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

Episode Date
Alice Cooper's Nita Strauss, singer Geoff Tate, & Ju Ju Hound bassist Jimmy Ashhurst
02:33:28

On this episode of Westwood One's Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon, new interviews with guitarist Nita Strauss, singer Geoff Tate & Ju Ju Hound's Jimmy Ashhurst. Whitesnake's Joel Hoekstra co-hosts.

In our first interview, we talk to guitarist Nita Strauss about her new solo album Controlled Chaos, working with Alice Cooper, her signature guitar, the term 'female guitarist', Steve Vai, We Start Wars, Wrestlemania, hired gun, and more.
 
In our second interview we talk to vocalist Geoff Tate about his 30th Anniversary tour of the album Operation: Mindcrime, the genesis of the album, the writing process, MTV & Eyes Of A Stranger, the success of Empire, holding on to the Operation:Mindcrime name and ability to perform it, Operation:Mindcrime the screenplay/movie, his upcoming tour with Avantasia, Hear In The Now Frontier being the reason Chris DeGarmo left and much more
 
Finally, Ju Ju Hound Jimmy Ashhurst talks about the band, Izzy Stradlin, his time in Buckcherry and being fired, Ginger Wildheart, the 2009 KISS tour, working with Andy Johns, Buckcherry's 15 album, his early band The Broken Homes, Izzy quitting Guns N' Roses and knowing ahead of time, the song Too Drunk, and more.
 
Co-host Joel Hoekstra talks about the show's guests as well as the current Whitesnake/ Foreigner tour, the reasons behind the delay of the band's new album, working with CHER, his fandom of Queensrÿche and more.
Jun 18, 2018
A Flock Of Seagulls, Kofi Baker, Guns N' Roses
02:08:09
A Flock Of Seagulls, Kofi Baker & Guns N' Roses on this episode of Westwood One's Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon. Former GNR/ Great White manager, Alan Niven, co-hosts.
 
In our first interview, A Flock Of Seagulls' Mike Score talks about the upcoming Lost '80s Live Tour, their new album Ascension, the band's image, the importance of music television & videos, working again with the 'classic lineup' of the band, his brother, VH1's Bands Reunited, ubiquitous his single I Ran, and much more. 
 
In our second interview, drummer Kofi Baker talks about The Music Of Cream 50th Anniversary World Tour, paying homage to the band and the music, 'balls-to-the-wall' jamming, his playing styles compared to his father's, making a new studio and or live album, keeping the music of 'our family' going, Eric Clapton, and much more. 
 
Our final interview is with GUNS N' ROSES's DIZZY REED. Topics include new music, Not In This Lifetime Tour, a live album, AC/DC, why it took so long to get the album out, Richard Fortus, playing the Chinese Democracy songs live, the Troubadour show, Steven Adler and more. 
 
Was Steven Adler replaced on the Appetite Box set tracks? Alan Niven chimes in...
Jun 10, 2018
Buckcherry, Anthrax & DevilDriver
02:03:31

Listen to new interviews with Buckcherry (Josh Todd), Anthrax (Charlie Benante) and DevilDriver (Dez Fafara) on this episode of Westwood One's Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon. Firehouse's Bill Leverty co-hosts.

In the episode's first interview, singer Josh Todd of Buckcherry talks about the band's upcoming Gen-X Summer Tour (with LIT, P.O.D. & Alien Ant Farm), new album in October, Josh Todd & The Conflict & starting another brand, his You Made Me solo album and potential future solo albums, the lack of proper promotion for Buckcherry records, the lineup change, hanging out with RATT & Bobby Blotzer back in the '80s, Love/Hate and their album Blackout In The Red Room, the hard work in the early days to establish the band, his hernia & operation, 20th anniversary of their debut album, the fight over the Time Bomb album and much more.  
 
In our second interview, Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante discusses the band's latest release Kings Among Scotland, work of their next new album, is KISS' Destroyer album overrated, the band's artwork, the retirement of Slayer & Anthrax's time to call it a day, is the upcoming new music still sounding 'pissed off and angry', the importance of making new music, playing 'the same tired Korn riff', the 25th anniversary of Sound Of White Noise and its importance to the band, quote: 'our hardcore metal fans turned their back on us', KISS' Rock And Roll over being an 'immediate classic', the imagery and merchandising of Anthrax, Hip Hop, Axl Rose joining AC/DC and a whole lot more. 
 
And in the episode's final interview, DevilDriver's Dez Fafara explains the band's upcoming Outlaws 'Til The End (Vol.1) album, the genesis of the project, the special guests on the album, getting sober, lifestyle choices, being vegan, his love of animals & animal cruelty (approx at the 1hr41mark), following ducks & quokkas on Instagram, ruining the planet, working on two new albums, Metallica and a lot more. 
 
Firehouse's BILL LEVERTY co-hosts the episode. For more visit: www.leverty.com
Jun 04, 2018
Collective Soul, Lit & POISON
02:04:28
Collective Soul, Lit and Poison guest on this episode of Westwood One's Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon. Former L.A. Guns bassist, Adam Hamilton, co-hosts.
 
Our first interview is with Collective Soul bassist Will Turpin. He talks about his love for KING'S X, his new solo album Serengeti Drivers, frontman Ed Roland, the Rock & Roll Express Tour with 3 Doors Down, Collective Soul Live (the album), songwriting, their upcoming new album, Collective Soul being Ed's thing, Woodstock 1999 and much more. 
 
Our second interview is with LIT's Jeremy Popoff. We talk about the Nashville influence on their new album These Are The Days, the GEN-X summer tour (with Buckcherry, P.O.D. & Alien Ant Farm), we remember drummer Allen Shellenberger, the importance of social media, re-releasing the albums View From The Bottom and The Black Album (2004's self-titled Lit album) with bonus tracks, the band ODIN, growing up as hardcore metalheads (Iron Maiden, Metallica, Dokken), the upcoming 20th anniversary of A Place In The Sun, his parents, the lost tour with KISS, and more.
 
And to end the show we speak with POISON's RIKKI ROCKETT (starts at approx. the 1hr 32 minutes mark). We discuss the band's current Nothin' But A Good Time 2018 Tour with CHEAP TRICK, his health, 30th anniversary of Open Up And Say... Ahh!, his Rockett Vlog, why no new Poison music - is Bret to blame?, a possible Las Vegas residency, C.C. DeVille's guitar chops, producer Tom Werman, the set list, new Devil City Angels music & new single 'Testify' and much more. 
May 28, 2018
GREAT WHITE, JOE SATRIANI and producer MICHAEL JAMES JACKSON
02:07:23
GREAT WHITE, JOE SATRIANI and producer MICHAEL JAMES JACKSON guest on this episode of Westwood One's Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon. 
 
Former Guns N' Roses manager co-hosts and offers his take on the upcoming GNR box set.
 
In our first interview, we catch up with Great White's Michael Lardie and Mark Kendall backstage at the fabulous M3 Festival in Maryland. The two discuss Full Circle, upcoming new music, the importance of the M3 Festival, Michael Lardie talks working on Guns N' Roses Appetite For Destruction, the infamous GNR/Great White 1988 NYC Ritz show, Mark Kendall's rig roundup, and much more.
 
Our second interview is with famed producer Michael James Jackson. We talk working with KISS on Creatures Of The Night & Lick It Up. Plus, his work with Red Rider, L.A. Guns, Armored Saint and more. He also discusses getting his start in music producing, The Doors' Jim Morrison, Tom Cochran, the challenge of COTN to get a 'Kiss sound' while using multiple guest musicians, Eric Carr and his passion for KISS, did they consider the COTN 'drum sound' for the Lick It Up sessions, Ace did NOT play on Creatures, using Rick Derringer on the LIU album, Vinnie Vincent, Michael Des Barres, why did he move on from producing, Graham Nash and more. 
 
Our third interview is with well-respected guitarist Joe Satriani (interview starts at approx. the 1hr 09 minutes mark). We talk new album 'What Happens Next, Chickenfoot plans, Deep Purple and his reply to Ritchie Blackmore's recent comments about him, Shockwave Supernova and working with Glenn Hughes, resisting the urge to be 'that guy' guitarist that takes every replacement gig, including Def Leppard's Phil Collen on the recent G3 tour and much more.
 
"You can't replace somebody like Ritchie Blackmore so I kinda knew it was going to be a thankless job." (Satriani quote from the interview)
May 21, 2018
Richie Sambora & Orianthi, Bad Wolves & the great George Thorogood
02:01:06
Listen to Richie Sambora & Orianthi, Bad Wolves & the great George Thorogood on this episode of Westwood's One's Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon. Firehouse's Bill Leverty co-hosts. 
 
In our first interview, former Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora along with Orianthi discuss their new album Radio Free America, the Hall Of Fame induction, working with Alice Cooper & Michael Jackson, who actually played bass on the classic Bon Jovi albums, Richie's approach to songwriting, his first solo album, producer Bob Rock, the 7800º Fahrenheit album, Halo Of Flies and much more.
 
In our second interview, John Boecklin of the Bad Wolves discusses the band's debut album Disobey, starting over, the importance of Metallica's And Justice For All... album to him, covering The Cranberries, moving on from DevilDriver, the tour with Five Finger Death Punch, his gear endorsements and more. 
 
In our final interview, iconic guitarist George Thorogood talks about his love for Canada, his 50 States in 50 Days Tour back in 1981, the effect of classic rock radio, Party Of One (his latest album), what makes a great song, how he writes songs, Record Store Day, the NY Mets and more.
May 14, 2018
KISS security with Big John Harte, singer Lee Aaron & The Sherlocks
01:37:04

Listen to former KISS head of security Big John Harte, Canadian singer Lee Aaron and new band The Sherlcoks on this episode of Westwood One's Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon.

In our first interview, former head of security Big John Harte talks about his new book, working with the band in the early days, famed manager Bill Aucoin, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, the brotherhood, Ace Frehley and drinking, Eric Carr, Iron Maiden, Glickman & Marks, manager Rod Smallwood, working with Prince, Billy Idol, KISS famed Unmasked Australia tour, Ace & Peter leaving, and much more.
 
Our second interview is with iconic Canadian singer, Lee Aaron, known to legions of fans as The Metal Queen. Lee discusses her new album Diamond Baby Blues, the tracks chosen & tackling Deep Purple's Mistreated, her career, dabbling in different musical genres, her voice, respiratory issues, AC/DC & David Bowie and much more.
 
Finally, Mitch introduces you to 'the next big thing' - UK based band, The Sherlocks. Singer Kiaran Crook talks about their debut album Live For The Moment, the writing process, the second album, their roadmap for success, bringing back guitar rock, building a fan base, Liam Gallagher the joy of 'load-ins' and much more. 
 
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May 07, 2018
Alice Cooper's Ryan Roxie, Godsmack's Sully Erna and Sons Of Apollo's Mike Portnoy
01:32:33

Listen to Alice Cooper guitarist Ryan Roxie, Godsmack lead singer Sully Erna and Sons Of Apollo drummer Mike Portnoy on this edition of WESTWOOD ONE's Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon

Alice Cooper guitarist Ryan Roxie discusses his new album Imagine Your Reality, bringing back guitar driven music, guest vocalist Robin Zander of Cheap Trick, the current Alice Cooper group band, the reunion shows with the original band, his lessons on playalongmusic.com, Cheap Trick and more.  

Godsmack's Sully Erna discusses the band's latest release When Legends Rise, we talk rock ballads, Metallica, Aerosmith & Done With Mirrors, Godsmack is evolving, writing for the new record, Live Nation's Ticket To Rock, ticket prices, Elton John, 20th Anniversary of their debut album and planned celebrations of it, the rebirth of the band, wanting to focus solely on Godsmack, the tour with Shinedown and more. 
(Starts at approx. 51.20) 
 
Sons Of Apollo drummer Mike Portnoy discusses the solo album he'd like to make, the band Sons Of Apollo and their long term plans, The Winery Dogs and the band's future, Neal Morse, working with Twisted Sister, KISS, touring in 2019 and more.
(Starts at approx. 1hr 16 minutes)
Apr 30, 2018
Queensrÿche, Vinnie Vincent and April Wine.
02:48:41

Listen to Queensrÿche's Todd La Torre, former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent and April Wine's Myles Goodwyn plus co-host Bill Leverty of Firehouse on this episode of Westwood's One's Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon

Up first, hear Queensrÿche's Todd La Torre talk about the M3 Festival, the band's upcoming new album and who's drumming on it, his upcoming solo album, comparing vocal styles and a lot more.
 
Next, is former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent. He talks about his early days, the craft of songwriting, KISS and a lot more. 
 
Finally, April Wine's Myles Goodwyn talks about the band and his new solo CD, 'Myles Goodwyn And Friends Of The Blues' and progress on Friends Of The Blues 2, guests Frank Marino & Rick Derringer, Eddie Kramer, opening for The Rolling Stones, April Wine’s 50th anniversary celebrations and more.
 
Co-host Bill Leverty offers colour and commentary on today's guest as well as discusses his new songs available at www.leverty.com 

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Apr 23, 2018
M3 Festival Special with Y&T and Night Ranger. Plus, Moby!
02:21:26

Listen to Y&T's Dave Meniketti, Night Ranger's Kelly Keagy & Moby (talks metal) on this episode of WESTWOOD ONE's Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon. Alan Niven (GNR/Great White) & Little Caesar's Ron Young co-host. 

In our first interview, Y&T's Dave Meniketti talks about the band's latest album Acoustic Classix Vol. 1, the importance of the M3 Festival, capturing the energy of their live performance in studio, Angus Young & AC/DC, the importance of the live performance, a new Y&T studio album, the craft of songwriting, being a vintner & wine enthusiast, being too wild for Mötley Crüe, Summertime Girls, Geffen records and competing against Guns N' Roses - Whitesnake - Aerosmith, A&M records, John Kalodner, the upcoming Y&T documentary, producer Tom Allom, being asked to join OZZY's band, Brad Gillis, remembering guitarist Joey Alves and much more. 
 
Next up is NIGHT RANGER's Kelly Keagy. We discuss the M3 Festival, the band's next new album, the addition of guitarist Keri Kelli, drums to the side and Sammy Hagar, riding on Brad's coattails after Ozzy, rating Brad as a guitarist (check out the 1.24.19 mark of the interview for that), Brad's audition with Ozzy Osbourne, Glenn Hughes doing backing vocals on a Night Ranger album, making another acoustic album, looking back at the album 'Feeding Off The Mojo' 23 years after the fact, the brand of Night Ranger, singer Gary Moon, and more.
 
Our final interview is with MOBY. He had worked on GNR's Chinese Democracy. Alan Niven and I discuss that fact before the interview starts. As Alan points out, 'Axl is a good writer. He's not going to put rubbish out there." (Quote lifted from the 1.51.09 mark). And added, "This might surprise you, but I rather wish that the core of GNR would write together again. I think that would be a very interesting thing to have happen. I think you have the potential there for something serious and magical."
 
With Moby, we discuss his love of hard rock/heavy metal, veganism, his new album Everything Was Beautiful And Nothing Hurt, not touring, the 'act' of making an album, Moby's metal band DiamondSnake, Metallica, genres becoming arbitrary, not wanting to have a career as a musician, his memoir, getting older, Misfits, Arch Enemy, Rob Zombie, his restaurant, career vs. creativity, Mylène Farmer and much more.
 
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Apr 16, 2018
Shinedown's Brent Smith, Rick Astley and Tax The Heat's Alex Veale
01:42:07
Listen to Shinedown's Brent Smith, Rick Astley and Tax The Heat's Alex Veale along with co-host Ron Keel on this episode of Westwood One's Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon
 
In our first interview, Shinedown's Brent Smith discusses the band's new album Attention Attention, the Smith & Myers Acoustic Sessions EPs, fitness & weight loss, the 10th anniversary of the band's breakthrough album The Sound Of Madness, American DJ Casey Kasem, touring with Godsmack, Live Nation's Ticket To Rock promotion, and more.
 
Next up, is iconic British singer Rick Astley. He's of course famous for his ubiquitous hit Never Gonna Give You Up, but there's so much more to the story as we discuss all the hits, walking away from the music business and then starting over, his fear of flying, his latest album 50, his mid-life crisis, working with the powerful team of Stock Aitken Waterman, performing onstage with Queen's Brian May, his Foo Fighters connection, his punk rock trio, obviously 'the song' and so much more. 
 
And to round out the show we finish the episode with Tax The Heat's Alex Veale who talks about the band's new album Change Your Position, being a guitar band, what is Tax The Heat, has the guitar become solely a textural instrument in modern music, the possibility of making a concept album, using social media, the mystery of bands, and more.
 
The episode is co-hosted by KEEL's Ron Keel who offers his thoughts and comments about the episode's guests as well as offers insight into his new Metal Cowboy: Reloaded album, the upcoming Ron Keel Band's Fight Like A Band album and the Rock Candy remasters of the KEEL classic albums The Final Frontier & Keel. 
 
 
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Apr 09, 2018
The Three Johns - John Waite, John Corabi, John Bush
02:08:26
Listen to not one, not two, but three interviews with vocalists named John. Those being John Waite, John Corabi (The Dead Daisies) & John Bush (Armored Saint)
 
First up, The Babys, Bad English and solo superstar, John Waite discusses rediscovering himself in Nashville, his acoustic Wooden Heart solo albums & tour, his roots in the Blues, his long illustrious career, the spirit of making music and technology, The Babys' Head First album, Bad English & possible reunion, KISS' Vinnie Vincent, his No Brakes album featuring single Missing You, Mask Of Smiles, autonomy, and much more. 
 
Our second interview is with John Corabi. The former Mötley Crüe singer talks about his new live album One Night In Nashville, former Journey drummer drummer Deen Castronovo, The Dead Daisies latest Burn It Down, Guns N' Roses, Scream drummer Scott Travis (currently with Judas Priest), the upcoming Rock Candy Scream remasters with bonus live tracks, Eddie Kramer, his son, the return of UNION with KISS' Bruce Kulick & Gene Simmons' Brent Fitz, and more. 
 
And lastly, Armored Saint’s John Bush discusses their Symbol Of Salvation album & upcoming tour, guitarist Dave Prichard, their upcoming new studio album, should he have focused on building the Armored Saint brand rather than joining Anthrax, numerous mistakes in Armored Saints career, Anthrax’s Sound Of White Noise, his voice over work including working on Brian Slagel's audio book, re-performing Anthrax songs live and more.
 
Plus, I rant about Bon Jovi, the Scorpions, Def Leppard, Iron Maiden & the Rock N’ Roll Hall Of Fame. 
 
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Apr 02, 2018
Flemming Rasmussen (Metallica), Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow & Circus Of Power
01:51:14

Listen to Metallica producer Flemming Rasmussen on this episode of Westwood One's Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon. Plus, interviews with Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow's Ronnie Romero and Circus Of Power's Alex Mitchell.

In our first interview, producer Flemming Rasmussen talks about his Pretty Maids, his signature Black Snare from 101- One 'O One drums (http://oneoonedrums.com), Rainbow, Cozy Powell, Cliff Burton, Danish bands Malurt & Gasolin', and of course, all things METALLICA including Master Of Puppets, And Justice, and the upcoming And Justice remaster!
 
Our second interview is with Ronnie Romero of Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow. We talk new album 'Memories In Rock II', making new music, Deep Purple, the different vocalists in Rainbow including Ronnie James Dio, his beginnings and career, CoreLeoni, covering songs by Anthrax & Bruce Dickinson, Gotthard and much more. 
 
And finally Alex Mitchell of Circus of Power talks about the band's latest album Four, the ups and downs of the band, touring with Black Sabbath, Ozzy, the future, dementia, writing books, and more. 

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Mar 25, 2018
The '80s hitmakers with Foreigner & UB40
01:39:05
Listen to FOREIGNER's Mick Jones and UB40's Ali Campbell on this episode of Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon on Westwood One. Co-hosting is Alan Niven, plus we divulge the mystery track give it another spin and have a bonus interview at the end of the show!
 
In our first interview, Foreigner's Mick Jones talks about the upcoming tour with Whitesnake & Jason Bonham, the importance of reuniting with Lou Gramm and the other past members, making new music with Foreigner/Lou Gramm, Mutt Lange, past albums, his 1989 solo album, working with Johnny Hallyday and writing in French, session guys Jimmy Page & John Paul Jones, Spooky Tooth, and more.
 
In our second interview we talk with UB40's Ali Campbell. He discusses the band's new album A Real Labour Of Love, reggae, the band's longevity, the split, New Zealand's Got Talent, their unplugged album and covering Prince, Red Red Wine, farewell tour, the North American Market and much more. 
 
With all the talk of Farewell tour and the era of classic rock standing on its last legs, I reached out to 83 year old blues guitarist, Eddie 'The Chief' Clearwater to talk about making a new album (at his age), and his plans to never retire. Plus, we talk Jimi Hendrix, Chuck Berry, the Chicago's Blues scene, his induction in the Blues hall Of Fame. 
 
And last we reveal the title, artist and story behind the 'mystery' track that was played on a previous episode.

 
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Mar 19, 2018
Judas Priest, Nazareth and co-host Michael Sweet (Stryper)
02:35:46
Listen to Judas Priest's Richie Faulkner & Nazareth's Pete Agnew on this edition of Westwood One's Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon. Plus co-host Michael Sweet of Stryper countdowns the band's entire catalog from least appreciated to favorite. 
 
On this episode, co-host Michael Sweet countdowns the entire Stryper catalog (from least appreciated to absolute best - in three separate segments).
 
Our first interview is with Judas Priest guitarist Richie Faulkner who discusses the band's latest album FIREPOWER, Glenn Tipton, his love of Star Wars, his plans after Judas Priest, being accepted by the fans, Andy Sneap joining the band for live shows, Farewell tour, his signature Epiphone Flying-V guitar, and much more.

Our second interview is with Nazareth's Pete Agnew. He discusses the band's recently completed new album (for release later this year), singer Dan McCafferty, the band's current lineup and history, Axl Rose & Guns N' Roses, the 'controversial' Nazareth's Snakes N' Ladders album, creating new music such as Uriah Heep & Deep Purple, playing with his son, the late Darrell Sweet, Love Hurts done as a B-side, Manny Charlton and more.

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Mar 12, 2018
Dokken's Don Dokken & Foreigner's Jeff Pilson
01:26:57

Listen to Dokken's Don Dokken and Foreigner's Jeff Pilson on this episode of Westwood One's Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon. Plus a secret previously unreleased 1980's recording from one that era's most popular bands.

In our first interview, singer Don Dokken discusses his band's new live package Return To The East (2016) featuring the 'classic lineup' featuring George Lynch, 'Wild' Mick Brown and Jeff Pilson. Plus, Don offers an update on the current lineup's upcoming studio album, talks early days including Great White & Guns N' Roses, his approach to songwriting, future work with the 'classic lineup', The Beatles, Up From The Ashes, and being 'probably retired' in five years.
 
In our second interview, bassist Jeff Pilson discusses Foreigner's upcoming tour plans (including Whitesnake & Jason Bonham), the band's upcoming orchestral album, reuniting with Dokken & the Return To The East (2016) CD/DVD, Canadian band Chilliwack, thoughts on retirement, Lou Gramm, new music with Dokken, his new band Super Stroke, Warrant's Robert Mason, the upcoming Last In Line album, Mötley Crüe, and more. 
 
Former Guns N' Roses/Great White manager Alan Niven co-hosts.
 
And stick around to the very end of the show for the exclusive world premier of our mystery song (a previously unreleased original 1980's) recording from a well-established band from that glorious era. 
 
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Mar 05, 2018
W.A.S.P. (Blackie Lawless) and Alice Cooper's Chuck Garric
01:06:33

Listen to new interviews with W.A.S.P.'s Blackie Lawless and Alice Cooper's Chuck Garric on this episode of Westwood One's Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon.

 

 
First up, W.A.S.P.'s Blackie Lawless discusses new album REIDOLIZED - The Soundtrack To The Crimson Idol, re-recording the classic album with his new band & its effect on the sonics, touring North America this year, being a member of the New York Dolls, his friendship with KISS' Ace Frehley, religious iconography in W.A.S.P., the role of religion in his life and lyrics, reconciling past material with current beliefs, PMRC, inspiration from Alice Cooper, making art to make you think, fame and much more. 
 
Our second interview is with Alice Cooper bassist Chuck Garric. We discuss his band - Beastö Blancö and their new live album 'Live From Berlin', growing the band, his work with Alice Cooper and much more. 
 
Quiet Riot's Frankie Banali co-hosts and offers his thoughts on current rock news including Mr. Big's Pat Torpey, Judas Priest's Glenn Tipton, farewell tours (and will Quiet Riot announce one soon), W.A.S.P., and much more. 
 
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Feb 26, 2018
Thin Lizzy (Brian Downey), Genesis (Tony Banks) & co-host Alan Niven (former Guns N' Roses manager)
01:14:18
On this episode of Westwood One's ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON: THIN LIZZY drummer Brian Downey & GENESIS' Tony Banks.
 
Our first interview is with longtime THIN LIZZY drummer Brian Downey. He talks about his new band Brian Downey's Alive And Dangerous, discusses Thin Lizzy's classic albums: Live And Dangerous, Thunder And Lightning & the importance of Jailbreak. We also talk about working with guitarist John Sykes, producer Chris Tsangarides, not recording with Black Star Riders, the end of Think Lizzy, making a new album, Rory Gallagher and much more. 
 
Our second interview is with GENESIS keyboardist TONY BANKS. We discuss his new album Five, the current status of Genesis, upcoming archival releases, the Calling All Stations album, his solo effort The Fugitive, and much more.
 
Former GUNS N' ROSES & GREAT WHITE manager ALAN NIVEN co-hosts the episode and offers his take Thin Lizzy, Genesis, Rory Gallagher, new artist Chris Buck from Buck & Evans and yes, Guns N' Roses. 
Feb 19, 2018
Rob Zombie's John 5 & Loverboy guitarist Paul Dean
01:06:46

On this episode of Westwood One's ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON:

Mitch welcomes Rob Zombie guitarist JOHN 5. The pair discuss his great new live album It's Alive, progress on the new Rob Zombie album, his friendship with original KISS drummer PETER CRISS, writing with Desmond Child, his work with the SCORPIONS & Lynyrd Skynyrd, guitarist Rickey Medlocke and more.
 
Our second interview is with guitarist PAUL DEAN from multi-platinum recording artist LOVERBOY. The band is best known for their iconic mega-hits Working For The Weekend, Lovin' Every Minute Of It & When It's Over. Paul & Mitch discuss the band's history, Canadian artist Bryan Adams, KISS frontman Paul Stanley and the much talked about band's first ever live show - which just happened to be opening for KISS in Vancouver in 1979. Paul also mentions his upcoming solo album. 
 
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Feb 12, 2018
Cheap Trick & Alice Cooper's Michael Bruce
01:47:37

On this episode of Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon. Cheap Trick drummer Daxx Nielsen talks growing up in & around the band, his father Rick Nielsen, singer Robin Zander, pass drummer Bun E. Carlos, joining the band, the albums he's made with the band (Bang, Zoom, Crazy...Hello, We're All Alright, Christmas Christmas), work on their next new album, Harmony Riley and more. 

Our second interview features former Alice Cooper guitarist Michael Bruce. He talks about his book No More Mr. Nice Guy: The Inside Story Of The Alice Cooper Group, the recent reunion shows with Alice, his time in the group, their plans moving forward post-reunion, and much more. 

Also, Still Competition: The Listener's Guide To Cheap Trick author, Robert Lawson, offers his take on the Daxx Nielsen era of the band.

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Feb 05, 2018
Anvil & Thunder
01:07:42
On this episode of ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON, Mitch welcomes from Canadian metal legends ANVIL, singer LIPS and drummer Robb Reiner. The pair discuss the band's latest album Pounding The Pavement, producer Chris Tsangarides (time: 16:40), touring with Aerosmith in the early '80s & manager David Krebs, playing shows with Canadian music icon Bryan Adams and much more. 
 
The episode's second interview is with long-standing UK band (and Mitch's personal favourites), THUNDER. Singer Danny Bowes discusses the band's charity work, his Bowes And Morley project, the recent Christmas shows and Christmas Day single, their not one - but two farewell tours, his long-time friend and musical partner Luke Morley, touring North America, and much more. 
 
Mitch also comments on Slayer & other's upcoming farewell tours.

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Jan 29, 2018
Michael Schenker (UFO Scorpions), Simple Minds & Cheap Trick Talk
01:37:38

Mitch joins the WESTWOOD ONE family! He welcomes former UFO/Scorpions' guitarist Michael Schenker who talks about his upcoming new album Resurrection, his upcoming tour with singers Doogie White, Graham Bonnet, Gary Barden & Robin McAuley, possibly reuniting with Klaus Meine, working with Metallica's Kirk Hammett and more. 

 

Our second interview is with '80s mega-group, Simple Minds. Singer Jim Kerr talks about the band's latest album Walk Between Worlds, their 'black swan' hit single Don't You (ForgeAbout Me), making new music, his solo album Lostboy! AKA Jim Kerr and much more.

 

We also talk everything CHEAP TRICK with author Robert Lawson who's new book Still Competition: The Listener's Guide To Cheap Trick details every song and every album the band has release. It's a fantastic read and a great listen.

 

Also, Mitch comments on the recent return of 'lost' KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent. 

Jan 22, 2018
STYX, KISS & BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB
01:49:18
On this very special episode of ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON. Mitch sits down with STYX's singer Lawrence Gowan to discuss the ban'd upcoming Las Vegas Residency, their 2018 tour plans, new album The Mission, putting together a new Gowan solo album and his featured role in the horror-comedy movie Another WolfCop.

Also, we talk KISS and lots of it with Encyclopedia Of KISS author BRETT WEISS. We tackle many KISS related questions including did Vinnie Vincent save KISS.

Finally, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's Peter Hayes discusses the band's new album Wrong Creatures, drummer Leah Shapiro, his friendship and musical relationship with Robert Levon Been and the sound advice of Michael Been.

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Jan 07, 2018
STRYPER, HEAVEN & EARTH, Stacey Blades (Bobby Blotzer's RATT, Electric Radio Kings, L.A. Guns)
01:57:16
In this episode, guitarist and singer for STRYPER Michael Sweet discusses the upcoming Stryper documentary, the future of SWEET & LYNCH, new bassist Perry Richardson, his new DVD 'Sole: Songs And Stories From A Life In Music', Joel Hoekstra and much more.

Our second interview is with SWEET/ Heaven & Earth guitarist Stuart Smith. He talks about working with Ritchie Blackmore, Richie Sambora, the band's new album Hard To Kill, Steven Tyler and a possible tour with Aerosmith, Sweet and much more.

And our last interview is with guitarist STACEY BLADES who gives details about his new band Electric Radio Kings, the current status of Bobby Blotzer's RATT and working with the band, the reasons for his split from L.A. Guns, covering the KISS classic Master & Slave and more.

Also, on this episode MITCH and TalkingRock.net's Mark Strigl discuss the possibility of a new KISS album and what it should be.
Dec 24, 2017
Every Mother's Nightmare, Black Label Society's ZAKK WYLDE & Michael Des Barres
01:38:25
In this episode, Every Mother's Nightmare vocalist Rick Ruhl talks about the band's history including their new album GRIND and classic single Love Can Make You Blind.

Our second interview is with iconic guitarist ZAKK WYLDE. He discusses Black Label's Society's new album Grimmest Hits, touring with Corrosion Of Conformity, the upcoming Ozzy Osbourne dates and looks back at his time with Ozzy.

And to end the show, we talk with former Detective & Power Station singer Michael Des Barres. Topics covered include Led Zeppelin, being TVs Murdoc on MacGyver, Ronnie James Dio, Silverhead, Detective, KISS covering Ain't None Of Your Business, Power Station, Fleetwood Mac, penning hit single Obsession and much more.

Mitch also offers his thoughts on the current DIO hologram tour.
Dec 18, 2017
Genesis & Bruce Cockburn
01:30:45
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.
Dec 11, 2017
The All European Edition featuring GOTTHARD, EUROPE & SHAKRA
01:28:19
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.
Dec 04, 2017
STEEL PANTHER, HELIX, & 'REHAB BOB' FORREST
01:35:13
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 (alorecovery.com)
Nov 27, 2017
Dimebag Darrell, Annihilator, and Sevendust
01:51:35
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.
Nov 20, 2017
Cinderella, Thin Lizzy/Black Star Raiders & Inglorious
01:47:55
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.
Nov 13, 2017
Sons Of Apollo, Van Halen & Act Of Defiance
02:15:39
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.
Nov 06, 2017
Michael Schenker, Max Cavalera, & Candice Night
01:49:38
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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Oct 30, 2017
Marty Friedman, Bumblefoot (Sons Of Apollo, Ex-Guns N' Roses) & Paul Cook (The Professionals, Ex-Sex Pistols)
01:42:15
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: www.facebook.com/RockTalkMitchLafon
Oct 23, 2017
Chris Jericho, Europe, and The Babys
02:07:38
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.
Oct 16, 2017
Revolution Saints, Autograph & Iron Maiden
02:02:05
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.
Oct 09, 2017
KISS, Journey & Lynch Mob (Dokken)
01:16:52
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!
Oct 02, 2017
Sons of Apollo (Jeff Scott Soto) and a lot of Scorpions
01:31:25
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.
Sep 25, 2017
White Lion, Bob Kulick And Vinnie Vincent Returns!
01:27:24
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.
Sep 18, 2017
Pantera, Dead Boys and Black Label Society
01:23:19
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.
Sep 11, 2017
L.A. Guns, Slim Jim Phantom (Stray Cats) and Publicists
01:36:54
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.
Sep 04, 2017
SCORPIONS, Steven Adler (Guns N' Roses) and Epica
02:04:44
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.
Aug 28, 2017
Guns N' Roses and Quiet Riot
01:58:07
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.
Aug 21, 2017
Yes, Guns N' Roses and Rainbow
01:53:12
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.
Aug 14, 2017
Whitesnake, Iron Maiden, and Greg Kihn
02:11:45
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.
Aug 07, 2017
Metallica, Anthrax, Venom Inc.
01:50:19
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.
Jul 31, 2017
Styx, Mr. Big & Shredders
01:48:21
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.
Jul 24, 2017
PURE ROCK with Buckcherry, Michael Monroe (Hanoi Rocks), Tuk (Biters) & The VIP Experience
01:36:04
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.
Jul 17, 2017
Don Felder (The Eagles), George Thorogood & The Romantics
01:50:19
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.
Jul 10, 2017
Def Leppard, Red Hot Chili Peppers & are clubs hurting live music
01:26:46
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.
Jul 03, 2017
Mr. Big, Great White & Band vs. Brand
01:40:42
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.
Jun 26, 2017
Gene Simmons (KISS), Mike Rutherford (Genesis) & Adam Mitchell (KISS songwriter)
02:08:24
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.
Jun 19, 2017
Alice Cooper, Todd Rundgren & Uriah Heep
01:24:31
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.
Jun 12, 2017
Gene Simmons, Great White's Mark Kendall, & Bobby Whitlock (Eric Clapton/George Harrison)
02:03:46
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.
Jun 05, 2017
Rock N' Roll Hall Of Fame, Communication Breakdown and A Whiter Shade of Pale
01:21:55
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.
May 29, 2017
The Dead Daisies' JOHN CORABI And Def Leppard's Stand-in guitarist (Trixter's Steve Brown)
02:01:02
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.
May 22, 2017
KISS - 25th Anniversary of Revenge with Bruce Kulick & The Story Of Thin Lizzy with Scott Gorham
01:49:52
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.
May 15, 2017
Warrant, Ozzy's secret singer & Honeymoon Suite
01:39:40
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.
May 08, 2017
Deep Purple's Ian Paice records with Paul McCartney & Mahogany Rush's Frank Marino's Family Values
01:42:39
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.
May 01, 2017
Ozzy's Forgotten Guitar Players with Bernie Tormé & Night Ranger's Brad Gillis
01:32:38
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.
Apr 24, 2017
Song Talks Host Richard Marx & Former GUNS N' ROSES Guitarist Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal
01:38:23
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.
Apr 17, 2017
Megadeth's David Ellefson - Metal Is Not The Devil's Music
00:53:57
In this episode, bassist David Ellefson from classic metal band, Megadeth, joins Mitch to discuss the upcoming Scorpions/Megadeth tour, his new signature Dawn Patrol pedal, new guitarist KIKO LOUREIRO, EMP Label, working with new artists, looks back on the band's latest album - Dystopia, his line of coffees, new band DOLL SKIN, theology, work on a new album and much more.
Apr 10, 2017
Poison's Rikki Rockett Talks New Music and Cancer Scare
00:46:36
In this episode, Drummer RIKKI ROCKETT from POISON sits down with Mitch to discuss the band's current tour with TESLA & Def Leppard, a new album from Poison, touring as The Special Guests, C.C. DeVille, his recent health scare, and much more.
Apr 03, 2017
The Police's Andy Summers & Lovin' Every Minute Of It with Loverboy Guitarist Paul Dean
01:31:10
In this special 'super-sized' two-part debut episode, guitarist Andy Summers from The Police sits down with Mitch to discuss his new album Triboluminescence, photography, his travels, The Police and much more. In the show's second interview, Loverboy's Paul Dean talks about the band's latest single Stop The Rain, their biggest hits including Working For The Weekend, their very first show in 1979 opening for KISS, Chuck Berry's passing, working with producers Mutt Lange & Tom Allom, using songs written by KISS' Paul Stanley, Bryan Adams, Journey's Jonathan Cain, Jon Bon Jovi and much more.
Mar 27, 2017
Rock Talk with Mitch Lafon Teaser
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"Rock Talk with Mitch Lafon" debuts Monday, March 27, 2017.
Mar 22, 2017
1on1 Mitch Lafon 310 John Bush
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Mar 12, 2017
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Mar 06, 2017
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Mar 03, 2017
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Feb 28, 2017
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Feb 24, 2017
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Feb 21, 2017
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Feb 17, 2017
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Feb 16, 2017
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Feb 15, 2017
1on1 Mitch Lafon 301 Dez Fafara
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Feb 08, 2017
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Feb 07, 2017
1on1 Mitch Lafon 299 Dug Pinnick
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Feb 06, 2017
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Feb 03, 2017
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00:31:23
Jan 31, 2017
1on1 Mitch Lafon 296 Rocky
01:07:55
Jan 26, 2017
1on1 Mitch Lafon 295 Nic Maeder
00:22:48
Jan 24, 2017
1on1 Mitch Lafon 294 Joey Jordison
00:32:04
Jan 23, 2017
1on1 Mitch Lafon 293 Simon Kirke
00:45:22
Jan 17, 2017
1on1 Mitch Lafon 292 Gus G
00:22:15
Jan 13, 2017
1on1 Mitch Lafon 291 Udo
00:08:17
Jan 11, 2017
1on1 Mitch Lafon 290 Robbin Crosby
01:36:29
Jan 07, 2017
1on1 Mitch Lafon 289 Kofi Baker
00:35:00
Jan 04, 2017
1on1 Mitch Lafon 288 Chip Z’Nuff
00:32:09
Dec 30, 2016
1on1 Mitch Lafon 287 Play It Loud
00:42:57
Dec 27, 2016
1on1 Mitch Lafon 286 Frank Dimino
00:28:20
Dec 23, 2016
1on1 Mitch Lafon 285 Jess Cox
01:02:16
Dec 21, 2016
1on1 Mitch Lafon 284 Pat Badger
00:25:58
Dec 16, 2016
1on1 Mitch Lafon 283 Matt Sorum
00:34:56
Dec 13, 2016
1on1 Mitch Lafon 282 Bobby Blotzer
00:45:51
Dec 07, 2016
1on1 Mitch Lafon 281 Phil Campbell
00:15:22
Dec 06, 2016
1on1 Mitch Lafon 280 Ronnie Atkins
00:29:48
Nov 28, 2016
1on1 Mitch Lafon 279 Robb Weir
01:05:09
Nov 23, 2016
1on1 Mitch Lafon 278 Philip Anselmo
00:24:25
Nov 21, 2016
1on1 Mitch Lafon 277 Myles Goodwyn
00:20:37
Nov 18, 2016
1on1 Mitch Lafon 276 Alan White
00:25:15
Nov 15, 2016
1on1 Mitch Lafon 275 Dee Snider
00:34:17
Nov 11, 2016