Pete Rizzo 

We Be “Big Mama Jama” Jamming

  • 10:20 am Thursday, August 9th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

NOW this is what I call a jam! Steve Vai is planning a 52-hour non-stop one later this year!

He’s calling it “The Big Mama Jama Jam-a-thon” and he’s holding it next month in Los Angeles. The cool thing I love about this is that he’s opening it up to us every day folks. For $50 (first-come, first-served) you can join in on the jam four-hours. This could become more of the memorable jams of all time.

Some of my favorite live jams are below:

What are yours?

Toto and Weezer making cover tunes in vogue again

  • 10:15 am Thursday, August 9th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

The mutual admiration society continues for Weezer and Toto.

**“Images of Rivers Cuomo / Steve Lukather provided By Wikimedia Commons”.

Off of Weezer’s cover of “Africa”, the guys in Toto returned the favor recently with their take on Weezer’s tune, “Hash Pipe”. As for the recent roundtable as to which cover was better, I go for Toto’s.

Weezer’s cover is not bad, but it’s not the best of even most interesting take. My favorite critique of it came online describing it as “offensively beige” (HA!! Thanks Jordan).

Relient K’s take is more faithful to the original ,…while Quietdrive’s version is [More]

Rock’s greatest moustaches

  • 1:34 pm Thursday, August 2nd, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

For anyone who thought Rush were highly out of fashion in their “2112” days, the folks at Funko think their 1970s look is A-OK.

Geddy, Alex and Neil are being turned into pop figures! Making triumphant returns are Geddy’s kimono, Alex’s printed shirt and some “professorally” righteous facial hair. Neil had what was without a doubt one of the greatest moustaches in rock.

He’s up there with some of these greats highlighted below.

John Oates,…

Derek Smalls,…

Freddie Mercury,…

,…and my personal favorite, Frank Zappa.

How about you? Which rock and roll moustache is your favorite?

Best “Bathroom Break” Songs

  • 1:32 pm Thursday, August 2nd, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

Dave Grohl is wading into very progressive waters these days.

He will be releasing his 23-minute tune “Play” this week. In it, he plays every instrument himself. Here’s a sneak peek below:

Now this is the kind gleeful self-indulgence that is reserved for some of my favorite bands, many of whom either fall under my most beloved genre, “progressive rock”. Some of my favorite sonic marathons are below:

–Pink Floyd – “Shine On You Crazy Diamond

–Genesis – “Supper’s Ready

–Yes – “The Gates of Delirium

–Rush – “2112

–Dream Theater – “Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence

How about you? What are your [More]

Remembering Def Leppard’s “First Strike”

  • 11:16 am Thursday, July 26th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

Practice may make perfect, but at some point you need to show a crowd what you’ve perfected!

I’m paraphrasing obviously. But that was the sentiment of one Steve Clark back in 1978, when he urged Def Leppard to book a big after months of rehearsal or, as he said in this old interview (**around 5:20 in to this clip during their “Behind the Music”: episode), he’d “find another group”.

So thanks to Steaming, they played their first ever concert soon after (40 years ago this month), which was around the time they were plugging tunes off of their three-song EP.

Not long after [More]

Prog rock, Grohl-style!

  • 11:12 am Thursday, July 26th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

I doubt you will find a more good natured ambassador for rock music today than Dave Grohl. The reasons why I think he’s the coolest rock star around these days are vast, many of which revolve around his sense of humor:

And here’s another very cool one with a prog twist to it!

He took time out of his tour with Foo Fighters this summer to record a 25-minute instrumental song where he plays every instrument and literally runs from one instrument to the next during the song.

Awesome! Now please release that video!

Remembering Deep Purple’s Man Behind the Hammond

  • 9:57 am Thursday, July 19th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

The organ probably most synonymous with prog back in the day, Jon Lord is the guy I first think of that did for the Hammond organ what Jimi Hendrix did for the Fender Stratocaster and Lemmy Kilmister did for the Rickenbacker.

He passed away six years ago this month, sadly before he could realize Deep Purple’s (LONG OVERDUE) inclusion into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Here he is doing his thing on one of his most memorable solos

The Deep Purple tunes where his performances stand out on are vast. This one ranks as my favorite Jon Lord performance,…

,…with this [More]

Satch Birthday Boogie

  • 9:55 am Thursday, July 19th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

I’ve anointed him “Guitarus Maximus”. You probably know him as Satch. I’ve also referred to him of late as sort of a Mother Theresa of guitar legends.

He announced the lineup for his G4 experience this month. Next year he will be playing alongside the likes of Neal Schon, Rick Nielsen and Bumblefoot, among others. This after his latest G3 alongside John Petrucci and new addition to the G3 family, Phil Collen:

His documentary, “Beyond The Supenovais also out now.

So in honor of Guitarus Maximus’ birthday this month, I‘m showcasing some of my favorite Satch performances throughout [More]

The Best of Bon

  • 9:53 am Thursday, July 19th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

The music was raunchier, the lyrics were filthier, and the songs were more memorable. I’m talking about the years that Bon Scott fronted AC/DC.

All due respect to the terrific Brian Johnson, but the Bon era was and will always be my favorite AC/DC era for the reasons I highlighted along (turns out they are the same reasons that I’m more partial to the Diamond Dave years of Van Halen).

Bon was born this month back in 1949 (and, yes, I’m sure he would have a field day with the fact that he was turning 69 this year!). So what better way [More]

A Blizzard Comes to Tinsel Town

  • 1:27 pm Thursday, July 12th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

If you wondered why no one has made a movie of the life of Ozzy Osbourne (I know I certainly have), your wait may be over!

A movie may be in the works about the Prince of Darkness and his early years with Sharon! Whoever has the job of casting this movie and, specifically, deciding on who plays a young Ozzy as a tough task ahead of them.

Lucky I am a generous person by nature and am happy to offer my casting services free of charge! I offer you, Mr./ Ms. Casting Director, for your consideration,…

Kit Harrington (for you [More]