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Do The Who Still Got it? You Better You Bet!

  • 9:13 am Friday, July 21st, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

Rock is dead, my ass! Need proof?! Look no further than The Who’s spirited appearance on Jimmy Fallon a few nights ago.

Roger still looks fit and trim enough to kick ass figuratively and literally, plus his voice sounds in top form. And Pete, still too cool for it all, playing at his wind milling best as they tore through “You Better You Bet” and one of my all-time favorite tunes of theirs, “I Can See For Miles”.

I know you talked about scaling back your live appearance, boys, but we’re really in no rush to see you leave. Keep showing most [More]

A Def Journey over a decade in the (re)making

  • 12:25 pm Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

Already known for being road dogs, Def Leppard may do some more gigging next year with a band they last teamed with over a decade ago.

Word is the Leps might do some shows in 2018 with Journey. First word came from Ross Valory before a recent show and now Vivian Campbell confirmed that both sides are talking.

If it happens, this would be their first jaunt together since 2006 when the Leps were touring behind their underrated covers disc, “Yeah”, and the first with Arnel Pineda at the helm for Journey.

They last came to town together for a show at [More]

RIP David Z

  • 8:17 am Saturday, July 15th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

Terrible news about the guys in Adrenaline Mob, who are out on the road touring behind their kickass new album, “We The People”. Love and prayers go out to the late David Z, his loved ones and the rest of the Mob family.

FROM LOUDWIRE – “Tragic news to report, as Adrenaline Mob were involved in a fatal vehicle crash near Micanopy, Fla., where they were on their way to St. Petersburg. It’s now known that the band’s bassist David Z passed away, with several injured.”

“Three of the injured were listed in critical condition and three were in stable in condition. [More]

Collen All Guitarists!

  • 2:10 pm Thursday, July 13th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

Who knows what Def Leppard’s classic album “Pyromania” may have sounded like with Pete Willis still in the band? Hindsight being 20/20, it doesn’t matter much now because his replacement helped make it a seminal success.

Willis’ drinking was so out of control midway through recording “Pyromania” that it was affecting his ability to play. So Joe Elliott gave Willis what he once called the ‘Spanish Archer’ – “EL-BOW”. The truth is they had their sights on his replacement months prior. His name, Phil CollenAnd boy did he deliver! In fact, it was his solo in “Photograph” that [More]

More Queen/ David Bowie tuneage?! No ‘pressure’!

  • 2:06 pm Thursday, July 13th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

Amazing what a meal and some drinks can do! In the case of Queen and David Bowie, it helped yield one of rock and roll’s greatest duets.

35 years ago, Queen and The Thin White Duke got together on a spur of the moment and began jamming away what would ultimately become the classic “Under Pressure”.

And now comes word that there may be some more odds and ends from that inspired session that may come out in the not too distant futureCredit John Deacon for coming up with the legendary bass line! And an assist from [More]

An ‘Urgent’ beeline to Broadway?

  • 1:48 pm Wednesday, July 5th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

Foreigner is adding an interesting wrinkle to their 40th anniversary celebration with a new musical that I say comes to Broadway in only a matter of time. The show is called, fittingly, “Juke Box Hero” and premieres in Canada.

All due respect to Kelly Hansen, but good luck poaching a stage actor that can pack in the intensity that Lou Gramm does in the title track of the musical, which I still say is one of his greatest vocal performances.

I say this tune is a no brainer to become Broadway-ized.

I sure hope this one makes the cut as well.

How about [More]

Favorite Independence Day Songs

  • 12:33 pm Thursday, June 29th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

As we spin our Firecracker 400 for you this Fourth of July weekend, there are many tunes that best embody the spirit of Independence Day. As for my #1, nothing comes close to Jimi Hendrix’s legendary rendering of “The Star Spangled Banner” to this day.

What’s yours? This is a pretty good list.

Axl and Angus sitting in a tree, R-O-C-K-I-N-G

  • 12:32 pm Thursday, June 29th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

Axl stepped in to save the day for AC/DC some months back during their last tour and it now looks like Angus Young is all too happy to return the favor.

They’ve been playing a lot more together onstage and, in fact, Angus joined Axl and the rest of Guns ‘N’ Roses on stage during a gig recently to play some old AC/DC goodies. First off, I did a double take at seeing Angus out of his trademark schoolboy outfit, though it was a real treat to see him onstage again.

They played “Whole Lotta Rosie”,…

,…and this tune, to which Axl exclaimed [More]

Remembering The Ox

  • 12:28 pm Thursday, June 29th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

John Entwistle’s death 15 years ago still resonates with me to this day, an irony not lost on me considering how much he embodied the quiet bassist.

If Roger was the brawn, Pete the brains and Keith the fire of The Who, then Entwistle was the quiet anchor playing the bass that held everyone together on stage as far as I’m concerned.  It’s easy to lose count of his many legendary performances. But as for my favorite, I have to go to an old standby, his performance of “Won’t Get Fooled Again” from Shepperton Studios in from 1978.

To give you some [More]

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]

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