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The Compact Disc – 1983-2018?

  • 9:34 am Thursday, March 15th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

The compact disc continues to die a slow and sad death thanks to recent moves by Best Buy and Target rendering them more and more obsolete on their shelves.

Is this is indeed the death knell for CDs, they have enjoyed quite the life and have made musicians tons of money since they first came to the US 35 years ago.

As for my first one, I bought it when I was 16 and I have Queen to thank for introducing me to the world of CDs and to hundreds of hours browsing record store shelves adding to my collection:

My love affair [More]

By the Light of a Massive Moon

  • 9:33 am Thursday, March 15th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

Big anniversary, Floyd fans! Arguably their biggest album turns 45 this month, a little album called “Dark Side of the Moon” that spent over 740 weeks on the charts after it came out in March 1973. That’s 14 years. In other words, I looked like this when “Dark Side” came out,…

,…and this was me 14 years later when it finally left the charts.

If you need further proof of the album’s vitality, look no further than Roger Waters and his current “Us and Them” tour as he’s playing several songs from “Dark Side”.

As for my personal favorites, “Time” always has [More]

Some Kind of Movie Star?

  • 12:45 pm Thursday, March 8th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

Looks like wearing your heart on your sleeve has benefits for James Hetfield.

The Metallica frontman will be in the upcoming Ted Bundy film, “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile“. (heck, it even sounds like a Metallica song). And Hetfield can thank the movie’s director, Joe Berliner, who it turns out was the same guy who worked on the Metallica documentary “Some Kind of Monster”.

This is not the first time Hetfield has flexed his acting muscles.

Though this will be his first time playing a role other than himself. I think he has the charisma to pull it off and join a [More]

A Rowdy Welcome

  • 12:45 pm Thursday, March 8th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

We’ll be hearing a lot of Joan Jett in the coming months thanks to one of the baddest women on the planet.

UFC legend Ronda Rousey is now in the WWE and she will be walking out to the song she has used as her entrance theme during her MMA days, this Joan Jett classic.

By the way, I loved seeing Ronda putting Triple-H through a table during her contract signing at the WWE’s recent “Elimination Chamber” pay-per-view.

She hasn’t wrestled a match yet and I already rank her entrance theme among my favorites alongside these tunes:

CM Punk

Edge

How about you? What’s your favorite [More]

Appetite for new tunes?

  • 3:57 pm Tuesday, February 13th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

I tend to push off gossip pretty easily as nothing more than hot air in most instances. But this latest bit of rock and roll dish may have some weight to it.

This gossip site called “Crazy Days and Nights” published some pretty juicy stuff on an “A-list rock band” who may do something we never thought we’d see again,…record a new album.

I’d normally pass this off as BS except these guys are pretty on point with their gossip. Plus some of the other tea leaves make a pretty compelling case. I for one would happily drop money for a new [More]

21st Century 2112

  • 3:57 pm Tuesday, February 13th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

A retired Rush is bittersweet. But it’s nice to see that the Holy Triumvirate’s music is still as vital as ever today.

Case in point, these amazing high school kids who rocked out recently to Geddy, Alex and Neil’s classic “2112”.

Here’s how it stacks up with the original.

Well done!!

All Hail the King Biscuit

  • 3:56 pm Tuesday, February 13th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

Now I do my best to entertain you Sunday mornings. But I’d be remiss if didn’t put on my radio nerd hat and look back at a beacon of Sunday night radio that debuted 45 years ago.

Remember the “King Biscuit Flower Hour”? Sunday nights of awesome live music and interviews, and Holy rock royalty, Batman! The first show included Blood Sweat & Tears and some newbie named Bruce Springsteen. Some of my favorite “Biscuits” are below for your listening pleasure:

How about you? What are your best memories of King Biscuit Flower Hour?

Rock on, Pat Torpey & Glenn Tipton!

  • 3:24 pm Tuesday, February 13th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

Parkinson’s disease has claimed another rock legend!

Judas Priest guitar legend Glenn Tipton said recently that he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease several years ago and now the terrible disease has progressed to the point where he has to step aside, unable to play for their Firepower tour.

Needless to say this is a huge loss for a band known as much for their legendary guitar licks as Rob Halford’s majestic vocals.

This after Parkinson’s took away Mr. Big drummer Pat Torpey way too early.

Rock on gentlemen!

A Strode Down Memory Lane

  • 3:23 pm Tuesday, February 13th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

A scream queen is coming back to Haddonfield. Laurie Strode has risen (from the dead?).

Yet another re-do of “Halloween” is in the works, though this one I am intrigued about because the always awesome Jamie Lee Curtis is back in the fold as original (and still the best) scream queen Laurie Strode. The movie is now shooting and the first picture is out now.

Odd, yes, considering Jamie Lee was killed by crazy brother Michael Meyers in her last “Halloween” movie,…

,…so they are asking you to suspend disbelief and forget that movie ever existed along with this movie,…

,…and you can [More]

Remembering a ‘Night Together’

  • 3:22 pm Tuesday, February 13th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

Concert movies are a staple of rock music and no band may have personified these types of films more than the Rolling Stones.  Heck, they have 10 of them, one of which was directed by Martin Scorsese himself! The first one I remember came out 35 years ago this month.

My memories of “Let’s Spend The Night Together” were admittedly sparse as I was only 10 when it came out. But it is kinda wild to see the Stones decidedly less wrinkly (especially Keith):

I probably still have the “Still Life” cassette floating around in my basement somewhere. Plus I could never [More]

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