Nick DeRiso is UCR's assistant managing editor. He was named columnist of the year five times by the Associated Press, Louisiana Press Association and Louisiana Sports Writers Association during a lengthy career in the newspaper industry, and previously oversaw a daily section that was named Top 10 in the nation by the AP.
Why ‘A View to a Kill’ Couldn’t Save Duran Duran
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How Queen Stole the Show at Live Aid
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35 Years Ago: How Everything Went Wrong With ‘St. Elmo’s Fire’
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Main image for the band's most political album ever was modeled after a notable political figure.
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The chart-topping smash remains as a touchstone moment in every band profile, an obligatory part of every interview and a set-list stalwart.