Pete Rizzo 

Monsters Invade LI

  • 3:31 pm Thursday, September 27th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

If you weren’t around for the Monsters of Rock festival when it came to Giants Stadium 30 years ago, four tribute bands brought it back last night to the Patchogue Theater.

Damage Inc., Mr. Scary, Blackout and Van Hagar brought the music of Metallica, Dokken, the Scorpions and VH, respectively, to one of my favorite venues on the island.

Nice to see all of those bands are still rocking today!

A Room with a Smashing View

  • 12:44 pm Thursday, September 20th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

So there’s a rec center in Chicago that has something called a ‘Rage Room’ in which you pay money to demolish a room to your liking with your choice of sledgehammers, golf clubs and baseball bats, among other household weapons of destruction.

One need look no further than the Michael Jordan of smashing hotel rooms to see how the pros do it, Keith Moon, as seen in this clip from the 1977 Rolling Stone Anniversary special.

**By the way, I included this next video just because it’s Keith Moon acting alongside Mae West and Timothy Dalton. This looks like a [More]

The Men Behind the Masks

  • 11:25 am Thursday, September 13th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

I only need watch a few seconds of dreck like “Jersey Shore” to think back to when MTV was great. And few moments on MTV were as legendary as when the guys in KISS appeared without their makeup for the first time.

The date: September 18, 1983. Where was I? As a proud MTV-aholic as a kid, where else was I? Watching it go down live thinking the same thing I imagine you hardcore KISS fans were thinking at the time (“Holy shit!”)

Granted, the 80s didn’t start very well for KISS. But if you were thinking “career suicide”
at the sheer [More]

Remembering Lynott’s Last Stand

  • 11:25 am Thursday, September 13th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

We said goodbye to one of the more underrated and harder working bands around 35 years ago this month. Thin Lizzy played their last show with Phil Lynott September 4, 1983.

Though Lynott himself was not in top form at the end, it’s tough to ignore his natural charisma onstage. And the band as a whole sound great. “Emerald”, one of my all-time favorite Lizzy tunes, sounds especially good!

Shortly after this interview less than three years later, he was gone (too soon) at the (too young) age of 36.

Which is why it’s great to see the Black Star Riders carry [More]

Eyes of the Moon

  • 12:34 pm Thursday, September 6th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

With the long-gestating Queen movie finally due out soon after years of stops and starts, we may be seeing the same thing with another movie that has been in limbo for a while.

A biopic of The Who drummer Keith Moon is back on, according to Roger Daltrey. And as for the guy who plays Keith Moon? Daltrey thinks the actor needs to have what he calls “extraordinary eyes“.

My pick? Jake Gyllenhaal all the way!

He’s the closest actor I can think of with eyes close to those of Moon, plus he has the chops to pull off playing Moon the [More]

The Keyboard Era Begins for the Holy Triumvirate

  • 12:32 pm Thursday, September 6th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

You’re the Holy Triumvirate and you are fresh off the success of what would turn out to be your best selling album. How do you follow it up? To paraphrase Christopher Walken’s legendary SNL line, “I got a fever, and the only prescription is MORE KEYBOARDS!”

Off of “Moving Pictures”, Rush released the first of their four “keyboard era” albums, “Signals”, 36 years ago this month. They keyboard albums come in for quite a bit of a drubbing among some of us hardcore Rush fans, though I do enjoy them a lot.

This one’s admittedly not my favorite of the bunch [More]