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

Gene Simmons (KISS), Mike Rutherford (Genesis) & Adam Mitchell (KISS songwriter)

In this episode, Mitch sits down with Genesis' Mike Rutherford to discuss...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.
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02:07:14 6/19/2017

Past Episodes

In the episode of Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon musician/producer TODD RUNDGREN discusses his new album White Knight, working with Cheap Trick, the importance of music education and more.

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

And finally, our second interview is with URIAH HEEP guitarist Mick Box. We look back at the band's storied career, discography, album artwork, keeping the band alive, band member changes and more. We also take a moment to remember singer David Byron and John Wetton.
01:23:21 6/12/2017
On this episode, guitarist Mark Kendall of Great White discusses the band's new album Full Circle, goes in depth on his sobriety, the NFL's L.A. Rams and more.


In Rock News, I celebrate the 37th anniversary of my first interview. On June 9th 1980, at age 11, I interviewed KISS' Gene Simmons and I play it for you! Enjoy!


And finally, the episode closes with musician Bobby Whitlock. He talks about his current tour, being a member of Derek And The Dominos, working with legendary guitarist Eric Clapton and recording the album All Things Must Pass with The Beatles' George Harrison.
02:02:35 6/5/2017
In this episode, Mitch first sits down with comedian and That Metal Show host, Don Jamieson. The two discuss his new Communication Breakdown album and the return of That Metal Show. Next up is two time Rock N' Roll Hall Of Famer Gregg Rolie. The pair discuss his recent induction with Journey, his time with Santana and making new music. The episode closes with a quick chat with Procol Harum's
Gary Brooker talking about the band's new Novum album, their history and A Whiter Shade of Pale.
01:20:44 5/29/2017
In this episode, singer John Corabi discusses The Dead Daisies new Live And Louder album, suicidal thoughts after his firing from Mötley Crue, and life lessons from his dad and son. In our second interview, Trixter's Steve Brown discusses his on-call replacement roll with Def Leppard, Trixter's past and future, as well as his new band Tokyo Motor Fist with Danger Danger's singer, Ted Poley.
01:59:52 5/22/2017
In this episode, Mitch sits down with former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick to discuss the band's landmark album REVENGE on its 25th anniversary. The two discuss its historic importance in the band's catalog, the involvement of Vinnie Vincent, Dick Wagner, Kevin Valentine & Tommy Thayer as well as unreleased tracks and the different drummers that auditioned for the band at that time. Scott Gorham of THIN LIZZY & Black Star Riders is the show's second interview. Scott discusses their new album HEAVY FIRE, working with Phil Lynott & John Sykes, the Thunder & Lightning album, the twin guitar attack, 21 Guns and much more.
01:49:42 5/15/2017
In this episode, WARRANT's Robert Mason discusses the band's latest album ' Louder Harder Faster', being Ozzy's secret off-stage singer, Jani Lane, working for Disney and more. Our second interview re-introduces America to iconic Canadian band Honeymoon Suite as guitarist Derry Grehan talks about their new album Hands Up, Lethal Weapon, their biggest hits including New Girl Now and more.
01:38:30 5/8/2017
In this episode, Deep Purple's Ian Paice discusses the band's latest album Infinite, singer Ian Gillan's stint with Black Sabbath, recording with Paul McCartney, and more. Also, Mahogany Rush guitarist Frank Marino discusses his upcoming DVD, his career, his faith, family, and much more.
01:41:28 5/1/2017
On this episode, NIGHT RANGER guitarist Brad Gillis talks about the band's new album "Don't Let Up," does he have any regrets in leaving Ozzy Osbourne's band and more. Also, guitarist Bernie Torme discusses his new album Dublin Cowboy, his time with Ozzy and meeting his replacement Brad Gillis backstage.
01:31:28 4/24/2017
In this episode, singer songwriter Richard Marx discusses his new PodcastOne show, Song Talks, his father's influence on his career and more. Also, former Guns N' Roses guitarist Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal talks about his new band Art Of Anarchy, working with Creed frontman Scott Stapp and the importance of KISS.
01:37:12 4/17/2017

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