Pete Rizzo 

One Last NY Grand Slam for the Big Four?

  • 3:00 pm Thursday, February 1st, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

Well, the first of the Big Four of Thrash are saying their deafening goodbyes. Slayer are hitting the road later this year and are then calling it quits once they finish up in June after bludgeoning metal for 37 years.

Not surprisingly, there’s a clamor for one last Big Four metal show, with Dave Mustaine even voicing his desire for one more go around with Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax and Metallica.

As for me, you bet I would like to see them one last time, especially after their landmark show at Yankee Stadium.

And, yes, I already checked the baseball schedule during the [More]

Easy Like Partying Every Day

  • 3:00 pm Thursday, February 1st, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

DJ Cummerbund is back! After captivating the jocks here with his all-time great mash-up of Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train” and Earth, Wind and Fire’s September”,…

,…he calls this mash-up opus “Rock & Roll Until a Reasonable Hour”, in which melds to great effect the stylings of “Rock and Roll All Nite” by KISS and The Commodores’ classic “Easy”.

I would have preferred he call it something along the lines of “Easy Like Partying Every Day”. Nonetheless, it’s another masterwork.

Well done, sir!


  • 11:38 am Thursday, January 25th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

This week I am amending the old saying ‘good things come in threes’  to ‘rock legends say goodbye in threes’. Boy was that true this week!

First it was Slayer, who announced their farewell tour this week and hit the road in May before wrapping things up near the end of June…

,…then came Elton John, who will be stretching out his goodbye over three years and is planning a handful of area appearances….

,…and now the latest legends calling it quits are Lynyrd Skynyrd, who begin their final tour in May and run through around Labor Day, with a stop on [More]

KISS debuts 45 years ago

  • 11:36 am Thursday, January 25th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

Gene, Paul, Ace and Peter said hello to the world 45 years ago and they got paid a whopping $50 for it.

This month back in 1973, KISS played their first ever show to a whopping 10 people at the Popcorn Club (later re-christened as the Coventry) in Queens, N.Y. Gene said they got paid $50 to do two sets that night.

Here’s the first tune they ever played together live,…

,…along with what quickly became another highlight during their still-coming-together stage show (Gene does the deed about 3 1/2 minutes into the tune).

RIP Fast Eddie Clarke

  • 12:07 pm Thursday, January 11th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

What constitutes an amazing rock riff? I could either go into my long, windbag opinion. Or simply suggest that you listen to “Ace of Spades” (preferably at ’10’) and the masterful work of Fast Eddie Clarke.

The last surviving member of the original (and to this day the best) lineup, Fast Eddie Clarke has passed away. Clarke teamed with Lemmy and Phil ‘Philthy Animal’ Taylor on Motorhead’s first five legendary albums.

Fast Eddie’s thunderous riffs are as a big a reason along with Lemmy’s deafening Rickenbacker and Philthy’s muscular drumming that many fans (myself included) point to “Motörhead”, “Overkill”, “Bomber”, “Ace of [More]

“Schoolhouse Rock” Turns 45

  • 12:05 pm Thursday, January 11th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

The Saturday morning cartoons of today do not hold a candle to the ones I watched as a kid, and one of my favorites celebrates a big birthday this month.

Class began for “Schoolhouse Rock” for the first time in 1973 and from then on you could count on the same thing every Saturday for the next several years: learning new things while listening to some undeniably catchy tunes.

My Top 3 “Schoolhouse Rock” tunes are below for your listening pleasure:

3) Verbs (“That’s What’s Happening”)

2) Pronouns (“Rufus Xavier Sarsaparilla”)

1) Conjunctions (“Conjunction Junction”)

How about you? What’s your favorite “Schoolhouse Rock” anthem?

Steaming Steve, Free as a Bird

  • 12:04 pm Thursday, January 11th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

A Def Leppard legend scored his gig with the Leps thanks to a little Southern rock.

Steve Clark officially joined Def Leppard 40 years ago thanks to his audition piece, the Lynyrd Skynyrd classic “Freebird”, as Joe Elliott reminisces about roughly five minutes into this clip.

His time with Def Leppard was tragically short as he passed away almost 13 years to the day he joined Def Leppard at the all too young age of 30.  But oh how memorable it was!

As for my favorite Steve Clark performance, I have to go with the first time much of the world saw the Leps [More]

A Sight for Sore Eyes

  • 10:04 am Friday, January 5th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

**Photos provided by Getty Images

Selfies are a fact of life I accept very begrudgingly. But sometimes selfies are really awesome.

Case in point, former Dream Theater bandmates John Petrucci and Mike Portnoy teaming for one to help kick off the new year.

Now, don’t bank on a reunion of the classic Dream Theater classic lineup anytime soon. Still, I will happily file this photo under “A Sight for Sore Eyes”.

New Year’s Resolutions: One Hit Wonders

  • 4:54 am Wednesday, December 27th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

Closing out my series on New Year’s Resolutions are the abject failures, or as I will call them –  “One Hit Wonders”

My worst kept resolution revolves around an lifelong dietary Achilles heel of mine – CHOCOLATE. I’ve tried giving it up for a resolution three separate years and collectively, my chocolate abstinence lasted a grand total of about a week. Never has a bane of my existence tasted so good, though!!

How about you? What’s your least successful New Year’s Resolution to date?

New Year’s Resolutions: Greatest Hits

  • 4:51 am Wednesday, December 27th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

Resolutions are on my brain with the new year drawing closer.

This time around, we’re talking “New Year’s Resolutions: Greatest Hits” – as in resolutions you’ve kept for the longest time.

Mine is one of the best ones I could have done for myself and career in radio: QUIT SMOKING.  I had my last cigarette New Year’s Eve 2000 and haven’t looked back (though I’ve had stressful days that at times make me yearn for that nicotine-infused look back on occasion).

I wanna hear from you? What’s the longest resolution you’ve ever kept?