Melissa Ruggieri, Detroit Free Press

Melissa Ruggieri

Detroit Free Press

Virginia, United States

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  • DelmarvaNow!
  • El Paso Times
  • USA TODAY
  • St. Cloud Times
  • The Oklahoman
  • MyCentralJersey
  • Austin 360
  • Enquirer
  • Salina Journal
  • The Tennessean
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Recent articles by Melissa:

Jeff Beck, influential guitar god of The Yardbirds, dies at 78

Jeff Beck, legendary guitarist from English rock band The Yardbirds, is dead at 78. His family's statement revealed he died from bacterial meningitis. → Read More

Beyoncé's 'Break My Soul.' Taylor Swift's 'Anti-Hero.' These are the 10 best songs of 2022, ranked.

What are the top 10 best songs 2022? We rank the year's standouts, from Bad Bunny and Harry Styles to Taylor Swift and Beyoncé. → Read More

Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac dies at 79 after 'a short illness'

Christine McVie, the British keyboard player and co-vocalist in Fleetwood Mac, died Wednesday at 79 after "a short illness," the band announced. → Read More

Metallica's M72 tour will rock the world for 2 years to support new '72 Seasons' album

Metallica has mapped out its next two years and will storm the world on a massive tour and release their 12th album, "72 Seasons." → Read More

Brutally honest rankings of every 2022 AMAs performance, including Pink and Imagine Dragons

The 2022 American Music Awards delivered a slew of A-list performances, including Carrie Underwood, Pink and Cardi B. Our brutally honest rankings. → Read More

Taylor Swift announces The Eras Tour: See where she'll play her first live concerts since 2018

Taylor Swift hasn't toured since 2018, but that will change in March when she kicks off The Eras Tour in Arizona. She'll play 27 dates through August. → Read More

Carrie Underwood shares the 'super-selfish' moment in her new 'Denim & Rhinestones' tour

Carrie Underwood is back with her first tour since 2019, the 43-date "Denim & Rhinestones" run. She tells us about her aerial feat and singing GNR. → Read More

From Jagger to Lennon, Dylan to Bono: Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner spills the tea in memoir

As co-founder of Rolling Stone magazine, Jann Wenner has plenty of stories. From Dylan to Bono to Jagger, he tells all in his new memoir. → Read More

Rutgers grad Sheryl Lee Ralph schools Emmys with 'Abbott Elementary' win

Longtime (and often under-appreciated) Broadway and TV veteran Sheryl Lee Ralph accepted her Emmy win with a glorious roar. → Read More

Olivia Newton-John, beloved as Sandy in 'Grease,' dies at 73 after breast cancer battle

Singer Olivia Newton-John, cherished by fans for her role as Sandy in the movie 'Grease,' has died at 73 after a lengthy battle with breast cancer. → Read More

Pat Benatar refuses to sing 'Hit Me With Your Best Shot' after gun violence: 'You have to draw the line'

After 40-plus years, Pat Benatar is still standing with a defiant smile. She talks about gun violence, women in rock and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. → Read More

Vince Neil documentary details drugs, death, debauchery and 'a lot of heart, soul and love'

Vince Neil is known as the singer for Motley Crue, but a new documentary airing this month spotlights the man behind the debauchery. Neil explains. → Read More

Beyoncé hits the dance floor with new song, 'Break My Soul,' from upcoming 'Renaissance' album

Beyoncé is back! The Queen Bey dropped her new single, "Break My Soul," a glistening dance track, late Monday. → Read More

Justin Timberlake, T.I. join Pharrell's Something in the Water festival, but serious crowd issues persist

Pharrell's Something in the Water festival boasted Justin Timberlake and a Clipse reunion for Day 2, but overcrowding remained a serious issue. → Read More

Kenny Loggins talks 'Top Gun,' the return of 'Danger Zone' and writing his new memoir

Kenny Loggins - folk-pop troubadour and '80s soundtrack czar - shares tales of working with Michael McDonald, Jim Messina in memoir, 'Still Alright.' → Read More

Paul McCartney is turning 80, so naturally we ranked his 80 best songs

Paul McCartney is turning 80 and in honor of his brilliant songwriting, we've ranked his 80 best songs. See if you agree with our list. → Read More

Pharrell Williams' Something in the Water fest brings big names, cramped crowds, disorganization

Pharrell Williams moved his festival to Washington, D.C., but despite having Usher and T.I., the first day was supremely disorganized. → Read More

The Doobie Brothers return to 50th anniversary tour in peak form with Michael McDonald

The Doobie Brothers returned to the road in peak form for the second leg of their 50th anniversary tour with Michael McDonald. → Read More

Turning 50 in 2022: Essential albums from the Rolling Stones, Elton John, Eagles worth celebrating

Who is turning 50 this year? Landmark albums from Elton John, the Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder and the Eagles are worth revisiting. → Read More

Kendrick Lamar delivers a raw, soul-baring musical odyssey on long-awaited double album

After a five-year wait, Kendrick Lamar dropped the double album, "Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers," a musical odyssey that stays true to his intensity. → Read More