Pete Rizzo 

Are You ‘Excitable’ for All of ‘Hysteria’ live?

  • 3:57 pm Thursday, September 14th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

Looks like Def Leppard are putting the “Everyday is my Birthday” adage to practice as their 30th birthday celebration for their landmark album “Hysteria” will go well into next year.

The Leps are hiting the road next year and plan to play all of Hysteria live. To which I say “It’s about time!”

Side 1 and the title track are radio staples so it will be nice to see Side 2 get some loving next year. The tune I would love to hear most live again is “Gods of War”, which I think is the underrated gem on Hysteria. Plus, I haven’t seen [More]

Oh Rami Mia Rami Mia!

  • 12:13 pm Wednesday, September 6th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

The Freddie Mercury/ Queen biopic has stopped and started more times than I can count for the last 12 years. But if the first picture of Rami Malek as Freddie is any indication of what to expect, it may be well worth the wait.

Queen fanatics will recognize Rami’s get-up as the outfit Freddie wore during his and Queen’s now legendary show-stealing appearance at Live Aid 1985.

Now I’m even more psyched to check out this movie!

Remembering Zappa’s Swan Song

  • 1:45 pm Tuesday, September 5th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

This month 25 years ago reminded me yet again of the musical genius of Frank Zappa, in this instance his final appearance on a stage.

Zappa played the role of conductor this time around in guiding the Ensemble Modern at a music festival in Germany back in September 1992, all while battling the prostate cancer that would take him from us a little over a year later.

There’s the oddball in me that just eats up watching orchestral versions of Zappa classics like “Uncle Meat” and “G-Spot Tornado”, not to mention the loooooong ovation he receives at the end of the latter [More]

Slash – Guitar legend, global ambassador

  • 1:43 pm Tuesday, September 5th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

You know you are a guitar legend when one of the instrument’s preeminent makers anoints you their global brand ambassador. So congratulations are in order for Guns ‘N’ Roses legend Slash. Gibson has named him their first ever Global Brand Ambassador.

It’s hard for me to dispute that pick. The guitarist I first think of as most synonymous with rocking a Gibson is Slash, and he is in pretty amazing company. Two other good picks for a Gibson ambassador would have been Ace Frehley, who made Gibson’s cut.

And this guy, who inexplicably did not!

Angus Young for me at least deserves an [More]

Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad,… It Would be Awesome!

  • 12:32 pm Tuesday, August 29th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

Will the Holy Triumvirate go on? If so, it may need to be renamed to something along the lines of the “Pious Pair”, “Devout Doublet”, “Canadian Coalition” or my personal favorite, “The Divinity Affinity”. Or if there’s truth to the rumors out now, simply “LeeLifeson”.

This according to Eddie Trunk, who said recently that Geddy and Alex may go forward and make new music together while Neil enjoys a well-deserved retirement after being the greatest rock drummer on the planet for the last four decades. Now comes word that Alex Lifeson has shot down the rumors [for now – I still [More]

Must watch ”coming of agers” as back-to-school nears

  • 12:30 pm Tuesday, August 29th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

The coming of age high school movie is one that still appeals to me to this day. And the genre as a whole just hasn’t been the same in a long time. Then again it’s hard to top some of the great movies of the day. Not surprisingly, two of my favorites made the cut with this one probably as my favorite:

“Sixteen Candles” is a close second thanks largely to Anthony Michael Hall,…

,…and Geddy Watanabe (as Long Duk Don)

One coming of age flick I don’t think gets the credit it deserves is ‘3 O Clock High’. I always get [More]

Count Lemmy

  • 12:28 pm Tuesday, August 29th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

Looks like the late, great Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead found time in between recording his first and only solo album (due out later this year) to suck some fake blood.

Word is Lemmy is playing a fanged creature of the night in a movie called “Sunset Society” due out in the spring that has been described as a modern day “Lost Boys” on the Sunset Strip.

Here’s the trailer:

These Motorhead classics would work beautifully as part of this movie’s soundtrack:

Rock goes primetime 45 years ago

  • 12:28 pm Tuesday, August 29th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

Sorry, but Ed Sheeran, Miley Cyrus and Kendrick Lamar just doesn’t have the same cachet for me as, say, Fleetwood Mac, Steve Miller or Black Sabbath. Which is why even days after the insufferable MTV Music Video Awards, I found myself looking through old videos of the old ABC show “In Concert” that launched 45 years ago and in time spun off “Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert”.

The first episode featuring Alice Cooper actually taped this month back in 1972 right here on the island at Hofstra University.

In the three years that the initial show ran, they brought on some great bands [More]

GROHL-ROLLED!

  • 1:58 pm Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

You can out-roll Grohl!! Seriously, though. Is there any rock star around right now as cool as Dave Grohl?!

The rock and roll hall of famer and leader of one of the preeminent rock bands around today out-awesomed himself again a few nights ago when he and the rest of Foo Fighters invited Rick Astley onstage for a rather Nirvana-fied cover of “Never Gonna Give You Up.”

Evidently Grohl and the rest of Foo are big Rick Astley fans. And this is not the first time they have rickrolled a crowd before as they did it to hilarious effect in Kansas [More]

The Wally Pipps of Rock

  • 1:54 pm Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

The name ‘Henry Padovani’ may only ring a bell to hardcore fans of The Police. But 40 years ago this month is a rather dubious anniversary for the former guitarist. He became a rock and roll Wally Pipp.

For you non-baseball fans, Wally Pipp was at one time the first baseman for the New York Yankees who legend has it asked to sit out of a ballgame due to a headache. His replacement that day (and for the next decade plus),…Lou Gehrig.

The Police’s first-ever single was with Padovani before they decided to bring on as a second guitarist named, you guessed [More]