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.
How the Rolling Stones Struggled Mightily Through ‘Dirty Work’
The Rolling Stones' Dirty Work arrived on March 24, 1986, during a low ebb in the relationship between the distracted Mick Jagger and an increasingly put-out Keith Richards.
David Crosby Discusses the Origins of His Feud With Graham Nash
David Crosby has provided insight into a simmering feud with Graham Nash that boiled over publicly earlier this month, pointing to Nash's autobiography as a sticking point.
Todd Rundgren Reignites Feud With XTC Over ‘Skylarking’
Todd Rundgren arrived to produce XTC's breakthrough Skylarking at the suggestion of their label -- and it all went downhill from there.
David Bowie vs. Robert Plant: March Mullet Madness
David Bowie takes on Robert Plant in round two of our March Mullet Madness battle.
The Death of Randy Rhoads
One of rock's enduring mysteries unfolded on March 19, 1982, as 25-year-old Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Randy Rhoads died in a fiery plane crash.
The History of AC/DC and the ‘Night Stalker’ Murders
Richard Ramirez, a transient based in Los Angeles, spent a terrifying portion of 1984 and 1985 committing a string of unspeakable crimes under cover of darkness.
Gene Simmons Dismisses Pop Divas, Says ‘Rap Will Die’
A quick glance around the music scene proves to be a disheartening experience for Gene Simmons, who has little use for either pop and hip hop stars.
April 2016 New Music Releases
Ultimate Classic Rock takes a look a new music releases of note for April 2016.
Grateful Dead to Be Honored With Benefit Tribute Project
Get set for a huge, multi-artist benefit tribute compilation devoted to the Grateful Dead.
The Night Keith Richards Pulled a Knife Over a Disagreement With Donald Trump
Back in 1989, the Rolling Stones had reluctantly agreed to a pay-per-view event at Donald Trump's Atlantic City property when things got ugly.
Sony to Buy Michael Jackson’s Publishing Company, Including Beatles Catalog
Michael Jackson outbid Paul McCartney for ATV Music in 1985, paying more than $40 million and fracturing their relationship.
Steve Miller Sets Dates for 2016 North American Tour
Steve Miller will celebrate his long-awaited Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction with a North American summer tour.