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.
In the last year there has been activity in one of the greatest traditions in Lafayette night life with the opening of Freetown Boom Boom Room in the building that once housed McKinley St. Pub, that was frequented by many fraternities and sororities in it’s heyday. It’s current atmosphere is now a place for people in Lafayette’s alternative and heavy metal scene. Now, there is a push to revitalize some of those old buildings further up the block. Welcome “Purr“: the newest bar on McKinley St, set to open early February 2018 in the old alternative dance club “Nitecaps”. Purr will be open Fridays and Saturdays from 8pm-2am, catering to Lafayette’s lesbian community.
Nitecaps was known for great music and great drink specials, and Purr will be continuing that tradition, with Friday happy hours from 8pm-10pm. 2 for 1 double well drinks and $2 domesticsand $3 FIREBALL ALL NIGHT LONG! Saturday Happy hour is from 8pm-10pm, with 2 for 1 double wells and $2 domestics. Expect this new night life experience to have it’s inaugural weekend the second week of February 2018, with live entertainment and DJ’s, so bring your dancin’ shoes! Purr is gonna be hot!
We always start off at the Verot School Rd. location doing some demonstration blast offs with some of the employees from Louisiana’s Extreme Fireworks. Follow them on their Facebook page here. The Verot School road location is located at 3319 Verot School Rd, on the way to Route 92 in Youngsville, LA.
During the week we were able to visit all five locations in Acadiana. We were impressed at their wide range and selection of Artillery shells, Artillery shell cannon holders, and various children’s packaged fireworks at affordable prices. Click the website below to support 5 local Fireworks stands in the Acadiana area.
By clicking www.cajunfireworks.com you will find the locations in Broussard, Lafayette, & Youngsville, LA (you can als click the links below to go straight to the location map from their website. Support this great seasonal local event business…they have supported the Live And Local goal since day one. Louisiana’s Extreme Fireworks is a locally owned firework business. Which means they are actually owned by someone who lives in the Acadiana. Feel free to follow them on Facebook by clicking below and start getting Extreme.
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The latest release of Star Wars “The Last Jedi” has been met with overwhelming positive praise by critics, fans and the internet alike. Unfortunately, there’s sparked some negative responses, too, and not just from people who’ve seen it. There’s a new phenomenon I’ve noticed with this release that has been bleeding in from other topics as well. I’m calling it “passion shaming”.
From cosplay to video games, from Star Wars to Star Trek, and everything in between, “nerds and geeks” get a bad rap from the rest of the world. We’re a lot like you, with loves and passions, likes and dislikes. Specifically, when it comes to Star Wars, we tend to wait literally years for the next episode in the serial of the episodic space soap opera. We buy the toys and video games (while not all of the games are great, they actually fill in a lot of the storyline, like “Battlefront 2“), we read the books, and basically soak up all the canonical stories because it’s important to us.
Recently, I was one of the people who posted a request for people to please “check in” if they were going to spoil Star Wars, so I could avoid it. It was a simple request, nothing outrageous to ask. There’s always going to be a “holier than thou” person who knows everything, and wants to be the very first person to report on it. These kind of people get under my skin in the worst way. I want to go into a Star Wars movie with a fresh attitude, unspoiled. There are just some things you can’t “unsee or unhear”. Imagine waiting years to see the final scenes of your favorite character, only to have it ruined the day before you’d planned to see it. I know, in the scope of life, it’s a small detail. But sometimes it’s a detail we need to escape. A lot of people I associate with on a regular basis in an online capacity have taken a stance to talk down about it in a negative way, “astounded by the fact that grown-ass men” are arguing about spoilers, that they are more concerned with family, mortgages, their job or small businesses than some “silly movie”.
Frankly, it’s about common courtesy, and a bigger picture. Coexistence with our differences, and that includes our passions, like Star Wars. It’s the ability to still see things with child-like wonder and fascination, escaping for a couple of hours with our favorite characters, rooting for heroic endings, and invest our emotions in the losses. It’s as important as your favorite band or football team.
Having explained myself, “The Last Jedi” was fantastic and I highly recommend you check it out, and all the episodes! Embrace your inner nerd, you might make a new friend!
How do you feel about this one? Guitarist Kicks Concert Goers Camera While on Stage. Below is some footage from her own Instagram page and photo from Chelsea Lauren Photographer from Variety Magazine. Band Queens of the Stone Age. We are looking forward to hearing from the band on this one from social media or beyond.