Pete Rizzo 

Vinyl records made out of OREOs?!

  • 2:49 pm Wednesday, September 27th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

From the “Are you F(*&IN kidding me?!?!” files –

Ice cold milk,..

,…Bright ideas,…

,…My best friend,…

and now, Turntables and an Oreo Cookie?!  A design agency from the Far East has made Oreos that actually play tunes!

Will this be another classic combination that forever goes together?

Who Assumes Control of the Professor’s Chair?

  • 3:11 pm Tuesday, September 26th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

Neil Peart is irreplaceable behind the kit for Rush. But Geddy and Alex have an inevitable void to fill if and when they make new music together (and, yes, I know Alex refuted the recent rumors, but I still think something is on the horizon).

So who “assumes control” (“2112” lyrical reference very much intended) of the Professor’s chair?

My first choice has to go to who may be the hardest working man in rock and roll of late and one of my favorite drummers (right behind Neil Peart, in fact); Mike Portnoy. In addition to having the chops necessary [More]

Lemmy was a badass even in prehistoric times

  • 3:05 pm Tuesday, September 26th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

I’m a firm believer in the expression ‘true greatness is timeless’ and now there’s prehistoric proof of that thanks to one of my favorite rock and rollers, one Lemmy Kilmister.

Scientists in England have named a newly discovered prehistoric crocodile after the late Motorhead legend. It’s name? the Lemmysuchus (translation – “Lemmy’s crocodile”).

Which led me to ask – what soundtrack do you give what the museum curator called “one of the nastiest sea creatures to have ever inhabited the Earth”?

My top pick is this no brainer:

Runner-ups include this classic (would you expect any less from a Lemmysuchus)?!

And this one.

Lemmy’s doing that [More]

No “Stranger” to the Big Time Anymore

  • 2:59 pm Tuesday, September 26th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

Billy is playing show what is it now, like 100, at the Garden this month which coincides neatly with the 40th anniversary of the Piano Man’s breakthrough album.

There is a special vinyl edition of “The Stranger” that you will be able to find at Looney Tunes in West Babylon right up the block from yours truly. And why not?! “The Stranger” is the album that launched Billy into the stratosphere with many of the tunes off it still staples to this day at said live gigs.

As for my favorite tune off of ‘The Stranger’, I will always have the softest spot [More]

The Central Scrutinizer in 3D

  • 4:30 pm Thursday, September 21st, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

The late great Frank Zappa is coming back,… as a hologram.

Some folks in the Zappa Family are already talking about possible set lists, with plans in the works to stage “Joe’s Garage: The Musical”, easily one of Zappa’s most legendarily filthy works with the Zappa hologram starring as, who else, the Central Scrutinizer.

Also planning to join him are Zappa staples like Adrian Belew, Steve Vai, Mike Keneally, Vinnie Colaiuta and Warren Cuccurullo.

Having never seen Zappa live before, this is a show I’d likely drop money to go so see not just for the chance to listen to Zappa’s double [More]

Remembering The Who’s “First” Last Play

  • 4:48 pm Tuesday, September 19th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

The old song lyric “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday” certainly rings true for the surviving members of The Who, who tried to do that 35 years ago.

Pete, Roger, John and Kenney kicked off their only formally announced “farewell” US tour in Washington, DC this month back in 1982, wrapping things up a few months later in December with two nights in Canada.

They made their way to Shea Stadium for two nights in between there, too.

What are your memories of The Who’s “first” last play?

Solid Gold “Blacklist”

  • 4:44 pm Tuesday, September 19th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

If you need further proof that “The Blacklist” may have the coolest soundtrack of any TV show today, look no further than the opening clip of this Thursday night’s show.

This is one of many eclectically awesome tunes this show has highlighted throughout the show’s run.

This may be my favorite selection thus far from one of my favorite episodes of the show from season 1,…

This is another good pick by Ray LaMontagne used in this Season 3 episode.

And on a side note, I’m convinced the Stones may be the most soundtrack-friendly band of all-time for both TV and film.

Are You ‘Excitable’ for All of ‘Hysteria’ live?

  • 3:57 pm Thursday, September 14th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

Looks like Def Leppard are putting the “Everyday is my Birthday” adage to practice as their 30th birthday celebration for their landmark album “Hysteria” will go well into next year.

The Leps are hiting the road next year and plan to play all of Hysteria live. To which I say “It’s about time!”

Side 1 and the title track are radio staples so it will be nice to see Side 2 get some loving next year. The tune I would love to hear most live again is “Gods of War”, which I think is the underrated gem on Hysteria. Plus, I haven’t seen [More]

Oh Rami Mia Rami Mia!

  • 12:13 pm Wednesday, September 6th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

The Freddie Mercury/ Queen biopic has stopped and started more times than I can count for the last 12 years. But if the first picture of Rami Malek as Freddie is any indication of what to expect, it may be well worth the wait.

Queen fanatics will recognize Rami’s get-up as the outfit Freddie wore during his and Queen’s now legendary show-stealing appearance at Live Aid 1985.

Now I’m even more psyched to check out this movie!

Remembering Zappa’s Swan Song

  • 1:45 pm Tuesday, September 5th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

This month 25 years ago reminded me yet again of the musical genius of Frank Zappa, in this instance his final appearance on a stage.

Zappa played the role of conductor this time around in guiding the Ensemble Modern at a music festival in Germany back in September 1992, all while battling the prostate cancer that would take him from us a little over a year later.

There’s the oddball in me that just eats up watching orchestral versions of Zappa classics like “Uncle Meat” and “G-Spot Tornado”, not to mention the loooooong ovation he receives at the end of the latter [More]