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Rock and Roll Road Trip

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A pop culture history aficionado, Chris has a lifelong penchant for documenting the exact sites where things both great and small occurred. As an author, Epting has found that unearthing and chronicling ""hidden"" locations offers him a challenge. What began as an inquisitive hobby soon developed into the writing and photographing of 18 books based on his discoveries, including ""James Dean Died Here…The Locations of America's Pop Culture Landmarks,"" ""Elvis Presley Passed Here, Even More Locations of America's Pop Culture Landmarks,"" ""Roadside Baseball,"" and ""The Ruby Slippers, Madonna's Bra, and Einstein's Brain: The Locations of America's Pop Culture.""

As an extension of his efforts to chronicle the unique, Epting joined Hampton Hotels for a sixth exciting year as national spokesperson and consultant for the Hidden Landmarks program in support of the brand's national ""Explore the Highway with Hampton Save-A-LandmarkÔ"" campaign (the program recently won the President's award).
Chris is a frequent featured guest on numerous radio and television programs such as National Public Radio's ""All Things Considered,"" ""The Savvy Traveler,"" ""Access Hollywood"" and FOX TV's the ""Best Damn Sports Show Period,"" plus radio and TV programs around the world.
He has contributed articles for such publications as the ""Los Angeles Times,"" ""Westways,"" ""Travel + Leisure"" and ""Preservation"" magazine, and hosts the weekly syndicated radio show, ""The Pop Culture Road Trip."" Chris's latest book, ""Hello It's Me…Dispatches from a Pop Culture Junkie"" will be released in July, 2010.
Chris lives in Huntington Beach, CA with his wife and their two children.

Jason Bonham – Whole Lotta Love for his dad

posted by Chris Epting

I had the pleasure of interviewing Jason Bonham last week – what a life has he has had.  

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Gene Simmon and Shannon Tweed Make It Official

posted by Chris Epting

Recently, Kiss legend Gene Simmons tied the knot with his longtime paramour. I had the chance to speak with his kids about it…    

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Updates! Meet John Cooper from Skillet

posted by Chris Epting

Sorry to have been so quiet lately – lots of books deadlines to hit – BUT – I have had the pleasure lately of chatting with some interesting musicians – in particular, John Cooper from the Christian Rock band, Skillet […]

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Mike Portnoy remembers 9/11

posted by Chris Epting

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 took place that […]

Glen Campbell’s Ghost on the Canvas – a Celebration of Life

posted by Chris Epting

If anyone had told me that in September of 2011 I would be lost and found and charmed and awed and stunned and heartbroken and thrilled and… by the new Glen Campbell album, well, I would probably not have been […]

Songwriter/Guitarist Aldo Leopardi Releases New EP Release & iPad Giveaway Promotion

posted by Chris Epting

Recently I learned about a terrific singer/songwriter named Aldo Leopardi. Some background: “Backslash Records has announced  the sophomore release of Denver-based modern rock guitarist/singer-songwriter Aldo Leopardi. The Villains & Heroes EP features five original songs by Aldo Leopardi and his […]

Jack Osbourne Says His Father Got Emotional Watching ‘God Bless Ozzy Osbourne’ Documentary

posted by Chris Epting

I interviewed Jack Osbourne last week about the new documentary he co-produced about his dad, Ozzy. Jack was very thoughtful in our discussion and seemed like he approached this project with blunt honesty – this is by no means a […]

Nick Ashford, R.I.P.

posted by Chris Epting

How crushingly sad to hear the news that Nick Ashford of Ashford and Simpson passed away from cancer at age 69. I was lucky enough to have seen them in their prime back in the early 80s and their shows […]

David Byrne finds new peace in performing.

posted by Chris Epting

I spoke with former Talking Head David Byrne recently. In addition to talking about his new DVD, he explained how his performance style has changed since those wonderfully quirky days back at CBGB in the mid 1970s… “In the early […]

Blink 182’s Tom Delonge Helps Fight Cancer

posted by Chris Epting

UPDATE – Here is the full article. I interviewed Tom Delonge from Blink 182 yesterday in a piece that will be running on Noisecreep next week. He was diagnosed with skin cancer last year, it was treated and he’s fine […]

On saying goodbye…

posted by Chris Epting

Our son leaves for college today and we are, as many feel in this moment, all over the map. Proud as can be – but aching in the notion that the house will be quieter without all the wonderful noise. […]

Warped Tour Labor of Love

posted by Chris Epting

The Van’s Warped Tour just wrapped up it’s 17th tumultuous season. The rock and roll caravan-summer camp-musical lifestyle state fair featured more than 70 bands this year, and a driving force behind founder Kevin Lyman’s vision is the spirit of […]

Foreigner’s Lou Gramm Knows What Love Is…

posted by Chris Epting

…in short, it’s surviving a serious major surgery and regaining the ability to sing and tour. For almost 40 years, his voice has been an almost constant presence. In stadiums, concert halls and on the radio, Lou Gramm’s signature set […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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