Lizard men on monster tour


Psychedelic rockers Alizarin Lizard have turned back the clock for one of the longest tours of New Zealand in years. 

The Dunedin indie four-piece has just started a monster, 42-date trek around the country along with Auckland trio Rackets and one-man band The Porpoise. 

The three-act travelling roadshow stops off at Queenstown’s Dux de Lux tomorrow. 

And Alizarin Lizard keyboardist Logan Hampton, who booked all the gigs, says he got the idea of a mega-tour from a bygone era. 

“In the 1980s bands used to go on these crazy, long tours of the NZ pub circuit that were organised by beer breweries like Speights,” Hampton says. 

“Nobody really does that kind of thing these days, so we decided to revive the concept on our own, even though at times it has been a bit of a logistical nightmare slotting in performances from Bluff to Northland.” 

The national tour would have been even longer if two venues the bands were scheduled to play at hadn’t recently gone bust. Another two venues lost their leases and a Christchurch show also bit the dust after the earthquake last month. 

As a bonus for fans, Alizarin Lizard and Rackets will release a six-track EP that’ll only be available at their concerts. 

“We’ll have three songs each on it and you won’t be able to buy it anywhere else,” Hampton explains. 

|Alizarin Lizard plan a debut album for next year – and an even bigger tour on both sides of the Tasman. 

“We’ll get out there and do another massive load of gigs in NZ and another 30 shows in Australia,” Hampton says. 

“The idea is to eventually turn what has been a hobby for us into something we can live off.”