Pete Rizzo 

Remembering Moonie’s final live gig

  • 11:08 am Thursday, May 31st, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

Keith Moon’s maniacally powerful contributions to The Who cannot be overstated even now, nearly 40 years after his death.

It was around this time in 1978 that Moon the Loon sat behind the kit in front of an audience for what would turn out to be the final time with The Who, four months before he passed away.

While a far cry from his drum-bashing heyday,…

,…Moonie still embodies the fire of the Who in these clips from Shepperton.

This version of ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’ still ranks as one of my favorites from The Who with Moonie providing the aforementioned fire, Roger [More]

Mashup of the Month

  • 11:07 am Thursday, May 31st, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

What can I say?! I love me a good mash-up! And my criteria often is the more disparate the genres that are being mashed up, the more potential is has to be either a real winner,… or a real stinker.

This mashup combining “Use Me” by Bill Withers and my all-time favorite song from Pantera, “Mouth For War”, is a winner!!

Check it out and let me know what you think.

Best Summer Songs

  • 12:02 pm Thursday, May 24th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

What has happened to the quality of summer songs?! Seems like the more time and money is spent marketing these tunes, the worse they get! Luckily a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band has come along to remind us that the rockin’ summer tune is very much alive and well.

Cheap Trick have a new tune out now tailor-made for the summer called, fittingly, The Summer Looks Good On You. And it’s really good!

Cheap Trick’s contribution brings back to mind some of the my favorite summertime tuneage and the cool memories they evoke, whether inside my old Bronco enjoying [More]

Ice Ice, Whatever!

  • 11:59 am Thursday, May 24th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

“Ice Ice Baby” drew the ire of many a Queen fan (myself included) back in the day when that travesty was released. But what did one Freddie Mercury think when he heard Vanilla Ice’s tune for the first time?

According to his former assistant, Freddie got stopped in mid-bite of his breakfast when “Ice Ice Baby” came on. Check out the full story here.

Given Freddie’s sense of humor, his reaction does not surprise me.

And the Canadian Screen Award goes to,…Lerxst!

  • 11:58 am Thursday, May 24th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

While Neil Peart is off enjoying retirement and making a name for himself as a darn good author, Alex Lifeson may be attempting to take over another medium altogether.

In addition to doing some writing of his own with a monthly newspaper column, Alex is headed to TV-land with a part in a show that airs in Canada called Crawford.

The show has a very quirky “Northern Exposure” -esque feel to it, which sounds perfect for Lerxst’s offbeat and often very funny sense of humor,…

Spaceman Meltdown

  • 10:40 am Thursday, May 17th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

Relations between KISS’ classic lineup have been up and down, to say the least, for much of their history. But these days Ace and Gene are definitely making nice.

Gene helped out Ace recently on his new album and even gave him the title for it, which fittingly Ace is calling Spaceman and it coming out later this year.

Now this is a far cry from the infamous Tom Snyder interview from 1979,…

My lasting memories were Ace’s cackle, of course (how could you not love it?!) and how increasingly pissed Gene and Paul looked during Ace’s laughing fits.

What are your [More]

Remembering a “Sweet Miracle” of a comeback album

  • 10:40 am Thursday, May 17th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

It was a long, tough road back from some God-awful tragedies, but Rush came back big time with “Vapor Trails” this month 16 years ago.

Compared to the rest of their catalog, I’d probably stick “Vapor Trails” somewhere in the middle of the pack. And much was made over the questionable, or as Geddy said at the time, “overcooked” mixing of the album. That said, there are some killer tunes on it.

Make no mistake, I cranked Neil’s thunderous intro from the first single, “One Little Victory”, super loud in my car radio the first time I heard it knowing that [More]

Tunes to Sweep The Leg To

  • 11:47 am Thursday, May 10th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

Don’t be surprised to see sales of tunes and albums from the likes Ratt, Poison and Boston see a huge spike thanks to “Cobra Kai”. The Karate Kid spinoff starring William Zabka and Ralph Macchio is a hit!

I watched the first two episodes so far and loved them! For one, it has a lot more substance to it then I expected while embracing the nostalgia around the original movie at the same time.

But what may be my favorite thing about “Cobra Kai” is the righteous soundtrack. Righteous as in righteous 70s and 80s rock! One of my favorite exchanges is [More]

Remembering a soundcheck that was all about that bass

  • 11:45 am Thursday, May 10th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

What do you do if you’re in the Holy Triumvirate and your powerhouse bassist is running late for sound check? If you are Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart, you ask another powerhouse bassist sit in.

The bassist in question was Billy Sheehan, who sat in with Lerxst and Pratt while rehearsing for a gig during their “Presto” tour. Makes sense since Mr. Big was opening for them at the time.

Check out the sound check below:

Talk about a soundcheck that was all about that bass!

Metal Militi-Aha!

  • 11:44 am Thursday, May 10th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

Now I’ve seen everything!

Robert Trujilo and Kirk Hammett tried out their stylings of the ABBA classic “Dancing Queen” and A-Ha’s 80s staple “Take On Me” to adoring fans in Sweden and Norway, fittingly and respectively.

It beats “Lulu”!