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.
Def Leppard Unveil Five-Disc ‘Early Years’ Box Set
Preview the never-released Nick Tauber-produced version of 1979's "Rock Brigade."
Surviving Doors Members to Stage Rare Reunion at Charity Show
They've appeared onstage together only a few times since ending a lengthy legal battle in 2013.
Rush Drummer and Lyricist Neil Peart Dies
The band completed their final tour in 2015.
Beatles’ ‘Abbey Road’ Named Best-Selling Vinyl LP of the ’10s
Only one original album from the past decade appears on Nielsen Music's list.
2020 New Music Releases
The slowest period for the music business is typically early in the new year. 2020 will be the exception.
40 Years Ago: How False Beatles Rumors Almost Derailed Concerts for Kampuchea
A cool old-school-meets-new-school cast played four shows meant to raise money for war-torn Cambodia.
5 Reasons the Doobie Brothers Should Be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
They've had huge hits and health issues, breakups and hiccups, and seemingly countless comings and goings, then reunion and triumph.
30 Years Ago: Rolling Stones Go Old-School for Last Top 40 Hit, ‘Rock and a Hard Place’
The song's success was born out of getting-reacquainted sessions held in early 1988 in Barbados.
35 Years Ago: Paul McCartney Stumbles With ‘Give My Regards’ Film
Roger Ebert said the former Beatles star's script was "to put it charitably, idiotic."