Michael Gallucci is the senior editor at Ultimate Classic Rock. His previous gigs include editor-of-chief at Diffuser.fm, managing editor of Cleveland Scene and writing about music and movies for All Music Guide, American Songwriter, the A.V. Club, Goldmine, M Music & Musicians, Paste, Spin, the Village Voice and other publications and websites.
35 Years Ago: ZZ Top Get an MTV Makeover on ‘Eliminator’
Very few classic rockers went through a transformation as jarring, or as triumphant, as ZZ Top did in March 1983 with the release of Eliminator.
55 Years Ago: The Beatles Release Their First LP, ‘Please Please Me’
How confident were the Beatles in what they had and how they played it when they entered EMI Studios in February 1963 to record their now debut album, Please Please Me?
35 Years Ago: Pink Floyd Release Last LP With Roger Waters, ‘The Final Cut’
Is it Pink Floyd’s worst album or Roger Waters’ best solo LP? We explore the thorny history of this complicated album.
Neil Peart Publishing New Book About Rush’s Final Tour
Neil Peart will publish a book about Rush's R40 tour, rumored to be the band's last-ever one of this size, later this year.
30 Years Ago: The Beatles Collect Their Singles and More on ‘Past Masters’
EMI's decision to overhaul the Beatles catalog in 1987, spurred by the CD revolution, was a long time coming.
45 Years Ago: The Original Byrds Get Back Together for One More Album
By 1972 the Byrds had pretty much become a vehicle for Roger McGuinn’s solo recordings. The original quintet began falling apart in 1966, after Gene Clark, who penned most of the group’s original early songs, left.
How the Mothers of Invention’s ‘We’re Only in It for the Money’ Took on ‘Sgt. Pepper’
From the mocking cover art to the orchestral notes that grace the music, the Mothers of Invention’s ‘We’re Only in It for the Money’ turns ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ on its head.
45 Years Ago: Pink Floyd Go Supernova With ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’
Pink Floyd's era-defining 'The Dark Side of the Moon' was released in March 1973.
35 Years Ago: Journey’s State-of-the-Art ‘Frontiers’ Signals the Beginning of the End
When Journey started recording their eighth album, 'Frontiers' -- which was released in February 1983 -- they were coming off their biggest year ever.
Top 10 J. Geils Band Songs
We count down our favorite songs by the much-loved bar band.
35 Years Ago: Rush Put the Focus on Songs and Make Their Leanest Album, ‘Moving Pictures’
In a way, Rush's career can be boiled down to this: everything before 'Moving Pictures,' and everything after 'Moving Pictures.'
40 Years Ago: Van Halen’s Debut Changes Rock History
Hard rock hadn’t really hatched a band like Van Halen before 1978.