A stalwart of the LA hard rock/metal scene throughout the late 70s and 1980s, Lizzie Grey of London and Spiders & Snakes has passed away. Probably best known for co-penning the MÖTLEY CRUE song “Public Enemy #1”, Grey passed away in his sleep at a Las Vegas hospital surrounded by his wife Jennifer and daughters Ariel and Annabelle. Lizzie (a.k.a. Stephen Perry), 60, had long been suffering from a rare brain disorder known as Lewy Body Disease and had been undergoing treatment for years. He is also survived by his son Alex Perry, mother Jeanne Perry, brother Robert Perry and sister Susan Brandon.
The London album ‘Non Stop Rock’ was a permanent fixture on Mr. Rockbrat’s turntable in the mid 80s, and although classed as near-yet-so-fars, London released some killer metal in the mid to late 80s and Grey’s contribution to the merging Sunset Strip scence of the 1980s should not be forgotten.
“Lizzie was not only a legend in the world of music, but an amazing father, husband, and friend to many, and words cannot express how much we will miss him,” said Jennifer. Lizzie‘s bandmate of 27 years in SPIDERS & SNAKES Tim Yasui added: “It was a blessing to witness to how many adoring fans Lizzie had during our three decades together as SPIDERS & SNAKES. It never ceased to amaze me that wherever we were on the road, people would approach us with stories about wanting to play guitar because of Lizzie. He literally influenced an entire generation of musicians from all over the world, and the world is a much better place because of him”
Grey first hit the Hollywood spotlight in the late 1970s with the band LONDON that he formed with Nikki Sixx — a band that Sixx would soon depart to form his own group, which became MÖTLEY CRUE. Grey remained on and off with LONDON for the next decade, recording several albums before leaving the very band that he founded in 1988 to start another band called ULTRA POP. ULTRA POP recorded two critically-acclaimed albums back to back in ’88 and ’89, before changing the name of the band to SPIDERS & SNAKES in 1990. From 1990 to 2017, SPIDERS & SNAKES recorded nine studio albums, a cover-song compilation album as well as a live album. In 2018, with Lizzie‘s progressing complications from Lewy Body Disease, the band collectively decided to call it quits rather than moving on without Lizzie.
SPIDERS & SNAKES surviving band members Phil St Vincent (bass and vocals), Chris Sheridan (guitar and vocals) and Yasui (drums and vocals) will reunite for one night this fall/winter at the Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood to raise money and awareness for Lewy Body Disease.