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.
40 Years Ago: The Blues Brothers’ ‘Briefcase Full of Blues’ Was a Labor of Love
When John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd gathered to record this album, there was still some question as to whether they meant it or not.
5 Reasons John Prine Should Be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
He became an underground sensation, a hit-music maker and then a huge influence on successive generations of singer-songwriters.
35 Years Ago: U2 Emerge as Arena-Rock Stars on ‘Under a Blood Red Sky’
A lot of things went wrong before 'Under a Blood Red Sky' helped establish U2 as one of the '80s' biggest concert acts.
5 Reasons the Cure Should Be in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Eligible for induction since 2004, they were a finalist once, in 2012.
Drive-By Truckers’ Patterson Hood Doesn’t Care If You’re Offended
He's learned not to question inspiration, even when his muse takes the band into uncomfortable places.
5 Reasons Roxy Music Should Be in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Bryan Ferry and company arrived as the patchouli-oiled '60s faded, with a look and feel like no one else.
Five Reasons Todd Rundgren Should Be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
The singer-songwriter once said his career was marked by "consistency of inconsistency," and there's perhaps no more apt description.
Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, Has Died
She was the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Watch the Foo Fighters Cover ‘Rocky Mountain Way’ With Joe Walsh
The Eagles star has been a regular presence alongside Dave Grohl and his band over the years.
August 2018 New Music Releases
The month's key new music releases include a pair of Alices, some former Black Crowes and a slew of cool reissues.