After high school, Lizotte went to Steamboat, Colorado for ski season with some friends, one of them named Dana. While there, a friends told him they should start a band with Chris on guitar when they got back. So they formed a band and called it The Spiritones. They played at churches opening for The Lifesavors and Undercover, sometimes with 3000 people in attendance. The band stayed together for 2 or so years, into the mid 1980s.