Pete Rizzo 

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]

Holo Diver

  • 2:25 pm Thursday, November 16th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

Looks like the Ronnie Dio hologram tour may set its sights on the U.S. come next summer, this according to his widow Wendy.

This will be the part of what is shaping up to be a pretty big tour throughout the world.

The Dio hologram made its debut at an outdoor festival in Germany last year in front of over 75,000 people.

It made its US debut earlier this year as well.

In a weird way I thought this was pretty cool, especially for those of us who never had the pleasure and honor of seeing Ronnie Dio do his thing on stage [More]

A Long Island Hall of Fame Venue Returns

  • 2:20 pm Thursday, November 16th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

We’re quick to reminisce of the great Long Island clubs of yore that no longer exist and the legendary bands that played them. But this time around we’re happy to say that one of those defunct clubs is coming back next spring.

My Father’s Place in Roslyn, a Long Island Music Hall of Fame-worthy venue, is reopening its doors after 30 years. Check out the Hall of Fame heavyweights that played this club back in the day:

What are your memories of My Father’s Place?

The Last Years of Bon

  • 8:14 am Friday, November 10th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

A question I sometimes ask myself if what “Back in Black” would have sounded like if Bon was alive to sing the classic tunes on that album. Now word is even if he were alive, there’s a chance he may not have been on the album anyway.

The reason? He may have been thinking of leaving AC/DC and his hard-drinking life behind around the time they were touring for their last album with Bon, the legendary “Highway to Hell”,…

,…and mere months before he died.,…

,…good thing they found Brian Johnson, who lent his fiery vocals to “Back in Black” and turned [More]

Favorite self-titled albums

  • 8:13 am Friday, November 10th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

Call it a rock star prerequisite, introductory calling card or a full circle footnote in your career, but some of our greatest rock bands have at some point in their career released a self-titled album.

Many of our favorites here at BAB have used the self-titled album as their introduction to the world of music,…

,…while others have chosen later on in their esteemed careers to launch their namesake disc.

As for my favorites, this one tops my list,…

,…with this one coming in a very close second.

How about you?  What are your favorite self-titled albums?

Dave Playing Dave

  • 1:17 pm Thursday, November 2nd, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

Looks like Dave Grohl has out-awesomed himself yet again!

He found time to sit in for Jimmy Kimmel on his late night show this past week. True to hilarious form and in the spirit of Halloween, he dressed as another famous Dave.

From tidying up Jimmy’s office in traditional rock star fashion,..

,…to his monologue,..

,…and trying out his interviewing skills with Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Alice Cooper,…

,…I say it was a success and a likely a ratings winner. Thoughts?

Memorably awesome goodbyes

  • 1:04 pm Thursday, November 2nd, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

I had “Clockwork Angels” by Rush in my truck recently when it dawned on me that the Holy Triumvirate were able to do what not many rock bands were able to do,… call it a career with a memorably awesome album.

Sadly, the majority of swan song rock albums often pale in comparison to a band’s best works (Zeppelin, Genesis, The Who anyone?). But there are notable exceptions. Among them are below:

Rush with the aforementioned ”Clockwork Angels”,…

,…”The Battle of Los Angeles” by Rage against the Machine,…

,…The Beatles – ”Abbey Road” (yes, I’m aware “Let It Be” came out later but “Abbey Road” [More]