Johnny Diesel

Australian Musician
Born May 31, 1966

Mark Denis Lizotte, is an Australian musician, who has released material as leader of Johnny Diesel & the Injectors, under his birth name, or by the epithet Diesel. Two of his albums reached #1 on the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Albums Charts, Hepfidelity in 1992 and The Lobbyist in 1993. Since 1987, Diesel has played on several albums by rock singer, Jimmy Barnes.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Johnny Diesel.


1966 Birth Diesel was born in 1966 in Fall River, Massachusetts, United States, and emigrated to Australia with his family, in November 1971. … Read More


1983 17 Years Old …  In 1983 he joined Innocent Bystanders, a Perth pub rock band, and they released a single, "Lebanon" in 1984 with the line-up of Diesel, John "Tatt" Dalzell on bass guitar, Brett Keyser on vocals, Cliff Kinneen on keyboards and Sherrit on drums. … Read More


1986 - 1988 2 More Events
1989 23 Years Old 1 More Event
It was the beginning of a long relationship between Diesel and Barnes, Diesel married Jep (Jane Barnes' sister) in 1989.
1991 25 Years Old 1 More Event
The single reached #11 on the ARIA singles chart Diesel decided to go solo and disbanded the group in early 1991.
1992 26 Years Old 1 More Event
He undertook his solo Rock 'n' Soul Tour, early in 1992, with Kane Baker on drums, Leslie Barlow on backing vocals, Matthew Branton on guitar, Jim Hilbun on bass guitar (ex-The Angels) and Roger Mason on keyboards (Models).
1993 27 Years Old 1 More Event
Diesel won ARIA awards for 'Best Album' and 'Best Male Artist' in 1993 from four nominations.
1994 28 Years Old In May 1994, the Still Got a Long Way to Go four song EP was released credited to Jimmy Barnes With Diesel, the title track being lifted from Barnes' June album Flesh and Wood. … Read More
1995 29 Years Old He won the ARIA award for 'Best Male Artist' in 1995 - for the third consecutive time.


1996 - 1998 2 More Events
1999 33 Years Old He made a comeback to the Australian charts with his September 1999 album, Soul Lost Companion, which reached the top 20 and spawned the singles, "Dig" (top 20) and "Satellite".
2002 36 Years Old He returned to live in Australia in 2002, and released his next album Hear, under the Diesel moniker, in October.
2004 38 Years Old On 10 October 2004, Andrew Denton interviewed Barnes on the ABC TV program Enough Rope, Diesel then performed with Barnes and his children, Eliza Jane, Jackie and Elly May. … Read More


2006 40 Years Old In 2006, Diesel released Coathanger Antennae, an album recorded in two months. … Read More
2009 43 Years Old Diesel made guest appearances on the Australian leg of Dweezil Zappa's 2009 Zappa Plays Zappa Tour, playing guitar and vocals after Ray White's departure from Zappa's group. … Read More
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