Legendary vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes (DEEP PURPLE, BLACK SABBATH) has been revealed as the "mystery guest" on the the new THE LIZARDS CD, "Against All Odds", which was released today (June 13). Hughes lends his dynamic vocals on four tracks on "Against All Odds". In addition, he has recorded bass and vocals on a cut that will be set aside for future release.
Glenn, who sang lead vocals on BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi's last solo CD ("Fused") and is about to release a new solo album of his own, stated about the LIZARDS recordings, "They were the best sessions I've ever done outside my own music!"
THE LIZARDS, who feature in their ranks Bobby Rondinelli (BLUE ÖYSTER CULT, RAINBOW, BLACK SABBATH) and Mike DiMeo (RIOT), recently completed several successful tours of the USA and Europe with the likes of the VANILLA FUDGE, UFO, IAN HUNTER, MOUNTAIN and CANNED HEAT, in support of their third album, last year's critically acclaimed "Cold Blooded Kings".
"Against All Odds" began life in the group's private studio, aptly christened Electric Randyland, in mid-2005. Along with Rondinelli and DiMeo, THE LIZARDS bassist Randy Pratt and guitarist Patrick Klein painstakingly wrote and recorded 10 new songs, many of which are destined to become regulars in the band's live repertoire. Likewise, the arrangements incorporated into the music are intricate, compelling and downright rocking! Even real horns and strings were used in the mix! "I think we're evolving," says Bobby Rondinelli, "going deeper into our roots, but also taking it to new places? I think the CD will surprise people."
In recent news, THE LIZARDS have performed a series of U.S. dates with guitar legend ULI JOHN ROTH and British classic rock heroes 10 YEARS AFTER. Likewise the band is putting the finishing touches on their third live DVD, shot last year in Europe, as well as finishing a CD of hard rock covers (both projects slated for a summer 2006 release). On a similar note, bassist Randy Pratt will appear in an upcoming issue of Bass Guitar magazine, which will feature a full-photo spread of his unique bass collection. Pratt can also be heard blowing his harp on the soon-to-be-released CACTUS CD, featuring Carmine Appice and Tim Bogert. Also, Mike DiMeo has lent his powerful vocals to RIOT's forthcoming album, called "Still Alive".