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Rock goes primetime 45 years ago

  • 12:28 pm Tuesday, August 29th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

Sorry, but Ed Sheeran, Miley Cyrus and Kendrick Lamar just doesn’t have the same cachet for me as, say, Fleetwood Mac, Steve Miller or Black Sabbath. Which is why even days after the insufferable MTV Music Video Awards, I found myself looking through old videos of the old ABC show “In Concert” that launched 45 years ago and in time spun off “Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert”.

The first episode featuring Alice Cooper actually taped this month back in 1972 right here on the island at Hofstra University.

In the three years that the initial show ran, they brought on some great bands [More]

GROHL-ROLLED!

  • 1:58 pm Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

You can out-roll Grohl!! Seriously, though. Is there any rock star around right now as cool as Dave Grohl?!

The rock and roll hall of famer and leader of one of the preeminent rock bands around today out-awesomed himself again a few nights ago when he and the rest of Foo Fighters invited Rick Astley onstage for a rather Nirvana-fied cover of “Never Gonna Give You Up.”

Evidently Grohl and the rest of Foo are big Rick Astley fans. And this is not the first time they have rickrolled a crowd before as they did it to hilarious effect in Kansas [More]

The Wally Pipps of Rock

  • 1:54 pm Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

The name ‘Henry Padovani’ may only ring a bell to hardcore fans of The Police. But 40 years ago this month is a rather dubious anniversary for the former guitarist. He became a rock and roll Wally Pipp.

For you non-baseball fans, Wally Pipp was at one time the first baseman for the New York Yankees who legend has it asked to sit out of a ballgame due to a headache. His replacement that day (and for the next decade plus),…Lou Gehrig.

The Police’s first-ever single was with Padovani before they decided to bring on as a second guitarist named, you guessed [More]

Monday’s “Eclipse” Pink Floyd-worthy

  • 2:27 pm Friday, August 18th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

Bonnie Tyler will be singing her classic hit “Total Eclipse of the Heart” aboard, fittingly, a Total Eclipse Cruise on Monday as the sun fades away into total darkness.

This after famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson took Pink Floyd to task over the validity of both their album title “Dark Side of the Moon” and Gerry O’Driscoll’s final spoken words on the album (“there is no dark side of the moon,…it’s all dark”).

To which I say (all due respect to you, Mr. Tyson) WHO CARES?! It’s still one of the best closers of any album. And equal respect in kind, [More]

RIP Le Studio

  • 1:12 pm Tuesday, August 15th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

What an egregious final nail in the coffin for one of rock’s most legendary recording  studios!

Le Studio is gone once and for all due to a fishy fire that police are looking into as a possible arson.  But the sad truth is that Le Studio had been dying a slow and painful death in recent years despite numerous efforts to resuscitate it.

Le Studio has been called “Rush’s Abbey Road” with good reason as the Holy Triumvirate have recorded many of their landmark albums there, perhaps most well-known among them their most successful one, “Moving Pictures”.

The Police also recorded one of [More]

The Dream Tour that was Anything But

  • 1:32 pm Tuesday, August 8th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

So far it’s been rave reviews for Metallica and Guns N Roses and their respective tours (I can personally attest to an awesome Metallica gig at the new Coliseum back in April).  25 years ago, however, was an entirely different story.

Both Metallica and Guns ‘n’ Roses were firing on all cylinders back then thanks to two mega-successful albums. So the idea of teaming both of them on tour was a no-brainer.

On paper, it was a dream tour. In real life, it turned out to be anything but. It all came to a rather grisly head on August 8, 1992 when [More]

Even Big Shots Can Engender Goodwill

  • 1:40 pm Tuesday, August 1st, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

Axl Rose’s goodwill tour rolled through Minnesota this past week and this time the benefactor was Long Island’s own Billy Joel. Axl found time between his pseudo-reunion tour with Slash, Duff and the rest of Guns ‘N’ Roses to sit in with the Piano Man on a recent stadium show

“Highway to Hell” was no surprise as Axl sang it with ACDC when subbing for Brian Johnson during their last tour, plus it’s a rare cover that Billy likes to play during his own live gig. It was their tandem on the classic “Big Shot” that I just loved.

This is not the [More]

Thank you for flying Air Freddie

  • 2:53 pm Tuesday, July 25th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

Always larger than life on a concert stage, Freddie Mercury will stay true to that image thanks to an airline from Norway.

Two Norwegian Airlines planes will traverse the world with Freddie Mercury’s face on them in a nod to what would have been his 71st birthday on September 5. This after Roger, Brian and Adam Lambert introduced a new live 3D experience of their tour called “VR the Champions”.

And mere weeks after Brian May talked about the new Queen version of Monopoly.

Do The Who Still Got it? You Better You Bet!

  • 9:13 am Friday, July 21st, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

Rock is dead, my ass! Need proof?! Look no further than The Who’s spirited appearance on Jimmy Fallon a few nights ago.

Roger still looks fit and trim enough to kick ass figuratively and literally, plus his voice sounds in top form. And Pete, still too cool for it all, playing at his wind milling best as they tore through “You Better You Bet” and one of my all-time favorite tunes of theirs, “I Can See For Miles”.

I know you talked about scaling back your live appearance, boys, but we’re really in no rush to see you leave. Keep showing most [More]

A Def Journey over a decade in the (re)making

  • 12:25 pm Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 by Pete Rizzo

Already known for being road dogs, Def Leppard may do some more gigging next year with a band they last teamed with over a decade ago.

Word is the Leps might do some shows in 2018 with Journey. First word came from Ross Valory before a recent show and now Vivian Campbell confirmed that both sides are talking.

If it happens, this would be their first jaunt together since 2006 when the Leps were touring behind their underrated covers disc, “Yeah”, and the first with Arnel Pineda at the helm for Journey.

They last came to town together for a show at [More]

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