There are no end of bands out there, and what seems to be an almost infinite number of music genres, there are however precious few bands that play good old rock! Well folks, I have found one, meet the Lizards. Although they have only been playing together since 2002, they are are all veteran musicians, who know their stuff, and do it to the max.

Mike de Meo has the ideal vocal range for this kind of music, Patrick Klein handles Guitar, veteran drummer Bobby Rondinelli (Black Sabath) is deft with the sticks, and Bassist Randy Pratt completes the line up.

They currently have a live DVD 4.2.11 out which features live performances from several venues and features mainly new material. They also have a CD in circulation Archeology which features some covers of 70’s rock songs. It is an eclectic selection and contains some great and not often heard classics.

I managed to track Randy Pratt down and he agreed to doing an interview.

Randy was also kind enough to permit us to air two tracks from Archeology, Humble Pie’s Thunderbox, and the Uriah Heep hit The Wizard. The term ‘cover’ is generally used to describe a band trying to emulate another band. That is not the case with The Lizards, they have their own unique style, and Archeology should more properly be described as a reinterpretation of the music.

The Lizards dropped out of the music scene shortly after the DVD and CD were released, Randy Pratt was involved in a car wreck that resulted in both his hands being badly damaged, a disaster for a musician. The good news is that he is well on the road to recovery, and the band is once more moving forward. There is a new studio album slated for a 2009 release, and he is also working on a separate project with Pat Klein.

Randy also boasts a collection of something like 16 classic and hand built Bass Guitars.

You can listen in to the entire interview here.

Simon Barrett

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