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

Sons of Apollo (Jeff Scott Soto) and a lot of Scorpions

In our first interview, singer Jeff Scott Soto talks about his time...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.
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01:30:15 9/25/2017

Past Episodes

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 - 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
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.

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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
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
In this episode, WARRANT's Robert Mason discusses the band's latest album ' Louder Harder Faster', being Ozzy's secret off-stage singer, Jani Lane, working for Disney and more. Our second interview re-introduces America to iconic Canadian band Honeymoon Suite as guitarist Derry Grehan talks about their new album Hands Up, Lethal Weapon, their biggest hits including New Girl Now and more.
01:38:30 5/8/2017
In this episode, Deep Purple's Ian Paice discusses the band's latest album Infinite, singer Ian Gillan's stint with Black Sabbath, recording with Paul McCartney, and more. Also, Mahogany Rush guitarist Frank Marino discusses his upcoming DVD, his career, his faith, family, and much more.
01:41:28 5/1/2017
On this episode, NIGHT RANGER guitarist Brad Gillis talks about the band's new album "Don't Let Up," does he have any regrets in leaving Ozzy Osbourne's band and more. Also, guitarist Bernie Torme discusses his new album Dublin Cowboy, his time with Ozzy and meeting his replacement Brad Gillis backstage.
01:31:28 4/24/2017
In this episode, singer songwriter Richard Marx discusses his new PodcastOne show, Song Talks, his father's influence on his career and more. Also, former Guns N' Roses guitarist Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal talks about his new band Art Of Anarchy, working with Creed frontman Scott Stapp and the importance of KISS.
01:37:12 4/17/2017
In this episode, bassist David Ellefson from classic metal band, Megadeth, joins Mitch to discuss the upcoming Scorpions/Megadeth tour, his new signature Dawn Patrol pedal, new guitarist KIKO LOUREIRO, EMP Label, working with new artists, looks back on the band's latest album - Dystopia, his line of coffees, new band DOLL SKIN, theology, work on a new album and much more.
52:47 4/10/2017
In this episode, Drummer RIKKI ROCKETT from POISON sits down with Mitch to discuss the band's current tour with TESLA & Def Leppard, a new album from Poison, touring as The Special Guests, C.C. DeVille, his recent health scare, and much more.
45:26 4/3/2017
In this special 'super-sized' two-part debut episode, guitarist Andy Summers from The Police sits down with Mitch to discuss his new album Triboluminescence, photography, his travels, The Police and much more. In the show's second interview, Loverboy's Paul Dean talks about the band's latest single Stop The Rain, their biggest hits including Working For The Weekend, their very first show in 1979 opening for KISS, Chuck Berry's passing, working with producers Mutt Lange & Tom Allom, using songs written by KISS' Paul Stanley, Bryan Adams, Journey's Jonathan Cain, Jon Bon Jovi and much more.
01:30:00 3/27/2017
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