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Holo Diver

  • 2:25 pm Thursday, November 16th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

Looks like the Ronnie Dio hologram tour may set its sights on the U.S. come next summer, this according to his widow Wendy.

This will be the part of what is shaping up to be a pretty big tour throughout the world.

The Dio hologram made its debut at an outdoor festival in Germany last year in front of over 75,000 people.

It made its US debut earlier this year as well.

In a weird way I thought this was pretty cool, especially for those of us who never had the pleasure and honor of seeing Ronnie Dio do his thing on stage [More]

A Long Island Hall of Fame Venue Returns

  • 2:20 pm Thursday, November 16th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

We’re quick to reminisce of the great Long Island clubs of yore that no longer exist and the legendary bands that played them. But this time around we’re happy to say that one of those defunct clubs is coming back next spring.

My Father’s Place in Roslyn, a Long Island Music Hall of Fame-worthy venue, is reopening its doors after 30 years. Check out the Hall of Fame heavyweights that played this club back in the day:

What are your memories of My Father’s Place?

The Last Years of Bon

  • 8:14 am Friday, November 10th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

A question I sometimes ask myself if what “Back in Black” would have sounded like if Bon was alive to sing the classic tunes on that album. Now word is even if he were alive, there’s a chance he may not have been on the album anyway.

The reason? He may have been thinking of leaving AC/DC and his hard-drinking life behind around the time they were touring for their last album with Bon, the legendary “Highway to Hell”,…

,…and mere months before he died.,…

,…good thing they found Brian Johnson, who lent his fiery vocals to “Back in Black” and turned [More]

Favorite self-titled albums

  • 8:13 am Friday, November 10th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

Call it a rock star prerequisite, introductory calling card or a full circle footnote in your career, but some of our greatest rock bands have at some point in their career released a self-titled album.

Many of our favorites here at BAB have used the self-titled album as their introduction to the world of music,…

,…while others have chosen later on in their esteemed careers to launch their namesake disc.

As for my favorites, this one tops my list,…

,…with this one coming in a very close second.

How about you?  What are your favorite self-titled albums?

Dave Playing Dave

  • 1:17 pm Thursday, November 2nd, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

Looks like Dave Grohl has out-awesomed himself yet again!

He found time to sit in for Jimmy Kimmel on his late night show this past week. True to hilarious form and in the spirit of Halloween, he dressed as another famous Dave.

From tidying up Jimmy’s office in traditional rock star fashion,..

,…to his monologue,..

,…and trying out his interviewing skills with Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Alice Cooper,…

,…I say it was a success and a likely a ratings winner. Thoughts?

Memorably awesome goodbyes

  • 1:04 pm Thursday, November 2nd, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

I had “Clockwork Angels” by Rush in my truck recently when it dawned on me that the Holy Triumvirate were able to do what not many rock bands were able to do,… call it a career with a memorably awesome album.

Sadly, the majority of swan song rock albums often pale in comparison to a band’s best works (Zeppelin, Genesis, The Who anyone?). But there are notable exceptions. Among them are below:

Rush with the aforementioned ”Clockwork Angels”,…

,…”The Battle of Los Angeles” by Rage against the Machine,…

,…The Beatles – ”Abbey Road” (yes, I’m aware “Let It Be” came out later but “Abbey Road” [More]

The Night Judas Priest Fans Broke the Law

  • 1:10 pm Thursday, October 26th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

Judas Priest are no strangers to playing Nassau Coliseum here on the island,…

,…however, they have become strangers to the arena roughly 30 miles west.

Judas Priest last played Madison Square Garden back in 1984 when they were touring for “Defenders of the Faith”. Thousands of rowdy fans and nearly $300,000 worth of damage later, they were banned from playing MSG ever again, as the guys discuss here.

The Metal God has been back to the Garden since then playing with his other band Halford. But the Judas Priest ban still goes on to this day.

Were you at the 1984 MSG show?

Pete’s First Solo Album “Came First” 45 Years Ago

  • 1:09 pm Thursday, October 26th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

Now Pete Townshend is a legend because of The Who, but he also has some awesome solo albums. In fact, his first proper solo album came out 45 years ago this month in between “Who’s Next” and “Quadrophenia”.

One of my favorite solo tunes from Pete is on that album, which is a far cry from the stuff he was writing and recording with The Who.

I know I’m in the minority there, but I really love Pete’s solo catalog. As for my favorite album, I think “Empty Glass” is his crowning achievement and one of my all time favorite albums.

Other [More]

Trick or ‘Meat’!

  • 1:07 pm Thursday, October 26th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

Boy we sure are hearing a lot from Frank Zappa these days, aren’t we?! And there’s more Zappa to come. This time around it revolves around Halloween.

40 years ago, Frank Zappa played the old Palladium in New York City for four nights and six shows in total. The whole residency is out now in the form of a box set called “Halloween 77” that includes a costume of Zappa himself.

Below are some highlights from Zappa’s extended stay at the Palladium, which materialized as his live album, Baby Snakes.

Did you see Zappa during his Palladium stint? If so, [More]

Remembering the Loss of Some Legendary ‘Street Survivors”

  • 2:32 pm Friday, October 20th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

One of rock’s most endearing and star-crossed bands suffered its greatest tragedy 40 years ago and a movie on that awful day won’t be seeing the light of day anytime soon.

There was a film in the works with former drummer Artimus Pyle as a consultant called “Street Survivors: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash”. A judge, however, has blocked distribution of the flick due to a “blood oath” the guys in the band took years ago.

The film centers around October 20, 1977, the day Lynyrd Skynyrd’s plane crashed in Louisiana and killed Ronnie Van Zant, Steve and [More]

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