Pete Rizzo 

Remembering Def Leppard’s “First Strike”

  • 11:16 am Thursday, July 26th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

Practice may make perfect, but at some point you need to show a crowd what you’ve perfected!

I’m paraphrasing obviously. But that was the sentiment of one Steve Clark back in 1978, when he urged Def Leppard to book a big after months of rehearsal or, as he said in this old interview (**around 5:20 in to this clip during their “Behind the Music”: episode), he’d “find another group”.

So thanks to Steaming, they played their first ever concert soon after (40 years ago this month), which was around the time they were plugging tunes off of their three-song EP.

Not long after [More]

Prog rock, Grohl-style!

  • 11:12 am Thursday, July 26th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

I doubt you will find a more good natured ambassador for rock music today than Dave Grohl. The reasons why I think he’s the coolest rock star around these days are vast, many of which revolve around his sense of humor:

And here’s another very cool one with a prog twist to it!

He took time out of his tour with Foo Fighters this summer to record a 25-minute instrumental song where he plays every instrument and literally runs from one instrument to the next during the song.

Awesome! Now please release that video!

Remembering Deep Purple’s Man Behind the Hammond

  • 9:57 am Thursday, July 19th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

The organ probably most synonymous with prog back in the day, Jon Lord is the guy I first think of that did for the Hammond organ what Jimi Hendrix did for the Fender Stratocaster and Lemmy Kilmister did for the Rickenbacker.

He passed away six years ago this month, sadly before he could realize Deep Purple’s (LONG OVERDUE) inclusion into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Here he is doing his thing on one of his most memorable solos

The Deep Purple tunes where his performances stand out on are vast. This one ranks as my favorite Jon Lord performance,…

,…with this [More]

Satch Birthday Boogie

  • 9:55 am Thursday, July 19th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

I’ve anointed him “Guitarus Maximus”. You probably know him as Satch. I’ve also referred to him of late as sort of a Mother Theresa of guitar legends.

He announced the lineup for his G4 experience this month. Next year he will be playing alongside the likes of Neal Schon, Rick Nielsen and Bumblefoot, among others. This after his latest G3 alongside John Petrucci and new addition to the G3 family, Phil Collen:

His documentary, “Beyond The Supenovais also out now.

So in honor of Guitarus Maximus’ birthday this month, I‘m showcasing some of my favorite Satch performances throughout [More]

The Best of Bon

  • 9:53 am Thursday, July 19th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

The music was raunchier, the lyrics were filthier, and the songs were more memorable. I’m talking about the years that Bon Scott fronted AC/DC.

All due respect to the terrific Brian Johnson, but the Bon era was and will always be my favorite AC/DC era for the reasons I highlighted along (turns out they are the same reasons that I’m more partial to the Diamond Dave years of Van Halen).

Bon was born this month back in 1949 (and, yes, I’m sure he would have a field day with the fact that he was turning 69 this year!). So what better way [More]

A Blizzard Comes to Tinsel Town

  • 1:27 pm Thursday, July 12th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

If you wondered why no one has made a movie of the life of Ozzy Osbourne (I know I certainly have), your wait may be over!

A movie may be in the works about the Prince of Darkness and his early years with Sharon! Whoever has the job of casting this movie and, specifically, deciding on who plays a young Ozzy as a tough task ahead of them.

Lucky I am a generous person by nature and am happy to offer my casting services free of charge! I offer you, Mr./ Ms. Casting Director, for your consideration,…

Kit Harrington (for you [More]

World? Meet Queen!

  • 1:22 pm Thursday, July 12th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

Queen are arguably bigger in the US than they have been in over 30 years! And to think their journey to take over the world officially began this month 45 years ago.

The new “Bohemian Rhapsody” movie (the one I’ve been talking up to death for months now) is due out in November.

The “We Will Rock You” musical is playing here on Long Island through most of the summer.

And this all coincides with a big anniversary. They released their first album July 1973. Here are Queen playing one of their first gigs [More]

So long, Ziggy!

  • 1:20 pm Thursday, July 12th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

“When one alter ego closes, another one opens.”

Few rock stars embodied this self-manufactured offshoot idiom better than David Bowie. Simply put, no one reinvented themselves more adeptly or successfully than he did. And this month 45 years ago he said goodbye to his first major alias, Ziggy Stardust.

Up next? The Plastic Soul era!

As for my favorite Bowie era, I loved the “Thin White Duke” the best with his trilogy of “Berlin” albums as my favorite catalog of Bowie tunes.

How about you? Which “Bowie era” was your favorite?

Adult “Losers” Unveiled

  • 1:05 pm Thursday, July 5th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

The only movie I may be more psyched to see in the theaters other than the Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” is decidedly scarier and won’t be out until late next year.

And now the sequel to Stephen King’s “It” now has its adult “Loser’s Club”!

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As a fan of Mr. King, I was stoked to see the trailer for the first movie:

Georgie’s death scene still gets me to this day (even if Pennywise sounds a bit like Scooby Doo).

This was the one scene I legitimately jumped out of my seat when I saw “It” at the theater:

For what it’s [More]

Reunions: From “Fat Chance” to “Good Chance”

  • 1:01 pm Thursday, July 5th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

Seems like the operative word in classic rock and roll of late is “reunion”, for better or worse.

Lately bands like Deep Purple, the Kinks and Styx have had the question posed to them in some way, shape or form. Below are the prospects are of these landmark bands getting back together in some form, from “Fat Chance” to “Good Chance”.

“Fat Chance”

Deep Purple: Never gonna happen! Ian Gillan and Ritchie Blackmore, quite simply, still hate each other. Which is just fine because I love what Steve Morse has brought to the band!

Ratt: They need a drummer again with Jimmy [More]