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.
35 Years Ago: Hall and Oates Sharpen Their Sound on ‘H2O’
Hall and Oates shifted focus to the mechanized '80s zeitgeist on 'H20,' building on the long-hoped-for fame they'd earlier achieved with a turn toward sleek New Wave.
40 Years Ago: ELO’s ‘Out of the Blue’ Marks a Turning Point
With 'Out of the Blue,' everything got more expansive for the Electric Light Orchestra – the songs, the concept, the shows and the issues.
Ozzy Osbourne Says He’s Making Progress on Next Solo Album
Ozzy Osbourne confirms that he's "about seven songs" into a new solo project, though it remains unclear when the album might arrive.
November and December 2017 New Music Releases
Christmas is coming early, music lovers.
35 Years Ago: Supertramp Splinter on ‘Famous Last Words’
Supertramp had done what bands do when they have a breakthrough hit album: crisscrossed the world, playing their music before a quickly expanding fan base.
That Time Led Zeppelin Stole the Who’s Dinner Reservations
Robert Plant said Led Zeppelin once ate for free at one of New York City's hottest spots after he was mistaken for Roger Daltrey.
35 Years Ago: Donald Fagen Releases Solo Debut, ‘The Nightfly’
Donald Fagen's solo debut established him as a more grounded, autobiographical writer away from Steely Dan.
30 Years Ago: Sting Makes Art From Loss on ‘Nothing Like the Sun’
'... Nothing Like the Sun' set the course for Sting's solo career on the way to becoming his second consecutive multi-platinum album.
Ex-Guns N’ Roses Guitarist Buckethead Is Battling a Deadly Heart Problem
Former Guns N' Roses guitarist Buckethead has been diagnosed with a chronic heart arrhythmia that he says nearly caused a stroke.
Roger Daltrey Confirms Publisher and Release Date for Memoir
Roger Daltrey's autobiography now has a publisher and a scheduled release date.