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 Creedence Clearwater Revival Broke Up
Few groups have produced so much important work in such a short period of time.
Why the Doors Got Banned From ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’
It was a clash of mainstream culture vs. the counterculture when the Doors were booked to appear on 'The Ed Sullivan Show' on Sept. 17, 1967.
42 Years Ago: Keith Emerson Injures Hands at ELP Concert
The progressive-rock supergroup Emerson, Lake and Palmer were never really notable for their restraint, either in the complexity and execution of their music or in their over-the-top live shows.
36 Years Ago: Kenney Jones Replaces Keith Moon in the Who
Kenney Jones was already highly regarded in the British rock scene by the end of 1978, when he got the unexpected opportunity of a lifetime.
44 Years Ago: Jim Morrison Plays Final Show With the Doors
Jim Morrison was already in a headlong downward spiral by the time he performed his final show with the Doors.
38 Years Ago: Ace Frehley Nearly Electrocuted Onstage at Kiss Concert
Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley nearly died on stage on Dec. 12, 1976.
45 Years Ago: The Rolling Stones’ Altamont Speedway Concert Ends in Homicide
A murder at a Rollings Stones concert effectively brought the peace-and-love ethos of the '60s to a jarring end.
45 Years Ago: Jim Morrison Arrested in Arizona
A delayed flight leads to big trouble for the Doors frontman.
37 Years Ago: Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Plane Crashes, Killing Three Band Members
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.
41 Years Ago: Black Sabbath Release ‘Vol. 4′
Metal pioneers Black Sabbath were reaching beyond their heavy musical roots by the time they recorded their fourth album in 1972, coming up with an amalgam of classic heavy riffing, a growing sense of melody, and even some touches of progressive rock. The album endures as a classic today - even thou…
Dennis DeYoung Brings the Music of Styx to Nashville
Former Styx frontman Dennis DeYoung brought his solo show titled 'The Music of Styx' to Nashville's historic War Memorial Auditorium on Friday night (June 28). The show is billed as a Styx greatest hits show, and that's exactly what DeYoung delivered, turning back the clock for t…