Born in Fall River Massachusetts, the youngest of seven from a sax playing electronics technician father and a mother in nursing, Mark Lizotte aka Diesel grew up in Australia and in the U.S. He formed the band Johnny Diesel & The Injectors in 1986 from remnants of a previous band before embarking on a solo career in 1991.
In 2011 Diesel celebrated 25 years in the industry. With over 35 singles, 13 albums, 6 ARIA awards and record sales edging 1 million, Diesel is a journeyman of music.
With blues music in his DNA, an influence largely from his Father’s record collection, Diesel has blended styles to come up with a truly unique sound, punctuated with his distinct guitar playing and vocals. This year, Diesel is leaving his front door yet again, and leaving his acoustic guitars behind!
“For the first part of my musical life I didn’t even own an acoustic guitar, one electric was my only reference”.
Throughout his recording career, Diesel has explored many facets of guitar and its relation to his writing and performing – this tour is about finding the lead, the tether that connects his electric heart, the reason to “plug in” in the first place! Joined by his band Lee Moloney on drums and Richie Vez on bass, the song choices will no doubt get “turned up” from the get go …
“I have done an amazing amount of solo acoustic shows, the journey has taken me places never imagined, having said that, I’m really looking forward to being able to play material that really needs the bombastic energy of a band”.
Plug in, turn up, you know the drill … !
Mark Lizotte aka Diesel – vocals, guitar
Richie Vez – bass
Lee Moloney – drums