Pete Rizzo 

Sweet Lou-sic?

  • 12:35 pm Thursday, March 22nd, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

Foreigner is on as high a trajectory as we’ve seen from them in a while, And now the band’s architect may want to cut some new tunes with his original muse.

Word is Mick Jones wants to get back in the studio with Lou Gramm to finish up about an album’s worth of unreleased tunes.

With their relationship as up and down as it’s been the last several years, it’s nice to see them chummy again especially after joining Billy Joel onstage during one of his many MSG sellout shows,…

,…not to mention Lou hitting the stage during their Jones Beach [More]

True Greatness is Timeless

  • 12:32 pm Thursday, March 22nd, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

For every trend in music that I loathe (the slow death of the CD, the increasingly ugly face of Top-40 music, the crime against musicality known as AUTOTUNE!!), from time to time a diamond in the rough emerges that leaves me feeling satisfied.

This time around it’s rock and roll greatness making its way back onto the charts.  Case in point, three of the top 10 albums on Billboard this past week are from said rock and roll greatness.

David Byrne at #3 with new album American Utopia,…

,…Judas Priest rocking the #5 spot with Firepower,…

,…and what may be the coolest entry, the [More]

Rockin’ Hawkin’

  • 10:54 am Thursday, March 15th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

Now I’ll be the first one to tell you I hated science in school. I was terrible at it no matter how hard I tried. But the name Stephen Hawking was inescapable even for a science dolt like me.

If there is such a thing as a “rockstar scientist”, Hawking, who passed away a few days ago, would no doubt fit the bill. Check out some of the bands that have found enough inspiration in his words to include them in their tunes.

Ditto with pop culture.


The Compact Disc – 1983-2018?

  • 9:34 am Thursday, March 15th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

The compact disc continues to die a slow and sad death thanks to recent moves by Best Buy and Target rendering them more and more obsolete on their shelves.

Is this is indeed the death knell for CDs, they have enjoyed quite the life and have made musicians tons of money since they first came to the US 35 years ago.

As for my first one, I bought it when I was 16 and I have Queen to thank for introducing me to the world of CDs and to hundreds of hours browsing record store shelves adding to my collection:

My love affair [More]

By the Light of a Massive Moon

  • 9:33 am Thursday, March 15th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

Big anniversary, Floyd fans! Arguably their biggest album turns 45 this month, a little album called “Dark Side of the Moon” that spent over 740 weeks on the charts after it came out in March 1973. That’s 14 years. In other words, I looked like this when “Dark Side” came out,…

,…and this was me 14 years later when it finally left the charts.

If you need further proof of the album’s vitality, look no further than Roger Waters and his current “Us and Them” tour as he’s playing several songs from “Dark Side”.

As for my personal favorites, “Time” always has [More]

Some Kind of Movie Star?

  • 12:45 pm Thursday, March 8th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

Looks like wearing your heart on your sleeve has benefits for James Hetfield.

The Metallica frontman will be in the upcoming Ted Bundy film, “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile“. (heck, it even sounds like a Metallica song). And Hetfield can thank the movie’s director, Joe Berliner, who it turns out was the same guy who worked on the Metallica documentary “Some Kind of Monster”.

This is not the first time Hetfield has flexed his acting muscles.

Though this will be his first time playing a role other than himself. I think he has the charisma to pull it off and join a [More]

A Rowdy Welcome

  • 12:45 pm Thursday, March 8th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

We’ll be hearing a lot of Joan Jett in the coming months thanks to one of the baddest women on the planet.

UFC legend Ronda Rousey is now in the WWE and she will be walking out to the song she has used as her entrance theme during her MMA days, this Joan Jett classic.

By the way, I loved seeing Ronda putting Triple-H through a table during her contract signing at the WWE’s recent “Elimination Chamber” pay-per-view.

She hasn’t wrestled a match yet and I already rank her entrance theme among my favorites alongside these tunes:

CM Punk


How about you? What’s your favorite [More]