Rock Talk with Mitch Lafon

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

Past Episodes

On this very special episode of ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON. Mitch sits down with STYX's singer Lawrence Gowan to discuss the ban'd upcoming Las Vegas Residency, their 2018 tour plans, new album The Mission, putting together a new Gowan solo album and his featured role in the horror-comedy movie Another WolfCop. Also, we talk KISS and lots of it with Encyclopedia Of KISS author BRETT WEISS. We tackle many KISS related questions including did Vinnie Vincent save KISS. Finally, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's Peter Hayes discusses the band's new album Wrong Creatures, drummer Leah Shapiro, his friendship and musical relationship with Robert Levon Been and the sound advice of Michael Been. Follow Mitch On Twitter: @mitchlafon
01:49:15 1/6/2018
Greta Van Fleet guitarist, Jake Kiszka discusses the band's influences, the important of touring, Black Smoke Rising, Led Zeppelin and more. Kristy 'Krash' Majors and Steve 'Sex' Summers of Pretty Boy Floys talk about the band's latest album Public Enemies, touring plans, border issues, being clean & sober, Nikki Sixx and more. Matt Starr discusses Mr. Big's latest album and touring plans as well as the Pan Rocks project with Tracy Thornton (who joins us on the call). The Pan Rocks project includes Tracii Guns, Billy Sheehan and former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick. King's X Ty Tabor talks about his new album Alien Beans, his mastering work, King's X, The Jelly Jam and working on the Geoff Tate/Queensr˙che Frequency Unknown album (at approx. the 1.41.27 mark of the episode).
01:43:39 12/30/2017
In this episode, guitarist and singer for STRYPER Michael Sweet discusses the upcoming Stryper documentary, the future of SWEET & LYNCH, new bassist Perry Richardson, his new DVD 'Sole: Songs And Stories From A Life In Music', Joel Hoekstra and much more. Our second interview is with SWEET/ Heaven & Earth guitarist Stuart Smith. He talks about working with Ritchie Blackmore, Richie Sambora, the band's new album Hard To Kill, Steven Tyler and a possible tour with Aerosmith, Sweet and much more. And our last interview is with guitarist STACEY BLADES who gives details about his new band Electric Radio Kings, the current status of Bobby Blotzer's RATT and working with the band, the reasons for his split from L.A. Guns, covering the KISS classic Master & Slave and more. Also, on this episode MITCH and TalkingRock.net's Mark Strigl discuss the possibility of a new KISS album and what it should be.
01:57:12 12/23/2017
In this episode, Every Mother's Nightmare vocalist Rick Ruhl talks about the band's history including their new album GRIND and classic single Love Can Make You Blind. Our second interview is with iconic guitarist ZAKK WYLDE. He discusses Black Label's Society's new album Grimmest Hits, touring with Corrosion Of Conformity, the upcoming Ozzy Osbourne dates and looks back at his time with Ozzy. And to end the show, we talk with former Detective & Power Station singer Michael Des Barres. Topics covered include Led Zeppelin, being TVs Murdoc on MacGyver, Ronnie James Dio, Silverhead, Detective, KISS covering Ain't None Of Your Business, Power Station, Fleetwood Mac, penning hit single Obsession and much more. Mitch also offers his thoughts on the current DIO hologram tour.
01:38:21 12/17/2017
In this very special episode, I sit down with two former GENESIS members - Steve Hackett & Anthony Phillips and round out the show with Canadian icon Bruce Cockburn. Our first interview is with guitarist STEVE HACKETT. He discusses his upcoming Genesis Revisited, Solo Gems & GTR 2018 Tour de Force!, as well as his innovative finger tapping and sweep picking guitar techniques, GTR, making a heavy metal album and much more. Our second interview continues on the GENESIS theme with original guitarist Anthony Phillips. He discusses his album Slow Dance, making library music, prog music , his battle with stage fright, and his time with Genesis. We finish today's episode with a some wonderful Canadian content featuring an interview with iconic Canadian artist BRUCE COCKBURN. We talk about his new album BONE ON BONE as well as classic albums including,In The Falling Dark & Stealing Fire. We further discuss songwriting, being selected to Canada's songwriter's Hall Of Fame, putting images to his songs (making videos), his memoir, classic tracks: Lovers In A Dangerous Time & If I Had A Rocket Launcher and more.
01:30:42 12/11/2017
On this special all European bands episode, Mitch sits down with GOTTHARD guitarist LEO LEONI. Leo discusses the band's sixteen #1 albums in Switzerland, their upcoming Defrosted II tour, still wanting to rock, Gotthard's change in musical direction, singer Ronnie Romero, the trilogy of upcoming CoreLeoni albums (including original material), Steve Lee, and more.

Up next is EUROPE drummer IAN HAUGLAND. Ian discusses the band's latest album WALK THE EARTH, working with Glenn Hughes, touring with Deep Purple, his 101Drums gear, the band's new approach to making albums and much more.

And to round out the show, Mark Fox from great SWISS band SHAKRA discusses the fantastic new album Snakes & Ladders, returning to the band, reaching a new audience, and more.

Opening the show, Mitch mentions a few European bands worth checking out including: Thunder, Pink Cream 69, Pretty Maids, Ammunition, Eclipse, The Poodles, Wig Wam and , of course, Gotthard, Shakra & CoreLeoni.
01:27:09 12/4/2017
Our first interview today is with STEEL PANTHER drummer Stix Zadinia. We discuss their new deluxe Lower The Bar Bitchin' Edition, KISS KRUISE VII, Rob Halford, Van Halen, L.A. Guns, working at Ralph's, touring, seeing Thornbirds live and much more.

Our second interview is with Canadian icon, BRIAN VOLLMER, of the band HELIX. We discuss the band's long standing career, Brian's new solo album Get Yer Hands Dirty, the Helix Christmas album - A Heavy Mental Christmas, the Toronto Maple Leafs and much much more.

And we end this episode with a sobering chat with 'Rehab Bob' Forrest. We talk about his music career, addiction, Dr. Drew, Celebrity Rehab and the Alo House Rehab center (alorecovery.com)
01:34:03 11/27/2017
On This episode, Mitch sits down with Rita Haney to discuss Dimebag Darrell's new DimeVison Vol. 2 DVD, unreleased songs and much more.

Our second interview is with Annihilator's Jeff Waters. We discuss the band's latest album For The Demented, changing personnel, taking over the lead vocalist duties, being in studio with Sting & Bryan Adams, writing country hits under an assumed name and much more.

And finally, we chat with Sevendust's John Connolly about his latest album Ignite My Insanity under the Projected moniker and much more.

Mitch starts the show with a quick discussion about rock/hard rock Christmas albums.
01:50:25 11/20/2017
On this episode, Cinderella frontman Tom Keifer discusses his latest release, ownership of the Cinderella band name, drummer Cozy Powell, having released only four studio albums with Cinderella and more.

Thin Lizzy/ Black Star Riders guitarist Damon Johnson discusses the bands upcoming tour with Judas Priest, his latest solo album Birmingham Tonight, Brother Cane, Alice Cooper, Skid Row and much more.

Finally, singer Nathan James of brilliant new UK band, Inglorious, discusses their latest album, making it in North America, Guns N Roses and more.

Also, on this episode Mitch discusses A Perfect Circle and the policy of no cell phones during shows.
01:46:44 11/13/2017
In this episode, keyboardist Derek Sherinian discusses new band Sons Of Apollo and their new album Psychotic Symphony, the future of Black Country Communion, and look back at his work with KISS, Alice Cooper and Billy Idol.

Our second interview is with former Van Halen & Sex Pistols insider, Noel E. Monk. He discusses his new book Runnin With the Devil: A Backstage Pass Into the Wild Times, Loud Rock and the Down and Dirty Truth Behind the Making of Van Halen. Sammy Hagar fans be warned!

And lastly, guitarist Chris Broderick discusses Act Of Defiances latest album, Old Scars New Wounds.

Mitch also discusses the upcoming Judas Priest Firepower tour with Black Star Riders & Saxon. And walks you through singer Ricky Warwicks solo discography.
02:14:28 11/6/2017

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