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.
Quiet Riot Brought Metal to the Mainstream With ‘Metal Health’
Released in March 1983, Quiet Riot's 'Metal Health became the first heavy metal disc to capture the top spot on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart.
45 Years Ago: Keith Emerson Injures His Hands at 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.
25 Years Ago: Paul McCartney Enters the ’90s With ‘Off the Ground’
Paul McCartney's solo albums can be hit-and-miss, to put it diplomatically.
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.
Top 10 Underrated Eagles Songs
We look past the Eagles' biggest hits, to shine some light on the hidden gems of their catalog.
The History of the Who’s First Breakup
Pete Townshend announced that he was leaving the Who on Dec. 16, 1983.
The Story of 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.
When Ozzy Osbourne Revisited His Black Sabbath Past on ‘Speak of the Devil’
Ozzy Osbourne was in a terrible spot at the end of 1982, but he somehow managed to pull it together and release 'Speak of the Devil' on Nov. 27, 1982.
40 Years Ago: Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Plane Crashes
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 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.
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.