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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 week to hear the interviews today that everyone will be talking about tomorrow.
244 Episodes
Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon presents legendary guitarist, Frank Marino (recorded December 2019). Frank discusses his new Live At The Agora Theatre, VIP and LIP (less important person) concert ticket packages, his upcoming US tour, how he approaches live shows & set lists, fake crowd swell, upcoming new music, and more.  "If you're going to create a VIP package, by definition you're creating a LIP package (a less important person package). What you're doing is creating two classes of supporter. The ones that can afford to be your supporter and the ones that can't. I won't do that... Who the hell do we think we are? We're not saving the world here. We're supported by these fans. If not for them, there wouldn't be a show." "I don't like to call myself an artist. I think it's an over-used word. I'm a musician." "When you begin to look at music as a brand, you change the motivation as to why you do it. I never ever did a record with that in mind."Get your MITCH MERCH here: Twitter: @mitchlafonInstagram: @mitch_lafonSubscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews.Head over to: mitchlafon.comSupport the show.
Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon presents Buckcherry's Stevie D. (recorded January 2020). Stevie D. discusses the band's latest album Warpaint, the spirit of Buckcherry, the band's sound, why Josh Todd & The Conflict, Spraygun war, how important is radio play to the band, the new collaboration with WifisFuneral, their upcoming ACOUSTIC project, the album 15, drummer Francis Ruiz and much more.  "It was important to us (when the band splintered) to keep the spirit of Buckcherry and what that is. It was important to keep that intact. So, in writing, that was definitely in the forefront." "Rock is still alive and selling out stadiums." "For us, radio is important, but it's not the answer because we built a great touring business. We can still go out and sellout where ever we play. It would be nice to have the radio support but it wasn't necessary during the Warpaint tour." "You've got to stay true to who you are... Buckcherry has never been a band that is doing what every one else is doing. And getting successful has been icing on the cake for us." "We'll do another full length record by end of summer. We're constantly working on stuff. Right after Wifisfuneral, we do have a couple acoustic songs coming out." The 15 album: "There was nothing riding on it. We were at this place where we could do it or not. There was no record company. There was no manager or nothing. It was just five guys in a room. Go figure, the thing blew up."Get your MITCH MERCH here: Twitter: @mitchlafonInstagram: @mitch_lafonSubscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews.visit: mitchlafon.comSupport the show.
Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon presents revered British pop icon, Peter Noone (recorded at the end of 2019). Peter discusses his extensive yearly touring schedule, being a music enthusiast, the beginnings of Herman's Hermits, songwriting, The Beatles & more, finding their place in a crowded radio marketplace, lyrics then and now, personal choice, working on Broadway, The Tremblers, a Farewell tour, his love of music, Casablanca Records, Neil Bogart, Tom Petty, Jimmy Page & John Paul Jones playing on Herman's Hermit songs and much much more. On getting started in music: "I started off as an enthusiast of music. I bought records and went to see live music. I knew lots of people who were in groups that played in their sister's attic and the little local nightclubs. One day, I found myself in a band where I was not just and enthusiast, but a participant." On a possible Farewell Tour: "I'm more like Mick Jagger. Arrogantly believing that I can pull it off for at least another ten years... Music is my hobby. When I hang up the phone with you, I'm going to play some music. That's what I do. When I'm in my car driving to a gig, I listen to music. Some people listen to the world news. I don't. I listen to music. And enjoy it, and smile and sing along and dislike and love and all of those things. So, why would I want to stop doing that?"  On Neil Bogart: "I don't know how good he was at business, but he was a great character." On Coronation Street, he jokingly says, "I was in it in 1961 and it's still the number one show in England even without me in it." Get your MITCH MERCH here: Twitter: @mitchlafonInstagram: @mitch_lafonSubscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews.COMING SOON: mitchlafon.comSupport the show.
Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon presents former White Lion singer, Mike Tramp (recorded January 2020). Mike discusses his upcoming M3 Rock Festival appearance as well as his new Second Time Around album (out May 2020), his inspiration for new music, the story coming with the new album, why he's never ventured into producing or managing other bands, celebrating 30 years of Mane Attraction, aging gracefully, Vito's concern, and much more.    On his new album - Second Time Around: "Compared to Lord Of The Rings or Game Of Thrones, you can actually go in and out of my solo albums and not be confused in where the hell you are. This one basically re-introduces some songs that I wrote and recorded in different versions earlier on when I floating around this break I had in the middle where I attempted... wrongly attempted... a regrettable attempt to do a new version of White Lion. There were times when I stepped into the studio because I felt I had these songs. So, some of these songs are from early on - written at a different time, but anytime that I listen to anything - it is as current as Stray From The Flock, Nomad, Maybe Tomorrow or even Capricorn... It's still the same story." "I only will sing the songs that I can sing and I will not attempt even for a second to be Mike Tramp 1988 - 27 years old. There are a lot of old rock n' roll singers trying to hold on to their hair and trying to squeeze out 10% of the voice they once had. It hurts me watching my heroes trying to walk out on stage as Fat Elvis - not giving their best anymore because they simply cannot let go of what they once were. When you're not good enough anymore you leave the field or become a car salesman. I can't be Mike Tramp 1988 and there are a lot of singers from 1980's who simply cannot do what they are trying to attempt."Get your MITCH MERCH here: Twitter: @mitchlafonInstagram: @mitch_lafonSubscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews.COMING SOON: mitchlafon.comSupport the show.
Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon presents songwriter, Desmond Child. This is the show's second interview with Desmond (recorded winter 2019).Desmond discusses his latest album 'Desmond Child Live', chanteuse Lena Hall, working with Jon Bon Jovi, making KISS a chart success, times when collaborations didn't work, song doctors, the Scorpions Humanity: Hour I, working with Alice Cooper, lost confidence, Nashville, ASCAP & streaming, and much more. On working with Bon Jovi: "We had chemistry together. We had a fate that was leading us to each other." On writing the massive KISS his I Was Made For Lovin' You With Paul Stanley: "I showed up at a KISS rehearsal and during the break... at SRI there was a big grand piano up on the stage. Everybody took off and just he and I were at the piano and we wrote the song. It was a magical experience. I told him, 'do these dramatic chords over a disco beat - just four on the floor and put heavy guitars on it. He was like, 'ok, but I don't think Gene's gonna like that, but whatever." And Gene never liked it, not to this day. But It's there biggest international hit." Early Aerosmith experience: "It started out not good with Aerosmith to tell you the truth. I was forced on the band. I walk in and there's just some roadies around and I hear some kind of a loop going on backwards. Steven who's a real people pleaser, I didn't even say a word yet, says 'hey come over here - listen to what we're doing.' And so I listen to it and it was this backwards loop and he started singing, 'Crusin' For The Ladies... Cruisin' For The Ladies,' and I said, 'that's really bad.' Those were my first words to Aerosmith." On his friend's reactions to wanting to work with the Scorpions in 2006-07: "Lots of my friends and manager said, 'Oh, come on - don't work with them. They're has-beens. They do beer halls in Germany, like forget it.' I don't know, I just felt something and I believed in them... I had rules. I made Klaus go to singing lessons with Eric Vetro." On his legacy: "My music has touched billions of people all around the planet. They don't know who wrote it. They don't even know who sang it, but they know the song. So, for me, it's been very fulfilling" Get your MITCH MERCH here: Twitter: @mitchlafonInstagram: @mitch_lafonSubscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews.Support the show.
Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon presents singer, Zak Stevens (Savatage, TSO, Archon Angel). Recorded January 2nd 2020.  Expect Archon Angel to tour Europe (including Greece, France, Germany, etc...) in April 2020. During our conversation Zak discusses his new band Archon Angel, the importance of branding, the 'punishing' touring schedule with TSO, guitarist Joel Hoekstra (Cher, Whitesnake), the return of Savatage, the future of Archon Angel, 70 000 Tons Of Metal cruise, Aldo Nova, coming in for the recording of the Savatage album Edge Of Thorns & becoming the band's new voice and much more. Selected quotes from the interview: On surviving TSO's grueling tour schedule: "You have to have a militarized routine. You just get into it and go. It's the wildest thing I've ever seen - the TSO tours. It's a different animal - that's for sure."Archon Angel's press release describes the new Fallen album as having the 'classic Savatage sound', Zak comments: "When we started with the Archon Angel stuff, we didn't think this was Savatage-esque. Even I didn't think it was overwhelmingly like Savatage. The press is hearing stuff... I wonder if that's more like something the person is hearing for themselves and going 'oh yeah, we've been wanting Savatage and this sounds like it.' When, we, the musicians looked at it... It may be here or there, but not like an overwhelming thing. I'd be the first one to say, 'wait a minute I can't... this is just like Savatage. I'm not going to dive right into that. When you come from that history (I come from singing in Savatage), there's bound to be something that is going to remind somebody of that. You really can't get away from it, so don't try to run. It's gonna catch you." The return of Savatage: "Yes, if you talk to the guys in Savatage, they would love to come together. We're just waiting on some decisions from above to see what the next step is." He further added, "All of a sudden, I'm seeing five Savatage songs in the second half of the TSO show and I'm going, 'Hint?' Who knows? I see some building on that side... Al Pitrelli, Johnny Lee Middleton, myself, Chris Cafferty, Jeff Plate, we're all kinda sitting there saying 'hmmm - this is very interesting...' Send Savatage out to tell a few stories from their old albums... We know we got it. We know that it's a demand and we know that there's a business demand especially coming from Europe... Be ready for the call."  COMING SOON: Get your MITCH MERCH here: Twitter: @mitchlafonInstagram: @mitch_lafonSupport the show.
Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon presents singer, Johnny Edwards (recorded December 2019). Johnny discusses his work with Foreigner (the Unusual Heat album), his new band Bleu Phonque, his career including working with Montrose, King Kobra and more, coming out of retirement after 20 years, replacing Lou Gramm and how he got to be in Foreigner, Buster Brown, how SoundScan changed everything, the KISS connection, Mick and Kevin Jones, Mark (Marcie) Free & Kelly Hansen being on the short list of singers auditioning for Foreigner in the early '90s, and much more. Quote from the interview - on who auditioned along side him to be Foreigner's singer in the early '90s:  "There were three singers on the short list. One of them was Mark Free (King Kobra)  and the other was Kelly Hansen (who is the lead singer now). It's just so funny how things come and go around." Get your MITCH MERCH here: Twitter: @mitchlafonInstagram: @mitch_lafonSupport the show.
Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon presents drummer, Deen Castronovo (recorded December 2019). Please share the episode with your friends and on your socials! Thanks! Deen discusses the upcoming Revolution Saints album - Rise, the new Dead Daisies album featuring Glenn Hughes, having forced outside writers on the Revolution Saints album, Tommy Thayer, KISS' End Of The Road, Journey Through Time, becoming the Dead Daisies de facto new lead singer (listen at approx. 23 minutes in), will the Dead Daisies include Deep Purple's Burn in the set, the future of the Dead Daisies, and much more. On outside writers for Revolution Saints: "It's just kind of disheartening. If we can't even do our own stuff, it's kind of pointless to be a band... It's like being in a cover band, ya know." Get your MITCH MERCH here:  Twitter: @mitchlafonInstagram: @mitch_lafon Subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews.Support the show.
ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON presents Charm City Devils singer, John Allen. (2019 interview) John discusses the band's new EP 1904, are full length albums a thing of the past, the challenges of being a new band, Mötley Crüe, his time with pop-melodic band SR-71, touring with Bon Jovi, the hit song '1985' (later recorded by Bowling For Soup), producer John Shanks, M3 Rock Festival & taking vocal lessons from KIX's Steve Whiteman, and much more.  Subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews.Get your MITCH MERCH here: Twitter: @mitchlafonInstagram: @mitch_lafonSupport the show.
ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON presents guitarist George Lynch. (Recorded December 2019) George discusses his latest project, Dirty Shirley, and the various other projects (KXM, Sweet & Lynch...) he's been involved with over the last few years. Also, will there be a Dokken/Lynch Mob and Lita Ford tour? Though it's been announced, the answer seems unsure. Other topics covered include: branding, getting off the traditional album-tour-album cycle, being challenged, growing as a person & player, chasing 'the dollar', being pigeonholed, if the personalities hadn't clashed - could Dokken have been a stadium act (at approx. 14mins 19 secs.), Frank Marino, Uli Jon Roth and much more. Commenting on his various projects: "It's my own damn fault for not saying no to anything... But it probably isn't the smartest thing in the world - business wise or on a lot of other levels." On Dokken: "Don took a gamble that he could disband the group, take off on his own and keep that momentum going. To a large extent that was misguided... the rest of the band suffered because of that (arguably in a lot of ways). We had what we had all worked for, ripped out from under us... When it came time for us to reap the rewards of that, it was pretty much stolen out from under us by one of us. One of our brothers and that was very hard for me to take." On the upcoming Lita Ford, Lynch Mob, Dokken tour: "Well, listen - nothing is set in stone. I'll preface this by saying that everything could fall apart tomorrow, but assuming everything goes according to plan..." Lynch Mob new music: "Lynch Mob will have a new release in time for next year's touring." Who's on the new Lynch Mob album: "Jimmy and I worked on the new record initially... then we brought in Joe Retta (from Heaven & Earth - who's working on vocals)... Sean McNabb is not. Next year, Brian Tichy's coming back." Get your MITCH MERCH here: Twitter: @mitchlafonInstagram: @mitch_lafonSupport the show.
Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon presents Doro Pesch (recorded December 2019). Doro discusses her upcoming performance at The M3 Rock Festival, her latest release Forever Warriors Forever Untied, her current collaboration with Lita Ford (approx. at 33 minutes), metal over pop music (always), Bon Jovi, remembering Warrel Dane, Guns N’ Roses drummer Frank Ferrer, and much more.Get your MITCH MERCH here:  Twitter: @mitchlafon Instagram: @mitch_lafon Subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews.Support the show.
ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON presents singer, Liv Warfield. Liv has performed with Prince and is in a band with Heart's Nancy Wilson called Roadcase Royale. Liv discusses her recent singles 'Look At Me' and 'Mantra', working with Prince, RoadCase Royale with Heart's Nancy Wilson, discovering her voice, the challenges and excitement of going solo, recording at Paisley Park, being onstage with Prince and more.Get your MITCH MERCH here:  Twitter: @mitchlafonSupport the show.
ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON presents Def Leppard singer, Joe Elliott (recorded December 23rd 2019). Joe discusses his band Down N' Outz new album This Is How We Roll, Nikki Sixx via his socials asked the band to play 'Hello America' - will they? (answer at approx. 13.49), 40 years of On Through The Night, Mutt Lange and High N' Dry, more The Stadium tour dates (next year), Montreal and more.  On Mutt Lange: "He loved the idea of us being this piece of clay that he could mold a certain way."On The Stadium Tour: "I think this could be the biggest thing since the '80s" More stadium shows: "It's probably going to expand further than that into next year... Something this successful, we'd like to keep it going for as long as we can." Joe Elliott on Nikki Sixx’s social media request for Def Leppard to play ‘Hello America’ this summer: “As for what we are going to play live, we haven’t made that decision yet but I think Nikki may be a little disappointed...” Get your MITCH MERCH here: Twitter: @mitchlafonSupport the show.
ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON presents singer, David Glen Eisley with guest appearance from Bob Kulick (recorded December 2019).  During our conversation, David discusses Sweet Victory (The SpongeBob SquarePants song), his career (including his time with Giuffria), his new album Tattered Torn And Worn, the unreleased Giuffria III album, opening for Foreigner & Deep Purple, Irving Azoff, wanting to be a professional baseball player and more. Also, Bob Kulick discusses his new work with Graham Bonnet.  Get your MITCH MERCH here: Support the show.
ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON presents singer Marc Storace from KROKUS (Recorded December 2019). During our conversation Marc discusses the band's Adios Amigos Farewell Tour, the upcoming Netflix documentary (discussed at approx. 1hour 02 minutes mark), China (the band), his feelings of it being over in Europe, why announce a Farewell tour, Malcolm Young (AC/DC), moving forward away from Krokus, Steve Lee of Gotthard, the truth about his association with AC/DC (approx. 26 minute mark), his acting (Anuk and more), the real reason why they won't play some of their greatest hits live anymore, what happened in the American marketplace, Little Mountain Sound Studios in Vancouver and working with 'the team' (Bruce Fairbairn, Bob Rock, Mike Fraser and the writing team of Bryan Adams & Jim Vallance), working with Tom Allom and Rob Halford, Farewell live album & DVD, his former band TEA, writing songs for his daughter (Juliana), and more. Quote from the interview (time - 25:57): "Look, I'll be honest. I never got a call from AC/DC." Get your MITCH MERCH here: Twitter: @mitchlafonInstagram: @mitch_lafonSubscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews.Support the show.
ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON presents The Nixons - Seether drummer, John Humphrey. (Recorded November 2019). During our conversation, John discusses The Nixons latest single Favorite Lies, reviving The Nixons and the band's plans moving forward, adapting his drumming styles for each band, Jack Blades, his love for the mighty KISS and Eric Carr, Seether's plans for 2020 and much more.  Get your MITCH MERCH here:  Twitter: @mitchlafon Instagram: @mitch_lafon Subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews.Support the show.
ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON presents singer, Lou Gramm. (Recorded December 18th 2019) During our conversation, Lou discusses the updates version of his memoir 'Juke Box Hero: My Five Decades In Rock N' Roll', the new Foreigner Then And Now - Live Reloaded album, his health, his retirement, the possibility of more shows with Foreigner, the 40th anniversary of Head Games, his upcoming EP of new music, respect & the Rock N' Roll Hall Of fame, his brotherly love for guitarist Mick Jones and more. Get your MITCH MERCH here:  Twitter: @mitchlafon Instagram: @mitch_lafon Subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews.Support the show.
ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON presents ZAKK WYLDE (recorded December 13th 2019). Former Lou Gramm guitarist, Michael Staertow, co-hosts.  During our conversation, ZAKK discusses the 25th anniversary of his landmark album, Pride & Glory. Also, Zakk reveals if he'll be playing with Ozzy this summer, starting all over again after Ozzy's No More Tours Tour, doing a second Pride & Glory album, Zakk Sabbath and re-recording Black Sabbath's first album, the importance of Hit Singles to Black Label Society, an all French KISS tribute band, Eli Manning and the NY Giants and more.  READ Ultimate Classic Rock's coverage: your MITCH MERCH here:  Twitter: @mitchlafon Instagram: @mitch_lafon Subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews.Please subscribe!Support the show.
ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON presents Megadeth's David Ellefson (recorded December 12th 2019). During our conversation, David reveals exclusively a new project that he is working on. We also talk new Megadeth album, him singing on it, making sure as a band that you don't repeat yourself, creative exhaustion, secret agents, the story behind Megadeth's Foreclosure Of A Dream, Def Leppard, Huey Lewis, Chris Poland book, the expected release date for the new Megadeth album, and much more.(Breaking news revealed at approx. the 9.20 mark)Get your MITCH MERCH here: Twitter: @mitchlafonInstagram: @mitch_lafonSubscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews.Support the show.
ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON presents a more festive episode featuring Eddie Levert of classic group, The O'Jays, and The Ultimate Queen Celebration vocalist, Marc Martel. (December 2019)In my first conversation, I sit down with The O'Jays Eddie Levert to discuss the band's latest album - The Last Word, fighting injustice through their lyrics, their latest single Above The Law, production team Gamble & Huff, with all the hits - why bother making new music, Drake, music sampling, and more.  Our second conversation is with Marc Martel (singer for The Ultimate QueenCelebration), we discuss his new The Christmas Collection album, his current tour, lending his voice to the Queen biopic, Queen's Roger Taylor, his Christian rock band Downhere (with a passing reference to Stryper), how he discovered his voice and more. Twitter: @MarcMartel  Quote from the interview: "If Queen were to approach me someday and say, 'hey would you like to be our lead singer,' -  I'd feel kinda stupid to say, 'nah, I'm good', but I'm so happy these days doing my own thing." (approx. the 30 minute mark of the interview)Get your MITCH MERCH here:  Twitter: @mitchlafon Instagram: @mitch_lafon Subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews.Support the show.
Comments (10)

Daniel Meyer

Thanks Mitch for the amazing interview and getting me back to Grim Reaper.

Nov 2nd

fret fanatix

how is this rock?

Sep 5th

Nick Smith

For god's sake, the sitar part he played on the album was ultra-simplistic. It's a creative album but made with minimal skills on a wide range of instruments.

Jul 24th
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Nick Smith

"Owner of a Lonely Heart" was a terrible video and mediocre song, and the low point of Yes's career. Talk about something interesting, like Tales from Topographic Oceans. Now that's a work of art!

Jul 24th
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Agents of Conspiracy

Had to ditch the Trunk podcast after listening to Rock Talk. When all my childhood heroes get into real conversations with Mitch it's entertaining and brings back memories. Mitch isn't stuck constantly bragging about who he knows , what he does or where he's been. He just knows the music the history the stars and shares all that with his audience. By far one of the best shows to listen and learn while enjoying the subject and realness of the artist.

Oct 27th

Enrique Altamirano

v. b $;

Oct 7th

Ty Ray

Is Don cooking while this interview is going on?

Mar 6th
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