Rubi Lazer were a Preston based rock band led by former Preston art student Reg Kielty who was the principle songwriter and frontman. Their original material was augmented by a theatrical stage presence largely influenced by bands like Genesis and the Glam Rock era which had preceded the band in the early ’70’s. They played resident gigs at The Dog & Partridge and The Brunswick in the town and also historically played at The Lodestar in Ribchester in the same week that The Sex Pistols and The Boomtown Rats played. Various members over time included Cliff Ovenden (Guitar), Dave Booth (Guitar & Keyboards) Norman Wade (Bass Guitar), Pete Long ( Drums), Greg Slater (Guitar), Alma & Norma Jones aka “The Balderstone Sisters” (Backing Singers), Geoff Fisher (bass guitar) John Watkins (rhythm guitar), Nigel Watkins (Bass Guitar), Stewart Mayor (Bass Guitar) Linda Sully (Backing singer), Andy Hodgson (Guitar), Eddie Gallagher (Drums) and Mark Hunter (keyboards).
The band became known for being prolific in terms of songwriting and for presenting themselves as anything other than “run of the mill” on stage but frustration at lack of credible management and absence of industry connections led to their disbanding. Reg Kielty was later to be managed by The Phil McIntyre Organisation (“We Will Rock You”, “Phoenix Nights”) but later emigrated to Australia returning to the UK in 1997. Cliff Ovenden went on to join Crossfire in Preston but then joined a number of outfits in the South before appearances with Gabrielle and Suggs among others on Top of the Pops. He later became a producer as part of Spiral Music in London. Mark Hunter who had joined the band aged 17 went on to join mega successful Manchester band James as their keyboard player and remains so to the present. Other members have mostly continued to pursue their individual musical interests in a number of local bands to the present. Recently Reg Kielty and Cliff Ovenden have renewed their collaboration and recorded an EP of original songs at a studio in Salford which also includes the song “Midnight Show” a fondly remembered number from the Rubi Lazer of 1976 !! for imminent release.