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Summer of ’73 Revisited

  • 2:48 pm Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

I can’t rejoice in the start of my 44th year on this earth without a look back to the year I was born along with the tunes and albums that dominated 1973:  Among my more memorable ones was this guy, who had the number one song in the country the week I was born with this sublime piece of music-making.

Released the day I was born. “Chicago VI” soon went to #1 driven partly on the strength of this tune (my all-time Chicago favorite):

Among my favorite discs of the year are this standout by The Who:

And don’t even get me started [More]

Big Screen Rocker

  • 2:30 pm Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

Another rock legend long overdue for a biopic is finally getting his due. A movie about the all-too-short life of late Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott is in the works. Now who do you cast to play the charismatic frontman?

While I’m well aware that an unknown, younger actor will likely get the nod, I decided to widen the net to include some of our more well-known thespians. With that, my first choice would be Fear the Walking Dead’s Cliff Curtis, who I’d say has quite a bit of free time now expect he will be in James Cameron’s upcoming slew [More]

Remembering a summer of mass ‘Destruction and “Hysteria”

  • 1:12 pm Tuesday, June 6th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

You may not find two albums more stylistically different from each other that helped shaped rock music in the 1980s in their own unique ways. It’s no secret that we play the heck of both Def Leppard’s classic “Hysteria” and Guns ‘N’ Roses’ revolutionary “Appetite for Destruction” here at BAB. Each album is loaded with classic tunes for days. And they both turn 30 this summer.

I remember saying to myself “Hey, I remember these guys!” upon receiving a dubbed copy of “Hysteria” on cassette from a classmate in ninth grade art class back in September of 1987. I hadn’t [More]

Earth, Wind and Ozzy?!?!

  • 1:05 pm Tuesday, June 6th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

Sounds ludicrous, right?!  Well, give this a listen before you judge.

A Ozzy classic sandwiched into one of my all-time favorite songs is just brilliant! So much so that not only does it easily make my “Mash-Up of the Month” for June, but it may be my pick for “Mash-up of the Year”. I think it that’s good.

Remembering the King of Late Night

  • 3:18 pm Tuesday, May 30th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

The field of late night talk show hosts has become quite crowded in recent years. Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel and Conan O’Brien have certainly carved out their own uniquely strong identities. Whether it’s Fallon’s sense of childlike fun, Colbert’s politically charged and funny monologues, Kimmel’s hilarious rivalry with Matt Damon or Coco’s classic string dance/nipple rub combo, their identities are formidable enough that they should stay in their time slots for as long as they wish.

But they and all other late night hosts who come after them owe a huge debt of gratitude to the original king of late night, who [More]

HULK SMASH FLASH!

  • 3:14 pm Tuesday, May 30th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

Memories of my childhood came flooding back in a rather unceremonious way recently when two of my onscreen heroes almost got into a real life tussle a few days ago.

Sam Jones, he of one of my all-time favorite movies “Flash Gordon” and Lou Ferrigno, he of one of my all-time favorite TV shows “The Incredible Hulk”, nearly mixed it up at this year’s Comic Con in London.

Part-Kudos/ Part-‘What Were You Thinking?!’ to the man who had the balls to step in before things got out of control between these two literal and figurative giants (both of whom stand well [More]

The Symmetry is Just ‘Down and Out’ Perfect

  • 10:47 am Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

Pilfered song title from ‘And Then There Were Three’ notwithstanding, there are rumblings that Genesis may have something special in the works as they turn 50 this year.

For now it’s just “wait and see”, but Mike Rutherford said recently that some reunion gigs with him, Phil Collins and Tony Banks may be a possibility with Phil slowly making his way back from retirement.

Now the magnitude of a band celebrating 50 years together is big enough. But the added symmetry around the anniversary makes it more noteworthy. Think about it, if Phil, Mike and Tony team together, it would be [More]

Exercises in Vocal Badassery

  • 10:45 am Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

Both have pretty outstanding film resumes. Both have had their TV shows renewed for next season. And both of them have positively magnetic pipes.

The main reason “The Blacklist” and “Designated Survivor” are two of my favorite shows on TV right now is the strength of both leads, James Spader and Kiefer Sutherland. They are both just fun to watch, and more importantly, fun to listen to. Both are blessed with uniquely awesome speaking voices. So I asked myself: Which voice do I like better? By a very slight margin, I have to give the edge to Kiefer.

Spader’s voice [More]

Fade to Pop-Up Merch

  • 10:37 am Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

It will be a busy few days for Metallica, who we will be seeing lots of as they are “popping up” throughout town.

Bad wordplay aside, Metallica is second rock band to open a ‘pop-up store’. Pop stars have been doing this for a while, but now rock is jumping in with Guns ‘N’ Roses doing the honors with their pop-up story in NYC around their MetLife Stadium show last summer.

Metallica’s store goes up this weekend in downtown Manhattan ahead of their MetLife show Sunday night. They also hit the New Nassau Coliseum on Wednesday, which yours truly will be gleefully attending.  But in between, they are also squeezing in a [More]

Merriam-Webster? Meet “Prog-asm”!

  • 2:24 pm Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

One of my oldest and dearest friends actually deserves credit for this new word, which he sent me along with a clip of Geddy Lee playing onstage with the surviving members of Yes, one of the newest Rock Hall of Fame inductees.

First off, it was a huge thrill watching my pre-eminent rock heroes inducting a group of my other rock heroes.

SIDE NOTE: Am I the only one who thinks Rick Wakeman and Alex Lifeson have a future touring the comedy clubs of America as the next Burns & Carlin or Cheech & Chong?! Wakeman’s acceptance speech was hilarious! I would [More]

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