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What took so long?!

  • 3:32 pm Wednesday, April 26th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

These were my thoughts exactly upon hearing that a biopic is officially in the works for a rock band I felt should have received one a long time ago, Lynyrd Skynyrd.

“Street Survivors: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash” began shooting this week. The film will focus on the tragic plane crash that killed Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines, backup singer Cassie Gaines and three others from the point of view of former drummer Artimus Pyle, who survived the crash.

While the details about the accident have been well documented over the years, what some people (myself included) may [More]

Video ain’t killing these metalheads

  • 1:58 pm Wednesday, April 19th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

This month 30 years ago marked the premiere of something far different than what we were accustomed to seeing on MTV going back to the days of The Buggles’ “Video Killed the Radio Star”. It was the first episode of “Headbangers Ball”.

Launched on April 18, 1987, “Headbangers Ball” was actually spun off from “Heavy Metal Mania”, a monthly segment hosted by Dee Snider two years earlier. This version was longer and most certainly louder, enjoying an eight-year run until the folks at MTV yanked it off with no warning (typical of the lack of respect I feel metal is subject [More]

Carry On Wayward Covers

  • 1:57 pm Wednesday, April 19th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

It dawned on me recently how often the Kansas classic “Carry On Wayward Son” has been covered when I caught wind of Anthrax’s version online. They are the latest band of many to tackle the tune (and rather ably at that).

Dream Theater included part of the classic tune as part of their ‘Big Medley’ some years back,…

,…while Stryper did the honors as part of their covers disc a few years ago.

Heck, folks as disparate as the Oak Ridge Boys have covered it to the fine folks in GWAR with their truly signature take,…

What surprised me more was how [More]

SNL’s Five-Timers Club is getting bigger

  • 2:40 pm Tuesday, April 4th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

Saturday Night Live’s most prestigious hosting fraternity will be adding a few new members over the next few weeks.

On the heels of Scarlett Johannson’s entry into the Five-Timers Club last month, SNL is closing out their 42nd season by adding three more celebrities into the club. This on the heels of SNL’s most successful season in years and news that they will be broadcasting live throughout the country.

Doing the honors this weekend is a guy who has emerged as a favorite host of SNL’s in Louie CK, who can spin a mighty fine monologue to start the show.

Second in this bunch [More]

No suffering ‘Fools’ with these tunes

  • 1:38 pm Tuesday, March 28th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

While the origins of April Fool’s Day are unclear, the day is meant to be funny and goofy in nature. Though for me, acting the fool is a 24-hour a day job that I take great pride in. And that includes enjoying with reckless abandon some of my favorite rock tunes that have the word ‘Fool’ or some variation in its title.

This most excellent list from Ultimate Classic Rock has many favorites of mine. For my money, this ‘Fool’ tune is fool’s gold for me,…

,…with this Def Leppard tune a close second.

,…and this tune from The Who rounding out my [More]

No sliding into the sunset for David Coverdale

  • 1:38 pm Tuesday, March 28th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

Another rock star who has decided to to renege on retirement is legendary Deep Purple and Whitesnake frontman David Coverdale. He ain’t going anywhere, this on the eve of the 30th anniversary of Whitesnake’s self-titled album, which came out in April of 1987.

Speaking of which, this is another disc that elicited a jubilant “What the heck is this?!” moment for me. And it was almost instantaneous, mere moments after popping the cassette into my blaster and hearing the thunderous opening guitar riff from John Sykes and Mr. Coverdale with his bluesy roar singing “A black cat moans when he’s burning with the fever” ,…

,…the rest of [More]

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.

This [More]

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]

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