Performing under the name Anthem, the band lived in a group house in West Covina, but eventually, the quartet changed their name to Foreplay and moved up to San Francisco.
Lombardy landed in the scene epicenter of Mill Valley, the same neighborhood Jack Kerouac and the other Beat poets lived in during the late '50s. Foreplay shared stages with the likes of Steppenwolf, Eddie Money, and Huey Lewis and the News.
"I had hair down to here," Lombardy says, pointing mid-chest. "It was just another world, another time. We were rock and rollers."
Being in Mill Valley, Lombardy lived for seeing shows as much as playing them. The nearby Sweetwater Music Hall, which he describes as not much bigger than Rick’s Café in Chagrin (so, tiny), was known for acts to do a set or two before they hit the road.
"Imagine you and I are there, having a drink one night; it’s two bucks a drink, we’re having a good time," he recounts. "Not many people. All of a sudden, roadies come in with equipment, they set up. Guess who sings for six hours and you and I are sitting there and it doesn’t cost us nothing except our beers? Van Morrison."