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About Lillian Axe

Old Band

New Band

From humble beginnings in 1983, the New Orleans-based hard rock act rose above the cream of the bands touring the southern U.S. club circuit. Within three years, the band's live show had built a reputation that could not be denied and was becoming legendary throughout the south. While performing an opening stint with Ratt, Poison and Queensryche, the guys caught the eye of MCA Records and also Marshall Berle (nephew of Milton Berle) who, at the time, was managing rock superstars, Ratt. In August of 1987, guitarist, Steve Blaze and drummer, Danny King of Lillian Axe joined forces with vocalist, Ron Taylor, guitarist, Jon Ster and bassist, Rob Stratton of another popular regional touring band, Stiff. One month later a deal with MCA Records was in the can, and in April of 1988, the band's self-titled debut album (produced by Ratt guitaritst Robbin Crosby) was released. Spawning the MTV and radio hit, "Dream Of A Lifetime", the band hit the touring trail, supporting the likes of Krokus, Stryper and Lita Ford, as well as headlining shows of their own. In November of 1988, the quintet re-entered the studio with legendary engineer/producer, Tony Platt, to begin work on the Love & War album - one which many hold in high regard as one of the most underrated albums of the past decade. Once again, radio and MTV hammered out the first single, "Show A Little Love", propelling Lillian Axe even closer to becoming one of the most up-and- coming and respected bands of the day. However, a fatal blow was dealt to the band's soaring momentum when the label failed to sustain the support and give the band that extra little push it needed to truly rise to the top. Radio, MTV and a huge fan base just didn't seem to be enough to satisfy their relationship with MCA, and in early 1990 the band and the label parted ways. April of 1991 found Lillian Axe with a new bassist, Darrin DeLatte, a new drummer, Gene Barnett (Dirty Looks) and a new home with Grand Slamm/IRS Records. After releasing a successful compilation record of the first two MCA records called "Out of the Darkness Into the Light", Lillian Axe unleashed their most successful album to date, Poetic Justice, which hit the streets in January of 1992. Fueled by the hit single, "True Believer" and followed by their cover of the Badfinger classic, "No Matter What", Poetic Justice reached the upper 100 of the Billboard album charts and with True Believer hitting number 37 with a "bullet" on radio's R&R charts, Lillian Axe was well on their way to finally becoming a well deserved success story. Spending the better part of 1992 on the road, the band criss-crossed the states numerous times and at the end of that year, finally got to meet their European fans by playing shows in the England, Wales, Scotland, France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. Spring of '93 saw Lillian Axe back in the studio with new drummer, Tommy Stewart (Godsmack), in the fold. The recording sessions for Psychoschizophrenia, again with Poetic Justice producer Leif Mases (Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Page), were some of the most creative to date and brought out some of the most dynamic performances of the band's career. Shortly after the recording sessions, the band once again found themselves in their second home - a tour bus. This time the tour would last for nearly three years as the band played any and every place that would have them, including yet another trip to Europe and an extended co-headlining tour of the States with Accept. By 1995 the band found themselves to be simply worn out, as anyone would be who kept up the pace that Lillian Axe had set for themselves over the last eight years. The band had always been most at home when on the road together, but the time had finally come to move out of that house for a while and do something different. There was never a big "break-up" or typical soap opera story, the guys just took a break to do different things. Who knew the break would turn into four years away from the "old girl Lillian"? During this new time of discovery and experimentation, Steve Blaze formed Near Life Experience with his little brother Craig (Crowbar) on drums, and explored a whole new side of his songwriting, and now, singing abilities. Ron Taylor also took on new form with his band The Bridge, with old Stiff bandmate Drew Smith. Both Near Life Experience and The Bridge can be heard on self-released CD's available over the Internet. Tommy Scott Stewart, after playing drums on most of the Bridge CD, went on to join a band from Boston called Godsmack, and is now enjoying huge success. Jon Ster and Darrin DeLatte spent their time off building new families of their own, both having children over this time. Before the decade could come to an end, the band was contacted by Z Records, an independent European label, and Pony Canyon Records, a Japanese label, about putting out a collection of unreleased Lillian Axe songs. The guys accepted, and in the summer of 1999, Fields of Yesterday was released, giving the band's hardcore following the breath of new life they had been waiting for. Advertisements for the new CD read, "The Bitch is Back", and that statement was oh, so true. Lillian Axe was definitely back indeed. Culled from master tapes that had been waiting to surface at some point in time, the thirteen songs that comprised Fields Of Yesterday had been held in high regard by Lillian Axe fans who had passed these unreleased songs through the tape trading channels for years. Now, for the first time, fans were able to enjoy songs such as, "Pulling the Rats Out", "For Crying Out Loud", "Death Valley Daze", "Twilight in Hell" and more, on CD. As a predecessor to the album's release, the quintet finally returned to their old stomping grounds, the clubs that they had regularly toured for years during the early days, and were met with overwhelming response from old and new fans alike. Make no mistake about it, the fans, as well as the guys in the band, were very happy to see Lillian Axe back. And, for the first time ever, their longtime Japanese fans would finally get their chance to experience the magic of a live Lillian Axe show when the band hit the Land Of The Rising Sun, in April of 2000. In May 2002, Lillian Axe recorded a much anticipated live CD in Houston, TX to a packed house filled with fans from all over the world. In August 2002, the long awaited Live CD was released and with drummer Ken Koudelka and guitarist Sam Poitevent on board, the guys set out in support of “Lillian Axe: Live 2002.” Summer 2004 saw Lillian Axe return to Europe for the first time in nine years, playing to a rabid throng of 27,000 fans at Germany’s Bang Your Head Festival. The overwhelming European response ignited the band’s yearning to return to Europe for a more extensive tour in 2005. However, fall 2004 brought the resignation of vocalist Ron Taylor and the introduction of new vocalist Derrick LeFevre. New Year’s Eve 2004, LeFevre was introduced to the world for his first appearance as the new Lillian Axe vocalist to massive acclaim. According to Blaze, “There are very large shoes to fill with Ron leaving the band. He is a great singer and a great performer and he will be highly missed, however, Derrick is the most incredible replacement we could have found and I am thoroughly convinced that the fans will be highly impressed. The new album will take Lillian Axe into a new chapter of the band’s history, which we feel will be the most exciting yet.” The Axe prepares to release “Waters Rising” in Spring or Summer of 2007.

Lillian Axe (1988)

Love & War (1989)

Out of the Darkness - Into the Light (1991)

Poetic Justice (1992)

Psychoschizophrenia (1993)

Fields of Yesterday (1999)

Live 2002 (2002)

Waters Rising (2007)

Steve Blaze - Lead guitar, backing vocals (formerly also keyboards)
Derrick LeFevre - Lead vocals
Sam Poitevent - Guitars, vocals
Eric Morris - Bass
Ken Koudelka - Drums

Former members
Johnny Vines - Lead vocals
Ron Taylor - Lead vocals
Jon Ster - Rhythm guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
Darrin DeLatte - Bass
Rob Stratton - Bass
Danny King - Drums
Gene Barnett - Drums
Tommy "Stewart" Scott - Drums
Michael "Maxx" Darby - Bass

Lillian Axe's Website's...

Other Bands From Members of Lillian Axe...
EX Axe's Ron Taylor and Darrin DeLatte Band - LOWSIDE & The Daze (cover band)



Dream Of A Lifetime
No Matter What Show A Little Love Ghost of Winter (LIVE) Body Double (LIVE) Hard Luck (LIVE 1987) Living In The Grey / No Matter What (LIVE ACOUSTIC) Body Double (LIVE 1991 @ Foundations Forum) Interview with Carlos Carrera From Rockline TV Photo History Of The Band

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Comment by John Spillman on September 5, 2012 at 7:53am
2012 European Tour  Dates :
*8.31.12 - Kerkrade, NL - The Rock Temple

*9.1.12 - Essen, DE - Turock Open Air Festival

*9.2.12 - Vosseiar, BE - Biebob

*9.6.12 - Amsterdam, NL - Panama

*9.7.12 - Andernach, DE - Swordbrothers Festival

*9.8.12 - Lichtenfies, DE - Paunchy Cats

**9.9.12 - Prague, CZ - Exit Club

**9.11.12 - Ostrava, CZ - Barack Music Club

**9.12.12 - Budapest, HU - Club 202

**9.13.12 - Innsbruck, AT - Harly Coffee Bar

**9.14.12 - Ingolstadt, DE - Event Halle Westpark

**9.15.12 - Uster, CH - Rock City

* Support - Seven Thorns + Human Zoo

** Support - Seven Thorns Mortician
Comment by John Spillman on August 5, 2012 at 1:36pm

This site appears to be inactive and is not up to date so I've created another one entitled Lillian Axe Fans!

Comment by John Spillman on August 4, 2012 at 9:26pm

Comment by John Spillman on August 4, 2012 at 9:13pm

Comment by John Spillman on August 3, 2012 at 7:56am

Hey Lillian Axe fans,

The wait is over...........years in the making.

"Every dog has its day and today your time has come."

Many Lillian Axe fans have been waiting and dreaming for a lifetime and now the time has come to experience a rebirth. On August 28, the dream will become a reality as the Circle Of Light CD "Rebirth" hits the stores on CME Records. Circle Of Light features Johnny Vines, Steve Blaze, Michael Maxx Darby and Danny King. As cliche as it may sound, it is now the time to experience the past in the present tense. Original classic songs that have never been officially released until now. Whomever said, "if you repeat the past you are doomed to fail in the present" was full of it. Remember those early songs? Well they sound just as good if not better today. Enjoy the music and pick up a copy today. Pre-order today.

Featuring the early gems:
Circle Of Light
Circus Comes To Town
Sail Into The Heavens
Modern Day Vampire
Rest In Peace
Silent Night Lonely Night
Every Dog Has Its Day
On A Clear Night
Try To Stop Me Now
King Of The Beasts

Johnny, Danny, Michael and I did this CD for the fans who have long been true fans from the beginning and I hope you really enjoy it as much as we had the fun recording and reliving some of the great memories we had.

God Bless and much love,
Steve Blaze

Comment by John Spillman on July 23, 2012 at 10:51pm

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Comment by John Spillman on June 14, 2012 at 10:02pm

It appears the site needs a few updates.  First, Brian Jones is the current lead vocalist. The discography is now 4 releases late: Sad Day On Planet Earth (2009), Deep Red Shadows (2010), XI The Days Before Tomorrow (2012) & Live and War EP (2012).  Also, Steve Blaze, Danny King, Johnny Vines & Michael "Maxx" Darby (Lillian Axe's 1983-86 lineup before the merger with Stiff & the 1st C.D.) have recorded a C.D. to be released Aug. 28 using Circle Of Light (the title of one of their old songs) as the band name.

Comment by Charisma Lawless on October 4, 2010 at 1:52am
i MET STEVE & RON waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaYYYY BACK IN THE *80'S STILL HAVE the POSTER SIGNED!!!!!!
Comment by Kamil on April 12, 2010 at 12:25pm
Thanks for videos and information,
Every their note is a pearl.
they are my all time fav´n´fab!
thanks a lot - Phigagne!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
here is wonderful interview:

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