Pete Rizzo 

2016 – Favorite Albums of the Year

  • 11:33 am Tuesday, December 27th, 2016 by Pete Rizzo

From favorite tunes we move to my favorite albums for the year. Winners so far for me have been Anthrax (‘Worship Music’); Van Halen (‘A Different Kind of Truth’); Deep Purple (‘Now What?’); Mastodon (‘Once More Around the Sun’) and most recently, Joe Satriani – (‘Shockwave Supernova’).

See my list below and give me your picks for favorite album of the year:

10) Sting – “57th & 9th”

9) David Bowie – “Blackstar”

8) Metallica – “Hardwired…to Self Destruct”

7) Megadeth – “Dystopia”

6) Anthrax – “For All Kings”

5) Red Hot Chili Peppers – “The Getaway”

I honestly was prepared to dislike this album with Danger Mouse [More]

2016 – Favorite Songs of the Year

  • 11:11 am Tuesday, December 27th, 2016 by Pete Rizzo

I begin the second half of this decade by unveiling for you my favorite song of 2016. Tunes that have taken my spot so far for me this decade have been Mastodon (2011; “The Sparrow”); Rush (2012; “The Wreckers”); Dream Theater (2013; “Along For The Ride”); Marty Friedman (2014; “Inferno”) and Anthrax (2015; “Soror Irrumator”).

See my list below and give me your picks for favorite tune of the year:

5) Glenn Hughes – “When I Fall”

A standout track from an album that should help dispel the notion that ‘Rock is Dead’!

4) David Bowie – “Lazarus”

Hauntingly beautiful track off of Bowie’s final [More]

Remembering a showstopper named George

  • 11:07 am Tuesday, December 27th, 2016 by Pete Rizzo

George Michael’s death has most certainly caused quite the ripple among the music world. And while I always admired his ability to craft a catchy-as-hell pop tune, it was his voice I was always most impressed with, no more so than the day the rock world paid tribute to Freddie Mercury.

To call the lineup of Freddie’s tribute concert “star studded” was a complete understatement. But the highlight of April 20, 1992 at Wembley for me was courtesy of a guy I did not expect, a pop guy named George.

When I first heard of the lineup, I was super psyched for [More]

Not so Happy Happy Joy Joy at Xmastime

  • 1:33 pm Tuesday, December 20th, 2016 by Pete Rizzo

Here’s some holiday wackiness courtesy of the awesomely bonkers cartoon Chihuahua and Manx cat dynamic duo known as Ren & Stimpy to brighten your holidays in their most unusual way.

And if you’re feeling a little Bah Humbuggy this holiday season, I didn’t leave you out.

Enjoy!

‘The Night Before Xmas’ just got really weird

  • 1:30 pm Tuesday, December 20th, 2016 by Pete Rizzo

Leave it to the awesome Nick Offerman and John Malkovich to spread their unique brand of holiday cheer with their hilarious and warped takes of “The Night Before Christmas”.

Enjoy!

Space Ace shockwaves

  • 11:31 am Tuesday, December 13th, 2016 by Pete Rizzo

Rumors are percolating that one of rock music’s most colorful and outspoken personalities may reunite with the band that made him famous for some live shows next year, but this conversation would not have happened had Ace Frehley not survived a freak accident during one of KISS’ incendiary live shows 40 years ago this month.

We very nearly lost Space Ace for good on December 12, 1976 when he very nearly electrocuted himself on stage during a show when he was shocked after touching an ungrounded metal railing.

But the expression ‘every cloud has a silver lining’ definitely comes into [More]

A regal relationship deepens

  • 11:30 am Tuesday, December 13th, 2016 by Pete Rizzo

Though the passing of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury is still fresh in my mind, another silver lining may emerge next year with two of the surviving members of Queen making new music with Adam Lambert. This according to Roger Taylor recently.

Though no one will be able to replicate the inimitable Mr. Mercury, the thought of Lambert writing some new tunes with Taylor and Brian May is a pretty enticing one. Now this is not the first time they have written and recorded new tunes with another singer since Freddie’s death,…

,…but new tunes that better capture the spirit and larger [More]

Saying goodbye to a prog pioneer

  • 9:43 am Thursday, December 8th, 2016 by Pete Rizzo

This year cannot end soon enough as far I’m concerned. So long 2016, don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out! What a lousy year for our rock and roll legends, with the latest one to pass away a pioneer of my favorite genre of music!

Greg Lake has passed away following a long battle with cancer at the age of 69.

Lake co-founded King Crimson with band mainstay Robert Fripp, playing bass and singing on their first two albums and helping to set the foundation of the genre I know and love immensely as progressive [More]

Don’t take offense at my throaty roar

  • 12:10 pm Tuesday, December 6th, 2016 by Pete Rizzo

Nice to see Ritchie Blackmore has not played rock and roll completely out of his system. Looks like he’s planning a few more shows next year with Rainbow and his new singer, Ronnie Romero.

Speaking of which, have you ever wondered what Queen would sound like with Ronnie James Dio doing the singing for them? Not until now, right?! Yep, I imagine I’m the only dork who thinks like that. Nonetheless, the closest answer to that question may have surfaced online recently.

There is a very good cover of Queen’s classic tune Innuendo by a progressive rock band out of Spain [More]

Now what exactly is this song about?!

  • 12:09 pm Tuesday, December 6th, 2016 by Pete Rizzo

I doubt there are many songs that are more scrutinized than what may be the Eagles’ most  recognizable classic, which was released 40 years ago this month.

The Eagles released Hotel California on December 8, 1976. And it seems as if the theories about what the heck the song was about began flying almost immediately.

And the theories are vast. Many of them sociopolitical and allegorical in nature, some from Don Henley himself, whose descriptions include “a journey from innocence to experience” to “a sociopolitical statement” and “more of a symbolic piece about America in general”.

The conjecture around these explanations has [More]