Bob Ruggiero has been writing about music, books, and entertainment for the Houston Press since 1997, with an emphasis on classic rock. He used to have an incredible and luxurious mullet in college as well. He is the author of the band biography Slippin’ Out of Darkness: The Story of WAR.
3 days ago | Classic Rock Corner
Throughout his decades-long career in rock and roll, Joe Walsh has been all over the world. And there may indeed be no place like home. But on this October morning in 2019, Joe Walsh wants to be somewhere else. “Well, Bob, I’m in Colorado and yest...
7 days ago | Concerts
Ronnie James Dio played with a lot of different bands and musicians throughout his career. Arguably the owner of heavy metal’s finest voice, he’s graced albums by Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, and his own long-running band Dio. For many fans, his p...
11 days ago | Classic Rock Corner
It’s a Monday morning and just about 36 hours since the Tedeschi Trucks Band have stepped off the stage of New York’s storied Beacon Theatre, wrapping up their ninth annual run of gigs at the venue. The string of six shows saw them play an estimat...
13 days ago | Books
It’s October 3 when Alan Paul and Andy Aledort – co-authors of the new biography Texas Flood: The Inside Story of Stevie Ray Vaughan – are on the phone. The date is appropriate because it would have been the 65th birthday of the book’s subject, ha...
18 days ago | Inquiring Minds
There’s a song on the Austin-based Fastball’s seventh studio album, The Help Machine (33 1/3 Records) called “The Girl You Pretended To Be.” Written by singer/bassist/keyboardist Tony Scalzo, it’s a pretty accurate portrayal of someone in a new re...
21 days ago | History
With all due respect to all members of rock bands—regardless of their job in the group—a lead singer is often the most difficult to replace. By their very nature, they are the most visible person, and their voices are stamped on the music. And whe...