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.
15 Years Ago: Journey Strike Out on Their Own With ‘Red 13′
Journey's departure from a decades-long partnership with Columbia Records provided the perfect opening to try something different.
Watch Gene Simmons Go Into the Crowd to Confront a Heckler
Kiss co-founder Gene Simmons left the stage to silence a heckler during a solo performance in Providence, R.I., recently.
35 Years Ago: George Harrison Looks Inward on ‘Gone Troppo,’ Then Disappears
'Gone Troppo' was, even by George Harrison's uneven solo standards, a notable flop. But there are a few things worth examining again.
35 Years Ago: Phil Collins Releases Murky ‘Hello, I Must Be Going’
Phil Collins’ 'Hello, I Must be Going!' is the sound of a man who hasn't finished wrestling with his failed marriage.
40 Years Ago: Steve Perry Performs His First Show With Journey
As the new singer for Journey, Steve Perry had a suspicious audience to win over.
35 Years Ago: Hall and Oates Sharpen Their Sound on ‘H2O’
Hall and Oates shifted focus to the mechanized '80s zeitgeist on 'H20,' building on the long-hoped-for fame they'd earlier achieved with a turn toward sleek New Wave.
40 Years Ago: ELO’s ‘Out of the Blue’ Marks a Turning Point
With 'Out of the Blue,' everything got more expansive for the Electric Light Orchestra – the songs, the concept, the shows and the issues.
35 Years Ago: Supertramp Splinter on ‘Famous Last Words’
Supertramp had done what bands do when they have a breakthrough hit album: crisscrossed the world, playing their music before a quickly expanding fan base.
30 Years Ago: Sting Makes Art From Loss on ‘Nothing Like the Sun’
'... Nothing Like the Sun' set the course for Sting's solo career on the way to becoming his second consecutive multi-platinum album.
Scorpions Cancel Remaining North American Shows
The Scorpions were slated to continue shows with Megadeth until Oct. 15 at Tampa, Fla.