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 Queen Stole the Show at Live Aid
Queen followed one of Live Aid's signature moments and, more crucially, were taking the stage at London's Wembley Stadium on July 13, 1985, without much expectation.
20 Years Ago: Jerry Garcia Plays His Final Grateful Dead Concert
Jerry Garcia's final show with the Grateful Dead -- held on July 9, 1995, at Chicago's Soldier Field -- was no lasting tribute.
Def Leppard Albums Ranked Worst to Best
Ultimate Classic Rock ranks every Def Leppard studio effort, from worst to best.
Ringo Starr’s 10 Most Historic Moments
This gallery of Ringo Starr's 10 Most Historic Moments recognizes a career that took a while to gain the respect it always deserved.
When Judas Priest Fans Caused $250,000 Damage to Madison Square Garden
On June 18, 1984, Judas Priest were barred from performing at Madison Square Garden after a rambunctious crowd got out of hand.
When Van Halen Mounted a Disastrous Reunion With Sammy Hagar
This comeback for Van Halen's most commercially successful lineup was contentious from the start.
Pete Townshend Rails Against New Classical Album’s Chart Snub
Pete Townshend worked with credentialed classical-music figures on his new symphonic reinterpretation of Quadrophenia. But that doesn't mean the project has been wholly accepted in those circles.
Two Missing Rocklahoma Fans Found Dead
Two 20-year-old Rocklahoma fans missing for weeks have been found drowned in a submerged car in faraway Lake Eufaula.
Doors’ First Two Post-Jim Morrison Albums to Be Reissued
Long out-of-print, the first two albums released by the Doors after Jim Morrison died are set for expanded reissue later this year.
Rod Stewart Lashes Officials in Soccer Scandal
Rabid soccer fan Rod Stewart has weighed in on the international scandal rocking the sport’s governing body.
Why Paul McCartney’s ‘Venus and Mars’ Was Uneven, But Ultimately Charming
Paul McCartney followed up a solo career-defining smash with a Wings album populated by miniature delights and distracting whimsy.
How Queen Overcame Trying Times to Complete ‘The Miracle’
'The Miracle,' whatever its musical intrigues, heralded the beginning of the end for Freddie Mercury's time in Queen.