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RIP Fast Eddie Clarke

  • 12:07 pm Thursday, January 11th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

What constitutes an amazing rock riff? I could either go into my long, windbag opinion. Or simply suggest that you listen to “Ace of Spades” (preferably at ’10’) and the masterful work of Fast Eddie Clarke.

The last surviving member of the original (and to this day the best) lineup, Fast Eddie Clarke has passed away. Clarke teamed with Lemmy and Phil ‘Philthy Animal’ Taylor on Motorhead’s first five legendary albums.

Fast Eddie’s thunderous riffs are as a big a reason along with Lemmy’s deafening Rickenbacker and Philthy’s muscular drumming that many fans (myself included) point to “Motörhead”, “Overkill”, “Bomber”, “Ace of [More]

“Schoolhouse Rock” Turns 45

  • 12:05 pm Thursday, January 11th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

The Saturday morning cartoons of today do not hold a candle to the ones I watched as a kid, and one of my favorites celebrates a big birthday this month.

Class began for “Schoolhouse Rock” for the first time in 1973 and from then on you could count on the same thing every Saturday for the next several years: learning new things while listening to some undeniably catchy tunes.

My Top 3 “Schoolhouse Rock” tunes are below for your listening pleasure:

3) Verbs (“That’s What’s Happening”)

2) Pronouns (“Rufus Xavier Sarsaparilla”)

1) Conjunctions (“Conjunction Junction”)

How about you? What’s your favorite “Schoolhouse Rock” anthem?

Steaming Steve, Free as a Bird

  • 12:04 pm Thursday, January 11th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

A Def Leppard legend scored his gig with the Leps thanks to a little Southern rock.

Steve Clark officially joined Def Leppard 40 years ago thanks to his audition piece, the Lynyrd Skynyrd classic “Freebird”, as Joe Elliott reminisces about roughly five minutes into this clip.

His time with Def Leppard was tragically short as he passed away almost 13 years to the day he joined Def Leppard at the all too young age of 30.  But oh how memorable it was!

As for my favorite Steve Clark performance, I have to go with the first time much of the world saw the Leps [More]

A Sight for Sore Eyes

  • 10:04 am Friday, January 5th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

**Photos provided by Getty Images

Selfies are a fact of life I accept very begrudgingly. But sometimes selfies are really awesome.

Case in point, former Dream Theater bandmates John Petrucci and Mike Portnoy teaming for one to help kick off the new year.

Now, don’t bank on a reunion of the classic Dream Theater classic lineup anytime soon. Still, I will happily file this photo under “A Sight for Sore Eyes”.

New Year’s Resolutions: One Hit Wonders

  • 4:54 am Wednesday, December 27th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

Closing out my series on New Year’s Resolutions are the abject failures, or as I will call them –  “One Hit Wonders”

My worst kept resolution revolves around an lifelong dietary Achilles heel of mine – CHOCOLATE. I’ve tried giving it up for a resolution three separate years and collectively, my chocolate abstinence lasted a grand total of about a week. Never has a bane of my existence tasted so good, though!!

How about you? What’s your least successful New Year’s Resolution to date?

New Year’s Resolutions: Greatest Hits

  • 4:51 am Wednesday, December 27th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

Resolutions are on my brain with the new year drawing closer.

This time around, we’re talking “New Year’s Resolutions: Greatest Hits” – as in resolutions you’ve kept for the longest time.

Mine is one of the best ones I could have done for myself and career in radio: QUIT SMOKING.  I had my last cigarette New Year’s Eve 2000 and haven’t looked back (though I’ve had stressful days that at times make me yearn for that nicotine-infused look back on occasion).

I wanna hear from you? What’s the longest resolution you’ve ever kept?

New Year’s Resolutions: New Music

  • 4:47 am Wednesday, December 27th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

With 2018 on the horizon, I’ve got New Year’s Resolutions on my mind.  And I wanna hear from you on yours. I’m doing so using terminology we know well around here at BAB.

So this time around, we’re talking “New Year’s Resolutions: New Music” – as in new resolutions for 2018.

As for mine, it’s a fairly simple one (at least theoretically): EAT HEALTHIER.  I won’t even acknowledge those two words that have frankly been a lifelong thorn in my side – “lose weight”.

My diet’s gone off the rails the last few months and I need to get back on track.

How about you? [More]

The Bass Gospel According to Dirk

  • 1:13 pm Thursday, December 21st, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

“I’m all about that bass” sounds a lot better when it comes out of Geddy Lee’s mouth!

The Rush legend is working on a book that will dive into the first two decades of the electronic bass that we may see out by next Christmas.

Now if there was ever an authority that could expand on the history of the bass, it is easily one of the best players of our time.

That said, he comes a very close second to my favorite bass player of all time, the Ox.

How about you? Who’s your favorite bass player?

Remembering Chris Farley

  • 1:11 pm Thursday, December 21st, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

Hard to believe it’s already been 20 years since we lost Saturday Night Live legend Chris Farley, as former partner in crime David Spade reminisced recently.

He was only on for five years but his cast of memorable characters was vast right from his outstanding first impression.

His crowning achievement in my opinion will always be Matt Foley,…

,…while close second goes to da beer swilling, Bears loving Bill Swerski.

How about you? What’s your favorite Farley SNL character?

Favorite Songs of 2017

  • 10:59 am Thursday, December 14th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

As 2017 comes to a close, I unveil for you my favorite songs from a year that featured some damn fine music. Happily, this list was tough to put together as there were many worthy entries.

Enjoy!

10) U2 – “The Blackout

9) Lindsey Buckingham/ Christine McVie – “Red Sun

8) Roger Waters – “Smell the Roses

7) Jane Weaver – “Slow Motion

6) Bubblemath – “The Sensual Con

5) Nickelback – “Home

4) Prophets of Rage – “Strength in Numbers

3) Queens of the Stone Age – “The Evil Has Landed

2) Foo Fighters – “Run

,…and, the top spot goes to [More]

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