Erica Banas: Writing Samples

Specializing in rock/classic rock news coverage and commentary, with experience in wrestling, TV and film.

5 Rock Acts We'd Like to See at the Las Vegas Sphere

Sphere in Las Vegas is one of the coolest venues to open in decades. There truly hasn’t been anything like it, especially when it comes to its many visual aspects. To begin with, its sheer presence as a building just off the Vegas Strip is awe-inspiring. Your eyes are just drawn to it, regardless of what it projected on its external surface. Sphere’s website notes the “Exosphere” features 580,000 sq feet of LEDs that are so bright they can be seen from space.

Vince McMahon Accused of Sex Trafficking, Brock Lesnar Implicated

Vince McMahon is being hit with a new lawsuit accusing the WWE leader of sex trafficking. The suit also implicates Brock Lesnar, one of the wrestling promotion’s biggest stars. The lawsuit is broken down in detail by The Wall Street Journal, which has been the publication breaking news related to McMahon's alleged sexual misconduct since June 2022. WSJ reports that Janel Grant is the former WWE employee who filed the sex trafficking lawsuit. Up until now, all former WWE employees who signed non

David Lee Roth Shares Not-So-Nice Wolfgang Van Halen Story

David Lee Roth has a knack for adding color to any given story, so take this tale about Wolfgang Van Halen however you choose. Roth shared a new clip to his YouTube channel titled “This Crazy Kid.” Once you get through DLR’s interview with “Jesus Christ” (no, not kidding), he then talks about two incidents involving Wolfgang from Van Halen’s final tour. Roth starts this story by referring to Wolfgang as “The f—in’ kid.” (Note: Wolfgang was about 24 in Roth’s story.) Diamond Dave accused Wolfga

Jon Stewart: Details on His Return to 'The Daily Show'

Jon Stewart: Details on His Return to ‘The Daily Show’ Jon Stewart, the longtime host of The Daily Show, is returning to the Comedy Central series. Per multiple outlets — including Variety and The Hollywood Reporter — Stewart will return to The Daily Show on Feb. 12 and will host the show only on Monday nights. The rest of the week will be hosted by the show’s many correspondents. They include Jordan Klepper, Desi Lydic, Ronny Chieng, Michael Kosta and Dulcé Sloan. Additionally, Stewart will a

Richard Simmons Issues Statement on Biopic Starring Pauly Shore

Richard Simmons has issued a statement about Pauly Shore starring in a short film as himself and the potential of a feature-length biopic. The fitness icon wrote via his verified Facebook page, “Hi Everybody! You may have heard they may be doing a movie about me with Pauly Shore. I have never given my permission for this movie. So don’t believe everything you read. I no longer have a manager, and I no longer have a publicist. I just try to live a quiet life and be peaceful. Thank you for all yo

Emmy Awards: See the Complete 2023 Winners List

The 75th annual Primetime Emmy Awards truly featured something for everyone on TV’s biggest night. (And yes, it is also being called the 2023 Emmy Awards despite taking place in 2024. Remember the writer and actor strikes?) Anyway, considering the milestone anniversary of the Emmys, the ceremony featured a number of fun cast reunions. These reunions were from some of the biggest, most influential shows in television history. Among the shows to reunite included Cheers, The Sopranos, Two and a Ha

Beatles List Names 'Yesterday' as Band's Worst Song

The Beatles are responsible for some of the greatest songs of all time. One of their most beloved songs is “Yesterday,” which is often considered one of the best songs in their catalog. However, not everyone is a fan of the tender ballad. Classic Rock recently published a list titled “The 10 Worst Beatles Songs.” Among the songs featured on the list were “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da,” “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” and “Revolution 9.” Number one, with quite the bullet, on the list was “Yesterday.” Below

13 Iconic Musicians Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II recognized many individuals with honors of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. During her legendary reign as Queen, she knighted a number of popular musicians. Here is a brief explainer on the various levels of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. Per the U.K.’s official Honours System website, the following are the five title distinctions in order of importance the British Monarchy can bestow upon individuals for their non-combative contributions to th

Bon Jovi Once Kidnapped Michael Jackson's Chimp, Bubbles

Bon Jovi kidnapping Bubbles, the pet chimp belonging to Michael Jackson, seems like a story via Mad Libs. However, it actually happened. This wild tale was surfaced by Classic Rock. It was first published in Michael Francis’ 2003 book Star Man: The Right Hand Man of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Francis served as Bon Jovi’s head of security at the time of this crazy story, which took place during the band’s massive world tour in support of Slippery When Wet. The Bubbles story takes place in Japan in Septembe

'We Are The World' Documentary Releases Trailer

‘We Are The World’: See Trailer for Netflix Doc About Legendary Charity Single “We Are The World” remains one of the biggest-selling singles of all time. Nearly 40 years since its recording, Netflix is taking a look at the making of the legendary charity track. Aptly named The Greatest Night in Pop, the documentary offers an in-depth account of the writing of “We Are The World” and the chaotic recording process that took place in just one night. A number of artists that were featured on “We A

9 Things That Happened in 2023 You Forgot About

With Christmas officially in the rearview, it’s time to sit back, relax and look back on the year that was. Even briefly looking back at 2023, we must say this year was kind of a weird, chaotic one. This fun, whimsical list isn’t meant for recapping earth-shattering things. Oh, no…this list is meant for the leftfield things that seemed to happen for no reason whatsoever. Again, 2023 was far more random than any of us realize until you actually sit and think about it. We cannot stress this enoug

Sydney Sweeney Wasn't 'Objectified' in Rolling Stones Video

Sydney Sweeney is a Babe, But She Wasn’t ‘Objectified’ in Rolling Stones Video Sydney Sweeney has made headlines recently, and frankly, it made me roll my eyes. The 26-year-old actress known for her roles in Euphoria and The White Lotus stars in the Rolling Stones’ music video for “Angry,” the lead single from their latest album Hackney Diamonds. The video shows Sweeney wearing a sexy leather outfit and riding in the backseat of a convertible along the Sunset Strip. Animated billboards along t

'The Masked Singer': Every Rock Star Contestant

The Masked Singer has been on the air in the United States since 2019 and has been a hit for Fox. Since its debut, it has aired ten seasons and well over 100 episodes. The premise of the show finds a wide range of celebrities in a singing competition. The catch is they’re wearing elaborate costumes disguising their identity. Hosted by Nick Cannon, the series features a celebrity panel that tries to guess the identity of each contestant. The recurring celebrity panel includes Ken Jeong, Jenny Mc

If ‘Die Hard’ is a Christmas Movie, These 5 Tracks are Xmas Songs

The debate around whether Die Hard is a Christmas movie has been around for years. A simple Google search will yield an obscene amount of articles from a variety of outlets that argue whether it is or isn’t a Christmas movie. Seriously, this debate has been addressed by truly the strangest group of publications you can possibly imagine. They include Yahoo! Entertainment, Parade, Men’s Health, The Pioneer Woman (yes, really), The Federalist (not kidding), and — perhaps most surprising of them al

'My Cousin Vinny': 15 Hilarious Quotes from the Iconic Comedy

My Cousin Vinny hit theaters on March 13, 1992. It would go on to gross a respectable $52.9 million at the box office. However, the comedy took on a life of its own thanks to film rentals and countless airings on cable. The film was anchored by outstanding performances from Joe Pesci as the titular Vinny Gambini. He is called upon by his cousin Bill (Ralph Macchio) to represent him and his friend, Stan (Mitchell Whitfield), in a trial for a murder they did not commit. Initially, when questioned

5 Corey Taylor Quotes to Live By

Corey Taylor is one of the most prominent figures in rock today and for good reason: He always has something interesting to say, and it seems like that trait isn’t something that’s waning with age. One of the funniest things Taylor said in 2023 was his rant against a certain Beatles song. That song? The 1967 stand-alone single “All You Need Is Love.” In fact, his hatred led to him writing “All I Want Is Hate” for his second solo album CMF2. In an August appearance on the Zach Sang Show, Taylor

Gene Simmons Dealt with Kidney Stone During Final KISS Show

Gene Simmons is one tough demon. Somehow, he managed to rock his way through the final KISS show while dealing with a kidney stone. Following the show, which streamed via PPV.com, there was some live backstage footage of the band fresh from the stage. Host Allison Hagendorf was speaking to Simmons when he made the painful revelation. “Believe it or not, my hand to God, I was just passing a huge kidney stone,” said Simmons. “I was peeing in the bathroom, and I felt it burning on the tip of my c

KISS Avatars: 5 Ways We'd Like to See the 'New Era' Utilized

KISS avatars were unveiled as the “new era” of the legendary band following their final show ever. The video below was played after KISS left the stage at Madison Square Garden on Saturday (Dec. 2). In the clip, Paul Stanley is heard saying, “KISS Army! Your love, your power has made us immortal. The new KISS era starts now!” Per KISS’ official website, “The KISS avatars were created by visual effects company Industrial Light & Magic using their advanced performance-capture technology, gatheri
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