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.


Genesis & Bruce Cockburn

In this very special episode, I sit down with two former GENESIS members - Steve Hackett & Anthony Phillips and round out the show with Canadian icon Bruce Cockburn. Our first interview is with guitarist STEVE HACKETT. He discusses his upcoming Genesis Revisited, Solo Gems & GTR 2018 Tour de Force!, as well as his innovative finger tapping and sweep picking guitar techniques, GTR, making a heavy metal album and much more. Our second interview continues on the GENESIS theme with original guitarist Anthony Phillips. He discusses his album Slow Dance, making library music, prog music , his battle with stage fright, and his time with Genesis. We finish today's episode with a some wonderful Canadian content featuring an interview with iconic Canadian artist BRUCE COCKBURN. We talk about his new album BONE ON BONE as well as classic albums including,In The Falling Dark & Stealing Fire. We further discuss songwriting, being selected to Canada's songwriter's Hall Of Fame, putting images to his songs (making videos), his memoir, classic tracks: Lovers In A Dangerous Time & If I Had A Rocket Launcher and more.
01:30:42 12/11/2017

Past Episodes

On this special all European bands episode, Mitch sits down with GOTTHARD guitarist LEO LEONI. Leo discusses the band's sixteen #1 albums in Switzerland, their upcoming Defrosted II tour, still wanting to rock, Gotthard's change in musical direction, singer Ronnie Romero, the trilogy of upcoming CoreLeoni albums (including original material), Steve Lee, and more.

Up next is EUROPE drummer IAN HAUGLAND. Ian discusses the band's latest album WALK THE EARTH, working with Glenn Hughes, touring with Deep Purple, his 101Drums gear, the band's new approach to making albums and much more.

And to round out the show, Mark Fox from great SWISS band SHAKRA discusses the fantastic new album Snakes & Ladders, returning to the band, reaching a new audience, and more.

Opening the show, Mitch mentions a few European bands worth checking out including: Thunder, Pink Cream 69, Pretty Maids, Ammunition, Eclipse, The Poodles, Wig Wam and , of course, Gotthard, Shakra & CoreLeoni.
01:27:09 12/4/2017
Our first interview today is with STEEL PANTHER drummer Stix Zadinia. We discuss their new deluxe Lower The Bar Bitchin' Edition, KISS KRUISE VII, Rob Halford, Van Halen, L.A. Guns, working at Ralph's, touring, seeing Thornbirds live and much more.

Our second interview is with Canadian icon, BRIAN VOLLMER, of the band HELIX. We discuss the band's long standing career, Brian's new solo album Get Yer Hands Dirty, the Helix Christmas album - A Heavy Mental Christmas, the Toronto Maple Leafs and much much more.

And we end this episode with a sobering chat with 'Rehab Bob' Forrest. We talk about his music career, addiction, Dr. Drew, Celebrity Rehab and the Alo House Rehab center (
01:34:03 11/27/2017
On This episode, Mitch sits down with Rita Haney to discuss Dimebag Darrell's new DimeVison Vol. 2 DVD, unreleased songs and much more.

Our second interview is with Annihilator's Jeff Waters. We discuss the band's latest album For The Demented, changing personnel, taking over the lead vocalist duties, being in studio with Sting & Bryan Adams, writing country hits under an assumed name and much more.

And finally, we chat with Sevendust's John Connolly about his latest album Ignite My Insanity under the Projected moniker and much more.

Mitch starts the show with a quick discussion about rock/hard rock Christmas albums.
01:50:25 11/20/2017
On this episode, Cinderella frontman Tom Keifer discusses his latest release, ownership of the Cinderella band name, drummer Cozy Powell, having released only four studio albums with Cinderella and more.

Thin Lizzy/ Black Star Riders guitarist Damon Johnson discusses the bands upcoming tour with Judas Priest, his latest solo album Birmingham Tonight, Brother Cane, Alice Cooper, Skid Row and much more.

Finally, singer Nathan James of brilliant new UK band, Inglorious, discusses their latest album, making it in North America, Guns N Roses and more.

Also, on this episode Mitch discusses A Perfect Circle and the policy of no cell phones during shows.
01:46:44 11/13/2017
In this episode, keyboardist Derek Sherinian discusses new band Sons Of Apollo and their new album Psychotic Symphony, the future of Black Country Communion, and look back at his work with KISS, Alice Cooper and Billy Idol.

Our second interview is with former Van Halen & Sex Pistols insider, Noel E. Monk. He discusses his new book Runnin With the Devil: A Backstage Pass Into the Wild Times, Loud Rock and the Down and Dirty Truth Behind the Making of Van Halen. Sammy Hagar fans be warned!

And lastly, guitarist Chris Broderick discusses Act Of Defiances latest album, Old Scars New Wounds.

Mitch also discusses the upcoming Judas Priest Firepower tour with Black Star Riders & Saxon. And walks you through singer Ricky Warwicks solo discography.
02:14:28 11/6/2017
On this episode, guitarist Michael Schenker discusses his upcoming Michael Schenker Fest & new album (revealing the name & first single). He also discusses Ozzy, Aerosmith, Rush and more.

Soulflys Max Cavalera discusses his bands current tour, the 20th anniversary of the bands debut release (& tour plans for it next year), being a solo artist and more.

Finally, Candice Night discusses Blackmores Nights recent releases, family, meeting Ritchie and Rainbows new album plans.

Mitch also offers an opinion on backing/taped tracks at live shows.

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01:48:28 10/30/2017
In our first interview, guitarist Marty Friedman talks about his new solo album WALL OF SOUND, former Scorpions' guitarist Uli Jon Roth, framing a song and album, Jason Becker, his early bands including Deuce, the album that he was 'born to make,' and Japan.

Our second interview features former Guns N' Roses and current Sons Of Apollo guitarist, Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal. He discusses the band's new album Psychotic Symphony, how the band got together, being respectful of Guns N' Roses and replacing Buckethead.

And finally, former SEX PISTOLS' drummer PAUL COOK along with Tom Spencer discuss his revamped post-Sex Pistols band The Professionals, their new album What In The World, the infamous Sex Pistols' 1978 US tour, Man Raze with Def Leppard's Phil Collen and more.

Also, Mitch offers his take on rock festivals and asks for listener feedback via Twitter @MitchLafon or Facebook:
01:46:04 10/23/2017
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.
02:09:54 10/16/2017
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

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