Pete Rizzo 

Pete’s First Solo Album “Came First” 45 Years Ago

  • 1:09 pm Thursday, October 26th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

Now Pete Townshend is a legend because of The Who, but he also has some awesome solo albums. In fact, his first proper solo album came out 45 years ago this month in between “Who’s Next” and “Quadrophenia”.

One of my favorite solo tunes from Pete is on that album, which is a far cry from the stuff he was writing and recording with The Who.

I know I’m in the minority there, but I really love Pete’s solo catalog. As for my favorite album, I think “Empty Glass” is his crowning achievement and one of my all time favorite albums.

Other [More]

Trick or ‘Meat’!

  • 1:07 pm Thursday, October 26th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

Boy we sure are hearing a lot from Frank Zappa these days, aren’t we?! And there’s more Zappa to come. This time around it revolves around Halloween.

40 years ago, Frank Zappa played the old Palladium in New York City for four nights and six shows in total. The whole residency is out now in the form of a box set called “Halloween 77” that includes a costume of Zappa himself.

Below are some highlights from Zappa’s extended stay at the Palladium, which materialized as his live album, Baby Snakes.

Did you see Zappa during his Palladium stint? If so, [More]

Remembering the Loss of Some Legendary ‘Street Survivors”

  • 2:32 pm Friday, October 20th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

One of rock’s most endearing and star-crossed bands suffered its greatest tragedy 40 years ago and a movie on that awful day won’t be seeing the light of day anytime soon.

There was a film in the works with former drummer Artimus Pyle as a consultant called “Street Survivors: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash”. A judge, however, has blocked distribution of the flick due to a “blood oath” the guys in the band took years ago.

The film centers around October 20, 1977, the day Lynyrd Skynyrd’s plane crashed in Louisiana and killed Ronnie Van Zant, Steve and [More]

Planting New Seeds

  • 11:09 am Wednesday, October 11th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

Sounds like the proverb “He who plants a garden plants happiness” definitely applies to Robert Plant, who has put together arguably the most fruitful post-Zeppelin solo career among his former comrades.

Solo disc number 11 for Mr. Plant (“Carry Fire”) is out this week with the first single floating around online for a while now:

No doubt he will add to his already impressive list of excellent solo tuneage.

As for my favorite Robert Plant solo tunes, I have to go with these two:

What’s yours?

RIP Tom Petty

  • 3:04 pm Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

The highest compliment I can pay Tom Petty is this: He made himself a rock legend on his own terms with his influence felt among not only those that came after him, but those who preceded him as well.

The laundry list of rock legends who honored him after his passing should give you some idea of how far his reach isHis passing is a bit surreal in part because he just played New York over the summer and was planning to come back next month to the Iridium in  NYC for a few more shows.

Tom Petty was always [More]

Satch Still Hanging 10

  • 3:02 pm Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

My love for instrumental guitar rock begins and ends with the guy who brought it to the masses 30 years ago.

Instrumental guitar rock is not a new idea by any means with Frank Zappa, Jeff Beck and Yngwie Malmsteen doing the honors years before Joe Satriani. But Satch’s second album “Surfing with the Alien”, definitely put a glistening, guitar-shredding sheen on the face of instrumental guitar rock this month back in 1987 and in the process attracted a mainstream audience.

30 years later, “Surfing” still ranks very high among guitar enthusiasts as one of the greatest albums of the [More]

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]