Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon

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"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 week to hear the interviews today that everyone will be talking about tomorrow.

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Huey Lewis And The News - Johnny Colla (Part II)
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Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon presents Huey Lewis And The News' Johnny Colla (part 2) - recorded March 2020. Johnny discusses the band's latest album WEATHER and his upcoming solo album. Plus, we talk Thin Lizzy and the unreleased songs featuring Huey Lewis And The News, we dig deeper into the band's catalog including Small World, is the band done?, their approach to making videos, his Luck Devil album, and much more.  Subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews. Twitter: @mitchlafon Instagram: @mitch_lafon VISIT: mitchlafon.com Support the show.
Apr 06, 2020
Creed singer - Scott Stapp (March 2020)
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Rock Talk presents Creed singer, Scott Stapp (recorded March 2020).  Scott discusses his latest album The Space Between The Shadows, the care provided by the Grammy's MusiCares initiative, being 'Coach Stapp', ChildFund International, sobriety & touring, the six year delay between albums, the future of Creed and much more.  Quotes: "The rock star, as the cliché would be, that died awhile ago... When I get off that stage, I'm right back to a friend, the husband and a father." "I want my music to be heard and connect with as many people as possible." "I am STILL the lead singer of Creed and will always be... I can never be the former Creed lead singer." Subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews. Twitter: @mitchlafon Instagram: @mitch_lafon VISIT: mitchlafon.com Support the show.
Apr 04, 2020
Greg Chaisson - Kings Of Dust (March 2020)
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Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon presents bassist Greg Chaisson (recorded March 2020) Greg discusses his new band KINGS OF DUST, his French-Canadian roots, making a second record while we wait out the current pandemic, his time with Badlands, his battle with cancer, and much more. Subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews. Badlands: "We had a lot of people over at Atlantic that championed us... They wanted us to record Vandenberg's Burning Heart for our second record and we just wouldn't do it. It's not that we tried to intentionally piss Atlantic off. It's just that we had our own plan and followed our own plan. I don't think they appreciated that we wouldn't jump through any hoops for them." Twitter: @mitchlafon Instagram: @mitch_lafon VISIT: mitchlafon.com Support the show.
Apr 02, 2020
Wang Chung's Jack Hues (March 2020)
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Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon presents Wang Chung's Jack Hues (recorded March 2020). Jack discusses his new (and first solo) album Primitif, the 1980's with Wang Chung, the importance of music videos, To Live And Die In LA, being a music teacher, working with Genesis' Tony Banks, working on jazz, why did he not stick to being the 'pop guy', his musical evolution, MTV, the healing power of music after personal loss, defining music by genres and much more. Quotes:  "Prog was a four letter word." "I'm always happy to chat Wang Chung." Subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews. Twitter: @mitchlafon Instagram: @mitch_lafon VISIT: mitchlafon.com Support the show.
Mar 31, 2020
H.E.A.T.'s Erik 'Grammy' Grönwall
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Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon presents a brand new interview with H.E.A.T.'s Erik 'Grammy" Grönwall (recorded March 27th 2020). Erik discusses H.E.A.T.'s fantastic new album H.E.A.T. II (destined to be in every rock writers - 2020 year end BEST OF Top 10 lists), working with Alice Cooper on NBC's presentation of Jesus Christ Superstar, his 2018 Grammy Awards nomination, recording and releasing the Paul Stanley written track - Timeless, Europe's Joey Tempest, the importance of returning original guitarist Dave Dalone, his solo career and much more.   Subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews. Twitter: @mitchlafon Instagram: @mitch_lafon VISIT: mitchlafon.com   Support the show.
Mar 29, 2020
Former Guns N' Roses manager - Alan Niven
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Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon presents former Guns N' Roses manager, Alan Niven (recorded March 24th 2020). Alan discusses the great new remastered re-release of Great White's Stage live album. We dissect how grunge didn't kill '80s bands - it was something else. Plus, we talk Hooked and other Great White classic albums. Speaking of the album stage Alan said: "This might be the last quality live record of an '80s band." On grunge: "I think Nirvana is actually overrated." "Great White were NOT a f***ing Hair band."   Subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews. Twitter: @mitchlafon Instagram: @mitch_lafon Support the show.
Mar 28, 2020
Tesla's Brian Wheat & KISS manager Doc McGhee
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Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon presents Tesla's Brian Wheat & Doc McGhee (both recorded March 26th 2020) In this episode, Tesla's Brian Wheat discusses the band's latest album Five Man London Jam as well as the band's plan amid the current Covid-19 pandemic, his friendships with Def Leppard's Joe Elliott & Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page, his upcoming book and much more. And as a special bonus the episode kicks off with a quick chat that I had with KISS manager Doc McGhee asking about KISS, the state of the industry and ticket prices. The audio is taken from our discussion as featured on the Stefan Adika 'Coffee Talk' show. You can follow everything Stefan does on his Adika Group YouTube Page which can be found here:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC67DCNf4oLIuJZmVq8aykdQ Subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews. Twitter: @mitchlafon Instagram: @mitch_lafon VISIT: mitchlafon.com Support the show.
Mar 27, 2020
Ross The Boss - Born Of Fire (March 24th 2020)
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Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon presents guitarist, ROSS THE BOSS, recorded March 24th 2020 Ross discusses his new album Born Of Fire, his recently completed tour & the outlook for upcoming shows, currently working on a new The Dictators album, Manowar and much more.  Quotes: "If you think you're getting Manowar 2 on this record, it's not even close, but there still is 'ROSSisms' all over the record. That's why it's so cool." "I can safely give you great news that the original The Dictators (me, Andy and Scott) are recording again. We've done three songs already. Albert Bouchard from Blue Öyster Cult will be joining us on the recordings." "Everyone borrows a 'MANOWARism'" Subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews. Twitter: @mitchlafon Instagram: @mitch_lafon VISIT: mitchlafon.com Support the show.
Mar 25, 2020
Singer Stephen Hayman from Heavy Pettin' (recorded March 2020)
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Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon presents singer Steve Hayman from Heavy Pettin' (recorded March 2020).  Steve discusses the band's new EP - 4 Play as well as the band's career ups and down, the 2017 reunion, working with Queen's Brian May, the unreleased album (via Virgin records) with guitarist Damon Johnson and a lot more.  Subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews. Twitter: @mitchlafon Instagram: @mitch_lafon VISIT: mitchlafon.com Support the show.
Mar 23, 2020
Ted Nugent discusses Covid-19 (March 20th 2020 Interview)
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Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon presents an in-depth discussion with guitarist Ted Nugent (recorded March 20th 2020) In this interview, Ted shares his thoughts about the Covid-19 pandemic currently gripping the world and how it affects working musicians and their crew as well as what can you do to protect yourself, was it irresponsible for artists (like Guns N' Roses) to not cancel performances and much more.  The interview is presented in whole. Help support Mitch & the show: www.paypal.me/MitchLafon Subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews. Twitter: @mitchlafon Instagram: @mitch_lafon Get your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch  VISIT: mitchlafon.com Support the show.
Mar 21, 2020
Tower Of Power - Emilio Castillo
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Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon steps outside the box and presents an interview with the legendary Emilio Castillo of Tower Of Power. Emilio discusses the band's new album Step Up as well as why bother making new music, Sammy Hagar, their upcoming live DVD, Huey Lewis And The News, his career and much more. Subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews. Twitter: @mitchlafon Instagram: @mitch_lafon VISIT: mitchlafon.com Support the show.
Mar 19, 2020
Johnny Colla (Huey Lewis & The News - Part One)
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Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon presents Huey Lewis And The News' Johnny Colla (recorded end of Feb. 2020) Johnny discuses Huey Lewis And The News' new album Weather, his time in Rubicon, being part of touring supergroups, Huey's hearing issues, would they tour without Huey, the self-titled debut album, 'retired' guitarist Chris Hayes, the band Clover, Do You Believe In Love, Mutt Lange, the importance of having an outside producer, the fabulous Plan B album, songwriting and covers, Power Of Love, his I Hear Voices solo album and his upcoming (later this year) A capella release, and much much more Quote: "Ear candy is important on the radio." Subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews. Twitter: @mitchlafon Instagram: @mitch_lafon VISIT: mitchlafon.com Support the show.
Mar 18, 2020
The Epic Dennis DeYoung (March 2020)
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Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon presents, Dennis DeYoung (recorded March 10th 2020) Dennis discusses his new masterwork album, 26 East Vol. 1.Oh, and vuvuzelas.   It's a compelling listen! Quote: "I'm frankly scared for America" "I'm not following Gene Simmons and having continual final tours." On the new album: "I worked real hard to try to make you love it. I took extreme care in the way it sounded. Does it sound good to you?" Subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews. Twitter: @mitchlafon Instagram: @mitch_lafon VISIT: mitchlafon.com Support the show.
Mar 16, 2020
Silverthorne singer Pete Shoulder
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Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon presents Silverthorne's Pete Shoulder. Pete discusses the band and their new album Tear The Sky Wide Open as well as working with Brian Tichy, his time with Thunder, guitarist Luke Morley and The Union and much more. Subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews. Twitter: @mitchlafon Instagram: @mitch_lafon VISIT: mitchlafon.com Support the show.
Mar 15, 2020
Former Tesla guitarist Tommy Skeoch
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ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON presents guitarist, TOMMY SKEOCH (recorded March 2020).  In this episode, former TESLA guitarist TOMMY SKEOCH discusses his new band Resist & Bite, the 'habits' that forced him to depart Tesla, Bar 7, the Tesla sound and producers Steve Thompson and Michael Barbiero, Paul McCartney, the band's connection to Def Leppard, his thoughts on guitarist Frank Hannon, and much more.  QUOTE:  "Somewhere around '93-'94, I started delving into some really hard core dope and sh*t like that...  ... We ended up doing another record (Into The Now) and things were pretty chill, but then -  I don't know what happened to me man - I just got kinda sick of f***ing everything and just started f***ing doing it hard and that was it. I just wasn't haven't it and they weren't having me." On reuniting with Tesla: "If they asked me, I would do it." Listen to this episode for your chance to win custom made picks... Omega guitar picks along with Podchaser and ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON are giving away - two custom picks prize packs. Winners will get to choose their own design! Listen to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon all through March for your chance to win. ‬ Subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews. Twitter: @mitchlafon Instagram: @mitch_lafon VISIT: mitchlafon.com Support the show.
Mar 14, 2020
Gotthard guitarist Leo Leoni (March 2020)
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Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon presents GOTTHARD guitarist, Leo Leoni, recorded in March 2020. Leo discusses the band's renewed vigor on the new album #13, his side project CoreLeoni and the future of the band as well as Gotthard, his recent marriage, Krokus' Flavio Mezzodi stepping in on drums, the idea for a Gotthard's covers album, working with Status Quo's Francis Rossi, covering ABBA on the new album, Anytime Anywhere being the perfect rock song and much more.  Quotes: Leo on #13 being a true hard rock album: "Everybody not just me was a little bit tired of this acoustic thing and ballads. All of a sudden every get back with the leather jackets. Looks like a clear statement." "We rediscovered the rock energy with Gotthard." Listen to this episode for your chance to win custom made picks... Omega guitar picks along with Podchaser and ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON are giving away - two custom picks prize packs. Winners will get to choose their own design! Listen to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon all through March for your chance to win. ‬ Podchaser: https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/rock-talk-with-mitch-lafon-514662 Twitter: @mitchlafon Instagram: @mitch_lafon VISIT: mitchlafon.com Support the show.
Mar 08, 2020
Brad Gillis from Night Ranger (March 6th 2020 interview)
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Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon presents guitarist, Brad Gillis, recorded March 6th 2020. In this quick pre-show conversation, Brad discusses his upcoming solo album, the next new Night Ranger album, the Sammy Hagar/Whitesnake/Night Ranger tour, Cal Jam II, the M3 Rock Festival and more. Do you agree with Brad when he says (quote from the interview): "I consider ourselves not really an A band, but basically a glorified B band. I think we're three or four hits shy of being an A band." Listen to this episode for your chance to win custom made picks... Omega guitar picks along with Podchaser and ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON are giving away - two custom picks prize packs. Winners will get to choose their own design! Listen to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon all through March for your chance to win. ‬ Podchaser link: https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/rock-talk-with-mitch-lafon-514662 Subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews. Twitter: @mitchlafon Instagram: @mitch_lafon VISIT: mitchlafon.com Support the show.
Mar 08, 2020
Mike Reno - Loverboy (March 2020 interview)
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Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon presents LOVERBOY's Mike Reno. Mike Reno and Loverboy will be in Montreal on June 20th 2020 for the Strangers In The Night Benefit Gala in aid of Lymphoma Canada and Friends For Mental Health. Visit strangersinthenight.ca for further information. During the interview we discuss the charity event as well 1991's Brian MacLeod charity event to help him raise funds in his battle with cancer and how that 1991 event led to the band's reunion. We also discuss the band's history including opening for KISS in 1979, the need for new music, Little Mountian studio, Mutt Lange, Jim Peterik & being involved in the Top Gun 2 soundtrack, singing backing vocals for AC/DC & Bon Jovi as well a much more. Quote: "I find '80s music quite refreshing. It sounds good. It's got a big wide scope of interesting topics. You can understand what's happening. You can hear the melodies. You can hear the music. It's something that I think is going to stand the test of time and looks like it still is 'cause we've never been busier to be honest with you. I'm sure, it's just all about the music... it's all about the music." Listen now via -  YouTube: iHeat Radio: Spotify:  Subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews. Twitter: @mitchlafon Instagram: @mitch_lafon Get your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch  VISIT: mitchlafon.com Support the show.
Mar 05, 2020
Angel - Punky Meadows (2020 interview)
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Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon presents Angel's Punky Meadows. Punky discusses the band's latest album Risen, re-igniting the band with Frank Dimino, tour plans, stepping away from the music for a period of time, the return of Greg Giuffria, Gene Simmons of KISS discovering the band, Neil Bogart and much more.  Subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews. Twitter: @mitchlafon Instagram: @mitch_lafon Get your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch  VISIT: mitchlafon.com Support the show.
Mar 04, 2020
'70s pop icon Leif Garrett
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ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON PRESENTS '70s pop icon, Leif Garrett. Leif discusses his new book Idol Truth: A Memoir, his band F8, our infamous evening in LA with Ron Jeremy & members of Pretty Boy Floyd, the VH1 Behind The Music narrative and secrets revealed, good looks versus ability, the girls, turning the book into a biopic, Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew and much more.  Quote: "I want to be Mick Jagger. I want to be Rod Stewart. I want to be Elton John. I didn't want to do the Deney Terrio dance moves... Lip-synching was normal." Subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews. Twitter: @mitchlafon Instagram: @mitch_lafon Get your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch  VISIT: mitchlafon.com Support the show.
Mar 01, 2020
Vocalist Robin McAuley & comedian Don Jamieson
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ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON PRESENTS singer Robin McAuley. (Recorded February 2020). Comedian Don Jamieson co-hosts. His Denim & Laughter comedy album is out now!  Robin & Mitch discuss his new band Black Swan (with Reb Beach, Jeff Pilson and Matt Starr) and their new album Shake The World as well as his recent health scare (sepsis), his time in the band Survivor (Eye Of The Tiger), Eddie Money, going solo, and much more.   Quotes: "I had contracted the E Coli virus that became a bladder infection that became sepsis that was Hell For For Leather in wanting to take me out. It was not a good time."   Black Swan - Shake The World: "For me personally, it's the best record I have ever recorded, the best vocal sound I've ever had on any record (that I've ever recorded), and that's how I feel about it. The rest were just too processed, too syrupy and while it suited the time... There's a lot of stuff that gets said about the McAuley/Schenker period... I didn't write the music. Michael Schenker wrote the music and I just sang over it. It was great for that time, but you know..." Subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews. Twitter: @mitchlafon Instagram: @mitch_lafon Get your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch  VISIT: mitchlafon.com Support the show.
Feb 29, 2020
Tuk Smith & The Restless Hearts (February 2020)
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ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON presents Tuk Smith & The Restless Hearts. On this episode, discover upcoming artist Tuk Smith. We discuss their new album Lookin' For Love, Ready For War, as well as their stadium tour dates with Def Leppard, Poison and Mötley Crüe. Tuk Smith & The Restless Hearts are pure rock n' roll - make sure you check them out! Quote from the interview: "The social media thing is a whole other animal. It's just part of the game nowadays. Sometimes, I think, 'if Kurt Cobain or Bon Scott... how would they act if they had to be actively taking part in social media?' It would be really weird. I imagine Marc Bolan would be taking selfies all day, but you think Bon Scott or Kurt Cobain would be taking selfies? It's a weird dynamic shift, but it's just  something you have to do now." Subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews. Twitter: @mitchlafon Instagram: @mitch_lafon Get your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch  VISIT: mitchlafon.com Support the show.
Feb 26, 2020
Crowbar's Kirk Windstein and Don Jamieson
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ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON presents Crowbar's Kirk Windstein - co-hosted by comedian Don Jamieson (recorded February 2020). Comedian Don Jamieson and Mitch talk up Kirk Windstein's new album Dream In Motion as well as Don's latest release Denim & Laughter. Plus, we talk Thunder and Monsters Of Rock Cruise.  During our interview with KIRK, we discuss his new album Dream In Motion, his songwriting, we explore his work with Down, Crowbar & Kingdom Of Sorrow, 25th anniversary of Down's NOLA album, the formation of Crowbar, growing old as a heavy metal rock star and the physicality involved, Ace Frehley, and a whole lot more.  Quote: "The solo record lets me stretch out and do things that I'm not able to do with Crowbar and that's important to me." "My whole rock n' roll world began with KISS Alive!, but when I'm out with my wife running errands I actually listen to an '80s pop station that plays a lot of the early MTV stuff like Split Enz, Human League, Duran Duran, Cyndi Lauper and all that kind of stuff. Just good pop songs... After leaving the studio and doing just Crowbar stuff for four hours straight, the last thing I want to hear is something heavy." "NOLA is a classic record to most people because it was something refreshing... it was record that wrote itself because it was five guys that grew up together. We didn't overthink it. It stood the test of time for the last quarter century." Subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews. Twitter: @mitchlafon Instagram: @mitch_lafon Get your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch  VISIT: mitchlafon.com Support the show.
Feb 23, 2020
Trevor Coll (We Will Rock You) & Theory Of A Deadman
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Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon presents We Will Rock You cast member, Trevor Coll, and Theory (Theory Of A Deadman) drummer, Joey Dandeneau. Our first interview is with Queen's We Will Rock You cast member, Trevor Coll. We discuss the musical, Freddie Mercury, Queen and his aspirations.  "Queen is the heart of this show," Trevor Coll. Our second interview is with drummer Joey Dandeneau. He discusses Theory's new album Say Nothing, we discuss Slash drummer Brent Fitz, the 'darker' lyrical content, the band's rebranding (from Theory Of A Deadman to Theory), why isn't the band's bigger, is the era of arena/stadium rock coming to an end, RUSH drummer Neil Peart, and much more.  On the band's rebranding: "The 'Deadman' would kind of freak people out or they just didn't understand it... 'Of A Deadman' seemed to confuse people." "Merch is a big thing... I think we're in the clothing business. We tour to sell clothes almost." and find out why he exclaims: "I hate Canada!" Subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews. Twitter: @mitchlafon Instagram: @mitch_lafon Get your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch  VISIT: mitchlafon.com Support the show.
Feb 22, 2020
Boston's Tommy DeCarlo (Lightning Strikes Twice)
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ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON presents Boston singer, Tommy DeCarlo. Tommy discusses his journey to becoming Boston's lead singer, his new DeCarlo 'Lightning Strikes Twice' album, working with his son on music, working at Home Depot, being a part of Boson's Life Love & Hope album, Boston's decision to record their version of the Canadian National Anthem, Tom Scholz, The song he wrote in the memory of Brad Delp, what's next for Boston, and more.  Quote: Boston: "It's really about the music. The main focus is THE music and performing it the best that we can." Tom Scholz: "People have invented amazing things, but to invent a SOUND. Tom created a sound that when you hear it, you know what it is. Nobody has to tell you it's Boston, you just know it is." Twitter: @mitchlafon Instagram: @mitch_lafon Get your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch  VISIT: mitchlafon.com Subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews. Support the show.
Feb 16, 2020
Jon Schaffer from Demons & Wizards (Iced Earth)
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ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON presents Jon Schaffer from Demons & Wizards (Iced Earth).  Jon discusses Demon & Wizards great new album III, the creative process behind it, his interest as establishing the band as his primary band, will commercial success dictate the band's future, having made a new classic record, the music industry's hamster wheel, working on his very unique first book, Iced Earth's upcoming new album, touring and much more.  Quotes:  "This whole project stems from brotherhood." "We discovered by accident that we (Hansi & himself) could write songs together." "One of the big things that makes this album so diverse is there's actually four tunings on it. It's a fairly big deal in terms of dynamics." "We both know our audience. And we know what they want because it's what we want." Touring - "2021 - Iced Earth. No Demons & Wizards. If Metallica says 'we want to take Demons & Wizards on tour,' then everything will probably change. But in the real world there's probably no chance of Demons' shows until 2022 at the earliest." Twitter: @mitchlafon Instagram: @mitch_lafon Subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews. Get your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch  VISIT: mitchlafon.com Support the show.
Feb 15, 2020
KISS manager Doc McGhee (Feb. 2020)
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ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON presents KISS manager, Doc McGhee (recorded February 1st 2020) Subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews. Twitter: @mitchlafon Instagram: @mitch_lafon Get your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch  VISIT: mitchlafon.com Support the show.
Feb 12, 2020
Marc LaFrance (Bon Jovi, David Lee Roth, Scorpions and more)
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Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon presents drummer, Marc LaFrance. Marc has sang and played on over 100 albums including some of the biggest hits by Mötley Crüe, Bon Jovi, Scorpions, Alice Cooper , David Lee Roth and more. In this very candid interview Marc discusses his career and how he became the go to guy for so many platinum selling recording artists. Quote: "The Cult album, for instance, I did the Sonic Temple album and I'd never heard of The Cult at that time." "A lot of artists are re-doing their masters so they can license to film and television, Alice Cooper was re-doing an exact version of Poison which myself and Dave did the background vocals..." Subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews. Twitter: @mitchlafon Instagram: @mitch_lafon Get your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch  VISIT: mitchlafon.com Support the show.
Feb 09, 2020
Grand Funk Railroad - Don Brewer (January 2020 interview)
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ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON presents Grand Funk Railroad drummer, Don Brewer (recorded January 2020). During our conversation Don discusses the band's 2020 touring plans, recruiting hard rock guitarist Bruce Kulick, why new music isn't necessary, playing to pre-recorded tracks, Detroit, his band Flint, were their live albums - really live, the band's history and much more.  Quotes from the interview:  "This particular incarnation of Grand Funk has been touring for 20 years, but that's a fact and we keep it going because it's a fun show." Bruce Kulick: "We looked at videos of Bruce playing in a disco band. Bruce is a very capable guitar player. He doesn't just play the heavy metal stuff... he plays anything he wants to." "Let's be real, how many bands have the original members?... Personally, I can't foresee a Grand Funk out there with no original members, but certainly in this day and age - anything is possible." Mitch LafonMusic journalistRock Talk With Mitch LafonSubscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews. Twitter: @mitchlafon Instagram: @mitch_lafon Get your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch  VISIT: mitchlafon.com Support the show.
Feb 08, 2020
KORN drummer - Ray Luzier (2020 interview) - 2020-02-07, 13.01
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Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon presents a candid talk with KORN drummer, Ray Luzier (recorded in Montreal in January 2020). Ray discusses KORN's current tour, their latest album The Nothing, KXM's new album - Circle Of Dolls, still being creative, Rush drummer Neil Peart, David Lee Roth, the Killer Dwarfs, going solo, unreleased Van Halen music, KORN coffee and more.  Quote: "New music keeps you fresh, moving and motivated. There's too much music in KORN, not to write new stuff." "There will never be another David Lee Roth." Twitter: @mitchlafon Instagram: @mitch_lafon Subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews. Get your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch  Visit: mitchlafon.com Support the show.
Feb 07, 2020
Lamb Of God's Mark Morton (January 2020 interview)
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Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon presents Lamb Of God guitarist Mark Morton (recorded January 2020). Mark discusses his new album ETHER as well as Lamb Of God's 2020 new album & touring plans.  Selected quotes from the interview -  "I have become less and less interested in chasing that technical prowess and that unbelievably scientifically technically amazing approach to guitar. I've never been that kind of player. Maybe at times I have aspired to that, but the more and more I go into my career the more and more I write songs and work on different projects. I've far more interested in songwriting. I happen to be a guitar player, so I write songs on guitar... I'm really interested in the song. I'm just much more fulfilled by a good song than I am by any kind of 'shreddy' solo or technical display." Lamb Of God: "We have never once, at all, considered fan response in any sort of creative decision ever. We have never written a song for anybody else except the five people in the room. Not for management. Not for label. Not for fans. Not for media. Not for anybody. When we like it, it's done." Lamb Of God's upcoming plans: "There's going to be a new album in 2020 and there's going to be extensive touring around it." Get your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch  Twitter: @mitchlafon Instagram: @mitch_lafon Subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews. VISIT: mitchlafon.com Support the show.
Jan 26, 2020
Jack Russell's Great White's Tony Montana
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Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon presents Tony Montana (from jack Russell's Great White - recorded in December 2019). This episode is co-hosted by Alan Niven. Tony discusses his new band Shadow & The Thrill, their new album Sugar Bowl, working with Jack Russell, his time with Great White, working as a solo artist, touring with Alice Cooper, the two Great White camps & a possible reunion, and much more. "Once Bitten... Twice Shy - good grief. There are a couple of moments in your life when you realize at that moment that your life is going to change - like for sure. The moment Alan Niven sat us in the car and said, 'this is the song we're going to cover,' and you hear it and just see the genius of it going forward... It's pretty awesome, I have to say." Get your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch  Twitter: @mitchlafon Instagram: @mitch_lafon Subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews. visit: mitchlafon.com Support the show.
Jan 25, 2020
In The Trenches with Ryan Roxie - Episode #7006 featuring guitarist Michael Staertow presented by Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon
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In this episode, Ryan sits down with journeyman rock guitarist Michael Staertow (Lou Gramm Band & Slaughter) ABOUT THE SHOW:  In the Trenches with Ryan Roxie is a podcast hosted by Alice Cooper guitarist Ryan Roxie. The show features in depth conversations with the worlds hardest working musicians...the ones that grind, the ones that commit, the ones who make their dreams come true...in the trenches.  For more Episodes follow and subscribe on the Ryan Roxie Official YouTube Channel or these other fine links -  https://ryanroxie.com/ Credits: Ryan Roxie - Host Robby Miller - Research Editor Victor Chalfant - Web design/Social Media Dave Rattenbury - Euro Team Gustav Kronfelt - Graphics Tess Faber - Intro Voice Mitch Lafon - Executive Producer Enjoy the Podcast....and Enjoy the Ride! Support the show. Get your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch  Twitter: @mitchlafon Instagram: @mitch_lafon Subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews. Support the show.
Jan 24, 2020
Mahogany Rush's Frank Marino (December 2019 interview)
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Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon presents legendary guitarist, Frank Marino (recorded December 2019). Frank discusses his new Live At The Agora Theatre, VIP and LIP (less important person) concert ticket packages, his upcoming US tour, how he approaches live shows & set lists, fake crowd swell, upcoming new music, and more.  "If you're going to create a VIP package, by definition you're creating a LIP package (a less important person package). What you're doing is creating two classes of supporter. The ones that can afford to be your supporter and the ones that can't. I won't do that... Who the hell do we think we are? We're not saving the world here. We're supported by these fans. If not for them, there wouldn't be a show." "I don't like to call myself an artist. I think it's an over-used word. I'm a musician." "When you begin to look at music as a brand, you change the motivation as to why you do it. I never ever did a record with that in mind." Get your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch  Twitter: @mitchlafon Instagram: @mitch_lafon Subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews. Head over to: mitchlafon.com Support the show.
Jan 19, 2020
Stevie D. from Buckcherry (January 2020)
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Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon presents Buckcherry's Stevie D. (recorded January 2020). Stevie D. discusses the band's latest album Warpaint, the spirit of Buckcherry, the band's sound, why Josh Todd & The Conflict, Spraygun war, how important is radio play to the band, the new collaboration with WifisFuneral, their upcoming ACOUSTIC project, the album 15, drummer Francis Ruiz and much more.  "It was important to us (when the band splintered) to keep the spirit of Buckcherry and what that is. It was important to keep that intact. So, in writing, that was definitely in the forefront." "Rock is still alive and selling out stadiums." "For us, radio is important, but it's not the answer because we built a great touring business. We can still go out and sellout where ever we play. It would be nice to have the radio support but it wasn't necessary during the Warpaint tour." "You've got to stay true to who you are... Buckcherry has never been a band that is doing what every one else is doing. And getting successful has been icing on the cake for us." "We'll do another full length record by end of summer. We're constantly working on stuff. Right after Wifisfuneral, we do have a couple acoustic songs coming out." The 15 album: "There was nothing riding on it. We were at this place where we could do it or not. There was no record company. There was no manager or nothing. It was just five guys in a room. Go figure, the thing blew up." Get your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch  Twitter: @mitchlafon Instagram: @mitch_lafon Subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews. visit: mitchlafon.com Support the show.
Jan 18, 2020
British pop icon Peter Noone (Herman's Hermits)
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Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon presents revered British pop icon, Peter Noone (recorded at the end of 2019). Peter discusses his extensive yearly touring schedule, being a music enthusiast, the beginnings of Herman's Hermits, songwriting, The Beatles & more, finding their place in a crowded radio marketplace, lyrics then and now, personal choice, working on Broadway, The Tremblers, a Farewell tour, his love of music, Casablanca Records, Neil Bogart, Tom Petty, Jimmy Page & John Paul Jones playing on Herman's Hermit songs and much much more. On getting started in music: "I started off as an enthusiast of music. I bought records and went to see live music. I knew lots of people who were in groups that played in their sister's attic and the little local nightclubs. One day, I found myself in a band where I was not just and enthusiast, but a participant." On a possible Farewell Tour: "I'm more like Mick Jagger. Arrogantly believing that I can pull it off for at least another ten years... Music is my hobby. When I hang up the phone with you, I'm going to play some music. That's what I do. When I'm in my car driving to a gig, I listen to music. Some people listen to the world news. I don't. I listen to music. And enjoy it, and smile and sing along and dislike and love and all of those things. So, why would I want to stop doing that?"  On Neil Bogart: "I don't know how good he was at business, but he was a great character." On Coronation Street, he jokingly says, "I was in it in 1961 and it's still the number one show in England even without me in it."  Get your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch  Twitter: @mitchlafon Instagram: @mitch_lafon Subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews. COMING SOON: mitchlafon.com Support the show.
Jan 12, 2020
Mike Tramp (former White Lion - Jan. 2020)
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Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon presents former White Lion singer, Mike Tramp (recorded January 2020). Mike discusses his upcoming M3 Rock Festival appearance as well as his new Second Time Around album (out May 2020), his inspiration for new music, the story coming with the new album, why he's never ventured into producing or managing other bands, celebrating 30 years of Mane Attraction, aging gracefully, Vito's concern, and much more.    On his new album - Second Time Around: "Compared to Lord Of The Rings or Game Of Thrones, you can actually go in and out of my solo albums and not be confused in where the hell you are. This one basically re-introduces some songs that I wrote and recorded in different versions earlier on when I floating around this break I had in the middle where I attempted... wrongly attempted... a regrettable attempt to do a new version of White Lion. There were times when I stepped into the studio because I felt I had these songs. So, some of these songs are from early on - written at a different time, but anytime that I listen to anything - it is as current as Stray From The Flock, Nomad, Maybe Tomorrow or even Capricorn... It's still the same story." "I only will sing the songs that I can sing and I will not attempt even for a second to be Mike Tramp 1988 - 27 years old. There are a lot of old rock n' roll singers trying to hold on to their hair and trying to squeeze out 10% of the voice they once had. It hurts me watching my heroes trying to walk out on stage as Fat Elvis - not giving their best anymore because they simply cannot let go of what they once were. When you're not good enough anymore you leave the field or become a car salesman. I can't be Mike Tramp 1988 and there are a lot of singers from 1980's who simply cannot do what they are trying to attempt." Get your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch  Twitter: @mitchlafon Instagram: @mitch_lafon Subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews. COMING SOON: mitchlafon.com Support the show.
Jan 11, 2020
Songwriter Desmond Child (2019 interview)
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Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon presents songwriter, Desmond Child. This is the show's second interview with Desmond (recorded winter 2019). Desmond discusses his latest album 'Desmond Child Live', chanteuse Lena Hall, working with Jon Bon Jovi, making KISS a chart success, times when collaborations didn't work, song doctors, the Scorpions Humanity: Hour I, working with Alice Cooper, lost confidence, Nashville, ASCAP & streaming, and much more.  On working with Bon Jovi: "We had chemistry together. We had a fate that was leading us to each other." On writing the massive KISS his I Was Made For Lovin' You With Paul Stanley: "I showed up at a KISS rehearsal and during the break... at SRI there was a big grand piano up on the stage. Everybody took off and just he and I were at the piano and we wrote the song. It was a magical experience. I told him, 'do these dramatic chords over a disco beat - just four on the floor and put heavy guitars on it. He was like, 'ok, but I don't think Gene's gonna like that, but whatever." And Gene never liked it, not to this day. But It's there biggest international hit." Early Aerosmith experience: "It started out not good with Aerosmith to tell you the truth. I was forced on the band. I walk in and there's just some roadies around and I hear some kind of a loop going on backwards. Steven who's a real people pleaser, I didn't even say a word yet, says 'hey come over here - listen to what we're doing.' And so I listen to it and it was this backwards loop and he started singing, 'Crusin' For The Ladies... Cruisin' For The Ladies,' and I said, 'that's really bad.' Those were my first words to Aerosmith." On his friend's reactions to wanting to work with the Scorpions in 2006-07: "Lots of my friends and manager said, 'Oh, come on - don't work with them. They're has-beens. They do beer halls in Germany, like forget it.' I don't know, I just felt something and I believed in them... I had rules. I made Klaus go to singing lessons with Eric Vetro." On his legacy: "My music has touched billions of people all around the planet. They don't know who wrote it. They don't even know who sang it, but they know the song. So, for me, it's been very fulfilling" Get your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch  Twitter: @mitchlafon Instagram: @mitch_lafon Subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews. Support the show.
Jan 04, 2020
Zak Stevens (Savatage, TSO, Archon Angel - Jan. 2020)
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Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon presents singer, Zak Stevens (Savatage, TSO, Archon Angel). Recorded January 2nd 2020.   Expect Archon Angel to tour Europe (including Greece, France, Germany, etc...) in April 2020.  During our conversation Zak discusses his new band Archon Angel, the importance of branding, the 'punishing' touring schedule with TSO, guitarist Joel Hoekstra (Cher, Whitesnake), the return of Savatage, the future of Archon Angel, 70 000 Tons Of Metal cruise, Aldo Nova, coming in for the recording of the Savatage album Edge Of Thorns & becoming the band's new voice and much more.  Selected quotes from the interview: On surviving TSO's grueling tour schedule: "You have to have a militarized routine. You just get into it and go. It's the wildest thing I've ever seen - the TSO tours. It's a different animal - that's for sure." Archon Angel's press release describes the new Fallen album as having the 'classic Savatage sound', Zak comments: "When we started with the Archon Angel stuff, we didn't think this was Savatage-esque. Even I didn't think it was overwhelmingly like Savatage. The press is hearing stuff... I wonder if that's more like something the person is hearing for themselves and going 'oh yeah, we've been wanting Savatage and this sounds like it.' When, we, the musicians looked at it... It may be here or there, but not like an overwhelming thing. I'd be the first one to say, 'wait a minute I can't... this is just like Savatage. I'm not going to dive right into that. When you come from that history (I come from singing in Savatage), there's bound to be something that is going to remind somebody of that. You really can't get away from it, so don't try to run. It's gonna catch you." The return of Savatage: "Yes, if you talk to the guys in Savatage, they would love to come together. We're just waiting on some decisions from above to see what the next step is." He further added, "All of a sudden, I'm seeing five Savatage songs in the second half of the TSO show and I'm going, 'Hint?' Who knows? I see some building on that side... Al Pitrelli, Johnny Lee Middleton, myself, Chris Cafferty, Jeff Plate, we're all kinda sitting there saying 'hmmm - this is very interesting...' Send Savatage out to tell a few stories from their old albums... We know we got it. We know that it's a demand and we know that there's a business demand especially coming from Europe... Be ready for the call."  COMING SOON: mitchlafon.com Get your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch  Twitter: @mitchlafon Instagram: @mitch_lafon Support the show.
Jan 03, 2020
Johnny Edwards (Foreigner, King Kobra - December 2019)
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Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon presents singer, Johnny Edwards (recorded December 2019). Johnny discusses his work with Foreigner (the Unusual Heat album), his new band Bleu Phonque, his career including working with Montrose, King Kobra and more, coming out of retirement after 20 years, replacing Lou Gramm and how he got to be in Foreigner, Buster Brown, how SoundScan changed everything, the KISS connection, Mick and Kevin Jones, Mark (Marcie) Free & Kelly Hansen being on the short list of singers auditioning for Foreigner in the early '90s, and much more. Quote from the interview - on who auditioned along side him to be Foreigner's singer in the early '90s:  "There were three singers on the short list. One of them was Mark Free (King Kobra)  and the other was Kelly Hansen (who is the lead singer now). It's just so funny how things come and go around." Get your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch  Twitter: @mitchlafon Instagram: @mitch_lafon Support the show.
Jan 01, 2020
Revolution Saints & Dead Daisies - Deen Castronovo (December 2019)
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Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon presents drummer, Deen Castronovo (recorded December 2019). Please share the episode with your friends and on your socials! Thanks! Deen discusses the upcoming Revolution Saints album - Rise, the new Dead Daisies album featuring Glenn Hughes, having forced outside writers on the Revolution Saints album, Tommy Thayer, KISS' End Of The Road, Journey Through Time, becoming the Dead Daisies de facto new lead singer (listen at approx. 23 minutes in), will the Dead Daisies include Deep Purple's Burn in the set, the future of the Dead Daisies, and much more. On outside writers for Revolution Saints: "It's just kind of disheartening. If we can't even do our own stuff, it's kind of pointless to be a band... It's like being in a cover band, ya know." Get your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch  Twitter: @mitchlafon Instagram: @mitch_lafon Subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews. Support the show.
Dec 30, 2019
Charm City Devils - John Allen (2019 interview)
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ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON presents Charm City Devils singer, John Allen. (2019 interview) John discusses the band's new EP 1904, are full length albums a thing of the past, the challenges of being a new band, Mötley Crüe, his time with pop-melodic band SR-71, touring with Bon Jovi, the hit song '1985' (later recorded by Bowling For Soup), producer John Shanks, M3 Rock Festival & taking vocal lessons from KIX's Steve Whiteman, and much more.  Subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews. Get your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch  Twitter: @mitchlafon Instagram: @mitch_lafon Support the show.
Dec 28, 2019
George Lynch (December 2019)
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ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON presents guitarist George Lynch. (Recorded December 2019) George discusses his latest project, Dirty Shirley, and the various other projects (KXM, Sweet & Lynch...) he's been involved with over the last few years. Also, will there be a Dokken/Lynch Mob and Lita Ford tour? Though it's been announced, the answer seems unsure. Other topics covered include: branding, getting off the traditional album-tour-album cycle, being challenged, growing as a person & player, chasing 'the dollar', being pigeonholed, if the personalities hadn't clashed - could Dokken have been a stadium act (at approx. 14mins 19 secs.), Frank Marino, Uli Jon Roth and much more. Commenting on his various projects: "It's my own damn fault for not saying no to anything... But it probably isn't the smartest thing in the world - business wise or on a lot of other levels." On Dokken: "Don took a gamble that he could disband the group, take off on his own and keep that momentum going. To a large extent that was misguided... the rest of the band suffered because of that (arguably in a lot of ways). We had what we had all worked for, ripped out from under us... When it came time for us to reap the rewards of that, it was pretty much stolen out from under us by one of us. One of our brothers and that was very hard for me to take." On the upcoming Lita Ford, Lynch Mob, Dokken tour: "Well, listen - nothing is set in stone. I'll preface this by saying that everything could fall apart tomorrow, but assuming everything goes according to plan..." Lynch Mob new music: "Lynch Mob will have a new release in time for next year's touring." Who's on the new Lynch Mob album: "Jimmy and I worked on the new record initially... then we brought in Joe Retta (from Heaven & Earth - who's working on vocals)... Sean McNabb is not. Next year, Brian Tichy's coming back." Get your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch  Twitter: @mitchlafon Instagram: @mitch_lafon Support the show.
Dec 27, 2019
Doro (December 2019 interview)
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Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon presents Doro Pesch (recorded December 2019). Doro discusses her upcoming performance at The M3 Rock Festival, her latest release Forever Warriors Forever Untied, her current collaboration with Lita Ford (approx. at 33 minutes), metal over pop music (always), Bon Jovi, remembering Warrel Dane, Guns N’ Roses drummer Frank Ferrer, and much more. Get your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch  Twitter: @mitchlafon Instagram: @mitch_lafon Subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews. Support the show.
Dec 26, 2019
Liv Warfield (Prince & Heart's Nancy Wilson)
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ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON presents singer, Liv Warfield. Liv has performed with Prince and is in a band with Heart's Nancy Wilson called Roadcase Royale.  Liv discusses her recent singles 'Look At Me' and 'Mantra', working with Prince, RoadCase Royale with Heart's Nancy Wilson, discovering her voice, the challenges and excitement of going solo, recording at Paisley Park, being onstage with Prince and more. Get your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch  Twitter: @mitchlafon Support the show.
Dec 25, 2019
Def Leppard's Joe Elliott (December 23rd 2019)
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ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON presents Def Leppard singer, Joe Elliott (recorded December 23rd 2019). Joe discusses his band Down N' Outz new album This Is How We Roll, Nikki Sixx via his socials asked the band to play 'Hello America' - will they? (answer at approx. 13.49), 40 years of On Through The Night, Mutt Lange and High N' Dry, more The Stadium tour dates (next year), Montreal and more.  On Mutt Lange: "He loved the idea of us being this piece of clay that he could mold a certain way."On The Stadium Tour: "I think this could be the biggest thing since the '80s" More stadium shows: "It's probably going to expand further than that into next year... Something this successful, we'd like to keep it going for as long as we can." Joe Elliott on Nikki Sixx’s social media request for Def Leppard to play ‘Hello America’ this summer: “As for what we are going to play live, we haven’t made that decision yet but I think Nikki may be a little disappointed...” Get your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch  Twitter: @mitchlafon Support the show.
Dec 24, 2019
David Glen Eisley and Bob Kulick returns (December 2019)
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ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON presents singer, David Glen Eisley with guest appearance from Bob Kulick (recorded December 2019).  During our conversation, David discusses Sweet Victory (The SpongeBob SquarePants song), his career (including his time with Giuffria), his new album Tattered Torn And Worn, the unreleased Giuffria III album, opening for Foreigner & Deep Purple, Irving Azoff, wanting to be a professional baseball player and more. Also, Bob Kulick discusses his new work with Graham Bonnet.   Get your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch  Support the show.
Dec 23, 2019
Marc Storace from Krokus (December 2019 interview)
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ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON presents singer Marc Storace from KROKUS (Recorded December 2019). During our conversation Marc discusses the band's Adios Amigos Farewell Tour, the upcoming Netflix documentary (discussed at approx. 1hour 02 minutes mark), China (the band), his feelings of it being over in Europe, why announce a Farewell tour, Malcolm Young (AC/DC), moving forward away from Krokus, Steve Lee of Gotthard, the truth about his association with AC/DC (approx. 26 minute mark), his acting (Anuk and more), the real reason why they won't play some of their greatest hits live anymore, what happened in the American marketplace, Little Mountain Sound Studios in Vancouver and working with 'the team' (Bruce Fairbairn, Bob Rock, Mike Fraser and the writing team of Bryan Adams & Jim Vallance), working with Tom Allom and Rob Halford, Farewell live album & DVD, his former band TEA, writing songs for his daughter (Juliana), and more. Quote from the interview (time - 25:57): "Look, I'll be honest. I never got a call from AC/DC."  Get your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch  Twitter: @mitchlafon Instagram: @mitch_lafon Subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews. Support the show.
Dec 22, 2019
John Humphrey (Seether - The Nixons 2019 interview)
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ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON presents The Nixons - Seether drummer, John Humphrey. (Recorded November 2019). During our conversation, John discusses The Nixons latest single Favorite Lies, reviving The Nixons and the band's plans moving forward, adapting his drumming styles for each band, Jack Blades, his love for the mighty KISS and Eric Carr, Seether's plans for 2020 and much more.   Get your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch  Twitter: @mitchlafon Instagram: @mitch_lafon Subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews. Support the show.
Dec 21, 2019
Lou Gramm (December 2019 interview)
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ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON presents singer, Lou Gramm. (Recorded December 18th 2019) During our conversation, Lou discusses the updates version of his memoir 'Juke Box Hero: My Five Decades In Rock N' Roll', the new Foreigner Then And Now - Live Reloaded album, his health, his retirement, the possibility of more shows with Foreigner, the 40th anniversary of Head Games, his upcoming EP of new music, respect & the Rock N' Roll Hall Of fame, his brotherly love for guitarist Mick Jones and more.  Get your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch  Twitter: @mitchlafon Instagram: @mitch_lafon Subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews. Support the show.
Dec 20, 2019
Zakk Wylde (December 13th 2019 interview)
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ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON presents ZAKK WYLDE (recorded December 13th 2019). Former Lou Gramm guitarist, Michael Staertow, co-hosts.  During our conversation, ZAKK discusses the 25th anniversary of his landmark album, Pride & Glory. Also, Zakk reveals if he'll be playing with Ozzy this summer, starting all over again after Ozzy's No More Tours Tour, doing a second Pride & Glory album, Zakk Sabbath and re-recording Black Sabbath's first album, the importance of Hit Singles to Black Label Society, an all French KISS tribute band, Eli Manning and the NY Giants and more.  READ Ultimate Classic Rock's coverage: https://ultimateclassicrock.com/zakk-wylde-ozzy-osbourne-2020/ Get your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch  Twitter: @mitchlafon Instagram: @mitch_lafon Subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews. Please subscribe! Support the show.
Dec 15, 2019
David Ellefson - Megadeth (December 2019 interview)
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ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON presents Megadeth's David Ellefson (recorded December 12th 2019). During our conversation, David reveals exclusively a new project that he is working on. We also talk new Megadeth album, him singing on it, making sure as a band that you don't repeat yourself, creative exhaustion, secret agents, the story behind Megadeth's Foreclosure Of A Dream, Def Leppard, Huey Lewis, Chris Poland book, the expected release date for the new Megadeth album, and much more. (Breaking news revealed at approx. the 9.20 mark) Get your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch  Twitter: @mitchlafon Instagram: @mitch_lafon Subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews. Support the show.
Dec 14, 2019
The O'Jays and singer Marc Martel (December 2019)
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ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON presents a more festive episode featuring Eddie Levert of classic group, The O'Jays, and The Ultimate Queen Celebration vocalist, Marc Martel. (December 2019) In my first conversation, I sit down with The O'Jays Eddie Levert to discuss the band's latest album - The Last Word, fighting injustice through their lyrics, their latest single Above The Law, production team Gamble & Huff, with all the hits - why bother making new music, Drake, music sampling, and more.  Our second conversation is with Marc Martel (singer for The Ultimate QueenCelebration), we discuss his new The Christmas Collection album, his current tour, lending his voice to the Queen biopic, Queen's Roger Taylor, his Christian rock band Downhere (with a passing reference to Stryper), how he discovered his voice and more. Twitter: @MarcMartel  Quote from the interview: "If Queen were to approach me someday and say, 'hey would you like to be our lead singer,' -  I'd feel kinda stupid to say, 'nah, I'm good', but I'm so happy these days doing my own thing." (approx. the 30 minute mark of the interview) Get your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch  Twitter: @mitchlafon Instagram: @mitch_lafon Subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews. Support the show.
Dec 08, 2019
Dave Meniketti (Y&T) and Dizzy from Guns N' Roses (Dec. 2019)
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ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON presents Y&T's Dave Meniketti and Guns N' Roses' Dizzy Reed. Both interviews recorded in December 2019. During our conversation with Y&T's Dave Meniketti, we discuss the band's documentary On With The Show, Eddie Trunk, rebranding from Yesterday And Today to Y&T, Sammy Hagar, the long wait for new music, doesn't releasing new music matter, playing 'deep tracks' live, vinyl, the Universal Fire and its impact on the band, the M3 Rock Festival in Maryland and more.  And we catch up with Guns N' Roses keyboardist, Dizzy Reed. We discuss his upcoming H&B tour, Richard Fortus, the upcoming H&B album, Frankie Banali and the new recordings they did together, thirty years of GNR, his work with Motörhead, new Guns N' Roses music, plans for 2020 and more.  Get your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch  Twitter: @mitchlafon Instagram: @mitch_lafon Subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews. Support the show.
Dec 07, 2019
Marillion - Steve Rothery (November 2019 interview)
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ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON presents Steve Rothery of Marillion. Former Guns N' Roses manager, Alan Niven, co-hosts.   During our conversation, Steve discusses the band's latest album With Friends From The Orchestra, surviving life on the road, their fanatical fan base, pioneering crowd funding, and much more. Go on - have a listen, yeah?  Get your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch  Twitter: @mitchlafon Instagram: @mitch_lafon Subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews. Support the show.
Dec 01, 2019
Puddle Of Mudd's Wes Scantlin & Tesla's Frank Hannon (November 2019)
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ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON presents Puddle Of Mudd's Wes Scantlin. Tesla's Frank Hannon co-hosts and discusses his new single South Side, his Far Out Podcast, Frank Marino and his 2020 touring plans.  During our conversation, Puddle Of Mudd's frontman Wes Scantlin discusses the band's latest album Welcome To Galvania, the song writing process, we might see another album in 2020, his struggles and life now, his influences, rebuilding the trust and reconnecting with the fan base, believing in a higher power, the Universal fire's toll on Puddle Of Mudd's recordings & will he be suing, changing band members, the pressure he feels, wanting to quit, the biographical nature of latest single Uh Oh, he surprisingly brings up Fred Durst, his voice, and more. Get your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch  Twitter: @mitchlafon Instagram: @mitch_lafon Support the show.
Nov 30, 2019
In The Trenches with Ryan Roxie - Episode #7005 featuring rock couturier Jimmy Webb presented by Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon
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In The Trenches with Ryan Roxie Podcast -  Episode #7005 featuring rock couturier Jimmy Webb from NYC's I Need More boutique presented by Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon In this episode, Ryan sits down with rock couturier and New York City's I Need More owner, Jimmy Webb. Jimmy and Ryan dig deep behind the scenes of NYC's hottest Rock N' Roll lifestyle boutique including the raw energetic and welcoming passion that goes into making it the premiere clothing destination for all rockers including the likes of Guns N' Roses brethren Slash & Duff McKagan, members of the Alice Cooper entourage, Todd Kerns and more. Also, what's with all the pink?  Fore more about I NEED MORE (the store) visit: http://ixneedxmore.com ABOUT THE SHOW:  In the Trenches with Ryan Roxie is a podcast hosted by Alice Cooper guitarist Ryan Roxie. The show features in depth conversations with the worlds hardest working musicians...the ones that grind, the ones that commit, the ones who make their dreams come true...in the trenches.  For more Episodes follow and subscribe on the Ryan Roxie Official YouTube Channel or these other fine links -  https://ryanroxie.com/ Credits: Ryan Roxie - Host Robby Miller - Research Editor Victor Chalfant - Web design/Social Media Dave Rattenbury - Euro Team Gustav Kronfelt - Graphics Tess Faber - Intro Voice Mitch Lafon - Executive Producer Enjoy the Podcast....and Enjoy the Ride! Support the show. Get your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch  Twitter: @mitchlafon Instagram: @mitch_lafon Subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews. Support the show.
Nov 25, 2019
Rob Halford, Steve Brown and co-host Bobby Blotzer (Nov. 2019)
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ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON presents The Metal Gods, singer Rob Halford and guitarist Steve Brown. Recorded at the of November 2019, the episode is co-hosted by former RATT drummer Bobby Blotzer. During the episode Rob, Steve & Bobby comment on the recently announced Mötley Crüe reunion. Also, post show outtakes! During our conversation, singer Rob Halford discusses his new album Celestial, Christmas Time and his family (brother Nigel and sister Sue), perhaps following in the footsteps of Rod Stewart and his Great American songbook pivot, still delivering the goods, working with Ian Hill's son Alex and much more. (Stick around after the show for an outtake). Our second conversation is with guitarist Steve Brown, he talks all things The Wizards Of Winter tour, Def Leppard, the new Tokyo Motor Fist album including contributions from Bruno Ravel & legendary STYX frontman Dennis DeYoung, being on the 'call' list, bandmate Greg Smith and much more.  Support the show.
Nov 23, 2019
Styx's Lawrence Gowan (November 2019)
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ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON presents STYX's Lawrence Gowan or simply GOWAN (as we grew to know him in Canada). Plus, two surprises... During our conversation, Lawrence discusses his upcoming solo Canadian tour that stretches from end of November 2019 to early March 2020 as well as having a creative desire to re-establish his solo career, anxiety about new material, Styx will continue to make new music, music reviewers/journalists and much more. Get your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch  Twitter: @mitchlafon Instagram: @mitch_lafon Subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews. Support the show.
Nov 22, 2019
Al Di Meola and Billy Joel's Chuck Burgi (Nov. 2019)
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ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON presents interviews with guitarist Al Di Meola and Billy Joel drummer Chuck Burgi. Plus, in the show's intro, I talk about Bon Jovi's upcoming new album. (Both interviews recorded in November 2019) The episode's first guest, Al Di Meola, discusses his upcoming 2020 The Beatles Tribute album (his second such album), his struggles with tinnitus, Return To Forever, Chick Corea, MP3s, Jaco Pastorius, the Montreal Jazz Festival and much more.  In our second interview - recorded backstage at the famed MADISON SQUARE GARDEN in New York - it's Billy Joel drummer Chuck Burgi. He discusses working with guitarist Al Di Meola, Billy Joel's MSG residency, Trixter's Steve Brown and their upcoming Tokyo Motor Fist album. working on Bon Jovi's first album, and more.  Get your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch  Twitter: @mitchlafon Instagram: @mitch_lafon Subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews. Support the show.
Nov 17, 2019
Legendary singer Dan McCafferty (Nazareth - November 2019)
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ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON presents legendary Nazareth singer, Dan McCafferty. During our conversation, Dan discusses his latest solo album - Last Testament, realizing it was time to leave Nazareth, his health, the Guns N' Roses effect, did the record company force them to record the cover The Everly Brothers' Love Hurts, self-producing albums, his upcoming tour plans, the effect of the Universal Music fire on Nazareth's catalog, and much more.  Quotes from the interview - "As a 73 year old guy, you don't get a lot chances at recording another album, but I'd like to make Last Testament 2 or 3." On his new solo album Last Testament, "I really did not want to make a cheapo version of Nazareth. That would have been appalling." On leaving Nazareth, "I said look boys I cannot do this anymore, but there's no reason for there to be no Naz. The boys sat down and everybody was upset. We're all close mates... It was very sad for me and I still miss the guys everyday." On dropping Roger Glover as Nazareth's producer, "He wanted to start formulating, but that's not Naz. Being in Deep Purple, he liked Deep Purple. It should be Deep Purple.You know what I mean... We wanted a change from Roger anyway." "I found my career... a lot of bumbling goes on and I think that's true of a lot of musicians - to be quite honest. Get your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch  Twitter: @mitchlafon Instagram: @mitch_lafon Subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews. Support the show.
Nov 10, 2019
Guitarist Tim Farriss - INXS (November 2019)
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ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON presents INXS guitarist Tim Farriss (recorded end of October 2019). Drummer Johnny Dee (from Doro, Britny Fox and KICK - the INXS tribute band) co-hosts and offers updates on what's happening with Doro & Britny Fox. During our conversation, INXS guitarist Tim Farriss discusses the band's theatrical release of Live Baby Live (their 1991 Wembley Stadium concert film), touring with Queen & Freddie Mercury, Black sabbath's Tony Iommi and their similar finger accidents, lots of INXS goodies coming in 2020, Rock Star: INXS and was the winner pre-arranged, the many lead singers after Michael and much more.  Quote from the interview: "You don't stop being a family when a family member dies." Film info & ticketing: www.inxscinema.com  Get your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch  Twitter: @mitchlafon Instagram: @mitch_lafon Subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews. Support the show.
Nov 09, 2019
Alestorm (Pirate Metal - Nov. 2019 interview)
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ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON presents pirate metallers, Alestorm. (Recorded November 2019). During our interview, lead singer and keytar player Christopher Bowes discusses the band's surprising success, moving away from 'pirate metal' to something more cerebral, Metallica, their current tour, work on their new album begins in January 2020, visual presentation and much more.    Get your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch  Twitter: @mitchlafon Instagram: @mitch_lafon Subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews. Support the show.
Nov 05, 2019
Tygers Of Pan Tang - Robb Weir (November 2019 interview)
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ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON presents Tygers Of Pan Tang guitarist Robb Weir. (November 2019) During our conversation, Robb discusses the band's latest album Ritual, establishing the new line up, singable guitar solos, John Sykes and more.  "Rock N' Roll is a disease," says Robb and, "when it's in your blood you can never get rid of it." Robb on the band's new album, Ritual: "It's the Tygers finest hour." Get your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch  Twitter: @mitchlafon Instagram: @mitch_lafon Subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews. Support the show.
Nov 03, 2019
Carl Palmer (ELP Legacy and Asia - October 2019 interview)
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ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON presents legendary drummer Carl Palmer. Recorded end of October 2019 and co-hosted by drummer Rob Mount. Carl and I discuss ELP Legacy's current tour, working with former Guns N' Roses guitarist Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal in ASIA, Tarkus, In Concert 1977 (recorded in Montreal), ELP's 50th Anniversary Tour in 2020 (with holograms), and much more On Asia making new music: Carl had this to say - "We've been away too long. That is totally irrelevant... and I wouldn't agree to do it, so that won't happen." Get your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch  Twitter: @mitchlafon Instagram: @mitch_lafon The only way to get all my interviews and content is to subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon  Support the show.
Nov 02, 2019
Frankie Banali (recorded October 22nd 2019)
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ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON presents drummer and friend, Frankie Banali (recorded October 22nd 2019).  Support the show.
Oct 27, 2019
Steve Grimmett's Grim Reaper (October 2019 interview)
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ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON presents Grim Reaper's Steve Grimmett. In this very candid conversation, Steve discusses the band's latest album At The Gates, lawsuits over the band's name & past material, regaining control of the band's past catalogue, quitting the industry, re-recording the first three albums, his health struggles including PTSD & depression and the importance of his fans. Quote from Steve: "It was a red hot poker up the butt, really" Get your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch  Twitter: @mitchlafon Instagram: @mitch_lafon The only way to get all my interviews and content is to subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon Support the show.
Oct 26, 2019
Guitarist Bob Kulick (October 2019 interview)
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ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON presents Grammy award winning producer and guitarist, Bob Kulick. (Recorded October 14th 2019) Bob discusses working with Motörhead, his work with KISS and many other as well as his growing frustrations with people within the KISS camp including his brother and much more.  Get your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch  Twitter: @mitchlafon Instagram: @mitch_lafon The only way to get all my interviews and content is to subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon Support the show.
Oct 20, 2019
New England - Hirsh Gardner (October 2019 interview)
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Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon presents New England drummer, Hirsh Gardner. During our conversation, Hirsh and I discuss the band's 1979 KISS Dynasty Tour opening slot, the band's upcoming tour dates, the new New England Archives Box: Vol.1 (available from Cherry Red Records), Vinnie Vincent and much more.   Get your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch  Twitter: @mitchlafon Instagram: @mitch_lafon The only way to get all my interviews and content is to subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon  Support the show.
Oct 19, 2019
Comedian John Cleese & Paul McCartney guitarist Brian Ray (October 2019)
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Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon presents comedian John Cleese and Paul McCartney guitarist Brian Ray. (October 2019 interviews) During my conversation with legendary comedian John Cleese, we discuss his upcoming tour dates including two nights at the Wynn Las Vegas, a possible Faulty Towers musical, The Beatles' George Harrison, the lost cleverness of comedy and more. In the show's second interview, we sit down with Paul McCartney guitarist Brian Ray to talk about his latest release (Pirate Radio), working with Paul, being politically active on social media, his signature Gibson '62 SG Junior guitar, remembering The Cars Ric Ocasek and more.  Get your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch  Twitter: @mitchlafon Instagram: @mitch_lafon The only way to get all my interviews and content is to subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon Support the show.
Oct 14, 2019
Michael Sweet (Stryper - October 2019 interview)
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Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon presents singer Michael Sweet. October 2019 interview. During our conversation Michael discusses his new album Ten, the collaborations involved, the writing process, musicians with day job, adding Firehouse songs to Stryper's set list, Stryper's next covers album, the guilt of touring solo and much more.  Get your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch  Twitter: @mitchlafon Instagram: @mitch_lafon The only way to get all my interviews and content is to subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon Support the show.
Oct 13, 2019
Drummer Brian Tichy (September 25th 2019 interview)
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Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon presents drummer Brian Tichy. September 25th 2019 interview. During our conversation Brian discusses his new band Silverthorne featuring Pete Shoulder (Thunder/The Union) & Daniel Spree as well as the shelved project he worked on with Stone Temple Pilots' DeLeo brothers, John Bonham, Peter Criss, Ace Frehley and more.  Get your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch  Twitter: @mitchlafon Instagram: @mitch_lafon The only way to get all my interviews and content is to subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon Support the show.
Oct 12, 2019
In The Trenches with Ryan Roxie Podcast -  Episode #7004 featuring Whitesnake guitarist Joel Hoekstra presented by Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon
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In The Trenches with Ryan Roxie Podcast -  Episode #7004 featuring Whitesnake guitarist Joel Hoekstra presented by Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon In this episode, Ryan sits down with Whitesnake & Cher guitarist Joel Hoekstra. They discuss what drives Joel, how to improve your skills, Night Ranger, Rock Of Ages & Love Janis the musicals, being on tour, representing a brand, Whitesnake, TSO,  and much more. In the Trenches with Ryan Roxie is a podcast hosted by Alice Cooper guitarist Ryan Roxie. The show features in depth conversations with the worlds hardest working musicians...the ones that grind, the ones that commit, the ones who make their dreams come true...in the trenches.  For more Episodes follow and subscribe on the Ryan Roxie Official YouTube Channel or these other fine links -  https://ryanroxie.com/ Credits: Ryan Roxie - Host Robby Miller - Research Editor Victor Chalfant - Web design/Social Media Dave Rattenbury - Euro Team Gustav Kronfelt - Graphics Tess Faber - Intro Voice Mitch Lafon - Executive Producer Enjoy the Podcast....and Enjoy the Ride! Support the show. Get your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch  Twitter: @mitchlafonInstagram: @mitch_lafon Support the show.
Oct 07, 2019
Dirty Honey and Michael Monroe (October 2019 interviews)
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ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON presents singer Michael Monroe. Also, Dirty Honey's Marc Labelle checks with an update including discussing how their single, When I'm Gone' landed them at #1 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart. During our conversation Michael Monroe discusses his new album ONE MAN GANG (out October 18th 2019) including producing it, writing new music, his history, Company Of Wolves and much more.  ** PLEASE NOTE** - there are minor audio drop outs in both segments. Please accept my apologies in advance. Get your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch  Twitter: @mitchlafon Instagram: @mitch_lafon The only way to get all my interviews and content is to subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon  Support the show.
Oct 06, 2019
Jake 'The Snake' Roberts (October 2019 interview - Rob De Luca co-hosts)
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ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON presents wrestler, Jake The Snake Roberts. The episode is co-hosted by Sebastian Bach - UFO - Spread Eagle bassist Rob De Luca. During our conversation, Jake discusses working with Alice Cooper, the importance of the 1980's Rock N' Wrestling connection, his current Dirty Details Tour, Cyndi Lauper & Lou Albano, Metallica and much more.  Co-host Rob De Luca discusses Sebastian Bach current tour and upcoming plans (Slave To The Grind 30th anniversary shows), UFO's Farewell Tour as well as Spread Eagle's new album, Subway To The Stars.  Get your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch  Twitter: @mitchlafon Instagram: @mitch_lafon The only way to get all my interviews and content is to subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon Support the show.
Oct 05, 2019
Shinedown (Brent & Eric - September 2019 interview)
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ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON presents Brent Smith & Eric Bass from Shinedown (recorded September 24th 2019). Please note the interview starts at approx. the 16 minute mark of the episode. During our conversation, Eric and Brent discuss whether or not albums are still relevant, concept albums, is this a singles driven market, Poison's Talk Dirty To Me, writing filler, their latest album Attention Attention, Queenrÿche's Operation:Mindcrime and other classic concept albums, Eric producing the album - is their a risk of it being self-indulgent and do you need 'outside ears', the importance of guitar solos being 'singable', making a video for every song on the album - is their a risk it makes the album impersonal, the mystic of music, their fans have allowed them to be themselves, the older generation being disrespectful to the youth, experiencing music, the band Thunder, Post Malone and much more.  Get your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch  Twitter: @mitchlafon Instagram: @mitch_lafon The only way to get all my interviews and content is to subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon  Please subscribe! Support the show.
Sep 29, 2019
Thunder singer Danny Bowes (September 2019 interview)
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ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON presents Thunder vocalist, Danny Bowes. Ambrosia, 3, Alliance guitarist/vocalist Robert Berry co-hosts.   During our conversation, Danny discusses Thunder's latest release The Greatest Hits as well as Danny being my favourite singer, their 30th anniversary, the maturing of his voice over the years, how he became a singer and Luke Morley granting him an audition, looking back on the ten years after they announced their 20th anniversary farewell tour, Please Remain Seated and the industry's new found creative freedom, Terraplane and never revisiting that material, playing covers live and possibly making a covers album, his formative years and influences, working with Heather Findlay, the band's upcoming new album (scheduled for 2020), is he interested in producing other bands, releasing a box set or repurposing previously released limited edition music/albums, as Michael Monroe stated is 'touring the US not worth it', Luke Morley's 'magic' and much more. (The interview with Danny begins at approx. 11 minutes) Co-host Robert Berry discusses his upcoming tour and working with Keith Emerson. Get your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch  Twitter: @mitchlafon Instagram: @mitch_lafon The only way to get all my interviews and content is to subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon!  Support the show.
Sep 28, 2019
Keyboard wizard - Rick Wakeman (September 2019 interview)
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ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON present RICK WAKEMAN. During our conversation, Rick discusses his current North American Tour and his upcoming UK Christmas Tour as well as David Bowie, his hilarious Twitter account @GrumpyOldRick, the beginnings of YES and progressive music, record companies, have artists become lazy with auto-tune and pro-tools, have we lost creativity, mimed concerts, his recents album Piano Portraits & Piano Odyssey and his upcoming Christmas Portraits release, the 2020-21 plans for YES featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman - which includes new music, and much more. Get your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch  Twitter: @mitchlafon Instagram: @mitch_lafon The only way to get all my interviews and content is to subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon!  Support the show.
Sep 22, 2019
Guitarist Scott Gorham (Black Star Riders - Sept. 2019 interview)
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ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON presents BLACK STAR RIDERS guitarist, Scott Gorham. Recorded September 20th 2019. (Please note Scott's interview starts at approximately the 15.25 mark) Author of  KISS - Take It Off Truly Unmasked, Greg Prato, co-hosts.  During our conversation, Scott discusses the band's latest masterpiece album Another State Of Grace, being much bigger, the lineup changes over the years, is the core band really just Ricky & Scott, Thin Lizzy in 2019 and its future, 40 years after its release - the importance of the Black Rose album, deep album tracks, using the Think Lizzy brand, is it time for a live album, how Phil Lynott convinced Huey Lewis to become a singer, Black Star Riders songwriting process, biggest change since he started his career, and much more.  Get your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch  Twitter: @mitchlafon Instagram: @mitch_lafon The only way to get all my interviews and content is to subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon!  Support the show.
Sep 21, 2019
Drummer Corky Laing (Mountain - 2019 interview)
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ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON presents Mountain drummer, Corky Laing. During our conversation, Corky discusses his recent book Letters To Sarah, his early band Energy, meeting Leslie West, the Montreal music scene back in the day, hustling, how he writes songs, Mountain and heavy metal, Black Sabbath, the most powerful drummer in rock, Woodstock and the movie, how his playing ended up on the Woodstock album, The Toledo Sessions (out Sept. 27th 2019), being a ghost drummer and more.  Get your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch  Twitter: @mitchlafon   Instagram: @mitch_lafon The only way to get all my interviews and content is to subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon!  Support the show.
Sep 19, 2019
Leo Leoni from Gotthard - CoreLeoni (September 2019 interview)
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ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON presents European legend, Leo Leoni, guitarist for Gotthard & CoreLeoni. During our conversation, we discuss CoreLeoni's new album II, the reason the band exists and has continued, the future of the band, has Gotthard become softer power ballad band, Gotthard currently in the studio, singer Ronnie Romero, Steve Lee, his thoughts on the Nic vs. Ronnie comparisons by fans, will Ronnie join Gotthard, will CoreLeoni make albums with only all original music, North American success, Gotthard new album in February and tour in April (2020), Zakk Wylde and much more. Get your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch  Support the show.
Sep 16, 2019
Tom Keifer (formerly of Cinderella - Sept. 2019 interview)
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ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON presents singer, Tom Keifer.  Comedian Don Jamieson co-hosts.  During our conversation, Tom discusses his new album RISE, are the songs crafted for the Cinderella fan base or not, the messages in the Death Of Me video, struggles, being in a band and not just a 'solo' artists, will he increase his output of new music, staying creative, is it important on the business end of things to have new product available, was Cinderella the wrong band name, Gene Simmons' advice early on, Cinderella's rotating studio musicians, will he tour outside of the US, the use of backing tracks and much more.  Get your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch  Support the show.
Sep 15, 2019
Dave Navarro & Billy Morrison (September 2019 interview)
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ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON presents Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro and Billy Idol's Billy Morrison.  The episode is co- hosted by former That Metal Show host Don Jamieson. Don is currently on tour with Nashville Pussy - who can find all his dates here: http://www.donjamieson.com/site/gig-dates/ During my conversation with Dave Navarro & Billy Morrison, we discuss the second annual ABOVE GROUND benefit for MusiCares (https://www.grammy.com/musicares/news/dave-navarro-billy-morrison-announce-above-ground-2-benefit-concert), as well as mental health,  the future of the event & possibly expanding to other territories, Dave's most recent thoughts of suicide, The Stooges / David Bowie & playing their albums in full, and more. Get your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch  Support the show.
Sep 14, 2019
Legendary guitarist Robby Krieger (Sept. 2019 interview)
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ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON presents legendary guitarist, Robby Krieger.  During our conversation, Robby discusses Rock Against MS & Art For A Cause, his artwork (paintings/ giclées), the creativity involved in making art and music, his upcoming solo albums including an instrumental reggae album, his band The New Experience, putting out new albums yearly, Manzarek-Krieger & The Cult's Ian Astbury, and more.  Get your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch  Support the show.
Sep 10, 2019
Drummer Ron Wikso (Richie Sambora, Foreigner, David Lee Roth - 2019 interview)
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ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON presents drummer RON WIKSO (recorded earlier this year). Ron has toured and recorded with David Lee Roth, Foreigner, Richie Sambora, Cher, and more. And Mitch rants again. Oh my! During our conversation, Ron discusses his work with David Lee Roth, Richie Sambora and Foreigner. We also talk about Foreigner's unreleased 1996 album (recorded at The Studio at Linden Oaks, Rochester, NY), Lou Gramm, his new project with Marcy Requist, Richie Sambora's Undiscovered Soul, playing with Cher, Bon Jovi's Hugh McDonald, Gregg Rolie's Sonic Ranch album, Richie Sambora's unreleased 1998 live album (recorded at The Paradiso in Amsterdam), the David Lee Roth recordings, his Slash/Foreigner story, The Storm and more. Ron official site: http://www.ronwikso.com Get your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch  Support the show.
Sep 08, 2019
CCR drummer Doug Clifford plus Mitch rants (September 2019)
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ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON presents CCR drummer, Doug Clifford. Plus Mitch rants.  During our conversation, Doug discusses CCR's ongoing Farewell Tour, the upcoming Concert For A Cause, the power of making music, releasing three albums in one year and getting albums done quickly, did CCR burn out, legal issues, their infamous Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction, his relationship with bassist Stu Cook, his Cosmo solo album from 1972, new music coming, John Forgerty, record company executive Saul Zaentz, Hanoi Rocks and much more. Get your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch  Concert For A Cause (visit: https://www.museumofmakingmusic.org/benefit) Support the show.
Sep 07, 2019
Sara Dallin from Bananarama (September 2019 interview)
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ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON presents Sara Dallin of supergroup, Bananarama. During our conversation, Sara discusses the band's great success (30 Top 75 UK singles and 12 Top 75 UK albums) and longevity, their new album IN STEREO (which entered the Official UK Chart at #29), their massive hits (such as Cruel Summer & Venus), the importance of making new music and staying creative, her best friend and bandmate - Keren Woodward, songwriting, has the 'recipe' for writing 'pop' tunes changed, the Sex Pistols, their first single being in Swahili, having a near forty year career, the recent reunion tour with Siobhan Fahey, Band-Aid and music charity, covering The Beatles' Help!, Metallica and much more. Get your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch  Support the show.
Sep 03, 2019
Demons & Wizards - Hansi Kürsch and Jon Schaffer (Sept. 1st 2019 interview)
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ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON presents Demons & Wizards - Hansi Kürsch and Jon Schaffer (recorded September 1st 2019 in Montreal, QC). I also discuss Rolling Stones' 50 Great Hair Metal albums' list. During our conversation, Hansi & Jon discuss the band's current tour, touring before the new album comes out, the frequency of output - including two new studio albums and one live album, how they decide what is a Demons & Wizards song and what goes to Iced earth or Blind Guardian, not playing new music on this tour, touring as a triple bill (IE, BG and D/W), plans for 2020 including Blind Guardian's - Orchestral album, a Blind Guardian Festival, the musical direction of the upcoming album, slowing down and eventually doing Farewell tours, and more.  Get your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch  Support the show.
Sep 02, 2019
The Box (August 2019 interview) & The Dead Daisies featuring Glenn Hughes
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ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON presents Jean-Marc from classic Canadian band, The Box. Also, we premiere the new The Dead Daisies featuring Glenn Hughes track, Righteous Days. Up first is our conversation with The Box's Jean-Marc, we discuss the importance of the Much Music/ music videos era, the importance of visuals, playing charity events like Strangers In The Night, his time with Men Without Hats and The Box playing Safety Dance live to this day, breaking up the band and resuming activities years later, making new music, are full length albums a thing of the past and more. Check out the band's official site here: http://theboxband.com After the interview, ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON premieres the new song from The Dead Daisies featuring Glenn Hughes, Righteous Days. Stay up-to-date with the band here: https://thedeaddaisies.com Get your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch  Support the show.
Sep 01, 2019
Dirty Honey (August 2019 interview)
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ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON presents new band, Dirty Honey. Dirty Honey singer, Marc LaBelle and I discuss the band's recent EP (Dirty Honey), their experience at the Heavy Montreal Festival, the challenges faced by 'a new band', the craft of song writing, why an EP and not a full album, modern recordings & the human element, the upcoming tour with SKILLET & ALTER BRIDGE, establishing 'their sound', rock is dead, hockey and his love for the NHL, and more.  Get your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch  Support the show.
Aug 31, 2019
Canadian singer - Roch Voisine (August 2019 interview)
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ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON presents Canadian artist, Roch Voisine. During our conversation, Roch discusses the upcoming Rêve Dans La Nuit charity event (revedanslanuit.ca), receiving the Order Of Canada, working with Richard Marx, his Americana album trilogy (covering songs by Johnny Cash, Neil Young & more), his new album coming out in October, his current acoustic tour & upcoming Americana dates, singing & recording in both French and English, twenty-five years of I'll Always Be There, making new music and more.  Mitch LafonMusic journalistRock Talk With Mitch Lafon Get your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch  Support the show.
Aug 25, 2019
Foghat - Roger Earl (August 2019 interview)
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ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON presents FOGHAT's ROGER EARL. During our conversation (recorded in August 2019), Roger discusses his more recent band - Earl & The Agitators, Foghat's Under The Influence album, staying creative, the importance of having moved the band to the United States, Savoy Brown, Rick Rubin, Lonesome Dave,  celebrating Foghat Live!, working with producer Eddie Kramer, actor & bassist - Nick Jameson, his love of Slow Ride and so much more.  Get your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch  Support the show.
Aug 24, 2019
Brian Tatler from Diamond Head (August 2019 interview)
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ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON presents Diamond Head's Brian Tatler. During our conversation, Brian discusses the band's new album The Coffin Train, the new line-up & singer Rasmus Bom Andersen, the importance of staying creative, new/modern metal, running out of money, Sean Harris being the best & worst thing about Diamond Head, the unreleased project with Megadeth's Dave Mustaine from the early 2000's, cancer, Metallica and meeting Lars, how Diamond Head came up with Am I Evil?, and much more.  Get your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch  Support the show.
Aug 20, 2019
The Tearaways featuring Clem Burke (Blondie) and Fin (August 2019 interview)
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ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON presents The Tearaways featuring Clem Burke (Blondie) and Fin. Plus, I go over my August 16th 2019 KISS experience in Montreal.  During my conversation with The Tearaways' Clem Burke (Blondie) and Fin, we discuss the recent passing of the bass player John Ferriter as well as their upcoming album We Grew Up On AM radio, Clem joining the band and his work with Blondie, the need for bands like Blondie to stay creative and release new music, the thrill of playing the famed CAVERN CLUB, comparing CBGBs to the Cavern Club, Blondie's Pollinator, The Rolling Stones and Charlie Watts, perfection in the imperfection & homogenized music, Clem recording with varied artists and how he adapts his drumming style for each, The Ramones & Sex Pistols, The Bay City Rollers, and so much more.  Get your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch  Support the show.
Aug 18, 2019
Sheila E. (Strangers In The Night - August 2019 interview)
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ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON presents percussionist, Sheila E.  During our discussion, Sheila E. talks about her upcoming appearance (along with The Box & Simple Plan) at the charity benefit- Strangers In The Night (https://www.strangersinthenight.ca) - which benefits Friends For Mental Health (asmfmh.org), Lymphoma Canada (lymphoma.ca) & The Simple Plan Foundation (simpleplanfoundation.org). We also got over career highlights, her father, Santana, the importance of music programs in schools, Prince, making new music and her Elevate Oakland Foundation (https://www.elevateoakland.org) Get your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch  Support the show.
Aug 16, 2019
Guitarist Leslie West (50 years of Woodstock - August 2019 interview)
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ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON presents guitarist, Leslie West. Alan Niven co-hosts. During our conversation, Leslie discusses the 50th anniversary of WOODSTOCK, the importance of the singable guitar solo, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Les Paul, Mick Jones, his health and much more.  Get your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch  Support the show.
Aug 15, 2019
KISS - Gene Simmons (June 1980 & September 2017 interviews)
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ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON presents Gene Simmons. To commemorate forty years of seeing KISS live (August 6th 1979 to August 16th 2019), I am running this special edition of Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon featuring my very first interview with KISS' Gene Simmons from June 9th 1980 (I was 11 years old) and my last interview with Gene Simmons (September 19th 2017).  The first interview was to promote the recently released UNMASKED album, but recorded before Eric Carr had been officially announced. He also discusses the band's upcoming amusement park - KISSWorld. The second interview was focused on Gene's The Vault release. I also share random thoughts and stories about KISS in my life.  Mitch LafonMusic journalistRock Talk With Mitch Lafon Get your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch  Support the show.
Aug 14, 2019
David Garibaldi (KISS End Of The Road Tour opener - August 2019 interview)
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ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON presents KISS End Of The Road performance painter, David Garibaldi. During our conversation, David discusses opening for KISS on their End Of The Road Tour, performance painting, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, charitable work, opening for Blue Man Group & Snoop Dog, winning over reluctant KISS fans, Paul Stanley - the artist, Denny Dent, how are his paintings inspired, KISS, the power of media, America's Got Talent, and much more.  Get your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch  Support the show.
Aug 13, 2019
In The Trenches with Ryan Roxie Podcast - Episode #7003 - Phil X (Bon Jovi) presented by Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon
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In this episode of In The Trenches With Ryan Roxie (presented by Rock talk With Mitch Lafon) Ryan welcomes Bon Jovi guitarist Phil X. He discusses Phil's career culminating with him joining one of the biggest bands in the world, Bon Jovi. This is the story behind the scenes of how he got to where he is today.  Support the show.
Aug 12, 2019
Jefferson Starship (David Freiberg, Cathy Richardson and more - 2019 interviews)
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ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON presents JEFFERSON STARSHIP. New interviews with singer Cathy Richardson & David Freiberg (recorded (Aug. 9th 2019) and a separate interview with David Freiberg (from April 2019). In our first interview, we sit down with singer Cathy Richardson (with the entire band present) to discuss her career, the musical Love Janis, her long standing friendship with WHITESNAKE guitarist Joel Hoekstra, Jefferson Starship's upcoming new album, being a working musician, branding, and more. David Freiberg, Donny Baldwin and the rest of the band chime in from time to time to offer their thoughts (on the new album, Cathy and more.) In our special second interview, David Freiberg discusses his career, new music, current band, Paul Kantner, leaving and then returning to the band, working with producer Ron Nevison, and more. Alan Niven co-hosts. P.S. And I manage to reference WHITESNAKE in both interviews.  Get your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch  Support the show.
Aug 10, 2019