Matt Wardlaw is the new media editor at Ultimate Classic Rock. You'll also find Matt on the radio hosting UCR's weekend show on Saturdays and Sundays. He loves vinyl and believes that the compact disc is still a worthy format. Right now, he's probably reading some liner notes.
ZZ Top Plan New Music With Dusty Hill’s Replacement: Exclusive
"It would be an interesting excursion into the unknown," Billy Gibbons tells UCR.
How Thin Lizzy’s Phil Lynott Rose Above Racism
The late frontman could have been a "complete a--hole," guitarist Scott Gorham tells UCR. But instead, he chose a different path.
How the Doobie Brothers Met the Rolling Stones
With a name like theirs, Patrick Simmons tells UCR, "Everybody was always looking for the weed."
How Bruce Kulick, Vinnie Vincent and Ace Frehley Built Dream Jam
Creatures Fest brought together every living ex-band member for weekend of shows.
How Def Leppard Were Inspired by Their ’70s Idols for New LP
Guitarist Phil Collen says 'Diamond Star Halos' includes "a lot of David Bowie, T. Rex, Mott the Hoople and Queen references."
45 Years Ago: 38 Special Begin Journey Toward a New Sound
Don Barnes and Jeff Carlisi joined us to discuss the band's self-titled debut.
Neal Schon Is Planning a Journey Tour With Carlos Santana
They're also firming up dates with Toto and in discussions about working with other former tourmates.
Journey’s ‘Raised on Radio’ Was Almost Called ‘Freedom’
"Steve Perry did not want that," Neal Schon tells UCR.
How Stray Cats Became Rockabilly Royalty: Exclusive Interview
They were playing pick up gigs in the U.K. when something incredible happened.
The Story Behind George Thorogood’s Slow-Developing ‘Bad to the Bone’
David Geffen's surprise endorsement convinced him to finally put stand-out original on a record.
Why Mark Tremonti Recorded A Frank Sinatra Album For Charity
Former Creed guitarist's passion for the crooner goes way back.
Kiss’ Cold Gin Pays Tribute to the Band’s Early Roots: Interview
The developers assure us that just like the original lyrics said, "It will always win."
Why Georgia Satellites Were Surprised to Have a Big Hit
Comparisons to Rockpile and the Rolling Stones followed early success with "Keep Your Hands to Yourself."
Why Guns N’ Roses Put Out Both ‘Use Your Illusion’ Albums at Once
When LPs entered charts at Nos. 2 and 3, Matt Sorum says their response was: "Who's Garth Brooks?"
Bruce Kulick and John Corabi Announce Union Reissues
"We were this fantastic band that just never got any good breaks," Kulick tells UCR of the short-lived '90s group.
Why Night Ranger’s ‘Big Life’ Was the Beginning of the End
Broken promises and ballads sealed the fate of the San Francisco group's 1987 album.
That Time Alex Lifeson Played Trumpet With Primus
Les Claypool shares choice moment from 1992 tour when his band opened for Rush.
Mike Campbell Confirms Tom Petty Fillmore Performances Box Set
"It was one of the greatest parts of our career," guitarist tells UCR.
40 Years Ago: How Huey Lewis Found Success With ‘Picture This’
Self-produced sophomore LP also featured contributions from Mutt Lange and Thin Lizzy's Phil Lynott.
Steve Vai: Eddie Van Halen’s Parts Were ‘Perfectly Orchestrated': Exclusive Interview
Guitarist's latest album 'Inviolate' arrives on Friday.