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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.
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Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon presents a brand new interview with H.E.A.T.'s Erik 'Grammy" Grönwall (recorded March 27th 2020).Erik discusses H.E.A.T.'s fantastic new album H.E.A.T. II (destined to be in every rock writers - 2020 year end BEST OF Top 10 lists), working with Alice Cooper on NBC's presentation of Jesus Christ Superstar, his 2018 Grammy Awards nomination, recording and releasing the Paul Stanley written track - Timeless, Europe's Joey Tempest, the importance of returning original guitarist Dave Dalone, his solo career and much more.   Subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews.Twitter: @mitchlafonInstagram: @mitch_lafonVISIT: mitchlafon.com   Support the show.
Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon presents former Guns N' Roses manager, Alan Niven (recorded March 24th 2020). Alan discusses the great new remastered re-release of Great White's Stage live album. We dissect how grunge didn't kill '80s bands - it was something else. Plus, we talk Hooked and other Great White classic albums. Speaking of the album stage Alan said: "This might be the last quality live record of an '80s band."On grunge: "I think Nirvana is actually overrated." "Great White were NOT a f***ing Hair band."   Subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews.Twitter: @mitchlafonInstagram: @mitch_lafonSupport the show.
Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon presents Tesla's Brian Wheat & Doc McGhee (both recorded March 26th 2020) In this episode, Tesla's Brian Wheat discusses the band's latest album Five Man London Jam as well as the band's plan amid the current Covid-19 pandemic, his friendships with Def Leppard's Joe Elliott & Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page, his upcoming book and much more. And as a special bonus the episode kicks off with a quick chat that I had with KISS manager Doc McGhee asking about KISS, the state of the industry and ticket prices. The audio is taken from our discussion as featured on the Stefan Adika 'Coffee Talk' show. You can follow everything Stefan does on his Adika Group YouTube Page which can be found here:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC67DCNf4oLIuJZmVq8aykdQSubscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews.Twitter: @mitchlafonInstagram: @mitch_lafonVISIT: mitchlafon.comSupport the show.
Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon presents guitarist, ROSS THE BOSS, recorded March 24th 2020 Ross discusses his new album Born Of Fire, his recently completed tour & the outlook for upcoming shows, currently working on a new The Dictators album, Manowar and much more.  Quotes:"If you think you're getting Manowar 2 on this record, it's not even close, but there still is 'ROSSisms' all over the record. That's why it's so cool." "I can safely give you great news that the original The Dictators (me, Andy and Scott) are recording again. We've done three songs already. Albert Bouchard from Blue Öyster Cult will be joining us on the recordings." "Everyone borrows a 'MANOWARism'"Subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews.Twitter: @mitchlafonInstagram: @mitch_lafonVISIT: mitchlafon.comSupport the show.
Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon presents singer Steve Hayman from Heavy Pettin' (recorded March 2020).  Steve discusses the band's new EP - 4 Play as well as the band's career ups and down, the 2017 reunion, working with Queen's Brian May, the unreleased album (via Virgin records) with guitarist Damon Johnson and a lot more. Subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews.Twitter: @mitchlafonInstagram: @mitch_lafonVISIT: mitchlafon.comSupport the show.
Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon presents an in-depth discussion with guitarist Ted Nugent (recorded March 20th 2020) In this interview, Ted shares his thoughts about the Covid-19 pandemic currently gripping the world and how it affects working musicians and their crew as well as what can you do to protect yourself, was it irresponsible for artists (like Guns N' Roses) to not cancel performances and much more.  The interview is presented in whole. Help support Mitch & the show: www.paypal.me/MitchLafonSubscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews.Twitter: @mitchlafonInstagram: @mitch_lafonGet your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch VISIT: mitchlafon.comSupport the show.
Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon steps outside the box and presents an interview with the legendary Emilio Castillo of Tower Of Power. Emilio discusses the band's new album Step Up as well as why bother making new music, Sammy Hagar, their upcoming live DVD, Huey Lewis And The News, his career and much more.Subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews.Twitter: @mitchlafonInstagram: @mitch_lafonVISIT: mitchlafon.comSupport the show.
Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon presents Huey Lewis And The News' Johnny Colla (recorded end of Feb. 2020) Johnny discuses Huey Lewis And The News' new album Weather, his time in Rubicon, being part of touring supergroups, Huey's hearing issues, would they tour without Huey, the self-titled debut album, 'retired' guitarist Chris Hayes, the band Clover, Do You Believe In Love, Mutt Lange, the importance of having an outside producer, the fabulous Plan B album, songwriting and covers, Power Of Love, his I Hear Voices solo album and his upcoming (later this year) A capella release, and much much moreQuote: "Ear candy is important on the radio." Subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews.Twitter: @mitchlafonInstagram: @mitch_lafonVISIT: mitchlafon.comSupport the show.
Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon presents, Dennis DeYoung (recorded March 10th 2020)Dennis discusses his new masterwork album, 26 East Vol. 1.Oh, and vuvuzelas.  It's a compelling listen! Quote: "I'm frankly scared for America" "I'm not following Gene Simmons and having continual final tours." On the new album: "I worked real hard to try to make you love it. I took extreme care in the way it sounded. Does it sound good to you?"Subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews.Twitter: @mitchlafonInstagram: @mitch_lafonVISIT: mitchlafon.comSupport the show.
Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon presents Silverthorne's Pete Shoulder. Pete discusses the band and their new album Tear The Sky Wide Open as well as working with Brian Tichy, his time with Thunder, guitarist Luke Morley and The Union and much more.Subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews.Twitter: @mitchlafonInstagram: @mitch_lafonVISIT: mitchlafon.comSupport the show.
ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON presents guitarist, TOMMY SKEOCH (recorded March 2020).  In this episode, former TESLA guitarist TOMMY SKEOCH discusses his new band Resist & Bite, the 'habits' that forced him to depart Tesla, Bar 7, the Tesla sound and producers Steve Thompson and Michael Barbiero, Paul McCartney, the band's connection to Def Leppard, his thoughts on guitarist Frank Hannon, and much more. QUOTE: "Somewhere around '93-'94, I started delving into some really hard core dope and sh*t like that... ... We ended up doing another record (Into The Now) and things were pretty chill, but then -  I don't know what happened to me man - I just got kinda sick of f***ing everything and just started f***ing doing it hard and that was it. I just wasn't haven't it and they weren't having me." On reuniting with Tesla: "If they asked me, I would do it." Listen to this episode for your chance to win custom made picks...Omega guitar picks along with Podchaser and ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON are giving away - two custom picks prize packs. Winners will get to choose their own design! Listen to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon all through March for your chance to win. ‬Subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews.Twitter: @mitchlafonInstagram: @mitch_lafonVISIT: mitchlafon.comSupport the show.
Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon presents GOTTHARD guitarist, Leo Leoni, recorded in March 2020. Leo discusses the band's renewed vigor on the new album #13, his side project CoreLeoni and the future of the band as well as Gotthard, his recent marriage, Krokus' Flavio Mezzodi stepping in on drums, the idea for a Gotthard's covers album, working with Status Quo's Francis Rossi, covering ABBA on the new album, Anytime Anywhere being the perfect rock song and much more.  Quotes:Leo on #13 being a true hard rock album: "Everybody not just me was a little bit tired of this acoustic thing and ballads. All of a sudden every get back with the leather jackets. Looks like a clear statement." "We rediscovered the rock energy with Gotthard." Listen to this episode for your chance to win custom made picks...Omega guitar picks along with Podchaser and ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON are giving away - two custom picks prize packs. Winners will get to choose their own design! Listen to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon all through March for your chance to win. ‬Podchaser: https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/rock-talk-with-mitch-lafon-514662 Twitter: @mitchlafonInstagram: @mitch_lafonVISIT: mitchlafon.comSupport the show.
Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon presents guitarist, Brad Gillis, recorded March 6th 2020. In this quick pre-show conversation, Brad discusses his upcoming solo album, the next new Night Ranger album, the Sammy Hagar/Whitesnake/Night Ranger tour, Cal Jam II, the M3 Rock Festival and more. Do you agree with Brad when he says (quote from the interview):"I consider ourselves not really an A band, but basically a glorified B band. I think we're three or four hits shy of being an A band." Listen to this episode for your chance to win custom made picks... Omega guitar picks along with Podchaser and ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON are giving away - two custom picks prize packs. Winners will get to choose their own design! Listen to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon all through March for your chance to win. ‬ Podchaser link: https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/rock-talk-with-mitch-lafon-514662Subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews.Twitter: @mitchlafonInstagram: @mitch_lafonVISIT: mitchlafon.comSupport the show.
Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon presents LOVERBOY's Mike Reno. Mike Reno and Loverboy will be in Montreal on June 20th 2020 for the Strangers In The Night Benefit Gala in aid of Lymphoma Canada and Friends For Mental Health. Visit strangersinthenight.ca for further information. During the interview we discuss the charity event as well 1991's Brian MacLeod charity event to help him raise funds in his battle with cancer and how that 1991 event led to the band's reunion. We also discuss the band's history including opening for KISS in 1979, the need for new music, Little Mountian studio, Mutt Lange, Jim Peterik & being involved in the Top Gun 2 soundtrack, singing backing vocals for AC/DC & Bon Jovi as well a much more. Quote:"I find '80s music quite refreshing. It sounds good. It's got a big wide scope of interesting topics. You can understand what's happening. You can hear the melodies. You can hear the music. It's something that I think is going to stand the test of time and looks like it still is 'cause we've never been busier to be honest with you. I'm sure, it's just all about the music... it's all about the music."Listen now via - YouTube:iHeat Radio:Spotify: Subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews.Twitter: @mitchlafonInstagram: @mitch_lafonGet your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch VISIT: mitchlafon.comSupport the show.
Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon presents Angel's Punky Meadows. Punky discusses the band's latest album Risen, re-igniting the band with Frank Dimino, tour plans, stepping away from the music for a period of time, the return of Greg Giuffria, Gene Simmons of KISS discovering the band, Neil Bogart and much more. Subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews.Twitter: @mitchlafonInstagram: @mitch_lafonGet your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch VISIT: mitchlafon.comSupport the show.
ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON PRESENTS '70s pop icon, Leif Garrett. Leif discusses his new book Idol Truth: A Memoir, his band F8, our infamous evening in LA with Ron Jeremy & members of Pretty Boy Floyd, the VH1 Behind The Music narrative and secrets revealed, good looks versus ability, the girls, turning the book into a biopic, Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew and much more. Quote:"I want to be Mick Jagger. I want to be Rod Stewart. I want to be Elton John. I didn't want to do the Deney Terrio dance moves... Lip-synching was normal."Subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews.Twitter: @mitchlafonInstagram: @mitch_lafonGet your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch VISIT: mitchlafon.comSupport the show.
ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON PRESENTS singer Robin McAuley. (Recorded February 2020). Comedian Don Jamieson co-hosts. His Denim & Laughter comedy album is out now!  Robin & Mitch discuss his new band Black Swan (with Reb Beach, Jeff Pilson and Matt Starr) and their new album Shake The World as well as his recent health scare (sepsis), his time in the band Survivor (Eye Of The Tiger), Eddie Money, going solo, and much more.  Quotes:"I had contracted the E Coli virus that became a bladder infection that became sepsis that was Hell For For Leather in wanting to take me out. It was not a good time."   Black Swan - Shake The World: "For me personally, it's the best record I have ever recorded, the best vocal sound I've ever had on any record (that I've ever recorded), and that's how I feel about it. The rest were just too processed, too syrupy and while it suited the time... There's a lot of stuff that gets said about the McAuley/Schenker period... I didn't write the music. Michael Schenker wrote the music and I just sang over it. It was great for that time, but you know..."Subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews.Twitter: @mitchlafonInstagram: @mitch_lafonGet your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch VISIT: mitchlafon.comSupport the show.
ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON presents Tuk Smith & The Restless Hearts.On this episode, discover upcoming artist Tuk Smith. We discuss their new album Lookin' For Love, Ready For War, as well as their stadium tour dates with Def Leppard, Poison and Mötley Crüe. Tuk Smith & The Restless Hearts are pure rock n' roll - make sure you check them out!Quote from the interview: "The social media thing is a whole other animal. It's just part of the game nowadays. Sometimes, I think, 'if Kurt Cobain or Bon Scott... how would they act if they had to be actively taking part in social media?' It would be really weird. I imagine Marc Bolan would be taking selfies all day, but you think Bon Scott or Kurt Cobain would be taking selfies? It's a weird dynamic shift, but it's just  something you have to do now." Subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews.Twitter: @mitchlafonInstagram: @mitch_lafonGet your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch VISIT: mitchlafon.comSupport the show.
ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON presents Crowbar's Kirk Windstein - co-hosted by comedian Don Jamieson (recorded February 2020). Comedian Don Jamieson and Mitch talk up Kirk Windstein's new album Dream In Motion as well as Don's latest release Denim & Laughter. Plus, we talk Thunder and Monsters Of Rock Cruise.  During our interview with KIRK, we discuss his new album Dream In Motion, his songwriting, we explore his work with Down, Crowbar & Kingdom Of Sorrow, 25th anniversary of Down's NOLA album, the formation of Crowbar, growing old as a heavy metal rock star and the physicality involved, Ace Frehley, and a whole lot more. Quote: "The solo record lets me stretch out and do things that I'm not able to do with Crowbar and that's important to me." "My whole rock n' roll world began with KISS Alive!, but when I'm out with my wife running errands I actually listen to an '80s pop station that plays a lot of the early MTV stuff like Split Enz, Human League, Duran Duran, Cyndi Lauper and all that kind of stuff. Just good pop songs... After leaving the studio and doing just Crowbar stuff for four hours straight, the last thing I want to hear is something heavy." "NOLA is a classic record to most people because it was something refreshing... it was record that wrote itself because it was five guys that grew up together. We didn't overthink it. It stood the test of time for the last quarter century." Subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews.Twitter: @mitchlafonInstagram: @mitch_lafonGet your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch VISIT: mitchlafon.comSupport the show.
Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon presents We Will Rock You cast member, Trevor Coll, and Theory (Theory Of A Deadman) drummer, Joey Dandeneau. Our first interview is with Queen's We Will Rock You cast member, Trevor Coll. We discuss the musical, Freddie Mercury, Queen and his aspirations.  "Queen is the heart of this show," Trevor Coll. Our second interview is with drummer Joey Dandeneau. He discusses Theory's new album Say Nothing, we discuss Slash drummer Brent Fitz, the 'darker' lyrical content, the band's rebranding (from Theory Of A Deadman to Theory), why isn't the band's bigger, is the era of arena/stadium rock coming to an end, RUSH drummer Neil Peart, and much more.  On the band's rebranding: "The 'Deadman' would kind of freak people out or they just didn't understand it... 'Of A Deadman' seemed to confuse people.""Merch is a big thing... I think we're in the clothing business. We tour to sell clothes almost." and find out why he exclaims: "I hate Canada!"Subscribe to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon for exclusive content and interviews.Twitter: @mitchlafonInstagram: @mitch_lafonGet your MITCH MERCH here: https://loudtrax.com/Mitch VISIT: mitchlafon.comSupport the show.
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Daniel Meyer

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

Nov 2nd
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fret fanatix

how is this rock?

Sep 5th
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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
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Enrique Altamirano

v. b $;

Oct 7th
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Ty Ray

Is Don cooking while this interview is going on?

Mar 6th
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