Pete Rizzo 

From ‘Broadway’ to ‘Solsbury Hill’

  • 8:01 am Friday, February 24th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

I’ll see your cult favorite prog band and raise you more mainstream success with said band and an amazingly unique solo career by its exiting lead singer. Welcome to the differing trajectories of Genesis and Peter Gabriel.

After recording what I feel was Genesis’ crowning achievement of the Peter Gabriel era, their mysterious lead singer left the band under similarly cryptic circumstances in 1976.

Cut ahead to roughly a year and change later, Peter Gabriel struck out on his own with first self-titled debut album. Thus began a Hall of Fame solo career of marching to the beat of his own at [More]

Nassau Slobberknockers

  • 8:50 am Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

Nice to see the new Nassau Coliseum isn’t averse to re-introducing the word ‘Slobberknocker’ back into its vernacular. World Wrestling Entertainment is bringing Monday Night RAW back to the new Coliseum this April, roughly a week after Wrestlemania.

This is the first time the WWE is coming back to Uniondale in two years, with one of my new favorite wrestlers, Dean Ambrose, imbuing the evening with his flair for lunacy.

Now the old Coliseum was no stranger to the classic wrestling match with many great ones taking place in Uniondale, LI. Many of hose matches emanated from Summerslam 2002. Among the slobberknockers [More]

Rock and roll odd couples

  • 8:38 am Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

Now Guns ‘n’ Roses and the Eagles aren’t two acts I could see gelling, but one of rock’s more unusual pairings took place back in 1989 thanks to Axl.

As unusual as they may seem, rock and roll odd couples do work. The one I always refer to as the measuring stick of rock and roll odd couples is the duet between David Bowie & Bing Crosby.

Another famed one for me is the pairing of Elton John & Axl Rose, in part because to questions over how they’d coexist following the backlash over GNR’s tune “One in a Million”,…

,…any doubts [More]

Bat out of Broadway?

  • 2:48 pm Tuesday, February 14th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

Rock and Roll and the stage is adding another chapter to its saga later this year thanks to Jim Steinman and Meat Loaf’s landmark ‘Bat Out of Hell’ album, and not a moment too soon as far as I’m concerned. If there was an album tailor-made for Broadway, it’s this one.  And good luck trying to find a singer to match Meat Loaf’s intensity!

This is just the latest in a long line of rock and roll albums that have been given the stage treatment. Some are no-brainers that turn into classics like The Who’s pioneering album “Tommy”, which vaulted [More]

Urine for it!

  • 2:48 pm Tuesday, February 14th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

From biting the heads off doves and bats to snorting ants through a straw, the first few months of Ozzy Osbourne’s solo career were, to put it mildly, eventful. But Ozzy’s antics got him into the worst possible trouble 35 years ago this month.

Drunk on booze and wearing a women’s dress, – Ozzy Osbourne took a leak on The Alamo in San Antonio, Texas on February 19, 1982.

While certainly not the only time this has happened, Ozzy certainly set a precedent. These days, doing so could land you in jail. San Antonio did ultimately lift the ban 10 years [More]

The album that won Rush many more unobtrusive companions

  • 8:50 am Sunday, February 12th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

The days of progressive rock excess came to a hard end 36 years ago today for Rush when they released what is their most successful album to this day.

There’s no doubt that Geddy, Alex and Neil began the hard U-turn with “Permanent Waves” the year earlier as Neil discusses in this rare interview (and let me just say I love Neil’s speaking voice so much I could listen to him read cooking recipes),…

,…but they went back to the legendary LeStudio, which I like to refer to as “The House that Rush Built’ seeing as they recorded seven of their albums [More]

17th time likely yet another charm

  • 12:58 pm Tuesday, February 7th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

Alec Baldwin will be adding to his already formidable reign as Saturday Night Live host when he does the honors for the 17th time.

In my opinion, he established himself as my all-time favorite SNL host years ago not just for the amount of times he has hosted, but for the quality of many of his skits, monologues and celebrity impressions. And speaking of impressions, his current role as President Donald Trump only cements his standing for me.

It also got me to thinking of other memorable SNL hosts. And you know by now that when I begin thinking like this, a list [More]

Macca takes to the post-Beatles air

  • 12:54 pm Tuesday, February 7th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

How do you follow up an institution like the Fab Four?! Paul McCartney took to the air in answering that question 45 years ago.

McCartney’s new band, Wings, made their live debut at the University of Nottingham in England as part of a tour of UK colleges. It was the first time McCartney played on a live stage since 1966 with the Beatles before they became studio hermits with their last few outstanding albums leading to their acrimonious breakup. This video discusses the origins of Wings.

While certainly not on par with the Beatles catalog (then again, what band could possibly measure up?!), [More]