Sterling Whitaker is a Nashville-based musician and music journalist. He is the author of two books: 'Unsung Heroes of Rock Guitar' and 'The Grand Delusion: The Unauthorized True Story of Styx.' He has appeared as a guest on VH1, BBC Radio and radio all over North America. Whitaker is also very involved in animal rescue.
How Quiet Riot’s ‘Metal Health’ Brought Metal to the Mainstream
Quiet Riot were the first heavy metal group to capture the top spot on the 'Billboard' Top 200 Albums chart.
Top 10 Eddie Van Halen Guitar Solos
Guitar wunderkind Eddie Van Halen is undoubtedly one of the most important rock musicians of the last 35 years.
40 Years Ago: Kenney Jones Joins the Who
Kenney Jones was already highly regarded when he got the unexpected opportunity of a lifetime.
Revisiting Jim Morrison’s Disastrous Last Doors Show
Jim Morrison was already in a headlong downward spiral by the time he performed his final show with the Doors.
Revisiting the Rolling Stones’ Altamont Speedway Concert
A murder at a Rolling Stones concert effectively brought the peace-and-love ethos of the '60s to a jarring end.
The Story of ‘Bat Out of Hell’ and Meat Loaf’s Rise to Stardom
Meat Loaf's out-of-nowhere blockbuster, 'Bat Out of Hell,' was released in October 1977.
The Day Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Plane Crashed
Lynyrd Skynyrd had established themselves as one of the most successful rock bands of the '70s by the time they released 'Street Survivors' in October 1977.
The Day Creedence Clearwater Revival Broke Up
Creedence Clearwater Revival announced their split on Oct. 16, 1972.
The Day Metallica Bassist Cliff Burton Died in a Bus Accident
Metallica were on top of the metal world in 1986. But the band's year ended with a crushing blow after bassist Cliff Burton died in a bus accident while touring overseas.
When Eddie Van Halen Hit No. 1 on Michael Jackson’s ‘Beat It’
Pop and R&B star Michael Jackson was looking to broaden his audience base when he invited Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen to play on a track from the album he was working on as a follow-up to his best-selling 1979 LP 'Off the Wall.'
Top 10 Angus Young Guitar Solos
AC/DC guitarist Angus Young may be one of the unlikeliest guitar heroes in rock music, simply for the fact that he's not trying to be a guitar hero at all.
35 Years Ago: ‘Kilroy Was Here’ Tears Styx Apart
"I have many times bemoaned the fact that I, through my sheer will, dragged the group into that," Styx singer Dennis DeYoung later admitted.