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
They were the first heavy-metal group to capture the top spot on the 'Billboard' Top 200 Albums chart.
How Paul McCartney Stumbled Into the ’90s With ‘Off the Ground’
Paul McCartney's solo albums can be hit-and-miss, to put it diplomatically.
The Day Neil Young Played His First Professional Gig
He's enjoyed one of the most influential careers of any musician, but the beginning wasn't nearly so glorious.
Top 10 Eddie Van Halen Guitar Solos
The guitar wunderkind was undoubtedly one of the most important rock musicians of the late 20th century.
When Kenney Jones Joined the Who
The veteran drummer was already highly regarded when he got the unexpected opportunity of a lifetime.
Revisiting Jim Morrison’s Disastrous Last Doors Show
The singer was already in a headlong downward spiral by the time he performed this final show.
Revisiting the Rolling Stones’ Altamont Speedway Concert
A murder at this show 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.
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.