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Stephen Michael Perry (August 13, 1958[1] – August 5, 2019), who used the stage name Lizzie Grey, was an American professional musician. He is perhaps best known for his membership as a guitarist in the heavy metal band London and for co-writing the Mötley Crüe song "Public Enemy #1". From 1990 until his death in 2019, he performed with the glam rock band Spiders & Snakes.

Lizzie Grey
Born(1958-08-13)August 13, 1958
Los Angeles County, California, U.S.
DiedAugust 5, 2019(2019-08-05) (aged 60)
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
GenresGlam rock, glam metal, heavy metal, hard rock
Occupation(s)
  • Musician
  • singer
Instruments
  • Guitar
  • vocals
Years active1978–2019
Associated actsSpiders & Snakes
Ultra Pop
London
Sister

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CareerEdit

He was the guitarist for the band Sister with Blackie Lawless and Nikki Sixx in the mid-to-late 1970s. Thereafter he formed the band London with Nikki Sixx, drummer Dane Rage, keyboardist John St. John, and vocalist Henri Valentine, who was later replaced by Nigel Benjamin, formerly of Mott. The band garnered a following of glam rock fans from the late 1970s, spearheaded by Rodney Bingenheimer and Kim Fowley. Differences arose between Nikki Sixx and Nigel Benjamin, and the band finally broke up. Shortly afterward there was a revision of the band London featuring vocalist Nadir D'Priest, which recorded internationally recognized albums and was featured in the movie The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years. This version of London continued until the late 1980s, when Lizzie decided to take over his own lead vocals, forming the band Ultra Pop which was heavily influenced by the band T-Rex, with Vince Votel, Ernie Machado, and Chris Solberg.[2] Ultra Pop changed its name to Spiders & Snakes in 1990 with the addition of drummer Timothy Jay.

Spiders & Snakes made several recordings beginning in the 1990s. In 2000, just after the release of the album London Daze, bassist Leigh Lawson died.[3] During this brief split in the band membership, Lizzie explored musical endeavors with various bands in Arizona before returning to Los Angeles to carry on the legacy of Spiders & Snakes, until his retirement in 2017, where the band remains to this day, with current members Chris Sheridan, Phil St. Vincent and Timothy Jay.

Personal lifeEdit

Grey's maternal uncle was radio commentator Wally George, and he was the cousin of actress Rebecca De Mornay.[4]

On the morning of August 5, 2019, Grey died from Lewy Body disease after being diagnosed with it 11 years prior. He was just 8 days shy of his 61st birthday.[5]

DiscographyEdit

Mötley CrüeEdit

LondonEdit

Ultra PopEdit

  • Ultra Pop (1989)
  • Adventures In Fantasy (1990)

Spiders & SnakesEdit

  • Arachnomania (1991)
  • Arachno 2 (1992)
  • 2000 Retro (1993)
  • Oddities: The Glitter Years' (1995)
  • Astropop (1997)
  • London Daze (2000)
  • Hollywood Ghosts (2005)
  • Melodrama (2007)
  • Year of the Snake (2014)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Stephen M Perry, Born 08/13/1958 in California". Californiabirthindex.org. Retrieved 6 August 2019.
  2. ^ "Interview with Spiders and Snakes Singer Guitarist Lizzie Grey". YouTube. November 2014. Retrieved 6 August 2019.
  3. ^ "20 Questions with Lizzie Grey, 2/15/05". Metalsludge.tv. Archived from the original on 21 October 2014.
  4. ^ "Welcome". Spidersandsnakes.com. Retrieved 6 August 2019.
  5. ^ "Sunset Strip Legend LIZZIE GREY Dies From Lewy Body Disease Complications". Blabbermouth.net. 5 August 2019. Retrieved 6 August 2019.

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