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.
December 2019 New Music Releases
It's rare to have an important album still left unheard so late. This year is different.
John Paul Jones Discography
This catalog will always live in the shadow of Led Zeppelin. But he's been doing other, sometimes notably offbeat things.
30 Years Ago: Neil Young Roars Back With ‘Rockin’ in the Free World’
This late-period triumph couldn't have been created in a more offhanded manner.
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.
5 Years Ago: Allman Brothers Band Play Their Last Show
This final concert was followed by seasons of loss.
15 Years Ago: Queen Re-Form With Bad Company’s Paul Rodgers
Many fans questioned their attempts to meld glittery flamboyance with gritty soul.
35 Years Ago: Talking Heads’ ‘Stop Making Sense’ Changes Concert Films Forever
It was no accident the band and director Jonathan Demme found each other.
Vivian Campbell Is Still on the Road, Despite Recent Back Surgery
The Def Leppard and Last in Line guitarist never stopped touring during an earlier cancer scare, either.
Watch Peter Frampton Close Out Final Tour With a Beatles Cover
Surprisingly, his last song wasn't a big hit like "Show Me the Way" or "Do You Feel Like We Do."
55 Years Ago: The Kinks Try to Find Themselves on Self-Titled Debut
This album is perhaps rightly separated by "You Really Got Me" and songs that are not "You Really Got Me."