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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" 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.

    Lamb Of God's Mark Morton (January 2020 interview)

    Lamb Of God's Mark Morton (January 2020 interview)

    Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon presents Lamb Of God guitarist Mark Morton (recorded January 2020).

    Mark discusses his new album ETHER as well as Lamb Of God's 2020 new album & touring plans. 


    Selected quotes from the interview - 


    "I have become less and less interested in chasing that technical prowess and that unbelievably scientifically technically amazing approach to guitar. I've never been that kind of player. Maybe at times I have aspired to that, but the more and more I go into my career the more and more I write songs and work on different projects. I've far more interested in songwriting. I happen to be a guitar player, so I write songs on guitar... I'm really interested in the song. I'm just much more fulfilled by a good song than I am by any kind of 'shreddy' solo or technical display."


    Lamb Of God: "We have never once, at all, considered fan response in any sort of creative decision ever. We have never written a song for anybody else except the five people in the room. Not for management. Not for label. Not for fans. Not for media. Not for anybody. When we like it, it's done."


    Lamb Of God's upcoming plans: "There's going to be a new album in 2020 and there's going to be extensive touring around it."


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    • 27 min
    Jack Russell's Great White's Tony Montana

    Jack Russell's Great White's Tony Montana

    Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon presents Tony Montana (from jack Russell's Great White - recorded in December 2019). This episode is co-hosted by Alan Niven.


    Tony discusses his new band Shadow & The Thrill, their new album Sugar Bowl, working with Jack Russell, his time with Great White, working as a solo artist, touring with Alice Cooper, the two Great White camps & a possible reunion, and much more.


    "Once Bitten... Twice Shy - good grief. There are a couple of moments in your life when you realize at that moment that your life is going to change - like for sure. The moment Alan Niven sat us in the car and said, 'this is the song we're going to cover,' and you hear it and just see the genius of it going forward... It's pretty awesome, I have to say."


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    • 34 min
    In The Trenches with Ryan Roxie - Episode #7006 featuring guitarist Michael Staertow presented by Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon

    In The Trenches with Ryan Roxie - Episode #7006 featuring guitarist Michael Staertow presented by Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon

    In this episode, Ryan sits down with journeyman rock guitarist Michael Staertow (Lou Gramm Band & Slaughter)

    ABOUT THE SHOW: 

    In the Trenches with Ryan Roxie is a podcast hosted by Alice Cooper guitarist Ryan Roxie. The show features in depth conversations with the worlds hardest working musicians...the ones that grind, the ones that commit, the ones who make their dreams come true...in the trenches. 


    For more Episodes follow and subscribe on the Ryan Roxie Official YouTube Channel or these other fine links - 
    https://ryanroxie.com/

    Credits:

    Ryan Roxie - Host

    Robby Miller - Research Editor

    Victor Chalfant - Web design/Social Media

    Dave Rattenbury - Euro Team

    Gustav Kronfelt - Graphics

    Tess Faber - Intro Voice

    Mitch Lafon - Executive Producer

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    • 34 min
    Mahogany Rush's Frank Marino (December 2019 interview)

    Mahogany Rush's Frank Marino (December 2019 interview)

    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."

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    • 53 min
    Stevie D. from Buckcherry (January 2020)

    Stevie D. from Buckcherry (January 2020)

    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."


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    • 41 min
    British pop icon Peter Noone (Herman's Hermits)

    British pop icon Peter Noone (Herman's Hermits)

    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." 


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Customer Reviews

flyingkp ,

Show levels

Good interviews, BUT...they need to pay some attention to the levels in production/post-production.
Intro loud (so I set my volume), ML starts to talk (barely audible, so I re-adjust my volume), guest starts to talk (loud compared to ML, so now I have to drive with my hand on the volume - no steering wheel controls - which is just distracting, and a pain...I hate having to do that, and it detracts from the listening experience).
Otherwise, as mentioned, good interviews.

Greyspecter ,

Always a good interview.

Great show. Plenty of informative interviews with a casual conversation vibe.

GerardiusMaximus ,

One of the Best

Easily one of my favourite interviewers. Love the variety guests and the insights/questions.

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