Rock Talk with Mitch Lafon

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

LATEST EPISODE

Yes, Guns N' Roses and Rainbow

Our first interview this episode is with Geoff Downes of Yes. He di...Our first interview this episode is with Geoff Downes of Yes. He discusses the band's current Yestival tour dates, RUSH's Geddy Lee, The Buggles, the future of ASIA and more.

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

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

Talking Metal's Mark Strigl join us for a quick Rock Talk.
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01:52:02 8/14/2017

Past Episodes

In our first interview, former WHITESNAKE guitarist ADRIAN VANDENBERG discusses his time with the band, working with Steve Vai, his working relationship with singer David Coverdale, Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page, the lawsuits over his name, the new Vandenberg Moonkings album and more.

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

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

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

You can follow Mitch on Twitter @mitchlafon

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


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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And finally, our second interview is with URIAH HEEP guitarist Mick Box. We look back at the band's storied career, discography, album artwork, keeping the band alive, band member changes and more. We also take a moment to remember singer David Byron and John Wetton.
01:23:21 6/12/2017

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