Pete Rizzo 

Remembering Pink Floyd’s ‘Bridge’ to immortality

  • 2:09 pm Tuesday, November 1st, 2016 by Pete Rizzo

Sometimes all it takes is a bridge to attain legendary status in rock and roll, or at least rediscover what made you so great in the first place. One of the more notable ‘bridge’ albums in rock history came out this week 45 years ago as Pink Floyd released “Meddle”.

Following the just flat-out weird “Ummagumma” and marginally better “Atom Heart Mother”, Floyd really laid the groundwork for the sound that would catapult them to rock legends. The songs that best captured that foundation were “One of These Days” and the positively sublime “Echoes”.

The Holy Triumvirate released a very important [More]

Another day, another Keith Richards meme

  • 2:07 pm Tuesday, November 1st, 2016 by Pete Rizzo

There may not a more hilarious collection of rock star memes than the countless ones involving the seemingly immortal Keith Richards. This one may be my favorite (leave it to me to pick one involving food).

As for the funniest bits on the death-defying mystique of Keith, Bill Hicks has that market cornered as far as I’m concerned. See below for proof.

How about you? What’s your favorite Keith meme?

Mash-Up of the Month

  • 2:04 pm Tuesday, November 1st, 2016 by Pete Rizzo

I haven’t played one of these in a while for you so I am bringing back by ‘Mashup of the Month’. This is the second time I’ve heard the Bee Gees classic ‘Staying Alive’ used for a rock and roll mashup, this time around with Pink Floyd.

Thoughts?

Dead show walking?

  • 1:33 pm Tuesday, October 25th, 2016 by Pete Rizzo

This was easily the longest talked about and most debated cliffhanger around a TV show that I can remember. And now that’s it over and one of the biggest questions around “The Walking Dead” has been very definitively answered, where does the show go from here?

Of course this bears mention,. Please stop reading now if you have DVRd the show and haven’t had the chance to watch it yet,…

I for one thought the producers played it smart with how they played out the pivotal death scene. And for the record, I found it gruesome and hard not to get emotionally drained [More]

Still an Amazin’ journey

  • 1:29 pm Tuesday, October 25th, 2016 by Pete Rizzo

They may not have been model citizens, but on October 27, 1986 they became our World Series champions. Watching the 30th anniversary celebration at Citi Field brought back many memories of this landmark year in Mets history.

I was all of 13 and glued to my TV set, from the uber-corny music video, …

,…to every playoff and World Series game. Who could forget Bill Buckner’s crucial error in Game 6 that forced the tie-breaker (and yes, in my celebrating I felt genuine sympathy for the guy),…

,…to Jesse Orosco’s final strikeout of Marty Barrett and jubilant heaving of his glove before getting bum rushed by [More]

Survey says,… old game shows are new again

  • 1:59 pm Tuesday, October 18th, 2016 by Pete Rizzo

Nice to see nostalgia for old TV game shows is alive and well. I’m generally averse to TV reboots but this idea is working for me so far. Among the classic TV game shows that have come back to primetime over the last few months include,…

“To Tell The Truth”

“Pyramid”

,…and “Match Game”

“Match Game”, which my wife willl tell you is the gold standard of old game shows, was the one I was most nervous about. I frankly thought it would bomb for sure. But I have to say they grabbed me all over again.

And now the latest one, “The Gong [More]

Remembering Zep at their cinematic peak

  • 1:57 pm Tuesday, October 18th, 2016 by Pete Rizzo

It’s often been called a rite of passage for bands at their commercial peak to make a concert movie. And if you were Led Zeppelin selling out three nights at Madison Square Garden back in 1973, it would be tough to deny that you were at your zenith. Enter “The Song Remains the Same”.

Led Zeppelin’s concert film premiered at Cinema I in New York on October 20, 1976, in which the band was in attendance for.

Known as being one of the pre-eminent concert films of all time, the making of the movie wasn’t without its troubles or its share of [More]

A bromance that’s still ‘Money’ after all these years

  • 3:19 pm Tuesday, October 11th, 2016 by Pete Rizzo

Never has the word ‘money’ been used as an adjective so hilariously then in this classic movie, which came out 20 years ago this month.

‘Swingers’ came out in October 1996 and introduced the world to Vince Vaughan and Jon Favreau, who to this day I believe epitomize the term ‘bromance’ better than any Hollywood hetero dream couple. It also helped to revive swing music.

The memorably funny scenes in this movie are vast and furious. The ‘kill the bunny’ speech is up there among my favorites,…

,…as is this cringe-inducingly funny scene,…

,…not to mention this one:

How about you? What’s your favorite movie [More]

Tales of u-rock-quitous riffs

  • 3:15 pm Tuesday, October 11th, 2016 by Pete Rizzo

Proof that the most potentially dire circumstances could provide the basis for some of the greatest riffs in rock and roll rests with the fine gentlemen in Deep Purple. They are releasing a new book next year (along with a new album) that dives into the genesis behind ‘Smoke on the Water’.

As Roger Glover, Ian Gillan and Ian Paice discuss in this interview, the springboard for ‘Smoke on the Water’ was borne out of some idiot who decided to blast a flare during a Frank Zappa/ Mothers of Invention concert,…

Shortly thereafter, Ritchie Blackmore came up with the signature riff.

Other [More]

The Piano Man comes [closer to] home

  • 3:08 pm Tuesday, October 11th, 2016 by Pete Rizzo

The new and improved Nassau Coliseum is opening its doors in April and they are bringing in probably the best person to lead the welcoming committee.

Billy Joel is set to open the Nassau Coliseum in April with a live gig.

Coming off a steady string of monthly sellouts at Madison Square Garden (over 30 to date and still going strong), this man knows how to pack a house, especially this one. He played the Coliseum over 30 times, including a string of nine straight sellouts nearly 20 years and in fact sold the Coliseum out for its final show last year before [More]