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We see you burning, Lemmy!

  • 2:30 pm Tuesday, March 7th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

The tributes have come fast and furious for late Motorhead legend Lemmy Kilmister since his death a little over a year ago. Up until now I thought naming an element after him (“Lemmium”) was the best it could get. But that may have been bested by a Lemmy-shaped fire pit.

As to what I would call this contraption if I owned it, two choices immediately came to mind.

With this as a runner-up:

Either way, it’s an impressive work of art and a fitting tribute to Lemmy!

U2 find what they’re looking for,…megastardom

  • 2:30 pm Tuesday, March 7th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

The greatest rockers of all time each have that one album that changes the game for them and catapults them into the very legends I’m talking about in the next sentence. “Led Zeppelin IV”; “Hotel California”; “Hysteria”; “2112”; the vast list goes on and on. You can count U2 among said greats thanks to their ‘Zoso’, which they released 30 years ago this month.

U2 released “The Joshua Tree” in March of 1987. 25 million copies, 2 Grammys and a notable mention by the Library of Congress later, the rest is history. And now they are touring to celebrate its 30th [More]

Another ‘Idol’ Alum Is Feeling the Noize

  • 2:29 pm Tuesday, March 7th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

Quiet Riot have had a tough time filling the formidable shoes of their late, great lead singer Kevin DuBrow. But it appears they have found a suitable replacement from a somewhat unusual place,… “American Idol”. James Durbin, who appeared in Season 10 of the show and made it to the Final Four, is the new lead singer of Quiet Riot. And he’s someone that DuBrow’s own brother is proudly endorsing.

This isn’t the first time an ‘American Idol’ contestant has the opportunity to rub shoulders with  rock and roll greatness, as Adam Lambert is so deftly doing with Queen.

Not surprisingly, it’s [More]

No dancing paper champion!

  • 12:44 pm Thursday, March 2nd, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

“Dancing With The Stars” is among the litany of reality shows that I normally avoid like the plague. But I may have to start watching for one of the contestants set to appear in the next season. The one and only Mr. T!

The Season 24 cast of ‘Dancing with the Stars’ is official and the “Rocky III’ star is among the contestants. The same guy who in one of his first ever roles stole “Rocky III” right out from under Sly himself,…

,…thanks to gems like this scene.

I can picture the exchange between Tom Bergeron and Mr. T now.

Bergeron: “Mr. T, [More]

Remembering Saturday Night’s true livewire

  • 12:46 pm Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

In honor of the late Carrie Fisher, SNL recently aired the episode that she hosted back in 1978, which incidentally featured an iconic music performance by what many call the person who best embodied the original free spirit of ‘Saturday Night Live’.

One of comedy’s first rock stars, Belushi’s performance of ‘Soul Man’ alongside Dan Akroyd remains one of my time favorite SNL moments, one in a litany of classic ones that made Rolling Stone nominate him its all-time best SNL cast member.

Sadly, Belushi’s life of a rock star had its ultimate consequence as he died very much like [More]

Rock and Roll Brainiacs

  • 12:42 pm Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

If you’re a parent who insists that your kids turn off their music while doing their homework, that request may not hold weight for much longer thanks to Dr. James Hetfield.

The Metallica legend now has a PhD in astrophysics. Evidently he found time between his day job as lead singer and rhythm guitarist extraordinaire for one of music’s pre-eminent thrash metal bands to go to school.

He’s not the only rock legend moonlighting as an astrophysicist, either. Brian May of Queen also holds a PhD in addition to his trademark ‘Red Special’ guitar.

This guy was also a scary smart [More]

From ‘Broadway’ to ‘Solsbury Hill’

  • 8:01 am Friday, February 24th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

I’ll see your cult favorite prog band and raise you more mainstream success with said band and an amazingly unique solo career by its exiting lead singer. Welcome to the differing trajectories of Genesis and Peter Gabriel.

After recording what I feel was Genesis’ crowning achievement of the Peter Gabriel era, their mysterious lead singer left the band under similarly cryptic circumstances in 1976.

Cut ahead to roughly a year and change later, Peter Gabriel struck out on his own with first self-titled debut album. Thus began a Hall of Fame solo career of marching to the beat of his own at [More]

Nassau Slobberknockers

  • 8:50 am Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

Nice to see the new Nassau Coliseum isn’t averse to re-introducing the word ‘Slobberknocker’ back into its vernacular. World Wrestling Entertainment is bringing Monday Night RAW back to the new Coliseum this April, roughly a week after Wrestlemania.

This is the first time the WWE is coming back to Uniondale in two years, with one of my new favorite wrestlers, Dean Ambrose, imbuing the evening with his flair for lunacy.

Now the old Coliseum was no stranger to the classic wrestling match with many great ones taking place in Uniondale, LI. Many of hose matches emanated from Summerslam 2002. Among the slobberknockers [More]

Rock and roll odd couples

  • 8:38 am Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

Now Guns ‘n’ Roses and the Eagles aren’t two acts I could see gelling, but one of rock’s more unusual pairings took place back in 1989 thanks to Axl.

As unusual as they may seem, rock and roll odd couples do work. The one I always refer to as the measuring stick of rock and roll odd couples is the duet between David Bowie & Bing Crosby.

Another famed one for me is the pairing of Elton John & Axl Rose, in part because to questions over how they’d coexist following the backlash over GNR’s tune “One in a Million”,…

,…any doubts [More]

Bat out of Broadway?

  • 2:48 pm Tuesday, February 14th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

Rock and Roll and the stage is adding another chapter to its saga later this year thanks to Jim Steinman and Meat Loaf’s landmark ‘Bat Out of Hell’ album, and not a moment too soon as far as I’m concerned. If there was an album tailor-made for Broadway, it’s this one.  And good luck trying to find a singer to match Meat Loaf’s intensity!

This is just the latest in a long line of rock and roll albums that have been given the stage treatment. Some are no-brainers that turn into classics like The Who’s pioneering album “Tommy”, which vaulted [More]

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