Pete Rizzo 

10 years later and still no flying car

  • 2:43 pm Tuesday, July 26th, 2016 by Pete Rizzo

The thought of a sequel to Kevin Smith’s classic flick “Clerks” seemed laughable. I for one was afraid it wouldn’t work. 10 years later, boy was I wrong?!

Released July 21, 2006, “Clerks 2” was a big budget (compared to $27,000 for the first “Clerks” movie) look at a day in the life of convenience store slackers Dante and Randall, now working at a fast food joint and ruminating on flying cars,…

,..it was awesome to see hetero life mate stoners Jay and Silent Bob back for the sequel,..

,…who could forget the scene where we discovered the mystery of “Pillow Pants”,..

,…and what [More]

In Metal Memoriam

  • 2:41 pm Tuesday, July 26th, 2016 by Pete Rizzo

When memorializing some recently departed rock and roll greats, why not thrashify your tribute?! Just ask supergroup Metal Allegiance.

There’s a very cool new tribute disc coming out next month that pays homage to the late David Bowie, Glenn Frey and Lemmy.

Among the tunes they are covering include Eagles’ “Life In The Fast Lane”, Bowie’s “Suffragette City” and the one I may be most excited for, Motorhead’s “Iron Fist”. While all good choices, I think Metal Allegiance would also kill these classics:

How about you? What other tunes from these greats do you think Metal Allegiance should cover?

In the ‘Sumner’-time

  • 2:36 pm Tuesday, July 19th, 2016 by Pete Rizzo

Looks like Sting is exploring his rockier side again for the first time in several years on his new album. The Police legend and mega-successful solo artist is finishing up work on his  next album ’57th & 9th’, on which we will hear much more guitars on.

In fact, his manager Martin Kierszenbaum says his new material hasn’t sounded this hard since this Police classic:

As for my favorite Sting tune, I have to go with the title track off of ‘The Soul Cages’:

This one’s another winner for me.

How about you? What’s your favorite tune from the Sting solo catalog?

A prime time villain with a ‘Low Self Opinion’

  • 2:28 pm Tuesday, July 19th, 2016 by Pete Rizzo

I don’t watch ‘The Walking Dead’ often but was impressed with Jeffrey Dean Morgan in the role of much-talked-about new villain Negan. I didn’t think they could do a better job of casting the part,…

,… until I heard that a punk legend was up for the same part.

Word is Henry Rollins was being seriously considered for the part of Negan. Could you imagine this guy saying “This is Lucille, and she is awesome!” before bashing skulls with a barbed wire baseball bat?!

I certainly could. Thoughts, “Walking Dead” fanatics?

“F%!k those dragons!”

  • 10:27 am Wednesday, July 13th, 2016 by Pete Rizzo

I’ve never seen an episode of “Game of Thrones”. And now, thanks to one of my favorite actors, I don’t have to.

Samuel L. Jackson put together this amazing Cliff’s Notes version of the immensely popular TV show. In short, it’s a ‘motherf&^@ing masterpiece

First off, Samuel had me at ‘F$!k those dragons!’

The only thing that would have made his recap the better would have been if he weaved in his legendary ‘Eziekel 25:17’ speech from ‘Pulp Fiction’.

No vegetarians or vegans allowed

  • 3:28 pm Tuesday, July 12th, 2016 by Pete Rizzo

Despite my prodigious appetite, I actually went vegetarian for two years while training for my first black belt test several years ago. But the lure of meat brought me back in like Michael Corleone in “Godfather III’.

One of the reasons I’m not a vegetarian anymore is bacon, as this kid’s heavenly reaction attests.

Meet Mutt

  • 10:31 am Tuesday, July 12th, 2016 by Pete Rizzo

It was the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Five working class rockers from Sheffield, England first crossed paths with an ultra-reclusive record producer extraordinaire from South Africa. They unveiled the first fruits of their labor 35 years ago this month.

Def Leppard’s second album, “High & Dry” came out on July 11, 1981. It would turn out to be the first album of the landmark Mutt Lange/Def Leppard trilogy, with the legendary “Pyromania” and ‘Hysteria” to follow in the coming years.

An outstanding album, some of my favorites off of ‘High & Dry” include the excellent opener,…

,…the equally powerful title track,…

,…and [More]

Taking a stroll down ‘Spaghetti’ lane

  • 10:26 am Tuesday, July 12th, 2016 by Pete Rizzo

Every time I lament the sad state of online video viewing, I do come across some unexpected, heartfelt gems like Chewbacca Mom. Yes, I know I’m exceptionally late jumping on this bandwagon, but it’s a fun piece of Youtube,…

,… now she has landed her very own action figure,…

,… and she even sang the National Anthem before an Astros ballgame (and yes, she can sing).

This is most definitely one of those videos that is so simple and nonsensical, yet so easily puts a smile on my face. I love her great laugh interspersed with the wookie sounds. And it made [More]

Remembering “American Bandstand” 50 years later

  • 11:01 am Tuesday, July 5th, 2016 by Pete Rizzo

Remember when watching kids dance to popular music on TV was the norm?! One of the best of those shows turns 50 today.

Now I’m well aware American Bandstand was on a few years prior to that. I’m talking the AB that Dick Clark took over the hosting duties for on July 9, 1956 and helped make a household name.

I was a major MTV nut back in the early 1980’s when they still played music videos. But I also enjoyed watching American Bandstand as a kid. Granted, MTV and VH1 began to eat into its ratings back then, but some of my [More]

Rock, meet Rap

  • 10:51 am Tuesday, July 5th, 2016 by Pete Rizzo

While Aerosmith and Run DMC certainly opened the door to the possibilities of rap rock in the mid-1980s with ‘Walk This Way’, you could argue that Anthrax and Public Enemy helped blow the door off altogether 25 years ago this month. This was certainly not Anthrax’s first foray into rap, thanks to their hilarious hit “I’m the Man”,…

,…but it was their seminal tag-team of ‘Bring the Noise’ with Public Enemy that was truly a game-changer vaulting rock from novelty to mainstream.

From there, it evolved to bands like Faith No More, Ice-T with his own rock band Body Count to what may [More]