Rock Talk with Mitch Lafon

On this episode - Tracii Guns of L.A. Guns joins Mitch to discuss the band's brilliant new album (The Missing Peace), the new lineup and looks back at the band's storied career.

Also, drummer Slim Jim Phantom from the Stray Cats discusses the band's significance, playing the Wacken Festival, Lemmy, The Head Cat, Keith Richards, Van Halen, the US '83 Festival, his book: A Stray Cat Struts: My Life as a Rockabilly Rebel and much more.

In our Rock Talk segment - publicist Simon Fauteux of Six Media Marketing Inc. explains the job and how to get started in the industry.

01:40:44 9/4/2017

Past Episodes

In our first interview, singer Jeff Scott Soto talks about his time in Journey, Rising Force (Ygnwie Malmsteen), new band Sons Of Apollo, new solo album Retribution, W.E.T., and much more.

Former Scorpions drummer James Kottak joins Mitch for an update and discusses his upcoming new album, plans for the future, Mikkey Dee and more.

And finally, former Scorpions drummer Herman Rarebell discusses his great new band Rock Wolves, shares his thoughts on drummer Mikkey Dee, why he wasn't asked to rejoin the Scorpions, his future with Michael Schenker, Uli Jon Roth, and much more.
01:30:15 9/25/2017
In our first interview, former White Lion frontman Mike Tramp discusses his upcoming box set, is unambiguous in talking about Vito Bratta, talks touring and more.

In our second interview, guitarist Bob Kulick talks about his new solo record and working with W.A.S.P., KISS, Lou Reed and more.

And Mitch discusses the return of Vinnie Vincent with KISS expert, Greg Schmitt.
01:30:40 9/18/2017
On this episode, Pantera bassist REX BROWN discusses his new solo album SMOKE ON THIS, stepping up to the mic, KISS and more.

Also, guitarist Cheetah Chrome of the DEAD BOYS discusses their new album Still Snotty; Young Loud And Snotty At 40, working with famed producers Bob Ezrin (KISS, Alice Cooper, Pink Floyd) & Ron Nevison, Iggy Pop, GUNS N' ROSES, and much more.

Our Rock Talk segment features guitar maker, Buddy Blaze, talking about working with Dimebag Darrell, Vivian Campbell and more.

And the episode concludes on a quick hit n' run interview with Black Label Society guitarist talking about his latest album Death Grip Tribulations and working with WARRANT singer Jani Lane.
01:27:44 9/11/2017
On This episode, Mitch sits down with guitar hero, RUDOLF SCHENKER from the Scorpions to discuss the band's current North American tour with MEGADETH, the addition of former Motörhead drummer MIKKEY DEE, the 40th anniversary of the Taken By Force album, upcoming deluxe editions of In Trance and other back catalogue titles and more.

In an encore presentation drummer Steven Adler talks about GUNS N' ROSES and playing with the band in 2016.

And wrapping up the episode: EPICA's Simone Simons talks about their 'The Ultimate Principle Tour' with LACUNA COIL, winning
The Metropole Orkest Competition, and their new EP 'THE SOLACE SYSTEM'

Rock Talk segment: Record executive, Thom Hazaert, talks about the challenges facing record labels.
02:08:33 8/28/2017
Guns N' Roses month continues at Rock Talk. This time, Mitch sits down with former GNR manager Alan Niven to discuss the band's breakthrough album Appetite For Destruction, the band currently and more.

In the episode's second interview, Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali discusses the band's new album Road Rage, the current change in singers, their QR album, Kevin DuBrow leaving the band, W.A.S.P. and more.

Oft L.A. Weekly columnist Art Tavana join Mitch for this week's rock talk segment to discuss Guns N' Roses.
02:01:56 8/21/2017
Our first interview this episode is with Geoff Downes of Yes. He discusses the band's current Yestival tour dates, RUSH's Geddy Lee, The Buggles, the future of ASIA and more.

Next up is our first in a series of GUNS N' ROSES interviews. Producer and mixer, Steve Thompson, details his work on classic album, Appetite For Destruction. We also explore his work on Metallica's ...And Justice For All.

The episode ends with an in-depth chat with former Rainbow vocalist, Graham Bonnet. We look back at his history and discuss his new Live...Here Comes The Night CD/DVD.

Talking Metal's Mark Strigl join us for a quick Rock Talk.
01:52:02 8/14/2017
In our first interview, former WHITESNAKE guitarist ADRIAN VANDENBERG discusses his time with the band, working with Steve Vai, his working relationship with singer David Coverdale, Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page, the lawsuits over his name, the new Vandenberg Moonkings album and more.

In our second interview, former IRON MAIDEN singer BLAZE BAYLEY talks about his new album (Endure And Survive Infinite Entanglement Part II ), his current tour, Steve Harris, Bruce Dickinson, Iron Maiden and more.

And we end this episode with a trip down memory lane with musician GREG KIHN. He discusses his new album Rekihndled, 'Weird Al' Yankovic, his onetime guitarist JOE SATRIANI, Eddie Money, family, writing horror novels, Dick Clark and more.

The Killer Dwarfs' singer RUSS DWARF joins Mitch for a quick 'ROCK TALK' about singers including david Coverdale.

You can follow Mitch on Twitter @mitchlafon

Next week... GUNS N' ROSES.
02:10:34 8/7/2017
You want Heavy? Rock Talk gives you HEAVY!

Guests include Robert Trujillo of Metallica talking family, Korn, Lou Reed and more. Drummer Charlie Benante gives an Anthrax update and discusses the band's upcoming State Of Euphoria & Persistence Of Time deluxe reissues. And finally, Venom Inc.'s Tony Dolan talks Blood Stained Earth tour and new album, Ave.

Plus, Chris Jericho FOZZY bandmate, Rich Ward, explains why Metallica has been so successful for so long.
01:54:09 7/31/2017
On this episode of Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon, STYX guitarist Tommy Shaw discusses the band's classic sounding new album The Mission, working with Night Ranger's Jack Blades and offers an update on the Damn Yankees third album tentatively titled, Bravo.

Eric Martin of Mr. Big joins Mitch to talk about the band's latest album Defying Gravity, his relationship with bassist Billy Sheehan, auditioning for VAN HALEN, and his new touring band, USA Pop Brigade.

Author Greg Prato sits in with Mitch for a quick discussion about lagging guitar sales, and shredders.
01:51:10 7/24/2017
In this episode, Mitch sits down with a trio of true rock 'n rollers. First up, it's singer JOSH TODD of Buckcherry. He discusses the band's current lineup changes & moving the Buckcherry brand forward with a new lineup. Also, his new project Josh Todd & The Conflict and their upcoming new album, Year Of The Tiger. Next up, is old shool rock 'n roller MICHAEL MONROE (of Hanoi Rocks). Michael talks about his KISS & GUNS N' ROSES connections, his new greatest hits album, The Best. Plus, he looks back at his years in the music business, and working with producer Bob Ezrin. Finally, Mitch brings you the best in new rock with Atlanta band the BITERS and their singer TUK. The two discuss the group's latest album The Future Ain't What It Used To Be and the challenges of finding an audience in today's market. The episode kicks off with a frank discussion about monetizing VIP Premium Experiences with Little Caesar singer, Ron Young.
01:34:54 7/17/2017

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