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.
2015’s Biggest Rock News Stories
Ultimate Classic Rock counts down the biggest news stories of 2015.
Bun E. Carlos Confirms Cheap Trick Hall of Fame Reunion, Promises to ‘Make Nice’
Bun E. Carlos says he expects things to go smoothly when the original Cheap Trick lineup performs at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, despite years of estrangement.
Kinks’ Dave and Ray Davies Perform Together For First Time in Nearly 20 Years
It wasn't a Kinks reunion, but it was close.
Jason Bonham Thinks Led Zeppelin Will Play Again
Despite a lengthy period apart, Jason Bonham insists that Led Zeppelin aren't retired for good.
Poison’s Rikki Rockett Is Battling Oral Cancer
Rockett compared his health issue to that of Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson – whose cancer was also caused by the human papilloma virus.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 10 Worst Snubs
Even as we celebrate another class of Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, it's difficult not to cast a frustrated glance over to the ones left behind.
Why Brian Wilson Retired From the Road
Brian Wilson's apparent nervous breakdown on a flight to a Houston concert by the Beach Boys in December 1964 ended his onstage appearances for more than a decade.
Revisiting John Lennon’s Last Concert Appearance
Dual legends initially grew up around John Lennon's Nov. 28, 1974 appearance on stage with Elton John at Madison Square Garden.
The Day Freddie Mercury Died
Freddie Mercury was the face of Queen's wildly popular mixture of hard rock, pop, cabaret, glam and opera in the '70s, before becoming one the the AIDS virus' most well-known casualties in the '90s.
Is Bruce Springsteen Gearing Up for Another Tour?
At least one columnist thinks Bruce Springsteen is preparing for a tour with the E Street Band.
AC/DC Fans Barred from Drinking Near December Concert
For those about to drink, we've got bad news for you.
Hear Robert Plant’s Long-Awaited New Song with Alison Krauss
Robert Plant's first collaboration with Alison Krauss since their blockbuster 2007 album 'Raising Sand' has arrived.