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.
Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, Has Died
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For Van Halen, the third time was most certainly not the charm.
Beatles Solo Albums Ranked Worst to Best
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Elvis Presley Drummer D.J. Fontana Dies at 87
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June 2018 New Music Releases
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Insane, and maybe untrue, stories about famous people have been around for ages.
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These bandmates totally hate each other. And some fancy statue isn't going to change that.
72 Musicians Who Are Totally Lying About Their Names
Their names are forever etched in our collective musical memory – or are they?
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With 'The Next Day,' David Bowie never sounded more like himself – whatever that was.