Pete Rizzo 

Take Up Thy Sticks and Drum

  • 11:01 am Thursday, April 26th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

Nice to see Nick Mason back behind a drum kit again!

He’s playing in a new band that wil focus on Pink Floyd’s early tunes called, fittingly, Saucerful Of Secrets. They are planning some live dates next month.

“Dark Side of the Moon”, “Wish You Were Here” and “The Wall” comprise Floyd’s mega-trilogy, but they had already released seven albums before hitting the motherlode with “Dark Side”. And there’s some good stuff in the catalog. Among my favorite pre-“Dark Side” tunes are.

How about you?

Remembering “Schoolhouse Rock’s” Headmaster

  • 10:59 am Thursday, April 26th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

From jazz musician to Saturday morning cartoon music staple, Bob Dorough made himself a household name by creating “Schoolhouse Rock”.

From the first foray “Three Is a Magic Number” through classics like “I’m Just a Bill’ to “Unpack Your Adjectives”, Dorough, who passed away a few days ago, made “Schoolhouse Rock” such an indelible part of my childhood ritual Saturday mornings, namely gorging on cartoons till my mother told me to go outside and play instead.

These are my favorite tunes from the “Schoolhouse Rock” archives:

What are yours?

Remembering Rush’s “Mullet Album”

  • 8:46 am Thursday, April 19th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

It’s the second album of Rush’s keyboard era. I like to remember it as the album where Geddy unveiled his new mullet for the first time.

It didn’t break any new ground musically with only the most hardcore Rush fanatics swearing by the disc. Nonetheless, Rush exhibited “Grace Under Pressure” with album number 10, which came out 34 years ago this month .

I definitely liked this album more over “Signals”, which despite a lot of excellent songs was a bit too-keyboard heavy for me. Alex’s guitar rocks with more authority on “Grace Under Pressure” after sounding really muted during their [More]

Must See ‘Sticky Sweet’ TV

  • 8:26 am Thursday, April 19th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

Joe Elliott has always been one of the more colorful rock and roll legends around. Now the Youtube world is getting a bird’s eye view as well.

Case in point: this video that the Def leppard legend released online recently (tongue planted firmly in cheek).

My two takeaways:

It’s worth the watch just trying to count the hidden lyrics Joe drops from the Def Leppard classic.

2. This needs to be a series STAT.

Sheer Fartistry

  • 10:54 am Thursday, April 12th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

The fun ritual of air guitaring to rock classics is being turned on its head by a guy who is doing something very different with his hands while rocking out.

He does the honors by air farting some classic tunes by Toto, Kiss and Iron Maiden as shown below.

It’s almost scary how largely on pitch he is. The man is an artist, or should I say “fartist” (sorry, too easy).

Lie Down (and Rock Out) in Green Pastures

  • 10:52 am Thursday, April 12th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

Funerals are often somber occassions. As for mine, I would want it to be more lighthearted and celebratory in tone. I’m happy to see I share a similar sentiment with Joe Elliott. The Def Leppard frontman recently talked about which tunes he would want played for his final resting place.

I would most definitely want this one played at my funeral. The title alone is as tongue-in-cheek as I would like it, plus it’s one of Genesis’ best tunes.

These would be no brainers as well.

How about you? What tunes would you like played at your funeral?