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Bust a gut rocking out!

  • 1:53 pm Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

“Split a side”? Meet “ring a neck”!

Comedy, rock and metal are getting hitched again thanks to the folks at Comedy Central. There’s a new show that debuted earlier this week (March 22) called “The Comedy Jam” that marries rock and roll and stand-up in a way very similar to “Lip Sync Battle”, only this time around the stars will be actually singing.

And it’s nice to see rock and metal is well-represented thanks to Rob Halford, Sebastian Bach, Phil Collen and Richie Sambora, among others. Of the eight episodes planned, these performances are on my ‘Must-Watch” list:

April 12 – when Long [More]

2 down, 2 to go!

  • 1:49 pm Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

Whether you enjoy Seth Meyers’ late night talk show or not (count me in the former camp), I will say this about the man. He has amazing taste in guest drummers! This past week was another great example. Behind the kit for the Fred Armisen-led 8G band for this week’s shows was Anthrax legend Charlie Benante.

This after Iron Maiden’s Nicko McBrain sat in with 8G last week.

Other drummers extraordinaire who have come by for an extra special visit include Danny Carey of Tool, Primus’ Tim Alexander and a guy who’s become another favorite of mine, Brann Dailor from Mastodon.

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Phil’s Royal Return

  • 1:51 pm Tuesday, March 14th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

Looks like fans of Phil Collins are welcoming him back from retirement with open arms! Not surprisingly, ticket demand for his upcoming shows at London’s Royal Albert Hall is through the roof.

And I won’t be the least bit surprised if demand is equally strong when he comes stateside for some shows (I say it’s a foregone conclusion at this point, with Radio City the target venue that I envision).

Paying an arm and a leg for a concert is nothing new for me. Now you’d think the most money I’ve ever spent for concert tickets was to see my favorite [More]

Remembering Ozzy’s kindred spirit

  • 1:46 pm Tuesday, March 14th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

Randy Rhoads could not have come at a better time for Ozzy Osbourne as he was trying to get his solo career off the ground. And his death could not have come at a worse time.

Randy was killed 35 years ago this month in a freak plane crash. But not before helping to jump-start Ozzy’s solo career with two platinum albums (“Blizzard of Ozz” and “Diary of a Madman”) after the Prince of Darkness was jettisoned from Black Sabbath.

The body language Ozzy displays in this Letterman interview a week after his death is pretty tell-tale as to how much it rocked [More]

We see you burning, Lemmy!

  • 2:30 pm Tuesday, March 7th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

The tributes have come fast and furious for late Motorhead legend Lemmy Kilmister since his death a little over a year ago. Up until now I thought naming an element after him (“Lemmium”) was the best it could get. But that may have been bested by a Lemmy-shaped fire pit.

As to what I would call this contraption if I owned it, two choices immediately came to mind.

With this as a runner-up:

Either way, it’s an impressive work of art and a fitting tribute to Lemmy!

U2 find what they’re looking for,…megastardom

  • 2:30 pm Tuesday, March 7th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

The greatest rockers of all time each have that one album that changes the game for them and catapults them into the very legends I’m talking about in the next sentence. “Led Zeppelin IV”; “Hotel California”; “Hysteria”; “2112”; the vast list goes on and on. You can count U2 among said greats thanks to their ‘Zoso’, which they released 30 years ago this month.

U2 released “The Joshua Tree” in March of 1987. 25 million copies, 2 Grammys and a notable mention by the Library of Congress later, the rest is history. And now they are touring to celebrate its 30th [More]

Another ‘Idol’ Alum Is Feeling the Noize

  • 2:29 pm Tuesday, March 7th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

Quiet Riot have had a tough time filling the formidable shoes of their late, great lead singer Kevin DuBrow. But it appears they have found a suitable replacement from a somewhat unusual place,… “American Idol”. James Durbin, who appeared in Season 10 of the show and made it to the Final Four, is the new lead singer of Quiet Riot. And he’s someone that DuBrow’s own brother is proudly endorsing.

This isn’t the first time an ‘American Idol’ contestant has the opportunity to rub shoulders with  rock and roll greatness, as Adam Lambert is so deftly doing with Queen.

Not surprisingly, it’s [More]

No dancing paper champion!

  • 12:44 pm Thursday, March 2nd, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

“Dancing With The Stars” is among the litany of reality shows that I normally avoid like the plague. But I may have to start watching for one of the contestants set to appear in the next season. The one and only Mr. T!

The Season 24 cast of ‘Dancing with the Stars’ is official and the “Rocky III’ star is among the contestants. The same guy who in one of his first ever roles stole “Rocky III” right out from under Sly himself,…

,…thanks to gems like this scene.

I can picture the exchange between Tom Bergeron and Mr. T now.

Bergeron: “Mr. T, [More]

Remembering Saturday Night’s true livewire

  • 12:46 pm Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

In honor of the late Carrie Fisher, SNL recently aired the episode that she hosted back in 1978, which incidentally featured an iconic music performance by what many call the person who best embodied the original free spirit of ‘Saturday Night Live’.

One of comedy’s first rock stars, Belushi’s performance of ‘Soul Man’ alongside Dan Akroyd remains one of my time favorite SNL moments, one in a litany of classic ones that made Rolling Stone nominate him its all-time best SNL cast member.

Sadly, Belushi’s life of a rock star had its ultimate consequence as he died very much like [More]

Rock and Roll Brainiacs

  • 12:42 pm Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

If you’re a parent who insists that your kids turn off their music while doing their homework, that request may not hold weight for much longer thanks to Dr. James Hetfield.

The Metallica legend now has a PhD in astrophysics. Evidently he found time between his day job as lead singer and rhythm guitarist extraordinaire for one of music’s pre-eminent thrash metal bands to go to school.

He’s not the only rock legend moonlighting as an astrophysicist, either. Brian May of Queen also holds a PhD in addition to his trademark ‘Red Special’ guitar.

This guy was also a scary smart [More]

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