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.
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
They'd already established themselves as one of the most successful rock bands of the '70s.
The Day Creedence Clearwater Revival Broke Up
Few groups have produced so much important work in such a short period of time.
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 With Michael Jackson’s ‘Beat It’
This unlikely pairing worked like a charm.
Top 10 Angus Young Guitar Solos
He 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.
How ‘Kilroy Was Here’ Tore Styx Apart
"I have many times bemoaned the fact that I, through my sheer will, dragged the group into that," singer Dennis DeYoung later admitted.
Why the Beatles’ White Album Was Played at Charles Manson’s Trial
It was a bizarre twist to an already sensational story.
How Ace Frehley Was Almost Electrocuted at a Kiss Concert
The near-fatal production snafu occurred at a gig in Lakeland, Fla., right after they played "Detroit Rock City."
The Story of Jim Morrison’s Arrest and Macing in New Haven
Doors frontman Jim Morrison was arrested and maced at a concert on Dec. 9, 1967
45 Years Ago: Jim Morrison Arrested in Arizona
A delayed flight leads to big trouble for the Doors frontman.
Watch Kiss Sing ‘White Christmas’
Nothing says "Merry Christmas" quite like Jewish rock stars singing a Bing Crosby tune on stage to a deafening arena audience.