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January 1970 Archives

Phil Collen’s Manraze – an amazing new record

posted by Chris Epting

Phil Collen, lead guitarist for Def Leppard, is readying the release on August 2nd of an album by Manraze – a trio he fronts along with ex-Sex Pistol Paul Cook and Simon Laffy. I had an early listen a few […]

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Paul Stanley on KISS – “A Timeless Truth”

posted by Chris Epting

I spoke with Paul Stanley recently when he and Gene Simmons took part in an event that helped create some conversational unity across the planet. It was called “Kiss Live and Global” and the event was presented and hosted by […]

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Concrete Blonde’s Johnette Napolitano talks about live stream concert

posted by Chris Epting

This Sunday, July 31, seminal band Concrete Blonde will take the stage in the California high desert town of Joshua Tree for a one-of-a-kind live event that will be streamed online for ticket buying fans through Stageit.com. Live at Rancho […]

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On the loss of my friend, Dan Peek, from America

posted by Chris Epting

I just learned that my friend, Dan Peek, one of the original three members of the band America died today at the age of 60. I’m stunned. He was a gentle, talented, funny and wonderfully gifted man. I’m at a […]

Happy Birthday, Mick Jagger

posted by Chris Epting

Can he really be 68? I’m a diehard, I admit – for the Rolling Stones – but mostly, for Mick Jagger. My life was changed when I saw them (and him) on 6/22/75 at Madison Square Garden – my first […]

Amy Winehouse Found Dead – Another in the “27” Club

posted by Chris Epting

Just in – “Singer Amy Winehouse has been found dead at her home in Camden, north London, at the age of 27, police have confirmed. Officers were called by the ambulance service to an address in NW1 just after 4pm […]

Gene Simmons – A Kiss for the Troops

posted by Chris Epting

I recently interviewed legendary Kiss bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons about the new season of his hit reality show, “Gene Simmons Family Jewels.” We covered a lot of bases, but Simmons was particularly focused on talking about the troops – which no […]

What music gets you through the night?

posted by Chris Epting

We just got back from a road trip to the Sequoia National Forest. We stayed at the lovely Wuksachi Lodge, which features a fantastic restaurant, spacious rooms and makes you feel right t home in the woods – an amazing […]

Rock and Roll survivor – Foreigner’s Lou Gramm

posted by Chris Epting

I recently spoke with Lou Gramm, originally the lead vocalist of Foreigner and today a solo artist. The piece will appear shortly on spinner.com, but I thought I’d share one of the questions here. You may know that Lou, in […]

Candice Night, Wife of Ritchie Blackmore, Talks About Motherhood on the Road

posted by Chris Epting

Recently, Candice Night, wife of the legendary guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, sat down for an interview with me. Her story is fascinating – she actually met Blackmore as a radio station employee at a charity soccer game – the next thing […]

Simple Minds’ Jim Kerr on “Don’t You Forget About Me”

posted by Chris Epting

I interviewed Jim Kerr this week, lead singer from the band Simple Minds. We covered many topics, including his new solo album, “Lost Boy AKA Jim Kerr”. But I think my favorite story was the one he told about how […]

A Def Leppard Glimpse…

posted by S. Russ

Something special – recently I sat down at the home of Phil Collen from Def Leppard – he shared some of the new live album that’s coming out this week, “Mirrorball” – which includes three new studio tracks as well. […]

Jeff Beck Part II

posted by S. Russ

This weekend, Jeff Beck is up for no less than five Grammy awards (he’s got five under his belt already, and though he’s not keyed in on winning awards, he does seem to appreciate what they mean).  As I write […]

Thank You, Jeff Beck: Part 1

posted by S. Russ

It isn’t every day one gets to sit down with an icon on  a par with Jeff Beck so today was a memorable one. I’ll be writing a piece in the next few days about it but here is a […]

My discussion with Yusuf, AKA Cat Stevens

posted by S. Russ

Four decades after recording his emblematic song “Peace Train,” Yusuf Islam (also known as Cat Stevens) released “My People,” a free download available on www.yusuf.ae and digital platforms worldwide. The just-released single ‘My People’ also includes a unique chorus quilted […]

Coheed and Cambria: A Band that Matters

posted by S. Russ

Back in January, I interviewed Claudio Sanchez about Coheed and Cambria’s upcoming tour –  going back to their roots, playing ‘The Second Stage Turbine Blade’ in its entirety (along with a special acoustic set and an additional electric set). It was […]

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Mike Portnoy remembers 9/11
Recently, I spoke with legendary drummer Mike Portnoy (Dream theater, Liquid Tension Experiment, Transatlantic and now Adrenaline Mob) about his 9/11 memories. Mike shared not just his thoughts on where he was, but a strange coincidence that ...

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