If an experiment were ever to be conducted in which music of the sixties, seventies, eighties and nineties was played in a human petri dish; one would notice that there are certain musical anomalies in all of them. That is because individual artists in each decade had their own unique spin on what it meant to be a rock musician. Just look at the physical manifestations of each artist's music - each was unique unto themselves - from the clothing they wore, to the instruments they used, to the manner in which they performed.
The Love Lyzardz (pronounced: Li-Zards), are an American band that play a modern version of classic rock music. They write original songs imbued with a modern revolutionary spirit and forged in the always-hot crucible of rock's origins. This style is what defined the pioneering decades of rock n roll, where it became a cultural force; and this style is what will inspire a new generation of rock musicians to reignite and reintroduce rock music to a new audience.
The Love Lyzardz fill the void left by the alternative influences which today's music has encountered. Innovative and uniquely themselves, they mix such different styles as edgy post-punk, mod-pop with a psychedelic twist, old school rock anthems and 70s arena rock –all with a breathless, demanding or mellow voice depending on their mood or your imagination.
In a time when so much popular music has become artificial and derivative, the Love Lyzardz are hell-bent on bringing rock music back to what it used to be. The unabashed attitude and fashion style they bring to their music-defined bands like Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith and The Rolling Stones. From humble beginnings in the suburbs of North Jersey to the seedy underbelly of San Francisco, this merry band of two musicians has gained quick notoriety for their devil-may-care attitude, aggressive music style and a fashion sense that has marked them as underdogs to the national rock scene.
Although the musical core of the Love Lyzardz is, Reign Diamonds lead vocals, and Johnny Saffire rhythm and lead guitar. Their show may expand to include additional musicians at any time. When you see a Lyzardz show, expect a few laughs and a lot of fun with songs you know from beginning to end.
The "Love Lyzardz" story begins in October 2014 when lead vocalist and violinist Reign Diamonds accepted a casual invitation to jam from guitarist and songwriter Johnny Saffire. These jam sessions produced several beautiful new songs and a songwriting team was formed. After many long hours rehearsing, their musical style, image and philosophy began to take shape and the “Love Lyzardz” music duo was born.
After performing for the past three years in and around the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles and Phoenix. The “Love Lyzardz” released its first four-song demo in the summer of 2017 which coincidentally, aligned with the 50th Anniversary of the 1960’s Summer of Love. Most recently, the Love Lyzardz filmed, produced and released its first full length music video and have featured three times in Voyage Phoenix an online life styles magazine MEET LOVE LYZARDZ. The Love Lyzardz released their first official single "Winds of War" on November 29, 2018 and have recorded and released three more singles consecutively "Dear Prudence" (a Beatles cover) "Til The Wheels Fall Off" and "California". They will be releasing their fifth single "America Mine" in December 2021.
In an era void of an all-inclusive music industry, the “Love Lyzardz” are determined to make their mark by creating music that resonates with the human condition and reflects the life and times in which we live good and bad.
Rebellious, revolutionary and unapologetic, the Love Lyzardz are poised to ascend to bold new heights as they seek to rescue music and fashion from the mundane ness of corporate America.
In a world made up of divergent customs and beliefs where values often clash, music unites people of different cultural backgrounds in a happy, healthy manner. Music, dance and poetry are divine gifts from God. They emit a mysterious power over our emotions and when they are allowed to help shape our society, the world is a better place.
“Music gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination”. - Plato
Johnny Saffire aka Haji Hollyrock began his music career in Beaumont, Texas over 30 years ago, writing his own songs and playing music professionally by the time he was 17 years old. After high school, he moved to Austin, Texas, where he became known as Haji and spent the next four years cutting his chops in Austin’s early 80’s punk rock music scene playing punk power pop with his band “Human Drama” in now legendary clubs like Raul’s, Club Foot and the Continental Club. After leaving Austin, he moved to San Francisco where he joined forces with the notorious Alin Black in “Our Lady of Pain” while playing simultaneously in “A3I” a punk band that included former members of San Francisco bad boys “Bad Posture” and one time Flipper front man Will Shatter. Shortly after exiting “A3I” and following the Pain’s demise, he spent the next year playing in Joe Mama a rock-rap band of gypsies known for its funky vibe and groovy rock riffs. Next, and now known as Haji Hollyrock, he rejoined Alin Black to form the scandalous SF Dogs, a glam-slam rock outfit with an unhealthy penchant for wine, women and song, more wine, more women and more song. After the Dogs disbanded, he once again recruited drummer B.O.B (Shiva Dancing, Joe Mama and SF Dogs to form the “Merchants of Chaos”, a rock rap metal monster that spewed political conspiracy theories ten years before they were news. M.O.C. became “The Kill” after rap renegade Brad left and Jax joined the band. After”The Kill” disbanded Saffire did a short stint with “The Lipstick Killers”, another glam slam outfit that included guitarist and front man Dirty Al Duncan who toured briefly with "The Johnny Thunder’s Band” (New York Dolls) in the mid to late 80’s. Around 2003 Haji took a much-needed break from music to write his first novel the “Lipstick Killerz” under the pseudonym Dez Del Rio. Soon after his novel was completed and released he was recruited by Hollywood’s “Middle Finger Mob” for a one-off gig opening for Hollywood’s Pretty Boy Floyd and Sweden’s Crash Diet at the Key Club in Hollywood. After M.F.M. disbanded, he began work on his second book however, when a casual invitation to jam evolved into an exciting new music project his new persona Johnny Saffire and the “Love Lyzardz” featuring Reign Diamonds was born.
Reign grew up in a small sleepy town in the suburbs of New Jersey. It’s the kind of place people don’t dream of becoming musicians, much less models or rock stars. In spite of her subdued surroundings, Reign began taking piano lessons when she was five years old however, finding herself more attracted to stringed instruments and the soulful lyrical sounds they produced. She began studying and playing violin in school when she was 8 years old and later took private lessons with Mary Babiarz a professional violinist and member of the New Jersey Symphony, throughout middle school. Reign played violin in the school orchestra until she graduated high school then studied Baroque music her senior year at Mills College in Oakland, CA. After graduating from Mills, Reign moved in with her family in San Francisco where she studied jazz and blues violin with Michelle Walther an active performer; having performed with symphony orchestras, Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull) Gloria Estefan, Tangonero and many more. Reign was encouraged to take singing lessons when her sister Lizzy (an active recording artist and performer) heard her singing in their apartment one day, so began taking voice lesson with her sister’s former teacher Richard Jennings. Sometime later, Reign began seeking out other musicians to work with. One night after work during a conversation about music, a casual invitation to jam was extended by Johnny Saffire aka Haji Hollyrock a professional guitarist and local legend on the San Francisco music scene. Out of their collaboration, the “Love Lyzardz” was born. Reign, a trained classical violinist, overtime, has been able to add elements of country, rock, blues, and jazz to her playing, further enriching her own personal style.