One On One With Mitch Lafon - PAT BADGER

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EXTREME bassist Pat Badger guests on Ep. 284 of One On One With Mitch Lafon.
In this episode, bassist Pat Badger of EXTREME discusess the band's recent Pornograffitti Live 25: Metal Meltdown CD/DVD, his thoughts on singer Gary Cherone joining Van Halen, did the band consider replacing guitarist Nuno Bettencourt, former manager Ray Danniels, making a new album, alpaca farming and more.
Quotes from the interview:
New music (time 4.15): "We have been demoing and writing stuff for the last few years. There's a little box of treasures there waiting to be recorded for real."
Rush/Van Halen/ Extreme manager Ray Danniels (time 11.21): "Ray is a tremendous guy. He was in the trenches with Rush from their beginnings. He was like the fourth member. When he took on Extreme, the band was kind of struggling a little bit. It was bad timing when Ray took over."
Nuno Bettencourt in the '90s (time 13.07): "There was a disappointment when Nuno wanted to leave the band. Gary & I were saying to him, 'Get it out of your system. Go make Schizophonic, but don't break up the band. We'll be here. Come back and we'll do another Extreme album, but at the time his heart wasn't in it. He just said, 'I want to go pursue this solo career.' What can you say? It's like a girl breaking up with you."
"So, at the time, Gary and I were in conversations about 'what are we going to do?' Are we going to call it quits? Should we see if there's another guitar player? Plenty of bands have had replacements."
On singer Gary Cherone joining Van Halen (time 14.33): "I was supportive of Gary. I remember being on the phone with him - I'm helping him decipher David Lee Roth lyrics to Panama. I remember sitting on my porch saying, 'Pistons popping. Be no stopping now.' And he's like, 'That's what he's saying?"
Van Halen talk starts at 14.17.
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EXTREME Celebrates 25th Anniversary Of Classic 'Pornograffiti' Album

Friday, September 23, 2016


July 25, 2016 -- Last year marked the 25th anniversary of Extreme's classic multi-Platinum, Grammy' nominated PORNOGRAFFITTI, the definitive album of the band's career. To mark the anniversary, PORNOGRAFFITTI LIVE 25 / METAL MELTDOWN will be released September 23 by the award-winning production company Rock Fuel Media in association with Loud & Proud Records as part of their four-part 'Metal Meltdown' DVD series. The concert film captures the Boston band performing the album PORNOGRAFFITTI in its entirety.
Directed by Brian Lockwood (Bon Jovi, Metallica, Motley Crue), the PORNOGRAFFITTI LIVE 25 / METAL MELTDOWN package includes a Blu-ray, DVD, and audio CD of the complete concert that was filmed on May 30, 2015 at The Joint at the world famous Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas. It also features Rockshow, a bonus documentary that takes fans through Extreme's story, with exclusive interviews, '80s archive footage, and an exclusive photo gallery. Mixed in 5.1 Surround Sound, it's set for release September 23. A trailer can be seen here.
'It was a great thrill to perform PORNOGRAFFITTI in its entirety,' says singer Gary Cherone. 'Some of these songs were never played live before so we had to go back and relearn them for the tour.  The album was a watershed moment in the bands career'it's when we came in to our own and it will always be special.' 
As guitar virtuoso Nuno Bettencourt continues, 'The band always prided itself on its live performance. Over the years, some of these songs have evolved where the band actually plays them better now than when we had recorded them. Hope you enjoy it. '
Extreme achieved their greatest success with their 1990 album PORNOGRAFFITTI, which peaked at #10 on the Billboard's 'Top 200 Albums' chart, and was certified multi-Platinum. Musically, PORNOGRAFFITTI is dominated by blistering guitar riffs, often with funky, syncopated timing, and incendiary, high-speed rock/metal solos. The record provided Bettencourt with widespread admiration from rock guitar enthusiasts and continual exposure in leading guitar playing publications. But it was the acoustic ballad single, "More Than Words,' that reached #1 on Billboard's 'Hot 100' chart and was nominated for a Grammy' Award for 'Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal.' The subsequent single, "Hole Hearted,' another acoustic track, was also successful, rising to #4 on the same chart. "Decadence Dance" and "Get the Funk Out" were also released as singles both landing on Billboard's Rock chart and becoming fan favorites.
To date, the Grammy-nominated EXTREME have released five albums, plus a greatest hits set'selling over 10 million records worldwide.  The band's trademark sound is a mix of hard rock funk in the spirit and style of their predecessors Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Queen and Van Halen'fueled by BETTENCOURT's signature guitar flights and CHERONE's resonant vocals'and matched with a social consciousness in their lyrics.
Award-winning producer Barry Summers of Rock Fuel Media commented, 'It was a real privilege to produce PORNOGRAFFITTI LIVE 25 / METAL MELTDOWN in celebration of PORNOGRAFFITI, to have the opportunity to work first-hand with such high caliber musicians and audio purists. Over 25 years after this iconic album was released, we captured the band at their very best. Watching Nuno Bettencourt's off-the-charts guitar solos is simply mind-blowing, as confirmed by Queen's Brian May and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, whom we filmed paying homage to the Guitar God himself in the RockShow documentary. One of the highlights of the documentary is a moment where Gary and Nuno are sitting on the doorstep of Gary's childhood home, and they perform a spontaneous version of 'More Than Words.''
Here's the complete song listing of PORNOGRAFFITTI LIVE 25 / METAL MELTDOWN:
1.    Decadence Dance
2.    Li'l Jack Horny
3.    When I'm President
4.    Get the Funk Out
5.    More Than Words
6.    Money (In God We Trust)
7.    It ('s a Monster)
8.    Pornograffitti
9.    When I First Kissed You
10.  Suzi (Wants Her All Day What?)
11.  Flight of the Wounded Bumble Bee
12.  He-Man Woman Hater
13.  Song For Love
14.  Hole Hearted
15.  Play With Me*
16.  Cupid's Dead*
* Songs do not appear on the audio CD.
About Loud & Proud Records:
Loud & Proud Records is an independent record label whose mission is to provide a true partnership between artists and their label. Loud & Proud's roster of releases is a diverse collection of established and developing artists. Notably, the label's longstanding relationship with Lynyrd Skynyrd has yielded releases from Lynyrd Skynyrd, Van Zant (featuring brothers Johnny and Donnie); The Rossingtons (Gary & Dale Rossington), and Blackfoot (featuring Rickey Medlocke). The label also represents recordings by rock supergroup The Winery Dogs; emerging Nashville roots/blues artists The Delta Saints; multi-platinum alternative band Flyleaf; Grammy Award winners Blues Traveler; Grammy award winner Rick Springfield; five-time Emmy Award winning actor and musician Jonathan Jackson and his band Enation; jam scene favorites The String Cheese Incident; powerhouse rockers KIX and more. Labels under Lipsky's direction in the past (CMC International, Sanctuary Records Group and a joint-venture with Roadrunner Records) released such prominent artists as Rush, Neil Young, Robert Plant, KISS, Morrissey, Lenny Kravitz, Iron Maiden, Motorhead, Judas Priest, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Allman Brothers Band and more. Loud & Proud Records is distributed worldwide by ADA, a Warner Music Company and is marketed outside North America by International Solutions.
About Rock Fuel Media:
Rock Fuel Media is an award-winning, full-service film and television production company specializing in multimedia content distribution. Rock Fuel Media's goal is to build entertainment brands, engage audiences and boost revenues for its partners. Their team has worked with some of the world's biggest artists, including Guns N' Roses, The Smashing Pumpkins. The Beach Boys, Korn, The Doors, Heart, Carrie Underwood, Jane's Addiction, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bonnie Raitt, Elvis Costello, Hank Williams Jr., 3 Doors Down, Norah Jones, Cyndi Lauper, Melissa Etheridge, Twisted Sister, Extreme, Skid Row, and Great White. They produce 2D/3D and 4K live entertainment programming and provide a cloud-based, multi-channel content distribution platform for the shows they produce and distribute. They use a proprietary production process and secured content delivery network specially designed to engage audiences, build brands and boost revenues for their partners.



The 2016 MONSTERS OF ROCK CRUISE, fittingly titled "Shredders From The Deep," has announced the talent for its official two-day pre-cruise festival (complimentary for all cruise attendees) which will kick off this year's four-day, four-night voyage out of Miami this February 22-26 aboard the NCL Pearl.
As if this year's cruise lineup of 40-plus bands--led by headliners Tesla, Steve Vai, Extreme, Sebastian Bach, Queensryche,Helloween and Y&T--wasn't enough, this year's official two-day pre-cruise festival will really amp things up and feature band performances, guitar giveaways, artist meet & greets and a "Monster" beer tasting event at Magic City Casino's Club 305 (450 NW 37th Ave. / Miami, FL 33125) on Saturday, February 20 and Sunday, February 21.
Day 1 (2/20) of the pre-cruise festival will be highlighted by a performance from Lynch Mob with special guests Killer Dwarfs and Kickin Valentina. The following day (2/21), cruisers will be invited to "Shredder's Ball," featuring performances from Sebastian Bach, Steve Vai, Winger, Saigon, D-A-D, Paradise Kitty and a special all-star jam from Hurry, an all-star RUSH tribute featuring bassist James LoMenzo (John Fogerty, Megadeth, Black Label Society), guitarist Brent Woods (Sebastian Bach, Vince Neil), drummer Brian Tichy (Bonzo Bash, Whitesnake, Foreigner) and keyboardist Stephen Le Blanc (Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience). The official two-day pre-cruise festival is open to the public (non-cruisers) and tickets can be purchased at the door.
Confirmed line-up for the 2016 MONSTERS OF ROCK CRUISE--visiting the private island of Great Stirrup Cay and the cosmopolitan resort meccas of Nassau and Paradise Island in the Bahamas, plus a full day of Metal mayhem at sea--includes headliners Tesla, Steve Vai, Extreme, Sebastian Bach, Queensryche, Helloween and Y&T. Joining the MOR headliners is an epic Metal lineup featuring Gotthard, Doro, Lynch Mob, Vixen, Dangerous Toys, Michael Monroe, Kingdom Come, Armored Saint, Saigon Kick, XYZ, Killer Dwarfs, Metal Church, Hardcore Superstar, Michael Angelo Battio, Akira Takasaki (Loudness), Jeff Scott Soto, Gus G (Ozzy Osbourne), Uli Jon Roth (Scorpions), Joel Hoekstra (Whitesnake), Helix, Michael Angelo Batio, Vinnie Moore, Madam X, Tyketto, Anvil, Hellion, Dio Disciples, Lilian Axe, Soto, D-A-D, Heavy Mellow, Brandon Gibbs, Paradise Kitty, The Kix and fan-favorite Winger.Plus, Eddie Trunk and comedian Don Jamieson (VH1's That Metal Show),San Francisco bay area radio host Nikki Blakk and Luc Carl (SiriusXM's "Hair Nation") are the official cruise hosts and will moderate Q&A's.
New to this year's cruise are the complimentary Rock Star Dream Shredder Clinics--available to all passengers aboard the cruise. Clinics will be led by instructors Steve Vai, Vinnie Moore (UFO), George Lynch (Dokken and Lynch Mob), Gus G (Ozzy Osbourne), Michael Angelo Battio, Akira Takasaki (Loudness), and Jerry Finn and Gina Stile (Killer Dwarfs and Vixen). According to cruise spokesman, Larry Morand, "The guitar clinics are designed to give our passengers the opportunity to hone their guitar skills in an up close and personal experience with some of rock's greatest shredders. Fans don't just watch the artist perform, they make music with the artists." Artists in each clinic will also give away an autographed guitar to one lucky fan in attendance.

Artwork for Rock Star Dream Shredder Clinics
In addition to the performances and clinics, the cruise will feature over-the-top special events only experienced on this voyage, including: Artist Meet & Greets, Monsters Rock & Roll Prom 1987,Shotgun Wedding Vow Renewal, Monster Passenger Talent Contests, 80's Hair Style Contest, Tattoo Contest, Rock Star Dating and much more.
Cabins are still available, starting at $999 per person (double occupancy), with Special EZ Pay financing options available for as little as $499 USD per person down (double occupancy), with the remaining balance payable over 12 equal monthly installments beginning the month after the initial reservation is completed. For booking and more info, visit monstersofrockcruise.com/east/ and connect on Facebook and Twitter.

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).

For more about EXTREME visit: http://www.extreme-band.com/site/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/extremeband
TWITTER: @ExtremeBand @garycherone

For more about BILL LEVERTY visit: http://www.facebook.com/LevertyMusic and on Twitter: @Leverty

EXTREME's 'Pornograffitti' 2CD Deluxe Edition Out January

Monday, January 19, 2015
US rock band Extreme‘s 1990 album Pornograffitti  – or Extreme II:  Pornograffitti (A Funked Up Fairy Tale to give it its full title – will be reissued as a two-CD deluxe edition early next year.

The record is the band’s biggest selling long player thanks to the massive hit More Than Words which topped the Billboard Hot 100 and reached number two in the UK. Another single Hole Hearted followed More Than Words into the top five and also fared well in the UK reaching number 12.
The two CD deluxe edition will feature a bonus disc of remixes, B-sides, edits and acapellas, including four versions of More Than Words.
Pornograffitti will be released on 19 January 2015.

Disc 1
  • 1. Decadance Dance
  • 2. Li’l Jack Horny
  • 3. When I’m President
  • 4. Get The Funk Out
  • 5. More Than Words
  • 6. Money (In God We Trust)
  • 7. It (‘S A Monster)
  • 8. Pornograffitti
  • 9. When I First Kissed You
  • 10. Suzi (Wants Her All Day What?)
  • 11. He-Man Woman Hater
  • 12. Song For Love
  • 13. Hole Hearted
Disc: 2
  • 1. More Than Words (Remix)
  • 2. Nice Place To Visit (B-side)
  • 3. More Than Words (Radio Edit)
  • 4. Decadence Dance (Edit)
  • 5. Money (In God We Trust) (Edit)
  • 6. More Than Words (Acapella)
  • 7. Get The Funk Out (What The Funk? Mix)
  • 8. More Than Words (A Cappella With Congas)
  • 9. Get The Funk Out (12 “Remix)
  • 10. Sex N ‘Love (B-side)

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 http://tickets.artistarena.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=44
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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQTePpi1614

Admat attached.

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.

For more SIXX AM visit:http://www.sixxammusic.com ;and on Twitter: @SixxAM & @james_a_michael

For more Gary Cherone visit:http://www.facebook.com/Hurtsmile;and follow on Twitter: @hurtsmile & @garycherone

For more Electric Boys:http://www.facebook.com/electricboys;http://www.electricboys.com ;and on Twitter: @TheElectricBoys

Follow Mitch Lafon on Twitter: @mitchlafon

Follow Mark Strigl on TWITTER: @Strigl and Talking Metal: @talkingmetal

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.

For tickets and more information visit:http://www.melodicrockfest.com


Friday, July 4, 2014
This week the Double Stop Podcast interviews Michael Wagener. He tells them all about his early days as an original member of Accept, joining the army, early work as a producer with Dokken, Great White, Accept and Motley Crue, plus later work with Brighton Rock, Ozzy, White Lion, Extreme and Skid Row. He goes into detail about how he got George Lynch's guitar tone in Under Lock and Key, what happened to his original mixes of Ozzy's Ozzmosis album, and the recording of the kazoo solo for Saigon Kick.
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