Rock Talk with Mitch Lafon

"Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon" is hosted by well respected music journalist Mitch Lafon. He's been covering the world of rock and music for over two decades now. In fact, his first interview was with KISS' Gene Simmons in June 1980 at age eleven. His vast knowledge of music combined with personal friendships with many of rock's greatest artists meld for very unique interviews that are part informative, part 'two friends talking', and part music savant. His interviews are widely sourced and referenced by leading rock publications. So, join Mitch every Monday to hear the interviews today that everyone will be talking about tomorrow.

LATEST EPISODE

PURE ROCK with Buckcherry, Michael Monroe (Hanoi Rocks), Tuk (Biters) & The VIP Experience

In this episode, Mitch sits down with a trio of true rock 'n rollers....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.   Show More

01:34:54 7/17/2017

Past Episodes

On this episode of Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon, a classic rock spectacular. First up, former The Eagles guitarist Don Felder discusses his current tour with Styx & REO Speedwagon, was Hotel California too big of a hit, teaching Tom Petty & more.

Next up, Bad To The Bone artist George Thorogood walks you through his new Party Of One album, touring with The Rolling Stones, baseball and more.

And finally, The Romantics Mike Skill talks about the band's 40th Anniversary Tour, being a part of The Beatles' manager Brian Epstein's Nemperor Records and their greatest hits including personal favourite, and Talking In Your Sleep.
01:54:08 7/10/2017
Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell discusses the new Riverdogs album California, Whitesnake, Dio & his firing from the band, the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal, Shadow King with Lou Gramm, Sweet Savage, Last In Line, Def Leppard and more.

In our second interview, we sit down with the Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist, Josh Klinghoffer, backstage at the Bell Centre in Montreal. Topics include: Chris Cornell, joining the band, Dot Hacker, John Frusciante, Beck and more.
01:25:35 7/3/2017
In this episode global digital marketing expert, president of Mirum and CTRL ALT Delete author Mitch Joel discusses band versus brand.

The show's first interview features Mr. Big's Pat Torpey discussing the band's brilliant new album, Defying Gravity, working with The Knack, new drummer Matt Starr, his health and much more.

The episode concludes with Great White singer Terry Ilous talking about the band's new album Full Circle, his new flamenco flavored covers album Gypsy Dreams and much more.
01:39:32 6/26/2017
In this episode, Mitch sits down with Genesis' Mike Rutherford to discuss Genesis 50th anniversary plans, Ray Wilson & Calling All Stations, Phil Collins & Peter Gabriel leaving the band, Invisible Touch, Mike + The Mechanics and much more.

Then as highly requested - Mitch shares his entire June 9th 1980 interview with Gene Simmons to discuss the Unmasked album and more.

And finally keeping in the spirit of '80s KISS - songwriter Adam Mitchell shares his experiences of writing with Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Bruce Kulick and Eric Carr for the KISS Killers, Creatures Of The Night, Crazy Nights and Hot In The Shade albums. He also shares his thoughts on what makes a good song.
02:07:14 6/19/2017
In the episode of Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon musician/producer TODD RUNDGREN discusses his new album White Knight, working with Cheap Trick, the importance of music education and more.

Firehouse's Bill Leverty & original Alice Cooper group drummer, Neal Smith, have your Rock News and an update on Alice Cooper's recent reunion with the original band members and new Paranormal album.

And finally, our second interview is with URIAH HEEP guitarist Mick Box. We look back at the band's storied career, discography, album artwork, keeping the band alive, band member changes and more. We also take a moment to remember singer David Byron and John Wetton.
01:23:21 6/12/2017
On this episode, guitarist Mark Kendall of Great White discusses the band's new album Full Circle, goes in depth on his sobriety, the NFL's L.A. Rams and more.


In Rock News, I celebrate the 37th anniversary of my first interview. On June 9th 1980, at age 11, I interviewed KISS' Gene Simmons and I play it for you! Enjoy!


And finally, the episode closes with musician Bobby Whitlock. He talks about his current tour, being a member of Derek And The Dominos, working with legendary guitarist Eric Clapton and recording the album All Things Must Pass with The Beatles' George Harrison.
02:02:35 6/5/2017
In this episode, Mitch first sits down with comedian and That Metal Show host, Don Jamieson. The two discuss his new Communication Breakdown album and the return of That Metal Show. Next up is two time Rock N' Roll Hall Of Famer Gregg Rolie. The pair discuss his recent induction with Journey, his time with Santana and making new music. The episode closes with a quick chat with Procol Harum's
Gary Brooker talking about the band's new Novum album, their history and A Whiter Shade of Pale.
01:20:44 5/29/2017
In this episode, singer John Corabi discusses The Dead Daisies new Live And Louder album, suicidal thoughts after his firing from Mötley Crue, and life lessons from his dad and son. In our second interview, Trixter's Steve Brown discusses his on-call replacement roll with Def Leppard, Trixter's past and future, as well as his new band Tokyo Motor Fist with Danger Danger's singer, Ted Poley.
01:59:52 5/22/2017
In this episode, Mitch sits down with former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick to discuss the band's landmark album REVENGE on its 25th anniversary. The two discuss its historic importance in the band's catalog, the involvement of Vinnie Vincent, Dick Wagner, Kevin Valentine & Tommy Thayer as well as unreleased tracks and the different drummers that auditioned for the band at that time. Scott Gorham of THIN LIZZY & Black Star Riders is the show's second interview. Scott discusses their new album HEAVY FIRE, working with Phil Lynott & John Sykes, the Thunder & Lightning album, the twin guitar attack, 21 Guns and much more.
01:49:42 5/15/2017

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