Pete Rizzo 

Professor Portnoy?

  • 2:33 pm Thursday, May 3rd, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

The Holy Triumvirate are enjoying varying forms of retirement these days. But a powerhouse drummer and fellow fan may be up for working with them someday if Geddy and Alex decide to make new music again.

His name? Mike Portnoy!

Now Portnoy has since squashed any talk that a collaboration was imminent or in the works. But as far I’m concerned, the ‘What If?’ seed has already been planted in my head (not much for us Rush nerds to do these days then to daydream and hope).

For what it’s worth, here’s my two-cents. As long as they don’t call it Rush, [More]

Take Up Thy Sticks and Drum

  • 11:01 am Thursday, April 26th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

Nice to see Nick Mason back behind a drum kit again!

He’s playing in a new band that wil focus on Pink Floyd’s early tunes called, fittingly, Saucerful Of Secrets. They are planning some live dates next month.

“Dark Side of the Moon”, “Wish You Were Here” and “The Wall” comprise Floyd’s mega-trilogy, but they had already released seven albums before hitting the motherlode with “Dark Side”. And there’s some good stuff in the catalog. Among my favorite pre-“Dark Side” tunes are.

How about you?

Remembering “Schoolhouse Rock’s” Headmaster

  • 10:59 am Thursday, April 26th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

From jazz musician to Saturday morning cartoon music staple, Bob Dorough made himself a household name by creating “Schoolhouse Rock”.

From the first foray “Three Is a Magic Number” through classics like “I’m Just a Bill’ to “Unpack Your Adjectives”, Dorough, who passed away a few days ago, made “Schoolhouse Rock” such an indelible part of my childhood ritual Saturday mornings, namely gorging on cartoons till my mother told me to go outside and play instead.

These are my favorite tunes from the “Schoolhouse Rock” archives:

What are yours?

Remembering Rush’s “Mullet Album”

  • 8:46 am Thursday, April 19th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

It’s the second album of Rush’s keyboard era. I like to remember it as the album where Geddy unveiled his new mullet for the first time.

It didn’t break any new ground musically with only the most hardcore Rush fanatics swearing by the disc. Nonetheless, Rush exhibited “Grace Under Pressure” with album number 10, which came out 34 years ago this month .

I definitely liked this album more over “Signals”, which despite a lot of excellent songs was a bit too-keyboard heavy for me. Alex’s guitar rocks with more authority on “Grace Under Pressure” after sounding really muted during their [More]

Must See ‘Sticky Sweet’ TV

  • 8:26 am Thursday, April 19th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

Joe Elliott has always been one of the more colorful rock and roll legends around. Now the Youtube world is getting a bird’s eye view as well.

Case in point: this video that the Def leppard legend released online recently (tongue planted firmly in cheek).

My two takeaways:

It’s worth the watch just trying to count the hidden lyrics Joe drops from the Def Leppard classic.

2. This needs to be a series STAT.

Sheer Fartistry

  • 10:54 am Thursday, April 12th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

The fun ritual of air guitaring to rock classics is being turned on its head by a guy who is doing something very different with his hands while rocking out.

He does the honors by air farting some classic tunes by Toto, Kiss and Iron Maiden as shown below.

It’s almost scary how largely on pitch he is. The man is an artist, or should I say “fartist” (sorry, too easy).

Lie Down (and Rock Out) in Green Pastures

  • 10:52 am Thursday, April 12th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

Funerals are often somber occassions. As for mine, I would want it to be more lighthearted and celebratory in tone. I’m happy to see I share a similar sentiment with Joe Elliott. The Def Leppard frontman recently talked about which tunes he would want played for his final resting place.

I would most definitely want this one played at my funeral. The title alone is as tongue-in-cheek as I would like it, plus it’s one of Genesis’ best tunes.

These would be no brainers as well.

How about you? What tunes would you like played at your funeral?

Sweet Lou-sic?

  • 12:35 pm Thursday, March 22nd, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

Foreigner is on as high a trajectory as we’ve seen from them in a while, And now the band’s architect may want to cut some new tunes with his original muse.

Word is Mick Jones wants to get back in the studio with Lou Gramm to finish up about an album’s worth of unreleased tunes.

With their relationship as up and down as it’s been the last several years, it’s nice to see them chummy again especially after joining Billy Joel onstage during one of his many MSG sellout shows,…

,…not to mention Lou hitting the stage during their Jones Beach [More]

True Greatness is Timeless

  • 12:32 pm Thursday, March 22nd, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

For every trend in music that I loathe (the slow death of the CD, the increasingly ugly face of Top-40 music, the crime against musicality known as AUTOTUNE!!), from time to time a diamond in the rough emerges that leaves me feeling satisfied.

This time around it’s rock and roll greatness making its way back onto the charts.  Case in point, three of the top 10 albums on Billboard this past week are from said rock and roll greatness.

David Byrne at #3 with new album American Utopia,…

,…Judas Priest rocking the #5 spot with Firepower,…

,…and what may be the coolest entry, the [More]

Rockin’ Hawkin’

  • 10:54 am Thursday, March 15th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

Now I’ll be the first one to tell you I hated science in school. I was terrible at it no matter how hard I tried. But the name Stephen Hawking was inescapable even for a science dolt like me.

If there is such a thing as a “rockstar scientist”, Hawking, who passed away a few days ago, would no doubt fit the bill. Check out some of the bands that have found enough inspiration in his words to include them in their tunes.

Ditto with pop culture.