Pete Rizzo 

Appetite for new tunes?

  • 3:57 pm Tuesday, February 13th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

I tend to push off gossip pretty easily as nothing more than hot air in most instances. But this latest bit of rock and roll dish may have some weight to it.

This gossip site called “Crazy Days and Nights” published some pretty juicy stuff on an “A-list rock band” who may do something we never thought we’d see again,…record a new album.

I’d normally pass this off as BS except these guys are pretty on point with their gossip. Plus some of the other tea leaves make a pretty compelling case. I for one would happily drop money for a new [More]

21st Century 2112

  • 3:57 pm Tuesday, February 13th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

A retired Rush is bittersweet. But it’s nice to see that the Holy Triumvirate’s music is still as vital as ever today.

Case in point, these amazing high school kids who rocked out recently to Geddy, Alex and Neil’s classic “2112”.

Here’s how it stacks up with the original.

Well done!!

All Hail the King Biscuit

  • 3:56 pm Tuesday, February 13th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

Now I do my best to entertain you Sunday mornings. But I’d be remiss if didn’t put on my radio nerd hat and look back at a beacon of Sunday night radio that debuted 45 years ago.

Remember the “King Biscuit Flower Hour”? Sunday nights of awesome live music and interviews, and Holy rock royalty, Batman! The first show included Blood Sweat & Tears and some newbie named Bruce Springsteen. Some of my favorite “Biscuits” are below for your listening pleasure:

How about you? What are your best memories of King Biscuit Flower Hour?

Rock on, Pat Torpey & Glenn Tipton!

  • 3:24 pm Tuesday, February 13th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

Parkinson’s disease has claimed another rock legend!

Judas Priest guitar legend Glenn Tipton said recently that he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease several years ago and now the terrible disease has progressed to the point where he has to step aside, unable to play for their Firepower tour.

Needless to say this is a huge loss for a band known as much for their legendary guitar licks as Rob Halford’s majestic vocals.

This after Parkinson’s took away Mr. Big drummer Pat Torpey way too early.

Rock on gentlemen!

A Strode Down Memory Lane

  • 3:23 pm Tuesday, February 13th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

A scream queen is coming back to Haddonfield. Laurie Strode has risen (from the dead?).

Yet another re-do of “Halloween” is in the works, though this one I am intrigued about because the always awesome Jamie Lee Curtis is back in the fold as original (and still the best) scream queen Laurie Strode. The movie is now shooting and the first picture is out now.

Odd, yes, considering Jamie Lee was killed by crazy brother Michael Meyers in her last “Halloween” movie,…

,…so they are asking you to suspend disbelief and forget that movie ever existed along with this movie,…

,…and you can [More]

Remembering a ‘Night Together’

  • 3:22 pm Tuesday, February 13th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

Concert movies are a staple of rock music and no band may have personified these types of films more than the Rolling Stones.  Heck, they have 10 of them, one of which was directed by Martin Scorsese himself! The first one I remember came out 35 years ago this month.

My memories of “Let’s Spend The Night Together” were admittedly sparse as I was only 10 when it came out. But it is kinda wild to see the Stones decidedly less wrinkly (especially Keith):

I probably still have the “Still Life” cassette floating around in my basement somewhere. Plus I could never [More]

Summer Bummer

  • 3:48 pm Wednesday, February 7th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

The days of buying CDs are sadly coming to an end for retailers, the latest being Best Buy as they plan to stop stocking CDs on their shelves this summer.

While I’m becoming more comfortable with buying my music online these days, there will always be something impersonal and kinda sterile about it for me. Part of me will always miss the almost Zen-like ritual of scouring the aisles looking to add to my collection. There was a certain serenity I would achieve just thumbing through the stacks of music until I found something I could take home (which was [More]

Long Overdue Props to a Rock Renegade

  • 3:47 pm Wednesday, February 7th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

One of rock’s tried and true badasses is finally getting her long overdue recognition on film. A documentary on the legendary career of Joan Jett is due out and is called, fittingly, “Bad Reputation”.

The film will encompass her trailblazing career, which from one of her first appearances on TV with the Runaways on the old Tom Snyder show (check for Joan around 24 minutes in),…

,…to her appearing on one of Blondie’s new tunes alongside another pioneer, Debbie Harry, is as potent as ever.

As for my favorite Joan Jett tune, I have to go with her remake of “Crimson and Clover”. [More]

Halen Nation

  • 3:46 pm Wednesday, February 7th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

Van Halen turns 40 this year and, amid talk of the classic lineup reuniting for one more go-around, comes news of a new movie about the band.

Former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony will be part of the movie as he was interviewed for it recently.

Filmed an interview today for a Van Halen documentary in the works. Brought up many great memories! I’ll let you all know when it will air. Cameraman John on the left worked video camera on our [More]

Land of Reunion?

  • 3:01 pm Thursday, February 1st, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

You say ‘Goodbye’ (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Elton John and Slayer),…I say ‘Hello’ (Phil, Mike and Tony?) With the farewell announcements from the aforementioned bands leaving me a bit down in the dumps, Genesis are giving me a faint ray of hope.

Tony Banks said recently he’d be up for some more reunion gigging with Phil Collins. He saw one of his reunion shows recently and said he sounded pretty darned good, and of course, Mike Rutherford. Recently, another interesting wrinkle surfaced when another member of the classic lineup expressed interest in playing with his old mates again.

Instinctively, I think back to their [More]