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.
June 2017 New Music Releases
Look for a few notable returns to glory, some terrific live sets and a group of very tasty reissues.
Listen as Ozzy Osbourne Is Brilliantly Mashed Up With Earth, Wind and Fire
Imagine Ozzy Osbourne going off the rails on a disco train.
Eagles Lineup Changes: A Complete Guide
Late in Glenn Frey's life, the Eagles revolved around his partnership with Don Henley. But the band didn’t start that way – and it won’t end that way either.
Why Some Critics Initially Hated the Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’
Critic Richard Goldstein infamously called the Beatles' 'Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band' “an undistinguished collection of work” – but he wasn’t alone in criticizing the project.
Wendy Dio Fires Back at Critics of Ronnie James Dio Hologram
Wendy Dio spoke to Ultimate Classic Rock as work continues on an all-new version of the hologram to be featured on a planned tour.
Peter Criss Says Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Was Right to Honor Only Original Kiss Members
Peter Criss is preparing for his final round of shows, having announced his retirement from the road.
How the Ride for Ronnie Helps Keep Ronnie James Dio’s Legacy Alive: Exclusive Wendy Dio In…
The Ride for Ronnie stands as another example of a desire Wendy Dio had to get donations to the right place after her husband succumbed to cancer.
Surprise! Izzy Stradlin Turns Up on John Mellencamp’s New Album
This actually isn't the first time Izzy Stradlin has sat in with John Mellencamp, who shares his Indiana lineage.
25 Years Ago: Lemmy Kilmister’s Bad Breath Saves Motorhead in Commodore Amiga Video Game
Before each battle, Lemmy exclaims, "Let's rock!" But that's not his secret weapon.
40 Years Ago: Led Zeppelin Play Cleveland Show Immortalized on ‘Destroyer’ Bootleg
Led Zeppelin put it all together during their April 27, 1977 stop at Richfield Coliseum in Cleveland – and everyone got to share in the experience.