The Love Lyzardz are a modern adaptation of the attitudes that defined late 60's and early 80's rock n’ roll. What Reign and Johnny hope to do is inspire a new generation of rock musicians to create original rock music like the artists that characterized those decades. A musical style with an attitude and fashion that defined it. The soul of the counter cultural movement is being uncovered and re-imagined once again, so that musical integrity, performance art and original songwriting can take full flight.
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 were featured twice 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 are currently recording material for their first album American Doll.
In a world void of an all-inclusive music industry, the “Love Lyzardz” are determined to forge a path to success by creating music that resonates with the human condition and reflects the life and times in which we live good and bad.
Like their style, the Love Lyzardz sound was wrought from many experimental jam sessions in various older music traditions, in the process, becoming not just a unique sound, but an expression of artistic integrity, high fashion and poetic philosophy.
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, Saffire moved to Austin, Texas, where he 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, Saffire 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, Johnny spent the next year playing in Joe Mama a rock-rap band of gypsies known for its funky vibe and groovy rock riffs. Next, Saffire rejoined Alin Black to form the scandalous SF Dogs, a glam-slam rock outfit with an unhealthy penchant for wine, women and song, more women, more wine and more song. After the Dogs disbanded, Johnny 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 Saffire then took a much-needed break from music to write his first novel the “Lipstick Killerz” under the pseudonym Dez Del Rio. Soon thereafter, Saffire 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 MFM disbanded, Saffire began work on his second book however, when a casual invitation to jam evolved into an exciting new music project “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.