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One On One With Mitch Lafon - GARY CHERONE

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In episode 119 of One On One With Mitch Lafon, Mitch is joined by EXTREME frontman, Gary Cherone.

Gary sits down with Mitch to discuss his band's performance at Heavy Montreal in August, the 25th Pornograffitti Anniversary tour, their upcoming live album & DVD, making new music, his band HURTSMILE, working with Nuno Bettencourt, addresses the recent Eddie Van Halen (Billboard) interview, working on a second Van Halen album (the follow-up to the Van Halen III) and working with Madonna songwriter Patrick Leonard, did Michael Anthony play on VH III, working with producer Michael Wagener, the importance of having a producer, working on the KISS My Ass (tribute to KISS album) and reveals which song Gene Simmons wanted them to record (from The Elder), Dream Theater' Mike Magini's time with the band, and much much more.

Quote from the interview:

On new Extreme music: "There will be new music. It's important for the band and the fans have been asking for it. We are long overdue."

On the second (yet unreleased) Gary Cherone - Van Halen album: "Patrick Leonard (Madonna's songwriter) came up to 5150 and we wrote a couple of songs with him, but most of the demos were just me and Eddie. The two songs were did with him (Patrick Leonard) were actually really good. There was some real good stuff."

"The whole Sammy/Michael thing... I love Mike. He's an underrated bass player in a band with two virtuosos. Even Alex gets overshadowed by Eddie."

On Michael Anthony needing to be shown how to play by Eddie Van Halen: "There was never a video camera and Michael played on VH III. Michael was a rock on the VH 3 tour."

Speaking of Extreme's bassist Pat Badger: "We call Pat Badger the poor man's Michael Anthony."

This episode is co-hosted by FIREHOUSE guitarist, Bill Leverty (who discusses Firehouse's plan for a 25th Anniversary Firehouse [1st album] tour).

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EXTREME Announce 25th Anniversary 'Pornograffitti' USA Tour

Friday, January 16, 2015


Tuesday 11th November ' Rock legends Extreme have announced that they will be going on tour in the US as part of the first leg of their 'Pornograffitti Live ' 25th Anniversary' tour. The shows will take the band through multiple cities in the USA and will be 'An Evening With Extreme.' They will perform, in full, their multi-Platinum, top ten album 'Pornograffitti', in its entirety, including number one hit ballad 'More Than Words,' followed up by a greatest hits set. 

VIP presale packages go on sale today, Tuesday November 18th and general on sale Friday, November 21st. VIP tickets Available at
Grammy-nominated Extreme, one of the most successful rock acts of the late 1980s and 1990s, have sold over 10 million albums worldwide. They have released six studio albums, plus a greatest hits set and a recent live DVD since their formation in 1985. The band had initially described their music as 'Funky Metal', but it would evolve much more in the mid-90s by blending classic rock influences with post-grunge and alternative rock.
Extreme's popularity is fueled by guitar virtuoso Nuno Bettencourt's signature style, Gary Cherone's resonant vocals and socially conscious lyrics, Pat Badger's rock solid bass, and the hard hitting Kevin Figueiredo on drums. Their unwavering songcraft and diverse musical approaches have earned the band multi-platinum albums with chart topping hits and sold-out tours all over the globe.
 'It's going to be a first' Pornograffitti Live Tour! We are going to play it from top to bottom. We can't wait to play it live.' Cherone Says.
Nuno explains, 'These shows are going to be real special. This record represents a great moment in time for the band. We are pretty fired up to do it.' 
These shows are not to be missed.

Tour Trailer Video:

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FRI       16        UNCASVILLE, CT                  MOHEGAN SUN
SAT     17        PORTLAND, ME                     STATE THEATER
TUE     20        ENGLEWOOD, NJ                  BERGEN PAC
WED    21        BOSTON, MA                         HOUSE OF BLUES
THU     22        JIM THORPE, PA                    PENNS PEAK
SAT     24        LONG ISLAND, NY                 SPACE AT WESTBURY
SUN     25        BALTIMORE, MD                   SOUNDSTAGE
TUE     27        CINCINNATI, OH                     BOGARTS                  
WED    28        CHICAGO, IL                          HOUSE OF BLUES
THU     29        MINNEAPOLIS,MN                MILL CITY NIGHTS
SAT     31        BATTLE CREEK, MI               FIREKEEPERS CASINO




One on One with Mitch Lafon - SIXX AM, GARY CHERONE, ELECTRIC BOYS

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Episode 48 of One On One with Mitch Lafon features interviews with SIXX AM's James Michael, EXTREME (and former VAN HALEN) vocalist Gary Cherone as well as ELECTRIC BOYS frontman Conny Bloom. Mark Strigl (from Talking Metal) co-hosts.

This episode’s first interview is with producer, vocalist and guitarist JAMES MICHAEL of SIXX AM. He discusses the band's latest album, Modern Vintage, and his dual role as musician and producer. James also talks about the band's upcoming touring plans now that Mötley Crüe is winding down and Guns N' Roses are slowing down their activities. We also discuss James' production work with other artist including the SCORPIONS' Humanity: Hour 1.

Our second interview is with Extreme frontman, Gary Cherone. He talks about his new HURTSMILE Retrogrenade album, Extreme's Pornograffitti Live tour, making new music and his time in Van Halen. He also discusses at length the 1998 LIVE Van Halen album that the band recorded in Pittsburgh and had slated for release before it was pulled from the schedule.

Our third and final interview is with Electric Boys singer Conny Bloom. He talks about the band's latest album Starflight United, his time with Hanoi Rocks and Sliver Ginger 5.

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This Episode of One On One With Mitch Lafon is brought to you by the MelodicRockFest 4 - takinng place October 3rd and 4th in Arlington Heights, Illinois and features performance by Mitch Malloy, Heaven’s Edge, 7th Heaven, Talon, Paul Laine, Bombay Black, Johnny Lima and many more.

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