Rick Lazaroff began playing professionally when he was 14 years old. His first professional band was called The Snakes, a blues band that featured keyboard whiz Fred Mandel, who later went on to perform and record with Elton John, Queen, Pink Floyd and Alice Cooper.
Still in his teens, Rick began touring Ontario in many different bands playing many different styles. Playing Hard Rock with the David Matthews Band, (no, not the one that's so popular now) or playing Dance and Funk with Dancer, which featured well known Toronto vocalist, Chuck Jackson of Downchild Blues Band. Rick visited the stages of too many bars across the hinterlands of Canada. Rick Lazaroff 2006