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The Lizards At JB's, Dudley, 11th February 2005

The first night of The Lizards second UK tour, sees the band supporting former Deep Purple legend, Glenn Hughes. The quartet of Mike Di Meo, Patrick Klein, Randy Pratt and Bobby Rondinelli entered the stage and gave a storming show. With three albums under their belts, the set was a combination of material from all of the albums (see reviews), and to hear the songs live is a great example of classic seventies hard rock following in the footsteps of bands such as Led Zeppelin, Free and Deep Purple.

I'm sure the band made a big impact on the West Midlands crowd, with many of them nodding their heads and moving to the music. As a band, The Lizards were tight and very professional in their performance, and with the two 'colourful' figures of guitarist Patrick Klein and bass player Randy Pratt together with drummer Bobby Rondinelli and the strong vocals of Mike Di Meo, there was a nice chemistry in stage presence. The custom six string bass used by Randy opened a few peoples eyes as there are not many six-stringed bass players around, and with the pounding riffs from Patrick made many people rush to purchase their CD's after their set.

To pick a highlight from the set performed tonight is a little difficult, but for me Down from the latest album, Cold Blooded Kings, stood out from the other songs in the set. The instrumental Hyperspace, from the same album, featured some fine harmonica playing from Randy, and to round it off, Bobby performed a rousing drum solo.

To the many people who haven't heard the band before, this must have been a pleasant surprise, and I feel they will gain some more friends on the tour. This was a great set and performed very well and proves the classic seventies rock sound is still alive. (See below for photo gallery. An interview with Patrick and Randy will follow soon.)

Danny Mayo

The Lizards

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The Lizards at JB's

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