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So long, Ziggy!

  • 1:20 pm Thursday, July 12th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

“When one alter ego closes, another one opens.”

Few rock stars embodied this self-manufactured offshoot idiom better than David Bowie. Simply put, no one reinvented themselves more adeptly or successfully than he did. And this month 45 years ago he said goodbye to his first major alias, Ziggy Stardust.

Up next? The Plastic Soul era!

As for my favorite Bowie era, I loved the “Thin White Duke” the best with his trilogy of “Berlin” albums as my favorite catalog of Bowie tunes.

How about you? Which “Bowie era” was your favorite?

Adult “Losers” Unveiled

  • 1:05 pm Thursday, July 5th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

The only movie I may be more psyched to see in the theaters other than the Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” is decidedly scarier and won’t be out until late next year.

And now the sequel to Stephen King’s “It” now has its adult “Loser’s Club”!

As a fan of Mr. King, I was stoked to see the trailer for the first movie:

Georgie’s death scene still gets me to this day (even if Pennywise sounds a bit like Scooby Doo).

This was the one scene I legitimately jumped out of my seat when I saw “It” at the theater:

For what it’s [More]

Reunions: From “Fat Chance” to “Good Chance”

  • 1:01 pm Thursday, July 5th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

Seems like the operative word in classic rock and roll of late is “reunion”, for better or worse.

Lately bands like Deep Purple, the Kinks and Styx have had the question posed to them in some way, shape or form. Below are the prospects are of these landmark bands getting back together in some form, from “Fat Chance” to “Good Chance”.

“Fat Chance”

Deep Purple: Never gonna happen! Ian Gillan and Ritchie Blackmore, quite simply, still hate each other. Which is just fine because I love what Steve Morse has brought to the band!

Ratt: They need a drummer again with Jimmy [More]

Remembering Thunderfingers

  • 1:06 pm Thursday, June 28th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

16 years ago this month we lost, in my opinion, the best bass guitarist in rock history: John Entwistle.

The Ox passed away in 2002, 16 years ago this month 

Probably as much as his playing, I will miss his “too cool for the room” vibe almost to the point of looking bored while this veritable finger tornado was going on underneath him, as seen here during one of his trademark displays

,…close second is his dark and warped sense of humor.

“Good God Almighty! They’ve Killed Him!”

  • 1:03 pm Thursday, June 28th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

So were the words of WWE broadcasting legend Jim Ross during this landmark “Hell in a Cell” match. which took place 20 years ago this month.

Here’s the full match,…

,…and here’s the massive fall by Mick Foley at the hands of the Undertaker.

And the kicker?! Foley got back up and went at Taker again, only to be thrown through the cage itself instead of off it.

Foley is Island-strong, indeed!

Ranking the Triumvirate

  • 1:02 pm Thursday, June 28th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

Ask a Rush fan “What’s your favorite song by the Holy Triumvirate”and chances are you won’t get a simple answer.

Take it from a Rush nerd, you are likely to get a carefully curated list and little personal novellas why each song ranks where it does in your book. Check this list that ranks every single Rush song and let the debate begin.

Believe me, I have numerous issues with some of these tunes and where they are ranked (no love for “Roll The Bones” or “Hold Your Fire”?! No “Permanent Waves” tunes in the Top-10?! for starters).

With Rush for all intents [More]

Remembering Thunderfingers

  • 1:00 pm Thursday, June 28th, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

16 years ago this month we lost in my opinion the best bass guitarist in rock history: John Entwistle.

The Ox passed away in 2002 

RIP Vinnie Paul

  • 8:16 am Saturday, June 23rd, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

The Abbott Brothers helped revolutionize heavy metal nearly three decades ago. And now they are back together again.

Like the legendary Dimebag Darrell, Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul is gone too soon at 54.

Simply put, Pantera helped revolutionize heavy metal in large part due to Dime’s groundbreaking riffs and Vinnie’s groove-tastic drumming. Scott Ian of Anthrax once said that Pantera also helped save metal. At a time when grunge was king, it’s not hard to agree. And with bludgeoning performances like this, who can argue?!

He’s back with Dime again.  RIP Vinnie Paul!

Rock Classics Millenialized

  • 1:58 pm Thursday, June 21st, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

Classic rock and millenials normally don’t go together for obvious reasons, among them, they were not born when a lot of what we play on WBAB came out. But there is a pretty marriage of both online now.

The Twitter page below (hashtag – #millennialclassicrock) showcases a game where classic rock lyrics and song titles that are what I will call “Millenialized”.

Here are some of my favorites:

–Tweeeeeeeeet Emooooooojiiiiiiiiis

–We Will Block You

–Hey… YOU… Get off of my iCloud

–Baba Ghanoush O’ Riley

–Pour Some Stevia on Me

–Don’t Fear the Vaper

A Piece of America’s Heart

  • 11:00 am Thursday, June 21st, 2018 by Pete Rizzo

Ann Wilson,… Janis Joplin,… Courtney Hadwin?! One of these things is not like the other, but that may not be for long.

13-year old Hadwin melded the voice of Joplin with the furious stage moves of Alanis Morissette in wowing the judges on “America’s Got Talent” recently with a rendition of the Otis Redding classic “Hard To Handle”. So much so that Howie Mandel fast-tracked her through to the live show!

First off, she has awesome taste music covering the likes of Otis Redding in her “AGT” audition to Aerosmith James Brown and Tina Turner. On top of that, this little [More]

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