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A Room with a Smashing View

  • 12:44 pm Thursday, September 20th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

So there’s a rec center in Chicago that has something called a ‘Rage Room’ in which you pay money to demolish a room to your liking with your choice of sledgehammers, golf clubs and baseball bats, among other household weapons of destruction.

One need look no further than the Michael Jordan of smashing hotel rooms to see how the pros do it, Keith Moon, as seen in this clip from the 1977 Rolling Stone Anniversary special.

**By the way, I included this next video just because it’s Keith Moon acting alongside Mae West and Timothy Dalton. This looks like a [More]

The Men Behind the Masks

  • 11:25 am Thursday, September 13th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

I only need watch a few seconds of dreck like “Jersey Shore” to think back to when MTV was great. And few moments on MTV were as legendary as when the guys in KISS appeared without their makeup for the first time.

The date: September 18, 1983. Where was I? As a proud MTV-aholic as a kid, where else was I? Watching it go down live thinking the same thing I imagine you hardcore KISS fans were thinking at the time (“Holy shit!”)

Granted, the 80s didn’t start very well for KISS. But if you were thinking “career suicide”
at the sheer [More]

Remembering Lynott’s Last Stand

  • 11:25 am Thursday, September 13th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

We said goodbye to one of the more underrated and harder working bands around 35 years ago this month. Thin Lizzy played their last show with Phil Lynott September 4, 1983.

Though Lynott himself was not in top form at the end, it’s tough to ignore his natural charisma onstage. And the band as a whole sound great. “Emerald”, one of my all-time favorite Lizzy tunes, sounds especially good!

Shortly after this interview less than three years later, he was gone (too soon) at the (too young) age of 36.

Which is why it’s great to see the Black Star Riders carry [More]

Eyes of the Moon

  • 12:34 pm Thursday, September 6th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

With the long-gestating Queen movie finally due out soon after years of stops and starts, we may be seeing the same thing with another movie that has been in limbo for a while.

A biopic of The Who drummer Keith Moon is back on, according to Roger Daltrey. And as for the guy who plays Keith Moon? Daltrey thinks the actor needs to have what he calls “extraordinary eyes“.

My pick? Jake Gyllenhaal all the way!

He’s the closest actor I can think of with eyes close to those of Moon, plus he has the chops to pull off playing Moon the [More]

The Keyboard Era Begins for the Holy Triumvirate

  • 12:32 pm Thursday, September 6th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

You’re the Holy Triumvirate and you are fresh off the success of what would turn out to be your best selling album. How do you follow it up? To paraphrase Christopher Walken’s legendary SNL line, “I got a fever, and the only prescription is MORE KEYBOARDS!”

Off of “Moving Pictures”, Rush released the first of their four “keyboard era” albums, “Signals”, 36 years ago this month. They keyboard albums come in for quite a bit of a drubbing among some of us hardcore Rush fans, though I do enjoy them a lot.

This one’s admittedly not my favorite of the bunch [More]

The “New Throwbacks”

  • 10:42 am Thursday, August 30th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

I’m fighting the urge to turn into a grumpy old man who has no time or patience for new music. Oftentimes it’s hard! But some new bands are giving me hope for rock ‘n’ roll. In a takeoff of the “New Romantics” like Spandau Ballet and Roxy Music, I’m calling them the “New Throwbacks” cause they are releasing very new music that I think is a total throwback to the memorably awesome classic rock I grew up on.

**The Struts – “Queen meets the Stones” was my first thought after hearing “Primadonna Like Me” for the first time. I even picture [More]

Rye of the Beholder

  • 10:38 am Thursday, August 30th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

Considering what prodigious drinkers the guys in Metallica were back in the day, I couldn’t help but think of what their livers must look like now when they came up with the name of their new whiskey, called fittingly “Blackened”.

Which brought to mind a question: How do you ask for a glass of their booze?

Two tunes came to mind pretty quickly.

I give you “Broken, NEAT and Scarred”

And “Trapped under ICE”

Remembering the Woodstock of the 80s

  • 10:37 am Thursday, August 30th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

It wasn’t for lack of trying or not being able to attract star power. The US Festival, which debuted around this time back in 1982, had plenty of the latter with tons of music royalty on the list:

Yet despite securing a grade-A lineup and crowds in the hundreds of thousands, US 1982 lost a shit ton of money and the follow-up the next year hemorrhaged even more dough. As such, the festival was laid to rest. But you can argue that landmark festivals like Lollapalooza and Coachella may not exist without US.

What are your memories of the first [More]

I’ve Got the Michael Scott Blues

  • 1:28 pm Thursday, August 23rd, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

Reboot talk around one of my favorite shows is reaching a more feverish pace of late, and now a rock and roll great is inadvertently in on the mix.

There’s been talk of rebooting “The Office” (the U.S. version) going around for a while now. Some of that discussion has taken weirdly funny turns.

Reading about ZZ Top frontman Billy Gibbons’ new solo album due out soon, I couldn’t help but notice a tune that former Dunder Mifflin boss Michael Scott would approve of. It’s called “That’s What She Said”. I’m now sub-titling it “The Michael Scott Blues”.

We Be “Big Mama Jama” Jamming

  • 10:20 am Thursday, August 9th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

NOW this is what I call a jam! Steve Vai is planning a 52-hour non-stop one later this year!

He’s calling it “The Big Mama Jama Jam-a-thon” and he’s holding it next month in Los Angeles. The cool thing I love about this is that he’s opening it up to us every day folks. For $50 (first-come, first-served) you can join in on the jam four-hours. This could become more of the memorable jams of all time.

Some of my favorite live jams are below:

What are yours?

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