Pete Rizzo 

Layne’s swan song

  • 3:57 pm Tuesday, June 28th, 2016 by Pete Rizzo

Grunge was well on its way to becoming passe when one of the genre’s most distinctive bands played their last gig with their mysterious lead singer 20 years ago this month.

Alice in Chains played their last show with original lead singer Layne Staley on July 3, 1996 while touring with Kiss. Here’s a clip of them performing, sad but fittingly, “We Die Young”:

Though he would remain with the band for six more years, Staley never performed live with Alice in Chains again as his health steadily declined and he became increasingly reclusive until his death in 2002. But not before [More]

A Jones Beach ‘Revelation’

  • 3:53 pm Tuesday, June 28th, 2016 by Pete Rizzo

One of the better concerts I’ve seen in recent memory happened this past week when I went to see quite the dream pairing at Jones Beach; Sting and Peter Gabriel.

What a treat to see two Rock and Roll Hall of Famers having such a good time onstage! They were both in fine form vocally, especially Sting whose voice has not seemed to age at all through the years.

But in an evening of many highlights, this one courtesy of Sting (being the mega Genesis nerd I am) took the cake for me. It’s only a few seconds long, but it’s fantastic.

My [More]

Remembering Van Hagar’s end 20 years ago

  • 2:14 pm Tuesday, June 21st, 2016 by Pete Rizzo

It was a good run, but alas it had to come to an end. And that is what happened 20 years ago this month for Sammy’s first tenure with Van Halen. This tune represented Sammy’s official swan song with VH back in 1996.

Needless to say, neither camp was at a loss for words over the exit.

While I am now and will always be a Diamond Dave purist, I did like a lot of tunes from the Sammy era. Among my favorites were these:

How about you? What was your favorite tune from the Van Hagar era?

Können wir uns nicht einfach alle vertragen?!

  • 2:06 pm Tuesday, June 21st, 2016 by Pete Rizzo

If you’re wondering, what (I hope) the title translates to is ‘Can’t we all just get along?!’  in German? In the case of the legendary Schenker brothers, that may be asking too much.

Guitar legend Michael Schenker went off again on his Scorpions guitarist brother Rudolf recently, saying that the band hasn’t recorded anything of note for well over two decades now.

I may be inclined to agree with Michael if not for these two gems from the 90s,…

,…this one has become one of my all time favorite Scorpions tunes.

Thoughts?

Still eating questions all these years later

  • 2:10 pm Tuesday, June 14th, 2016 by Pete Rizzo

There a new documentary out soon on the always colorful and unapologetic Frank Zappa called “Eat That Question”: Here’s the trailer to whet your whistle:

Zappa was always a colorful interview with often pithy and hilarious (often one in the same) quotes, as these clips below display, many from his battle with the PMRC.

And even here, in one of his last interviews before his death:

Here’s a collection of some of his best quotes: As for my favorites, I have to go with these classics:

“Music is the only religion that delivers the goods.”

“A drug is not bad. A drug is a [More]

Getting Their ‘Load’ On 20 Years Later

  • 2:05 pm Tuesday, June 14th, 2016 by Pete Rizzo

How do you follow up a landmark album as seismically successful as the Black Album?! If you are the guys in Metallica, you do (pardon me, Monty Python) something completely different.  In their case, they released “Load”, which turns 20 this month.

It left lots of fans scratching their heads and others absolutely apoplectic in their hatred of “Load”. I was definitely not one of the haters. Was it different? Yes. I was one of the head scratchers when I first listened to the cassette of the album that I brought. But I liked a lot of the material that made [More]

Most ‘Epic Rock Tales’

  • 1:55 pm Tuesday, June 14th, 2016 by Pete Rizzo

There’s a funny new online series of rock legends telling their often hilarious rites of passage involving groupies, fellow rock stars and everything in between.

As for my favorite rock tales, you really can’t go wrong with two of rock’s pre-eminent architects of mayhem, Ozzy Osbourne and Keith Moon. This Ozzy story is one of my favorites (NOTE:  Never challenge the Prince of Darkness to a gross-out contest!)

This excellent BBC documentary has numerous folks ruminating on the depraved tales of Moonie. My favorite story may be the double shot of adrenaline in his ankles that may have worked a little [More]