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Bat out of Broadway?

  • 2:48 pm Tuesday, February 14th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo
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Rock and Roll and the stage is adding another chapter to its saga later this year thanks to Jim Steinman and Meat Loaf’s landmark ‘Bat Out of Hell’ album, and not a moment too soon as far as I’m concerned. If there was an album tailor-made for Broadway, it’s this one.  And good luck trying to find a singer to match Meat Loaf’s intensity!

This is just the latest in a long line of rock and roll albums that have been given the stage treatment. Some are no-brainers that turn into classics like The Who’s pioneering album “Tommy”, which vaulted [More]

Urine for it!

  • 2:48 pm Tuesday, February 14th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo
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From biting the heads off doves and bats to snorting ants through a straw, the first few months of Ozzy Osbourne’s solo career were, to put it mildly, eventful. But Ozzy’s antics got him into the worst possible trouble 35 years ago this month.

Drunk on booze and wearing a women’s dress, – Ozzy Osbourne took a leak on The Alamo in San Antonio, Texas on February 19, 1982.

While certainly not the only time this has happened, Ozzy certainly set a precedent. These days, doing so could land you in jail. San Antonio did ultimately lift the ban 10 years [More]

The album that won Rush many more unobtrusive companions

  • 8:50 am Sunday, February 12th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo
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The days of progressive rock excess came to a hard end 36 years ago today for Rush when they released what is their most successful album to this day.

There’s no doubt that Geddy, Alex and Neil began the hard U-turn with “Permanent Waves” the year earlier as Neil discusses in this rare interview (and let me just say I love Neil’s speaking voice so much I could listen to him read cooking recipes),…

,…but they went back to the legendary LeStudio, which I like to refer to as “The House that Rush Built’ seeing as they recorded seven of their albums [More]

17th time likely yet another charm

  • 12:58 pm Tuesday, February 7th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo
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Alec Baldwin will be adding to his already formidable reign as Saturday Night Live host when he does the honors for the 17th time.

In my opinion, he established himself as my all-time favorite SNL host years ago not just for the amount of times he has hosted, but for the quality of many of his skits, monologues and celebrity impressions. And speaking of impressions, his current role as President Donald Trump only cements his standing for me.

It also got me to thinking of other memorable SNL hosts. And you know by now that when I begin thinking like this, a list [More]

Macca takes to the post-Beatles air

  • 12:54 pm Tuesday, February 7th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo
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How do you follow up an institution like the Fab Four?! Paul McCartney took to the air in answering that question 45 years ago.

McCartney’s new band, Wings, made their live debut at the University of Nottingham in England as part of a tour of UK colleges. It was the first time McCartney played on a live stage since 1966 with the Beatles before they became studio hermits with their last few outstanding albums leading to their acrimonious breakup. This video discusses the origins of Wings.

While certainly not on par with the Beatles catalog (then again, what band could possibly measure up?!), [More]

It’s no hoax! “Rumours” still a turbulent classic

  • 3:37 pm Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 by Pete Rizzo
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Stevie Nicks reportedly once said that Fleetwood Mac created the best music when in the worst shape. That may not be better exemplified with perhaps their most legendary album, which turns 40 this month.

Questions abound over whether Fleetwood Mac will commence work on a new album, which if it becomes a reality would their first one with the entire classic lineup in 30 years. Till then, now’s a good time to reflect on their release of “Rumours” on February 4, 1977. That the album came out at all may have been nothing short of a small miracle with all the [More]

“Speak to Me”, Assorted Lunatics!

  • 3:35 pm Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 by Pete Rizzo
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“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”. In the case of Pink Floyd, you can probably substitute “a thousand miles” with “rock immortality” seeing as they took their first step towards that old Chinese proverb 45 years ago.

January 20, 1972 was the night Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Mick Mason and Rick Wright played live the first tunes of a new album they were at the time calling “Eclipse”. Or I should probably say ‘tried to play’ as their set was fraught with technical issues.

‘Eclipse’ was then changed to ‘A Piece for Assorted Lunatics’ and, roughly [More]

“Speak to Me”, Assorted Lunatics!

  • 3:30 pm Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 by Staff
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“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”. In the case of Pink Floyd, you can probably substitute “a thousand miles” with “rock immortality” seeing as they took their first step of that old Chinese proverb 45 years ago.

January 20, 1972 was the night Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Mick Mason and Rick Wright played live the first tunes of a new album they were at the time calling “Eclipse”.

http://www.unratednyc.com/pink-floyds-1972-darkside-of-the-moon-tour/

Or I should probably say ‘tried to play’ as their set was fraught with technical issues.

http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/pink-floyd/1972/brighton-dome-brighton-england-6bd61a9e.html

http://ultimateclassicrock.com/pink-floyd-live-debut-dark-side/

‘Eclipse’ then changed to ‘A Piece for Assorted [More]

It’s “Fragile”, NOT “FRA-JEEL-AY”!

  • 1:51 pm Tuesday, January 10th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo
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I am a happier camper these days because the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame seems to be gradually seeing the error of their ways. It all started when they finally gave the nod to Rush a few years back, and now they have come through again by honoring another all-time favorite bad of mine, Yes.

Their long-overdue induction coincides with the US release of many (yours truly included) call their breakthrough album, “Fragile”, which was released 45 years ago this month.

Yes really helped lay the foundation for progressive rock with this album. While I will always cite King Crimson as [More]

Remembering an Ozzy-style Manuary feast

  • 1:51 pm Tuesday, January 10th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo
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While our morning show hosts extraordinaire partake in all meats exotic later today in honor of Manuary, I find now’s as good a time as any to look back on a meat that I imagine a certain Prince of Darkness would only ever have partaken in: bat.

45 years ago this week, Ozzy Osbourne bit the head off a live bat that was thrown at him during a live show. Reason: He thought it was rubber. 

Chew on that!

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