- 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]
- 1:10 pm Thursday, October 26th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo
Judas Priest are no strangers to playing Nassau Coliseum here on the island,…
,…however, they have become strangers to the arena roughly 30 miles west.
Judas Priest last played Madison Square Garden back in 1984 when they were touring for “Defenders of the Faith”. Thousands of rowdy fans and nearly $300,000 worth of damage later, they were banned from playing MSG ever again, as the guys discuss here.
The Metal God has been back to the Garden since then playing with his other band Halford. But the Judas Priest ban still goes on to this day.
Were you at the 1984 MSG show?
- 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.
- 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]
- 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]
- 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:
- 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 is. His 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]
- 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.
- 2:49 pm Wednesday, September 27th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo
From the “Are you F(*&IN kidding me?!?!” files –
Ice cold milk,..
,…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?
- 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).
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]