May 2003
interview by Ian C Stewart

German southern-rock band Lizard came together in 1986, in Stuttgart, Germany, named after Jim Morrison's nickname The Lizard King. Vocalist Georg Bayer describes the musicians in Lizard: "Some of us play in some local bands as well, playing everything from jazz to Latin music. Lizard plays in all of Europe, this year in Switzerland, Belgium, Germany and Sweden. We have offers to play in Japan and the US. Most of the songs are written by Christoph and myself. The stories we find on the road."

Being a southern rock band, their influeces are "Allman Brothers, the best rock band of all time; Doc Holliday, our friends; Free and Bad Company, the voice and the guitar of rock'n' roll in the seventies; and Danny Joe Brown from Molly Hatchet - he's the man!"

Lizard's biggest gigs were "in front of 9000 people as opener for Jethro Tull, and with Doc Holliday on the millenium, in Berlin in front of 30,000 people. One of our first gigs, we opened for Michael Katon in Reichenbach/Fils. Michael and his band didn't show up because they were searching for the club in Reichenbach near Zwickau, almost 400 miles away. We only had enough songs for one hour, so we streched it out to two hours. When Michael finally arrived, it was around midnight. They set up the stage and played a full gig in front of maybe fifty people. And it was one of the best shows I've ever seen."

Expect a new Lizard album on Phoenix Records soon.

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