Lillian Axe

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Lillian Axe
Origin New Orleans, Louisiana
Genres Glam metal,[1] heavy metal,[1] hard rock
Years active 1983–1995; 1999–present
Associated acts Angel
Apache Black
Blitz
Bon Journey
Brand New Machine
The Bridge
Catch Velvet
Crowbar
Dirty Looks
Far Cry
Hagan
Killian Dare
Krymson
Logan
Lowside
Madhouse
Metal Church
Moxi
Near Life Experience
Oz
Persia
Ratt Poison
Rottweiller
Savage White
Stiff
Taboo
Velvet Poker Dogs

Lillian Axe is a hard rock band from New Orleans, Louisiana best known for their major label albums, Lillian Axe and Love + War, and Poetic Justice, the band's biggest commercial success. Originally formed in 1983, the group is still active today although only guitarist Steve Blaze remains from the original line-up.

Biography[edit]

The classic line-up came together when former Stiff members, Ron Taylor (lead vocals) and Jon Ster (rhythm guitar, keyboards, backing vocals), teamed up with Lillian Axe members Steve Blaze (lead guitar, keyboards, backing vocals), Rob Stratton (bass guitar), and Danny King (drums) in 1987. The band caught the attention of Ratt's management which led to a record deal with MCA and Ratt's Robbin Crosby producing the self-titled debut. However, neither Lillian Axe' nor the 1989 follow-up, Love + War, produced by Tony Platt, met commercial expectations and the group was quickly dropped. A compilation of both MCA albums, (1987-1989) Out of the Darkness - Into the Light, was released in 1991.

The band would find a new label home with Grand Slamm/I.R.S. Records for 1992's Poetic Justice, with Darrin DeLatte (bass) and former Dirty Looks member Gene Barnett (drums) replacing Stratton and King, respectively. The album peaked on the Billboard Top Heatseekers at No. 28,[2] the band's biggest success to date, in part based on the strength of the single, "True Believer." Returning to the studio once again with Swedish producer Leif Mases, the group issued Psychoschizophrenia in 1993, with Tommy Scott taking over on drums for Gene Barnett. Unable to capitalize on their previous success, Lillian Axe disbanded in 1995. Ron Taylor would form The Bridge, while Steve Blaze teamed up with his brother, drummer Craig Nunenmacher, in Near Life Experience, and Tommy Scott, aka Tommy Stewart, found success with Boston's Godsmack, appearing on the band's platinum selling Godsmack and Awake albums.

In 1999, Lillian Axe released, Fields of Yesterday, consisting of unreleased demos and album outtakes, followed by Live 2002, recorded in May 2002 in Houston, TX, with only Taylor and Blaze remaining from the classic MCA line-up.

After several line-up changes, the band recruited lead vocalist Derrick LeFevre, who appeared on Waters Rising (2007), Sad Day on Planet Earth (2009), and Deep Red Shadows (2010). On June 23, 2010, Ronny Munroe, formerly of Metal Church, replaced Derrick LeFevre as lead vocalist but departed four months later before recording any material with the band. He was replaced Brian C. Jones who can be heard on the latest release, XI The Days Before Tomorrow (2012).

On August 8, 2013, Lillian Axe was involved in an automobile accident.[3]

Lillian Axe will release One Night in the Temple, an acoustic live album, on April 15, 2014.[4]

Acclaim[edit]

On May 16, 2010, in Erwinville, LA, Lilian Axe became the first hard rock act to be inducted into The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.

Members[edit]

Current line-up[edit]

Original line-up[edit]

Former members[edit]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album US US Heat. Certification Label
1988 Lillian Axe - - - MCA
1989 Love + War - - - MCA
1992 Poetic Justice - 28 - I.R.S Records
1993 Psychoschizophrenia - 13 - I.R.S. Records
1999 Fields of Yesterday - - - Z Records
2007 Waters Rising - - - Locomotive Records
2009 Sad Day on Planet Earth - - - Blistering Records
2010 Deep Red Shadows - - - Love and War Records
2012 XI The Days Before Tomorrow - - - AFM Records

Compilations[edit]

Live albums[edit]

  • Live 2002 (2002)
  • One Night in the Temple (2014)

Videos[edit]

  • Dream of a Lifetime
  • No Matter What
  • Show a Little Love
  • "Megaslowfade"
  • "Caged In"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://www.allmusic.com/artist/p13506
  2. ^ Billboard.com Lillian Axe album charting by AMG
  3. ^ August 8, 2013 (2013-08-08). "Blabbermouth.Net". Blabbermouth.Net. Retrieved 2013-08-17. 
  4. ^ Blabbermouth.net (2014-02-19). "Lillian Axe To Release Acoustic Live Album 'One Night In The Temple' In April". Blabbermouth.Net. Retrieved 2014-02-19. 

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