- Lafayette, LA – Colby Foreman
Lillian Axe, at first glance, is just like any other rock band. But a closer look can prove that they are a testament to their Louisiana pedigree: survivalists in the crazy world of rock n’ roll. Starting officially in 1987 and discovered by the same management as seminal ’80s rock band RATT (even produced by the late Robbin Crosby, Ratt‘s guitarist), Lillian Axe was critically acclaimed and primed for glory with their self-titled debut, with offerings like the breakout MTV hit, “Dream of a Lifetime“. Spearheaded by Steve Blaze’s guitar virtuosity, Lillian toured on this album and it’s follow-up “Love War“, spawning hits like the Girl cover “My Number“, “Ghost of Winter”, and the title track. This was the last album under their MCA contract and the last to feature Lillian Axe‘s classic lineup. it was also their first steps into cementing themselves as a rock institution.
While many bands of their ilk would have rested on their laurels or called it quits, Steve & company shifted into overdrive, touring and writing relentlessly, and releasing “Poetic Justice” and “Psychoschitzophrenia” in 1992 and 1993, respectively under Grand Slamm/I.R.S. Records. 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”. Shortly thereafter, the band would take a lengthy hiatus to pursue other music interests, specifically drummer Tommy Scott joining Godsmack and Blaze forming Near Life Experience with younger brother Craig Nunenmacher, formerly of Crowbar. Revitalized, Lillian Axe returned in 1999 with the release of Fields of Yesterday, a compilation of unreleased demos and studio outtakes and a live CD in 2002. Since then, Lillian Axe has toured extensively, and their live shows are unparalleled, with soaring guitar solos, anthemic sing-alongs, and just solid sets every single time they play. These guys show absolutely no signs of slowing down, and are currently in the studio recording a follow-up to One Night in the Temple, an acoustic live album in 2014.
***Don’t miss their next show Feb. 3rd at Roxx NightClub inside The Cypress Bayou Casino Hotel.