Pete Rizzo 

Favorite Songs of 2017

  • 10:59 am Thursday, December 14th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

As 2017 comes to a close, I unveil for you my favorite songs from a year that featured some damn fine music. Happily, this list was tough to put together as there were many worthy entries.

Enjoy!

10) U2 – “The Blackout

9) Lindsey Buckingham/ Christine McVie – “Red Sun

8) Roger Waters – “Smell the Roses

7) Jane Weaver – “Slow Motion

6) Bubblemath – “The Sensual Con

5) Nickelback – “Home

4) Prophets of Rage – “Strength in Numbers

3) Queens of the Stone Age – “The Evil Has Landed

2) Foo Fighters – “Run

,…and, the top spot goes to [More]

Favorite Albums of 2017

  • 10:55 am Thursday, December 14th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

From songs we move to my favorite albums of 2017.

5) Black Country Communion – BCCIV

They were no more five years ago due to a classic butting of the heads between Glenn Hughes and Joe Bonamassa. Now they have mended fences and are back with what may be their heaviest album and strongest collection of tunes to date. Another job well done for one of rock’s most prolific and consistently rocking supergroups!

RIZZO’S RECOMMENDATIONS: “Collide”, “The Last Song For My Resting Place”, “Wanderlust”

4) John 5 – Season of the Witch

An instrumental guitar rock album made my list (shocker!). The latest [More]

One-Man Echo

  • 1:50 pm Thursday, December 7th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

Here’s someone who’s quite adept at singing Pink Floyd lullabies!

One man band Ewan Cunningham (who goes by Ewan John Covers on Youtube) is a Pink Floyd fan had has covered many of their classic tunes all by himself. But his most recent cover may be his best one yet.

He tackles all 20 plus minutes of one of my all-time favorite Floyd tunes, “Echoes”.

And as a cool touch, he also shoots his version to aesthetically emulate what may be Floyd’s best version of the song, the classic “Live at Pompeii”, even intercutting shots of the ancient city in his video.

Well [More]

Little Professor

  • 1:47 pm Thursday, December 7th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

For every kudos I give myself for seemingly nailing an air drum fill to just about every Rush tune, along comes a harshly amazing shot of reality. This time, it’s a 12-year old girl from Indonesia who knows how to play the drums! And, I mean, really knows how to play!

Her name is Kalonica Nicx and she bashes away on the Rush classic “YYZ”. Check out her video alongside the real thing.

My favorite thing about this video may be the huge smile face she wears while drumming away. It’s hard for even a curmudgeon like me not to smile at [More]

Bacterius Plateau

  • 12:10 pm Thursday, November 30th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

I’ll never understand science for as long as I live. But I love it whenever it’s juxtaposed with rock and roll, especially when the rockers involved are the Holy Triumvirate.

Three new microbes that live in termites have now been named after Geddy, Alex and Neil, specifically, P. leei, P. lifesoni, and P. pearti.

Here are the little suckers without a soundtrack,…

,…and said little suckers with one (by the way, “YYZ” was an excellent choice!).

Let There Be Another Awesome Tribute to Malcolm

  • 12:08 pm Thursday, November 30th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

I’m not the biggest fan in the world of cover songs. But when they are done well, they can be quite special. Case in point, Foo Fighters!

The band released recent versions of the AC/DC classic “Let There Be Rock” in honor of the late, playing a live version recently in honor of the late, great Malcolm Young.

But this version recorded weeks before he passed kicks some major ass!

I say Foo release a version of this tune with Angus playing on it with them. If that were to happen I say it gets at least a Grammy nod. Plus it opens [More]

SNL a second home for Foo

  • 12:03 pm Thursday, November 30th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

Say what you will about Saturday Night Live. But over 40 years after coming to you ‘Live from New York’ for the first time, they can still attract some A-list talent, both for their hosts and musical guests. This month is no exception.

U2 become five timers this month with their appearance on SNL this weekend. While impressive, the undisputed Alec Baldwin of musical guests has to be Foo Fighters! They take the stage for the seventh time overall in the winter finale later this month.

And for Dave Grohl, this month will be the thirteenth time he appears on SNL. Like [More]

A ‘Farewell’ to Obscurity

  • 12:11 pm Monday, November 20th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

Rush’s collective middle finger to their record label, “2112”, made them superstars and guaranteed them absolute creative freedom that would last them through the rest of the career. So how did Geddy, Alex and Neil begin to exercise their newly earned creative control?!

The answer? “A Farewell to Kings”, which came out 40 years ago.

Perhaps not surprisingly, it’s coming out again soon with all of the super deluxe bells and whistles and go along with most album re-releases.

This is arguably their biggest tune off the album as far as mainstream exposure.

But Rush is all about their hardcore fans and I [More]

Crock ‘n’ Roll

  • 12:09 pm Monday, November 20th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

How would you like to sit down to ‘Fleetwood Mac and Cheese’ and ‘Bachman Turnip Overdrive’ followed by ‘Whitesnaked Alaska’ for dessert?

Food recipes with rock and roll-themed puntastic names are a pretty brilliant idea for this cookbook called, fittingly, “Dark Side of the Spoon” which is out now.

Seeing this (and laughing my ass off in the process), I was compelled to come up with some of my own creations, which not surprisingly are all Italian.

 

–“Led Zeppoli”

—“Shrimp Fra (Dio)valo”; and

–“(Zappa)sta primavera”

 

What others can you think of?

RIP Malcolm Young

  • 7:43 am Sunday, November 19th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

We’ve lost Malcolm Young way too early to an insidious little disease called dementia. His passing hits home for me more for two reasons:

1) I have a loved one in my own family that is grappling with this awful and demoralizing disease; and

2) ACDC was one of the ‘rite of passage’ bands that moved me away from being a Top-40 listener and allowed me to enter the wonderful world of rock and roll as a kid in high school (thank you, Jimmy Sciubba, for introducing me to them vis a vis your copy of ‘Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap’).

Not surprisingly, news [More]