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.

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Chris Jericho, Europe, and The Babys

On this episode, wrestler, singer and all around good guy, CHRIS JERICHO...On this episode, wrestler, singer and all around good guy, CHRIS JERICHO discusses his band FOZZY's fantastic new album Judas, KISS and their work ethic, his upcoming Cruise, acting, The Jericho Network on PodcastOne and much more.

Our second interview is with EUROPE's Joey Tempest. He discusses the band's renaissance since 2004, their excellent new album Walk The Earth, a solo album, guitarist John Norum, North American touring plans and much more.

And we wrap up this episode with drummer Tony Brock of The Babys who discusses the band's new Timeless Anthology II album, working with Rod Stewart, producers Bob Ezrin and Ron Nevison, former vocalist John Waite and much more.
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02:09:54 10/16/2017

Past Episodes

On this episode, former WHITESNAKE and current The Dead Daisies/Revolution Saints guitarist, Doug Aldrich talks about the new Revolution Saints' Light In The Dark album, re-recording Whitesnake's '87 & Slip Of The Tongue albums, backstage fisticuffs, previous bands including Lion and becoming a painter.

Next up, AUTOGRAPH's STEVE LYNCH talks about their new album Get Off Your Ass, producer Andy Johns and the time he was invited to join KISS.

Finally, former SAMSON & IRON MAIDEN drummer, THUNDERSTICK talks about the early days of both bands, his new album Something Wicked This Way Comes, Steve Harris, Ethel The Frog and much more.
02:05:55 10/9/2017
Thirty-seven years after his first interview with Gene Simmons, Mitch gets his second crack at The Demon from KISS. Gene discusses his Vault Box Set, KISS 2018 plans and a possible one-off show... Just listen!

Up next is former Journey drummer Deen Castronovo. He discusses the new Revolution Saints album, compares Journey singers, talks about letting down Neal Schon and more.

Finally, go on a walk with Lynch Mob guitarist George Lynch who discusses the bands new album, his respect for Dokken, the cheese factor of... well, just listen!
01:20:42 10/2/2017
In our first interview, singer Jeff Scott Soto talks about his time in Journey, Rising Force (Ygnwie Malmsteen), new band Sons Of Apollo, new solo album Retribution, W.E.T., and much more.

Former Scorpions drummer James Kottak joins Mitch for an update and discusses his upcoming new album, plans for the future, Mikkey Dee and more.

And finally, former Scorpions drummer Herman Rarebell discusses his great new band Rock Wolves, shares his thoughts on drummer Mikkey Dee, why he wasn't asked to rejoin the Scorpions, his future with Michael Schenker, Uli Jon Roth, and much more.
01:30:15 9/25/2017
In our first interview, former White Lion frontman Mike Tramp discusses his upcoming box set, is unambiguous in talking about Vito Bratta, talks touring and more.

In our second interview, guitarist Bob Kulick talks about his new solo record and working with W.A.S.P., KISS, Lou Reed and more.

And Mitch discusses the return of Vinnie Vincent with KISS expert, Greg Schmitt.
01:30:40 9/18/2017
On this episode, Pantera bassist REX BROWN discusses his new solo album SMOKE ON THIS, stepping up to the mic, KISS and more.

Also, guitarist Cheetah Chrome of the DEAD BOYS discusses their new album Still Snotty; Young Loud And Snotty At 40, working with famed producers Bob Ezrin (KISS, Alice Cooper, Pink Floyd) & Ron Nevison, Iggy Pop, GUNS N' ROSES, and much more.

Our Rock Talk segment features guitar maker, Buddy Blaze, talking about working with Dimebag Darrell, Vivian Campbell and more.

And the episode concludes on a quick hit n' run interview with Black Label Society guitarist talking about his latest album Death Grip Tribulations and working with WARRANT singer Jani Lane.
01:27:44 9/11/2017
On this episode - Tracii Guns of L.A. Guns joins Mitch to discuss the band's brilliant new album (The Missing Peace), the new lineup and looks back at the band's storied career.

Also, drummer Slim Jim Phantom from the Stray Cats discusses the band's significance, playing the Wacken Festival, Lemmy, The Head Cat, Keith Richards, Van Halen, the US '83 Festival, his book: A Stray Cat Struts: My Life as a Rockabilly Rebel and much more.

In our Rock Talk segment - publicist Simon Fauteux of Six Media Marketing Inc. explains the job and how to get started in the industry.
01:40:44 9/4/2017
On This episode, Mitch sits down with guitar hero, RUDOLF SCHENKER from the Scorpions to discuss the band's current North American tour with MEGADETH, the addition of former Motörhead drummer MIKKEY DEE, the 40th anniversary of the Taken By Force album, upcoming deluxe editions of In Trance and other back catalogue titles and more.

In an encore presentation drummer Steven Adler talks about GUNS N' ROSES and playing with the band in 2016.

And wrapping up the episode: EPICA's Simone Simons talks about their 'The Ultimate Principle Tour' with LACUNA COIL, winning
The Metropole Orkest Competition, and their new EP 'THE SOLACE SYSTEM'

Rock Talk segment: Record executive, Thom Hazaert, talks about the challenges facing record labels.
02:08:33 8/28/2017
Guns N' Roses month continues at Rock Talk. This time, Mitch sits down with former GNR manager Alan Niven to discuss the band's breakthrough album Appetite For Destruction, the band currently and more.


In the episode's second interview, Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali discusses the band's new album Road Rage, the current change in singers, their QR album, Kevin DuBrow leaving the band, W.A.S.P. and more.


Oft L.A. Weekly columnist Art Tavana join Mitch for this week's rock talk segment to discuss Guns N' Roses.
02:01:56 8/21/2017
Our first interview this episode is with Geoff Downes of Yes. He discusses the band's current Yestival tour dates, RUSH's Geddy Lee, The Buggles, the future of ASIA and more.

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

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

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

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