been a while since we heard anything from the
Lizards (more about that later!) but it's all
systems go again now, with the upcoming release
of your new cd Archeology, and also a live dvd.
First of all, tell us about the cd - who does
what on it, why did you choose to do an album
covering songs by Free, Uriah Heep, Humble Pie
etc - and how did you decide which songs to record,
Early on, we developed a ritual of learning a
cool cover before a tour, then recording it when
we got home. These just piled up and now we're
unloading them on the unsuspecting public. These
are songs Bobby and I loved as were were growing
up. Mike and Pat benefited from our vast wisdom!
what about the live dvd?
dvd is a telling record of our live chops, culled
from four concerts. BB King's in NYC, where we're
practically a house band, Sweden Rock Festival,
and shows in Germany and Long Island, New York.
I'm very happy with it, except that they misspelled
Mike's and Glenn Hughes' names on the cover!
have a very distinctive look onstage, almost like
the 60s never ended. Did they ever end? And how
much is the retro velvet'n'silk part of your day-to-day
lifestyle, home decor, movie and television show
I often say that I learned to play so I'd
have an excuse to dress up. For me, it's an important
part of rock. I wouldn't let our roadies dress
the way some bands do... bands that Mike likes!
I'm always dessed to go on stage. I might die
tomorrow, and all my clothes would be thrown in
the garbage, so why not! My house is a work of
art. All the walls are painted by an old friend
of mine - Rick Klemann - and there are odd artifacts
everywhere. I'm a kooky guy, what can I say!
The artwork for the Lizards
albums also has a distinctive style. How did you
go about finding artists who could get exactly
the effect you were after?
Most of the art is done by Rick Klemann (the same
guy whose artwork is all over my house!) although
Dave Saunders did the art for "Against All
Rick and I talk it out and he sends me sketches
until I'm happy. I think Bobby finds the theme
silly. He said comic art wasn't heavy. I reminded
him that Rainbow and Black Sabbath have used comic
art on classic albums, including ones he played
on... He just grunted.
happening in Hyperspace at the moment?
The Hyperspace record label is releasing some
of the finest music in the free world... ours!
Our two newest releases, The Lizards dvd and covers
album, are on their way right now.
previous cd Against All Odds featured Glenn Hughes
on vocals. What other singers would you like to
make music with?
The singer I REALLY want to work with is Me! I
quit singing in the mid-80s and it's the stupidest
decision I ever made. I'm gonna try again this
You've opened the show for
legends such as Mountain, UFO, Ten Years After
etc. Any stories to tell?
Leslie West was the only rock legend who
wouldn't have his picture taken with us!!
I remember Paul Raymond at the side of the stage,
when we were filming our German segment of the
dvd, while touring with UFO. He looked back at
his band and said, laughing in amazement..."They're
GOOD!" I guess they hadn't seen us play 'til
then and doubted us.
The drummer in Ten Years After accosted Bobby
and wanted him to give him lessons. They were
better now than in the old days!
now let's talk about the car smash. You had an
horrendous accident that put you - and therefore
the Lizards - out of action for a while. What
happened and how long before you were able to
wrote off my purple sparkle Cadillac coupe deville
hot rod! And broke my left thumb and also very
badly broke my right ring-finger. Let's just say
that I ended up as a harmonica player for a while.
I actually thought that it looked really rock
and roll to perform on harp in Cactus and the
Blues Devils with my hand in a cast. I now must
wear a glove to play. I cut off the fingers, except
the pinky, and tape the little finger on top of
my ring finger. Bobby says that I play better.
I've had to improve my two finger technique, so
everything isn't in triplets like before. I'm
still using three fingers on my right hand...
but I'm ok, thanks. Here's a picture of me with
Mike, a few days after I came out of hospital.
have been the proudest moments/events in your
music career, and why?
most proud of assembling groups of people, strangers
to each other, and pulling art from the ether.
Making stuff up is so much fun!
plans for a new cd of your own songs?
up, The Lizards will complete our 5th studio album
of originals, "Reptilicus Maximus".
other projects have you got going at the moment?
I'm writing a lurid, fictionalized auto biography.
It's a pornographic rock odyssey and as I make
up songs and describe them, I end up writing them
for real. It's been very inspiring. I'm 450 pages
into it and it's illustrated. Maybe it will be
a movie... it's got a soundtrack!
What would you like the Lizards to be doing in
five years time?
Writing, recording, making each other laugh...
Headlining in our beloved Europe...
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