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.
Freddie Mercury’s Sexuality Remained a Mystery Even to His Queen Bandmates
Queen never talked much about Freddie Mercury's sexuality, and even less about the disease that killed him.
18 Rockers These Bands Tried to Erase
A list of musicians who either toiled in strange obscurity or are now completely ignored by their former groups.
How a Handshake Deal on an Iconic Jethro Tull Cover Went Bad
Burton Silverman is the typically uncredited, wildly underpaid cover artist behind 'Aqualung,' Jethro Tull's best-known album.
Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Gary Rossington Says He’s Had Heart Attacks Onstage
Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington is apparently taking a "battery of nitroglycerin pills to stay alive."
45 Years Ago: Paul McCartney and Wings Fall Apart After ‘Red Rose Speedway’
Paul McCartney's 'Red Rose Speedway' was supposed to be a double album, something indicative of a band at the peak of its powers. Instead, it drove a wedge in Wings.
25 Totally Crazy Music Conspiracy Theories
Insane, and maybe untrue, stories about famous people have been around for ages.
How Neil Finn’s Friendship With Mick Fleetwood Led to a Gig With Fleetwood Mac
Neil Finn's sudden appearance in Fleetwood Mac's touring lineup seemed to come out of left field, but it really didn't.
25 Years Ago: David Bowie Opens Up on ‘Black Tie White Noise’
An emotional turning point informed every element of David Bowie's 'Black Tie White Noise,' which arrived on April 5, 1993.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Presenters to Include Heart’s Ann Wilson
Ann Wilson of Heart has joined the list of presenters for this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
15 Years Ago: Allman Brothers Band Roar Back With ‘Hittin’ the Note’
The Allman Brothers Band's 24th album was at once like and unlike anything they had ever done before.
5 Years Ago: David Bowie Begins a Final Career Resurgence on ‘The Next Day’
With 'The Next Day,' David Bowie never sounded more like himself – whatever that was.
Why Building Judas Priest’s Set Lists Can Be So Frustrating: Exclusive Video Interview
Rob Halford discusses whether they ever tire of playing Judas Priest's best-known tunes.