Pete Rizzo 

It’s no hoax! “Rumours” still a turbulent classic

  • 3:37 pm Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

Stevie Nicks reportedly once said that Fleetwood Mac created the best music when in the worst shape. That may not be better exemplified with perhaps their most legendary album, which turns 40 this month.

Questions abound over whether Fleetwood Mac will commence work on a new album, which if it becomes a reality would their first one with the entire classic lineup in 30 years. Till then, now’s a good time to reflect on their release of “Rumours” on February 4, 1977. That the album came out at all may have been nothing short of a small miracle with all the [More]

“Speak to Me”, Assorted Lunatics!

  • 3:35 pm Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”. In the case of Pink Floyd, you can probably substitute “a thousand miles” with “rock immortality” seeing as they took their first step towards that old Chinese proverb 45 years ago.

January 20, 1972 was the night Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Mick Mason and Rick Wright played live the first tunes of a new album they were at the time calling “Eclipse”. Or I should probably say ‘tried to play’ as their set was fraught with technical issues.

‘Eclipse’ was then changed to ‘A Piece for Assorted Lunatics’ and, roughly [More]

“Speak to Me”, Assorted Lunatics!

  • 3:30 pm Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 by Staff

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”. In the case of Pink Floyd, you can probably substitute “a thousand miles” with “rock immortality” seeing as they took their first step of that old Chinese proverb 45 years ago.

January 20, 1972 was the night Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Mick Mason and Rick Wright played live the first tunes of a new album they were at the time calling “Eclipse”.

http://www.unratednyc.com/pink-floyds-1972-darkside-of-the-moon-tour/

Or I should probably say ‘tried to play’ as their set was fraught with technical issues.

http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/pink-floyd/1972/brighton-dome-brighton-england-6bd61a9e.html

http://ultimateclassicrock.com/pink-floyd-live-debut-dark-side/

‘Eclipse’ then changed to ‘A Piece for Assorted [More]

It’s “Fragile”, NOT “FRA-JEEL-AY”!

  • 1:51 pm Tuesday, January 10th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

I am a happier camper these days because the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame seems to be gradually seeing the error of their ways. It all started when they finally gave the nod to Rush a few years back, and now they have come through again by honoring another all-time favorite bad of mine, Yes.

Their long-overdue induction coincides with the US release of many (yours truly included) call their breakthrough album, “Fragile”, which was released 45 years ago this month.

Yes really helped lay the foundation for progressive rock with this album. While I will always cite King Crimson as [More]

Remembering an Ozzy-style Manuary feast

  • 1:51 pm Tuesday, January 10th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

While our morning show hosts extraordinaire partake in all meats exotic later today in honor of Manuary, I find now’s as good a time as any to look back on a meat that I imagine a certain Prince of Darkness would only ever have partaken in: bat.

45 years ago this week, Ozzy Osbourne bit the head off a live bat that was thrown at him during a live show. Reason: He thought it was rubber. 

Chew on that!

Holy ‘Holo-Tour’!

  • 1:47 pm Wednesday, January 4th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

Though he’s been gone for some years now, the late, great Ronnie James Dio could very well pave the way for how we see live concerts in the future.

Details are coming out about a full-fledged tour featuring a hologram of Mr. Dio himself at various stages of his legendary career. Also helping out will be live singers like Ripper Owens, who has an amazing set of pipes himself and could do Dio’s catalog very proud, with a live band playing.

This could be an interesting litmus test because if it sells well, my guess it would only be a matter of [More]

“You couldn’t not like someone who liked the guitar”

  • 1:43 pm Wednesday, January 4th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

So said my favorite author Stephen King in one of his landmark novels, “The Stand”. And boy we love the guitar throughout BAB’s esteemed halls. And why not?! There are so many outstanding solos to choose from. Speaking of which, “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin racked up yet another “greatest guitar solo” award recently.

While a great piece of work by Mr. Page, it does not rank among my favorites.

Some of my picks include,…

How about you? Does ‘Stairway’ rank among your favorite guitar solos? If so, where? If not, give me your picks.