Legendary Australian guitarist and singer Mark Lizotte discusses his final day on earth…
Besides a collection of your best tunes over your illustrious career, how would you best describe your new album Diesel 30 — The Greatest Hits?
A large jar of memoirs.
How do you want to leave this world?
Do you have any deathbed confessions?
I drank straight out of the bottle from the fridge at 3am.
What’s your last meal?
Risotto with roast pumpkin and sage. It’s comfort food.
Are you going to Heaven or Hell?
If it’s about doing diabolical things then I think I’m going to “Harp City” – Hell would be too hot for me as I run hot all the time.
What do you say to God when you get there?
“What time is soundcheck?”
Which legendary people will you want to hang out with in the afterlife?
Jimi Hendrix, Prince and B.B. King, to name a few. Of course, I’d like to jam with them but I’d be happy to guitar tech for either of them as well.
What’s the greatest Diesel song that never saw the light of day and why didn’t it?
“Time Has Brought A Change” – probably because I didn’t think the world needed another “slow jam”.
To whom on Earth do you owe an apology?
The old lady whose chips I once knocked out of her hand at the shopping mall after school – early teenage rage.
What would you like to be reincarnated as?
A giraffe – my vanity wants their exquisite, unique looks.
Other than family, what’s your greatest achievement during your time on Earth?
Making people forget about stuff with music. Music = medicine.
What’s the dumbest thing you ever did?
Getting behind a car on a skateboard and towed to 50km/h.
What are you glad you’ll never have to do again?
Look at algebra in a stifling-hot demountable classroom.
What are your mates saying over your casket?
“Man, that guy smelt good.”
“Yeah, and he sure could clean a counter, too”
What’s written on your tombstone?
THIS IS NOT A SELF-CLEANING TOMBSTONE – PLEASE LEAVE THIS AREA AS YOU FOUND IT.
Got any last words?
“Are you my Uber driver?” ■
Diesel 30 — the greatest hits is out August 3
INTERVIEW BY SANTI PINTADO
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