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.
35 Years Ago: Why Simple Minds Never Wanted to Record ‘Don’t You (Forget About Me)’
The chart-topping smash remains as a touchstone moment in every band profile, an obligatory part of every interview and a set-list stalwart.
35 Years Ago: Why Mick Jagger Went Solo With ‘She’s the Boss’
Critics in some circles – including his own band – criticized the album for being too polished.
Paul Simon Collaborator Joseph Shabalala Dies at 78
He led Ladysmith Black Mambazo, who sang on two key songs from 1986's 'Graceland.'
35 Years Ago: How a Leftover Song Changed Journey Forever
A 16-year-old battling terminal illness became the first person outside their inner circle to hear "Only the Young."
Keith Richards Has Finally Stopped Smoking
News comes as the Rolling Stones announce another round of shows.
Soundgarden Claim Songs in Dispute With Chris Cornell’s Widow
Their motion to dismiss was filed Monday in response to a legal action brought against the band in December.
Why Warner Bros. Finally Pulled the Plug on Prince’s Paisley Park Records
Prince's vanity imprint had released 23 albums when its parent label ended things.
50 Years Ago: James Taylor’s ‘Sweet Baby James’ Sparks New Genre
His deft combination of honesty and escapism seemed to arrive at just the right moment for a nation in turmoil.
Ivan Kral, Early Blondie Member Who Became Famed Songwriter, Dies
His home movies also formed the basis for 1976's 'The Blank Generation,' a seminal document of the New York City scene.
Def Leppard Unveil Five-Disc ‘Early Years’ Box Set
Preview the never-released Nick Tauber-produced version of 1979's "Rock Brigade."