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.
10 hours ago | Blue Notes
As both the history books and an endless stream of 50th anniversary documentaries have taught us, 1968 was an Especially Important Year in the United States. It was a time of particular upheaval with civil rights and jobs issues, the Vietnam was s...
5 days ago | Classic Rock Corner
Here’s a quick challenge: Discounting the mostly-singing girl groups of the ‘60s, name an all-female rock band. Go! Most people will cite the Bangles or Go-Go’s. Or maybe the Runaways. Music nerds might even pull out Fanny or the Shaggs. But pre-d...
7 days ago | Classic Rock Corner
BOB DYLAN & BAND AT THE SMART FINANCIAL CENTRE OCTOBER 14, 2018 First off, there are a few things that the audience member – or reviewer – needs to know about a Bob Dylan show in 2018. That the set list will not be an easy audience-pleasing gr...
10 days ago | Concerts
Easily one of the most iconic, dynamic, and unique vocalists in the history of rock and roll, Freddie Mercury, fronted Queen for just over two decades until his 1991 AIDS-related death. So it comes as a surprise – even to Patrick Myers – that Patr...
12 days ago | Books
The Ultimate Guide to Vinyl and More: All You Need to Know About Collecting Essential Music, From Cylinders and CDs to LPs and Tapes By Dave Thompson 304 pp. $29.99 Backbeat Books Have you heard? Vinyl is BACK! While it’s not the most surprising r...
13 days ago | Classic Rock Corner
While it’s been pretty big music news that Paul Simon recently played his last-ever show as a touring musician near his hometown borough of Queens in New York City, “Paul Simon” will continue to tour. And miraculously appearing decades younger and...