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 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.
Why AC/DC’s Transitional ‘Powerage’ LP has Grown in Stature
This bridged the gap between their first albums and the hits that would soon follow.
When David Bowie Launched His Eye-Popping ‘Glass Spider’ Tour
The spectacle was a success, but also so massive that he never attempted to repeat it.
How Alice Cooper Toned It Down for the ‘Welcome to My Nightmare’ Tour
These dates were specifically designed to introduce a more mainstream-friendly persona to the masses.
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.
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.
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