Pete Rizzo 

The Symmetry is Just ‘Down and Out’ Perfect

  • 10:47 am Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

Pilfered song title from ‘And Then There Were Three’ notwithstanding, there are rumblings that Genesis may have something special in the works as they turn 50 this year.

For now it’s just “wait and see”, but Mike Rutherford said recently that some reunion gigs with him, Phil Collins and Tony Banks may be a possibility with Phil slowly making his way back from retirement.

Now the magnitude of a band celebrating 50 years together is big enough. But the added symmetry around the anniversary makes it more noteworthy. Think about it, if Phil, Mike and Tony team together, it would be [More]

Exercises in Vocal Badassery

  • 10:45 am Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

Both have pretty outstanding film resumes. Both have had their TV shows renewed for next season. And both of them have positively magnetic pipes.

The main reason “The Blacklist” and “Designated Survivor” are two of my favorite shows on TV right now is the strength of both leads, James Spader and Kiefer Sutherland. They are both just fun to watch, and more importantly, fun to listen to. Both are blessed with uniquely awesome speaking voices. So I asked myself: Which voice do I like better? By a very slight margin, I have to give the edge to Kiefer.

Spader’s voice [More]

Fade to Pop-Up Merch

  • 10:37 am Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

It will be a busy few days for Metallica, who we will be seeing lots of as they are “popping up” throughout town.

Bad wordplay aside, Metallica is second rock band to open a ‘pop-up store’. Pop stars have been doing this for a while, but now rock is jumping in with Guns ‘N’ Roses doing the honors with their pop-up story in NYC around their MetLife Stadium show last summer.

Metallica’s store goes up this weekend in downtown Manhattan ahead of their MetLife show Sunday night. They also hit the New Nassau Coliseum on Wednesday, which yours truly will be gleefully attending.  But in between, they are also squeezing in a [More]

Merriam-Webster? Meet “Prog-asm”!

  • 2:24 pm Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

One of my oldest and dearest friends actually deserves credit for this new word, which he sent me along with a clip of Geddy Lee playing onstage with the surviving members of Yes, one of the newest Rock Hall of Fame inductees.

First off, it was a huge thrill watching my pre-eminent rock heroes inducting a group of my other rock heroes.

SIDE NOTE: Am I the only one who thinks Rick Wakeman and Alex Lifeson have a future touring the comedy clubs of America as the next Burns & Carlin or Cheech & Chong?! Wakeman’s acceptance speech was hilarious! I would [More]

What took so long?!

  • 3:32 pm Wednesday, April 26th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

These were my thoughts exactly upon hearing that a biopic is officially in the works for a rock band I felt should have received one a long time ago, Lynyrd Skynyrd.

“Street Survivors: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash” began shooting this week. The film will focus on the tragic plane crash that killed Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines, backup singer Cassie Gaines and three others from the point of view of former drummer Artimus Pyle, who survived the crash.

While the details about the accident have been well documented over the years, what some people (myself included) may [More]

Video ain’t killing these metalheads

  • 1:58 pm Wednesday, April 19th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

This month 30 years ago marked the premiere of something far different than what we were accustomed to seeing on MTV going back to the days of The Buggles’ “Video Killed the Radio Star”. It was the first episode of “Headbangers Ball”.

Launched on April 18, 1987, “Headbangers Ball” was actually spun off from “Heavy Metal Mania”, a monthly segment hosted by Dee Snider two years earlier. This version was longer and most certainly louder, enjoying an eight-year run until the folks at MTV yanked it off with no warning (typical of the lack of respect I feel metal is subject [More]

Carry On Wayward Covers

  • 1:57 pm Wednesday, April 19th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

It dawned on me recently how often the Kansas classic “Carry On Wayward Son” has been covered when I caught wind of Anthrax’s version online. They are the latest band of many to tackle the tune (and rather ably at that).

Dream Theater included part of the classic tune as part of their ‘Big Medley’ some years back,…

,…while Stryper did the honors as part of their covers disc a few years ago.

Heck, folks as disparate as the Oak Ridge Boys have covered it to the fine folks in GWAR with their truly signature take,…

What surprised me more was how [More]

SNL’s Five-Timers Club is getting bigger

  • 2:40 pm Tuesday, April 4th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

Saturday Night Live’s most prestigious hosting fraternity will be adding a few new members over the next few weeks.

On the heels of Scarlett Johannson’s entry into the Five-Timers Club last month, SNL is closing out their 42nd season by adding three more celebrities into the club. This on the heels of SNL’s most successful season in years and news that they will be broadcasting live throughout the country.

Doing the honors this weekend is a guy who has emerged as a favorite host of SNL’s in Louie CK, who can spin a mighty fine monologue to start the show.

Second in this bunch [More]

No suffering ‘Fools’ with these tunes

  • 1:38 pm Tuesday, March 28th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

While the origins of April Fool’s Day are unclear, the day is meant to be funny and goofy in nature. Though for me, acting the fool is a 24-hour a day job that I take great pride in. And that includes enjoying with reckless abandon some of my favorite rock tunes that have the word ‘Fool’ or some variation in its title.

This most excellent list from Ultimate Classic Rock has many favorites of mine. For my money, this ‘Fool’ tune is fool’s gold for me,…

,…with this Def Leppard tune a close second.

,…and this tune from The Who rounding out my [More]

No sliding into the sunset for David Coverdale

  • 1:38 pm Tuesday, March 28th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

Another rock star who has decided to to renege on retirement is legendary Deep Purple and Whitesnake frontman David Coverdale. He ain’t going anywhere, this on the eve of the 30th anniversary of Whitesnake’s self-titled album, which came out in April of 1987.

Speaking of which, this is another disc that elicited a jubilant “What the heck is this?!” moment for me. And it was almost instantaneous, mere moments after popping the cassette into my blaster and hearing the thunderous opening guitar riff from John Sykes and Mr. Coverdale with his bluesy roar singing “A black cat moans when he’s burning with the fever” ,…

,…the rest of [More]