Pete Rizzo 

Reading, writing arithmetic and the fourth ‘R’, ROCK!

  • 2:34 pm Tuesday, May 31st, 2016 by Pete Rizzo

Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott once said ‘Four little words mean so much’. He and his comrades in Def Leppard ought to know. They began one of their classic tunes with those famed words (albeit in the form of completely legendary gobbledygook).

Which four words, you ask? They’re the first numbers we learn in school, and they have also started some amazing tunes over the years.

Some of my favorite  ‘1, 2, 3, 4’ kickoffs include the aforementioned Leps:

Not sure why Bono decided to with ‘1, 2, 3, 14’ but in Spanish it sounds bad ass in the opening this terrific U-tune.

But this one [More]

Jamestown – the new place for Carlin’s stuff

  • 2:31 pm Tuesday, May 31st, 2016 by Pete Rizzo

If you ever wanted to see what a place of George Carlin’s legendary stuff looks like, all it will take now is a roughly seven-hour drive deep into upstate new York to see it.

Thanks goes to his daughter Kelly, who is donating a bunch of old set lists, tickets and just about anything in between to the National Comedy Center in Jamestown, New York.

But the artifacts I would love to see are the scrapbooks where he worked on his landmark material. Among his classics,….

,…his perspective on euphemisms,…

,…the funny differences between cats and dogs,…

,…his legendary ‘seven dirty words’,…

,…and one of his (I [More]

It Will Really Be Worth it!

  • 10:42 am Tuesday, May 24th, 2016 by Pete Rizzo

A lyrical peek into the last few years of Freddie Mercury’s life stands to fetch some serious cash when it goes up for auction this summer.

A notebook once owned by the late Queen frontman has lyrics to several Queen tracks that appeared on the band’s last two albums recorded when Freddie was alive, The Miracle and Innuendo.

Hindsight being 20/20, the song that may have best captured Freddie’s reflective tone as he was battling AIDS was this amazing tune off of ‘The Miracle’ (lyrics below).

“What is there left for me to do in this life
Did I achieve what I had [More]

How do you say “Eruption” in French?!

  • 10:34 am Tuesday, May 24th, 2016 by Pete Rizzo

In this case, the answer is “15-year old Tina from France!”

Videos of everyday people doing extraordinary things just make my day. Case in point: the aforementioned Tina absolutely laying waste to the classic Eddie Van Halen guitar solo ‘Eruption’.

My favorite part of this video is how easy she makes it, like she could do this legendary solo in her sleep.

What’s more, she has many amazing solos to her credit with this ‘Best Of’ compilation an excellent Cliff Notes version of her work. And by the way, her taste in music is excellent!

Thoughts?

Rock and Roll Tai Chi?

  • 10:26 am Tuesday, May 24th, 2016 by Pete Rizzo

My longevity here at BAB and being a life-long rock music lover has certainly bled into my exercise routine over the years. But while I’ve always used music for my martial arts, weight training and yoga, an unlikely pairing has taken place in recent weeks.

I began doing Tai Chi at the start of the year. And while I love the practice, I’ve gotten bored with the new age-y soundtrack. So lately I’ve been pulling up some awesome mellow rock for my sessions. Here are my staples so far:

But I could use your help in enhancing my rock and roll Tai [More]

Still a ‘Holy Grail’ of lunacy over 40 years later

  • 10:21 am Tuesday, May 24th, 2016 by Pete Rizzo

One of Monty Python’s landmark exercises in absurdity turns 41 this month, which brings to mind their equally loony sketch show.

41 years ago, “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” came out and went on to become one of their best-known films. Helping to lay the groundwork for their flick was their hijinks on “Monty Python’s Flying Circus”.

To this day, one of my favorite skits was Monty Python’s spirited recreation of the Battle of Pearl Harbor,…

,…a close second would be the self-defense against fruit.

As for Monty Python tunes, this one tops my favorites list

A dollar, a dream,…and lots of records

  • 9:27 am Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 by Pete Rizzo

Screw fancy cars, private jets and palatial mansions! Here is a lottery winner who has spent some of his winnings on something much more gratifying for me.

A guy in Cambridge, England who won nearly 150 million on the Euromillions lottery a couple of years ago has opened a record store. He’s calling it Black Barn Records.

As a life-long lover of record stores who still peruses their aisles to this day, I love the idea! As for my store if I ever came into that kind of cash, naturally front and center would be my beloved progressive rock, from the [More]

This guy sounds a lot like Jimi!

  • 9:23 am Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 by Pete Rizzo

“The Voice” is a show I don’t normally watch, but my wife and I caught the last few minutes of a show recently and one of the finalists took on the Bob Dylan classic “All Along the Watchtower”.

Dare I say it, he even sounded like Jimi Hendrix and he can shred, too.

Thoughts?

Grohl-funding

  • 9:48 am Tuesday, May 10th, 2016 by Pete Rizzo

Dave Grohl once said that crowdfunding would be the wave of the future. Boy did he hit the motherlode with that prediction. Turns out one of his biggest fans wants to buy him.

Turns out the superfan has set up a GoFundMe campaign aimed at raising enough money to buy Grohl.

Granted, there’s a good chance this won’t ever happen. But if any rock star would probably have an absolute blast with this idea, it would be Grohl.  Which brings up the question in my head, what would a day with Dave Grohl entail?

Could it be a jaunt throughout Los Angeles [More]

S*&#!y Movie Franchises

  • 9:41 am Tuesday, May 10th, 2016 by Pete Rizzo

Today the topic du jour is movie franchises, this time around for lousy movies. The reason? The new ‘Sharknado’ movie is coming out in July.

First off, love the nod to Star Wars in the new title. Secondly, the trailer is crap-tastic greatness.

SHARKNADO 4 TRAILER

The list of cameos are getting bigger and more fun.

Are you as psyched for this next round of Velveeta-y goodness? What other bad movies would make awesomely bad movie franchises?