Pete Rizzo 

Remembering the day a pig actually flew

  • 2:18 pm Tuesday, November 29th, 2016 by Pete Rizzo

No doubt you’ve heard the idiom “when pigs fly”, which ranks up there with “when hell freezes over” among those idioms denoting the likelihood of something ludicrous ever happening. But it’s not a good idea to use “when pigs fly” with the guys in Pink Floyd because it actually happened on their watch.

A photo shoot for Pink Floyd’s “Animals” album cover went awry 40 years ago this month when a large inflatable pig balloon being used for the shoot broke free and drifted away. But not before someone came up with the idea of taking an earlier shot of the pig [More]

Still the best boxing trunks 40 years later

  • 2:03 pm Tuesday, November 29th, 2016 by Pete Rizzo

One of my favorite movie franchises celebrates a big birthday this week. Made for peanuts, Rocky came out December 3, 1976. After raking in a ton of cash and scoring 3 Oscar nods,  it still stands as one of the most popular franchises in movie history 40 years later.

My lifelong love of underdog stories begins with the original movie, which I first saw on cable when I was all of eight years old. And I was hooked immediately.

But as good as the first one was, I will always be a sucker for an underdog story fully coming to fruition, which is why “Rocky II” is my [More]

The Million-‘Air Guitar’ Waltz

  • 9:37 am Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016 by Pete Rizzo

What would one of the world’s greatest rock guitar legends play air guitar to? Queen legend Brian May let us inside this fun, imaginary world of his recently after unveiling his ‘Air Guitar Anthems’ online recently.

Of the 50-plus tunes on his list, many are classics we play at this venerable institution called WBAB, a duo from Queen themselves and with a few nice surprises thrown in as well.

Nice to see a Rush tune made his list, namely this one.

Along with this Motorhead classic.

I do say he has some terrific taste in music!

Genesis commits two major steals on ‘Nursery Cryme’; Phil and Steve

  • 9:34 am Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016 by Pete Rizzo

With Phil Collins slowly making his way back into the music world again, now is as good a time as any to look back on when his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame career began, which incidentally was 45 years ago this month.

November 1971 was when Genesis’ third album, “Nursery Cryme”,  came out. It was also their first with Phil behind the drums and another mega-steal in Steve Hackett as their lead guitarist. So long pastoral acoustic tunes! Hello, wild, complex and wacky mega-British progressive rock!

Shortly thereafter, the world (well, Belgium and Italy, at least) got a taste of [More]

Remember When Cartoons Used to be Funny – post-Turkey Day edition

  • 9:18 am Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016 by Pete Rizzo

Leave it to my all-time favorite cartoon to get me in the spirit of Turkey Day. Because after a marathon noshing session, nothing beats watching this classic on TV to waste away the afternoon for me!

A Heaven’LI’ Trifecta

  • 2:35 pm Tuesday, November 15th, 2016 by Pete Rizzo

It’s not often you get three all-time great guitarists performing together on the same stage, and even more of a rarity when said guitarists call Long Island home. But thanks to some nifty video sleight-of-hand by Carle Place’s own Steve Vai at his homecoming show at The Space at Westbury, he made it happen.

As the cherry on top of an outstanding show, he got to jam with two other members of what I call the Long Island Guitarist Holy Trinity, Westbury’s Joe Satriani and John Petrucci of Dream Theater (from Kings Park).

And, as Vai said, no career retrospective would be [More]

Remembering the loss of Freddie 25 years later

  • 2:34 pm Tuesday, November 15th, 2016 by Pete Rizzo

1991 was not a good year for rock stars, particularly for ones I was a big fan of. Losing Def Leppard guitarist Steve Clark in January rocked me enough. And then, this month 25 years ago, we lost Freddie Mercury to AIDS.

As an impressionable 18-year old walking hormone, my world was rocked because another rock star I admired was taken away. Though the rampant speculation around his final years in hindsight didn’t make his passing altogether surprising.

The first I heard of his death was this MTV clip while channel-surfing at home and my world was sufficiently rocked.

To this day, I [More]

Last Night’s Steve Vai Show: After Hours

  • 9:23 am Sunday, November 13th, 2016 by Staff

During an outstanding homecoming show by Carle Place’s own Steve Vai at The Space at Westbury, some nifty video trickery led to something uniquely cool that I will pick your brain on next weekend. Keep it on, Facebook, Twitter for details.
Watch my quick video below!

Meet your new cinematized Freddie Mercury

  • 2:08 pm Monday, November 7th, 2016 by Pete Rizzo

It’s hard to remember a biopic with as many stops and starts as the movie about Freddie Mercury, but the signing of the newest actor stepping in to play Queen’s late frontman may make it a go for good this time. “Mr. Robot” star Rami Malek is officially on board to play Freddie in the movie, which will start shooting early next year.

Portraying the flamboyant, larger than life mercury will be quite a stark contrast to the socially stunted character he plays on “Mr. Robot”,…

,…though the quiet, reserved Freddie away from the limelight should be more seamless.

Regardless, something tells me [More]

Into the U.S. Void one last time

  • 1:58 pm Monday, November 7th, 2016 by Pete Rizzo

The final chapter of Black Sabbath’s long and storied career is being written out on the road, with their last-ever US stop taking place Saturday night. My thoughts immediately flash back to their last ever gig on the Island over the summer, that being Jones Beach in August,…

,…their MSG gig earlier this year,…

,…and their show at Barclays Center two years ago.

What are your favorite memories of Sabbath live?