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An ‘Urgent’ beeline to Broadway?

  • 1:48 pm Wednesday, July 5th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

Foreigner is adding an interesting wrinkle to their 40th anniversary celebration with a new musical that I say comes to Broadway in only a matter of time. The show is called, fittingly, “Juke Box Hero” and premieres in Canada.

All due respect to Kelly Hansen, but good luck poaching a stage actor that can pack in the intensity that Lou Gramm does in the title track of the musical, which I still say is one of his greatest vocal performances.

I say this tune is a no brainer to become Broadway-ized.

I sure hope this one makes the cut as well.

How about [More]

Favorite Independence Day Songs

  • 12:33 pm Thursday, June 29th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

As we spin our Firecracker 400 for you this Fourth of July weekend, there are many tunes that best embody the spirit of Independence Day. As for my #1, nothing comes close to Jimi Hendrix’s legendary rendering of “The Star Spangled Banner” to this day.

What’s yours? This is a pretty good list.

Axl and Angus sitting in a tree, R-O-C-K-I-N-G

  • 12:32 pm Thursday, June 29th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

Axl stepped in to save the day for AC/DC some months back during their last tour and it now looks like Angus Young is all too happy to return the favor.

They’ve been playing a lot more together onstage and, in fact, Angus joined Axl and the rest of Guns ‘N’ Roses on stage during a gig recently to play some old AC/DC goodies. First off, I did a double take at seeing Angus out of his trademark schoolboy outfit, though it was a real treat to see him onstage again.

They played “Whole Lotta Rosie”,…

,…and this tune, to which Axl exclaimed [More]

Remembering The Ox

  • 12:28 pm Thursday, June 29th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

John Entwistle’s death 15 years ago still resonates with me to this day, an irony not lost on me considering how much he embodied the quiet bassist.

If Roger was the brawn, Pete the brains and Keith the fire of The Who, then Entwistle was the quiet anchor playing the bass that held everyone together on stage as far as I’m concerned.  It’s easy to lose count of his many legendary performances. But as for my favorite, I have to go to an old standby, his performance of “Won’t Get Fooled Again” from Shepperton Studios in from 1978.

To give you some [More]

Summer of ’73 Revisited

  • 2:48 pm Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

I can’t rejoice in the start of my 44th year on this earth without a look back to the year I was born along with the tunes and albums that dominated 1973:  Among my more memorable ones was this guy, who had the number one song in the country the week I was born with this sublime piece of music-making.

Released the day I was born. “Chicago VI” soon went to #1 driven partly on the strength of this tune (my all-time Chicago favorite):

Among my favorite discs of the year are this standout by The Who:

And don’t even get me started [More]

Big Screen Rocker

  • 2:30 pm Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

Another rock legend long overdue for a biopic is finally getting his due. A movie about the all-too-short life of late Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott is in the works. Now who do you cast to play the charismatic frontman?

While I’m well aware that an unknown, younger actor will likely get the nod, I decided to widen the net to include some of our more well-known thespians. With that, my first choice would be Fear the Walking Dead’s Cliff Curtis, who I’d say has quite a bit of free time now expect he will be in James Cameron’s upcoming slew [More]

Remembering a summer of mass ‘Destruction and “Hysteria”

  • 1:12 pm Tuesday, June 6th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

You may not find two albums more stylistically different from each other that helped shaped rock music in the 1980s in their own unique ways. It’s no secret that we play the heck of both Def Leppard’s classic “Hysteria” and Guns ‘N’ Roses’ revolutionary “Appetite for Destruction” here at BAB. Each album is loaded with classic tunes for days. And they both turn 30 this summer.

I remember saying to myself “Hey, I remember these guys!” upon receiving a dubbed copy of “Hysteria” on cassette from a classmate in ninth grade art class back in September of 1987. I hadn’t [More]

Earth, Wind and Ozzy?!?!

  • 1:05 pm Tuesday, June 6th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

Sounds ludicrous, right?!  Well, give this a listen before you judge.

A Ozzy classic sandwiched into one of my all-time favorite songs is just brilliant! So much so that not only does it easily make my “Mash-Up of the Month” for June, but it may be my pick for “Mash-up of the Year”. I think it that’s good.

Remembering the King of Late Night

  • 3:18 pm Tuesday, May 30th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

The field of late night talk show hosts has become quite crowded in recent years. Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel and Conan O’Brien have certainly carved out their own uniquely strong identities. Whether it’s Fallon’s sense of childlike fun, Colbert’s politically charged and funny monologues, Kimmel’s hilarious rivalry with Matt Damon or Coco’s classic string dance/nipple rub combo, their identities are formidable enough that they should stay in their time slots for as long as they wish.

But they and all other late night hosts who come after them owe a huge debt of gratitude to the original king of late night, who [More]

HULK SMASH FLASH!

  • 3:14 pm Tuesday, May 30th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

Memories of my childhood came flooding back in a rather unceremonious way recently when two of my onscreen heroes almost got into a real life tussle a few days ago.

Sam Jones, he of one of my all-time favorite movies “Flash Gordon” and Lou Ferrigno, he of one of my all-time favorite TV shows “The Incredible Hulk”, nearly mixed it up at this year’s Comic Con in London.

Part-Kudos/ Part-‘What Were You Thinking?!’ to the man who had the balls to step in before things got out of control between these two literal and figurative giants (both of whom stand well [More]

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