King Lizzard

King Lizzard

 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Experimental Art Rock from Las Vegas



Born and raised in Detroit, MI, in the sixties. became very infused with Motown. Was in Detroit during the 1967 riots.

Born to country music songwriter and performer, Johnny Colmus. Johnny Colmus
had is own television show in Michigan, wrote songs for Loretta Lynn and played for Patsy Cline.

He was raised by his grandparents and spent most of childhood in a wheelchair after a car accident.


Moved to San Diego in 1973. Won a full scholarship for acting along with Annette Bening.


In 1981 he formed the band Legacy which went on to open for Cheap Trick, Chuck Berry, Molly Hatchet and Heart.

In 1986 he became a Nichiren Buddhist, the same sect as Tina Turner.
To this day he believes in and considers himself a Buddhist.

In 1987 he moved to Los Angeles. Mostly worked in the film industry as an extra. Played at the Whiskey-a-Go-Go.


In 1997 he moved to Las Vegas and changed his name to King Lizzard. Reportedly because he would be a King Lounge Lizard in Vegas. Played at all major casinos and the Joint at the Hard Rock hotel and casino.


Married photographer Lana Gunn in 2001. Worked as radio talk show host from 2001-2004. Became an ordained Minister in 2004.

Last live show and The Beach in  Las Vegas in 2004. Continues to write,
record and Produce. Currently works as Financial Manager for the 57th Wing at Nellis AFB, home to the Thunderbirds, Red Flag and the USAF Weapons School.

Interesting Facts

  • King has clinically died three times
  • During one of the deaths he was in a dark place with much pain and sorrow
  • During one of his deaths he experienced total nothingness
  • He follows Nichiren Buddhism and believes in reincarnation
  • As a child he was hit by a car while riding a bike, leaving him in a wheelchair most of his childhood
  • His favorite band growing up was Paul Revere and the Raiders, the Monkees and the Rolling Stones
  • In 5th grade he paid 4 kids to beat the shit out of a kid that had been bullying him
  • His grandmother was a bailiff for the Wayne County Sheriffs (tough granny), his uncle did bodyguard detail for Nixon
  • In his 20s King was out of control, getting drop down drunk, using
    drugs, frequenting brothels and getting into fights a…but he has never
    been arrested
  • His maternal grandfather knew Jimmy Hoffa, in 1967 King met Hoffa
  • He outran a pursuing police motorcycle in San Diego in 1977
  • He lived in Detroit during the 1967 riots and L.A. during the 1992 riots
  • He has been held up at gunpoint twice, and managed to scare them away by acting bat-shit crazy
  • He used to work at Tower Records on the Sunset Strip during it’s golden heyday of the 80s and 90s
  • Has a measured IQ of 142 and is bat-shit crazy

  • Discography

    The Sin City Symphony (1998)
    The Patient in Room 666 (2003)
    …and friends (2006)
    The Return of the Patient in Room 666 (2010)
    Love Songs in the Key of Death  (2012)
    EPICK (Double Album-2015)


    नमस्ते (Namaste)

    अलविदा (Alavida)

    Set List

    Set List
    1. King Lizzard Overture
    2. Standing in the Shadows
    3. Hurricane of Pain
    4. Somehow Someway
    5. No Way Out
    6. Fight Like a Man
    7. Pitchfork in the Eye
    8. A Thousand Days of Fire/Big Ego
    9. The Patient in Room 666
    10. Something Wicked This Way Comes
    11. Scorpus Taurio
    12. Rock and Roll (Led Zep cover)
    13. One of Thousands
    14. I’m Stoned
    15. Psychopath
    16. The Killing Zone
    17. N.O.Y.F.B.
    18. Hall of the Mountain King Lizzard
    19. Living Karma