Hard rock band THE LIZARDS, featuring Bobby Rondinelli (BLUE ÖYSTER CULT, RAINBOW, BLACK SABBATH) and Mike DiMeo (MASTERPLAN, RIOT),has issued the following update:
"Hello from Lizard Land. It's Randy [Pratt], the bass player. We haven't played out since our NYC show with CACTUS last year, and it's time to tell you why!
"I had a very bad car accident on 19th December. Not only did I total my beautiful purple sparkle Cadillac coupe deville hot rod (arrrgggghhh!),but I broke my left thumb and also very badly broke my right ring finger. Listen to that fast bass run on track #2 from 'Against All Odds' ('Can't Fool Myself'). Well, that's the ring finger on my right hand. After much deliberation, I opted not to operate. I was told if I tried to straighten it, it might backfire, and would surely make it stiff. My main concern of course was playing bass, so I let it heal naturally. Amazingly it seems to be well on the mend and I expect to get all my chops back. There are issues, of course... at the moment I have to wear a 'glove' when I play, to stop my fingers from rubbing against each other — and my right pinky sorta gets in the way. I also had to develop thick callouses in new places. But, hey — there's nothing else I wanna do, so I'm crawling back to you all! I've been playing for longer and longer every day, and can happily report that the practicing has paid off, and I'm now fighting fit again!
"We've actually been busy in the shadows. We edited and mixed three shows for our new DVD. Then, at our last show opening for CACTUS, we decided to put together a set with songs we rarely play live. We filmed it and, well, it came out great. So we're adding that to the DVD. We're 93% finished with it and that will be the next thing you get from us. We hope to do a small headline tour in Europe to promote the DVD in 2007. We also continue working on our 'covers' CD. Did a smokin' version of 'Thunderbox' by HUMBLE PIE, and there are covers of BAD COMPANY, URIAH HEEP, lots of cool stuff. It's two-thirds done and a ton of fun!
"We've all been busy on our own. Mike is touring with MASTERPLAN in Europe into the spring, with our blessings! I'm in the NYC BLUES DEVILS and CACTUS, and Pat performs with the theatrical 'Psycho the Clown'. Bobby keeps up a gruelling practice routine which is why his chops improve every year. He tours the drum clinic circuit regularly.
"We have five completed songs recorded for our fifth studio CD of originals, going under the working title 'Reptilicus Maximus'. Rest assured, we're pushing the envelope again, for your listening pleasure!"