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|Origin||New Orleans, Louisiana|
|Genres||Glam metal, heavy metal, hard rock|
|Years active||1983–1995; 1999–present|
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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.
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, 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.
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.
- Steve Blaze - lead guitar, backing vocals, keyboards
- Brian C. Jones - lead vocals
- Sam Poitevent - guitar, vocals
- Eric Morris - bass
- Ken Koudelka - drums
- Ron Taylor - vocals
- Orlando "Ace" Palacio - guitar
- Rusty Cavalier - drums
- Johnny Vines - vocals
- Derrick LeFevre - vocals
- Ronny Munroe - vocals
- Jon Ster - rhythm guitar, keyboards
- Darrin DeLatte - bass
- Rob Stratton - bass
- Kennith Gosnell - bass
- Danny King - drums
- Gene Barnett - drums
- Matt McCrory - guitar
- Richard Kendrick - guitar
- Randy Holden - rhythm Guitar
- Tommy Stewart - drums
- Craig Nunenmacher - drums
|1989||Love + War||-||-||-||MCA|
|1992||Poetic Justice||-||28||-||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|
- Live 2002 (2002)
- Dream of a Lifetime
- No Matter What
- Show a Little Love
- Official website
- Interview with Lillian Axe lead singer
- Steve Blaze Rock N Roll Universe Interview 2005
- Lillian Axe discussion group
- Interview with Steve Blaze (February 2012) by UnRatedMagazine.com