Pete Rizzo 

Fare-three-well!

  • 11:38 am Thursday, January 25th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

This week I am amending the old saying ‘good things come in threes’  to ‘rock legends say goodbye in threes’. Boy was that true this week!

First it was Slayer, who announced their farewell tour this week and hit the road in May before wrapping things up near the end of June…

,…then came Elton John, who will be stretching out his goodbye over three years and is planning a handful of area appearances….

,…and now the latest legends calling it quits are Lynyrd Skynyrd, who begin their final tour in May and run through around Labor Day, with a stop on [More]

KISS debuts 45 years ago

  • 11:36 am Thursday, January 25th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

Gene, Paul, Ace and Peter said hello to the world 45 years ago and they got paid a whopping $50 for it.

This month back in 1973, KISS played their first ever show to a whopping 10 people at the Popcorn Club (later re-christened as the Coventry) in Queens, N.Y. Gene said they got paid $50 to do two sets that night.

Here’s the first tune they ever played together live,…

,…along with what quickly became another highlight during their still-coming-together stage show (Gene does the deed about 3 1/2 minutes into the tune).

RIP Fast Eddie Clarke

  • 12:07 pm Thursday, January 11th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

What constitutes an amazing rock riff? I could either go into my long, windbag opinion. Or simply suggest that you listen to “Ace of Spades” (preferably at ’10’) and the masterful work of Fast Eddie Clarke.

The last surviving member of the original (and to this day the best) lineup, Fast Eddie Clarke has passed away. Clarke teamed with Lemmy and Phil ‘Philthy Animal’ Taylor on Motorhead’s first five legendary albums.

Fast Eddie’s thunderous riffs are as a big a reason along with Lemmy’s deafening Rickenbacker and Philthy’s muscular drumming that many fans (myself included) point to “Motörhead”, “Overkill”, “Bomber”, “Ace of [More]

“Schoolhouse Rock” Turns 45

  • 12:05 pm Thursday, January 11th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

The Saturday morning cartoons of today do not hold a candle to the ones I watched as a kid, and one of my favorites celebrates a big birthday this month.

Class began for “Schoolhouse Rock” for the first time in 1973 and from then on you could count on the same thing every Saturday for the next several years: learning new things while listening to some undeniably catchy tunes.

My Top 3 “Schoolhouse Rock” tunes are below for your listening pleasure:

3) Verbs (“That’s What’s Happening”)

2) Pronouns (“Rufus Xavier Sarsaparilla”)

1) Conjunctions (“Conjunction Junction”)

How about you? What’s your favorite “Schoolhouse Rock” anthem?

Steaming Steve, Free as a Bird

  • 12:04 pm Thursday, January 11th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

A Def Leppard legend scored his gig with the Leps thanks to a little Southern rock.

Steve Clark officially joined Def Leppard 40 years ago thanks to his audition piece, the Lynyrd Skynyrd classic “Freebird”, as Joe Elliott reminisces about roughly five minutes into this clip.

His time with Def Leppard was tragically short as he passed away almost 13 years to the day he joined Def Leppard at the all too young age of 30.  But oh how memorable it was!

As for my favorite Steve Clark performance, I have to go with the first time much of the world saw the Leps [More]

A Sight for Sore Eyes

  • 10:04 am Friday, January 5th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

**Photos provided by Getty Images

Selfies are a fact of life I accept very begrudgingly. But sometimes selfies are really awesome.

Case in point, former Dream Theater bandmates John Petrucci and Mike Portnoy teaming for one to help kick off the new year.

Now, don’t bank on a reunion of the classic Dream Theater classic lineup anytime soon. Still, I will happily file this photo under “A Sight for Sore Eyes”.