soon follow.
Revisiting Alice Cooper’s ‘Welcome to My Nightmare’ Tour
Alice Cooper launched his 'Welcome to My Nightmare' tour in May 1975.
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