Pete Rizzo 

Remembering Thunderfingers

  • 1:06 pm Thursday, June 28th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

16 years ago this month we lost, in my opinion, the best bass guitarist in rock history: John Entwistle.

The Ox passed away in 2002, 16 years ago this month 

Probably as much as his playing, I will miss his “too cool for the room” vibe almost to the point of looking bored while this veritable finger tornado was going on underneath him, as seen here during one of his trademark displays

,…close second is his dark and warped sense of humor.

“Good God Almighty! They’ve Killed Him!”

  • 1:03 pm Thursday, June 28th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

So were the words of WWE broadcasting legend Jim Ross during this landmark “Hell in a Cell” match. which took place 20 years ago this month.

Here’s the full match,…

,…and here’s the massive fall by Mick Foley at the hands of the Undertaker.

And the kicker?! Foley got back up and went at Taker again, only to be thrown through the cage itself instead of off it.

Foley is Island-strong, indeed!

Ranking the Triumvirate

  • 1:02 pm Thursday, June 28th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

Ask a Rush fan “What’s your favorite song by the Holy Triumvirate”and chances are you won’t get a simple answer.

Take it from a Rush nerd, you are likely to get a carefully curated list and little personal novellas why each song ranks where it does in your book. Check this list that ranks every single Rush song and let the debate begin.

Believe me, I have numerous issues with some of these tunes and where they are ranked (no love for “Roll The Bones” or “Hold Your Fire”?! No “Permanent Waves” tunes in the Top-10?! for starters).

With Rush for all intents [More]

Remembering Thunderfingers

  • 1:00 pm Thursday, June 28th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

16 years ago this month we lost in my opinion the best bass guitarist in rock history: John Entwistle.

The Ox passed away in 2002 

RIP Vinnie Paul

  • 8:16 am Saturday, June 23rd, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

The Abbott Brothers helped revolutionize heavy metal nearly three decades ago. And now they are back together again.

Like the legendary Dimebag Darrell, Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul is gone too soon at 54.

Simply put, Pantera helped revolutionize heavy metal in large part due to Dime’s groundbreaking riffs and Vinnie’s groove-tastic drumming. Scott Ian of Anthrax once said that Pantera also helped save metal. At a time when grunge was king, it’s not hard to agree. And with bludgeoning performances like this, who can argue?!

He’s back with Dime again.  RIP Vinnie Paul!

Rock Classics Millenialized

  • 1:58 pm Thursday, June 21st, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

Classic rock and millenials normally don’t go together for obvious reasons, among them, they were not born when a lot of what we play on WBAB came out. But there is a pretty marriage of both online now.

The Twitter page below (hashtag – #millennialclassicrock) showcases a game where classic rock lyrics and song titles that are what I will call “Millenialized”.

Here are some of my favorites:

–Tweeeeeeeeet Emooooooojiiiiiiiiis

–We Will Block You

–Hey… YOU… Get off of my iCloud

–Baba Ghanoush O’ Riley

–Pour Some Stevia on Me

–Don’t Fear the Vaper

A Piece of America’s Heart

  • 11:00 am Thursday, June 21st, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

Ann Wilson,… Janis Joplin,… Courtney Hadwin?! One of these things is not like the other, but that may not be for long.

13-year old Hadwin melded the voice of Joplin with the furious stage moves of Alanis Morissette in wowing the judges on “America’s Got Talent” recently with a rendition of the Otis Redding classic “Hard To Handle”. So much so that Howie Mandel fast-tracked her through to the live show!

First off, she has awesome taste music covering the likes of Otis Redding in her “AGT” audition to Aerosmith James Brown and Tina Turner. On top of that, this little [More]

“Who says you can’t go home?!” – certainly not U2!

  • 10:53 am Thursday, June 21st, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

Who says you can’t go home?! U2 certainly dispelled that saying recently by coming back to the city that welcomed them to the US nearly 40 decades ago.

Now the distance between Harlem’s Apollo Theater and what would we call Webster Hall these days is over 100 blocks. No matter! Nearly 38 years ago, U2 made the first of what would turn into several appearances at The Ritz.

They looked more like this during their formative, pre-world conquering days,…

,…here are they doing one of my favorite tunes of theirs at The Apollo show a few nights ago.

If their early stuff sounds as good [More]

Remembering The Police’s Synchronous Swan Song

  • 10:49 am Thursday, June 21st, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

There are advantages to going out on top, just ask the guys in The Police.

Sting’s desire not to turn the band into a nostalgia act by sticking around too long led to “Synchroncity”, which came out 35 years ago this month, being their final album together. Not only did they go out at their creative crest then, but their reunion tour from over a decade showed that they did not miss a beat at all.

Flash to today and there is a new tribute album of Police covers due out soon, with some members of Journey taking a stab ([More]

“There is No Darkness Without Light”

  • 9:52 am Thursday, June 14th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

“There is no darkness without light. Try to be willing to let it find you.”

These are the words of Dave Navarro following the suicide of Anthony Bourdain recently. And I couldn’t agree more. I only regret that I took so long to allow myself to believe it.

If you have been in that dark place yourself, this letter is a must-read.

I can’t speak to anyone else’s thoughts or actions but I can speak from my own experience. I have been [More]