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Lillian Axe

Formed: 1983
From: New Orleans, LA, United States
Last Known Status: Regrouped

Latest Lillian Axe News

Below is our complete Lillian Axe news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Former Lillian Axe Guitarist Passes Away

The Louisiana rockers from Lillian Axe have issued the following statement about former member Jon Ster:

"Today is a sad day. Former Lillian Axe guitarist Jon Ster passed away this morning. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.

"Jon you will be missed. Rest in peace our brother." More...

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Lillian Axe Announces Box Set Release

Lillian Axe has checked in with the following announcement about an upcoming box set release:

"Lillian Axe and CME Records is proud to announce the release of a limited edition Lillian Axe Box Set entitled 'Convergence.' This box set will contain all of Lillian Axe's releases from the debut 'Lillian Axe' up to the 2012 release 'The Days Before Tomorrow' along with a bonus CD containing unreleased Lillian Axe material never before released. The box set will contain the following:

CD 1) Lillian Axe
CD 2) Love And War
CD 3) Out Of The Darkness Into The Light
CD 4) Poetic Justice
CD 5) Psychoschizophrenia
CD 6) Fields of Yesterday + 2 bonus tracks (Japanese release)
CD 7) Live 2002 (disc 1)
CD 8) Live 2002 (disc 2)
CD 9) Waters Rising
CD 10) Sad Day On Planet Earth
CD 11) Deep Red Shadows
CD 12) The Days Before Tomorrow More...

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Lillian Axe In Accident, Cancels Tour Dates

Lillian Axe checked in with the following announcement several hours ago on Facebook about the band being involved in an accident:

"Unfortunately the following shows will be cancelled and rescheduled:

August 8 Dallas, TX at Trees
August 9 Houston, TX at the Scout Bar

"The band and crew we in a very bad accident overnight traveling to Dallas. There were NO fatalities. Band and crew are currently being evaluated at the hospital."

The band's Facebook profile has also now been updated with this brief statement: "UPDATE: Steve, Eric and Richard DID NOT sustain any major injuries however they will not be able to perform. They are being treated and should be released shortly from the hospital."

For a look back at Lillian Axe's history and impact on the scene, check out our Sunday Old School covering the band.

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Sunday Old School: Lillian Axe

More groovy (SEE: melodic) versus glam (SEE: dramatic), Lillian Axe managed to recruit a loyal following without an abundance of commercial success. Often regarded as an underrated and unknown gem, the group continues to perform and record in obscurity. Their look (big hair and tight leather) grouped this band in with the glam bands of the eighties (and early nineties); however, the music of Lillian Axe still holds up, a major difference between Lillian Axe and other bands during this time. They are sort of the “indie” Edward Norton of metal that is if Edward Norton’s career had never blown up (at least for a few years), and if Norton was from The Big Easy. More...

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Mortician To Support Lillian Axe On European Tour

Austrian traditional metal act Mortician (not to be confused with the U.S. death metal band of the same name) will be supporting Lillian Axe on the upcoming "The Days Before Tomorrow" European tour.

Also appearing on the bill will be Seven Thorns and Human Zoo. The currently announced dates are as follows:

09.09.2012 CZ Exit Club, Prague
12.09.2012 HU Club 202, Budapest
13.09.2012 AT Harly's , Innsbruck
14.09.2012 DE Paradox, Ingolstadt
15.09.2012 CH Rock City, Uster More...

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Lillian Axe Posts New Music Video

New Orleans based metal band Lillian Axe posted a new music video for the track "Caged In." The song appears on the band's latest and ninth studio LP "XI: The Days Before Tomorrow." The album was released at the end of January through AFM Records and marks the Lillian Axe debut for new vocalist Brian C. Jones, who replaced former Metal Church vocalist Ronny Munroe.

Check out "Caged In" here:

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Lillian Axe Posts Video EPK For New Album

New Orleans based metal band Lillian Axe posted a video EPK for the band's ninth studio LP "XI: The Days Before Tomorrow." The album was released on January 27, 2012 through AFM Records. The album marks the first for new vocalist Brian C. Jones, who replaced former Metal Church vocalist Ronny Munroe after his departure following the band's 2010 release "Deep Red Shadows."

Check out the EPK here:

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Lillian Axe Posts Video Trailer For New LP

New Orleans metal band Lillian Axe posted a video trailer for the band's ninth studio LP "XI: The Days Before Tomorrow." The album is scheduled for release on January 27, 2012 through AFM Records. The album is the first for new vocalist Brian C. Jones, who replaced former Metal Church vocalist Ronny Munroe after his departure following the band's 2010 release "Deep Red Shadows."

You can check out the song "Babylon" streaming in the player here:

LILLIAN AXE - Babylon (2012) by AFM Records

Check out the video trailer here: More...

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Lillian Axe To Release New Album

New Orleans metal band Lillian Axe will release the band's ninth studio LP "XI: The Days Before Tomorrow" on January 27, 2012 through AFM Records. The album is the first for new vocalist Brian C. Jones, who replaced former Metal Church vocalist Ronny Munroe after his departure following the band's 2010 release "Deep Red Shadows."

The band is also streaming the new track "Babylon," which can be heard here:

LILLIAN AXE - Babylon (2012) by AFM Records

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Lillian Axe To Support Alice Cooper

LILLIAN AXE has been added as the support act for Alice Cooper’s “Theater Of Death Tour.” LILLIAN AXE last toured and supported Alice Cooper during their “Waters Rising” tour in 2007. After being hand-picked to support Alice Cooper in 2007, as fate would have it, LILLIAN AXE played with Alice Cooper in 2008 at the Rock The Bayou Festival in Houston, Texas and now the Axe is ready to unleash their Blistering Records release “Sad Day on Planet Earth” to the fans on the latest part of their world tour, taking the stage with shock rock legend, Alice Cooper.

The confirmed tour dates are:

02.10.09 Clearwater, FL
03.10.09 Pompano Beach, FL
04.10.09 Fort Meyers, FL
11.10.09 Houston, TX
12.10.09 Dallas, TX

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Lillian Axe Announces More US Tour Dates

New Orleans metal band Lillian Axe has announced more dates US tour. The complete tour schedule is as follows:

08/30 - St Joseph, MI - Czar's
09/01 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Intersection
09/02 - Bay City, MI - Indian Barry's
09/03 - Detroit, MI - Blondies
09/04 - W. Springfield, VA - JAXX
09/05 - Farmingdale, NY - The Crazy Donkey
09/06 - W. Babylon, NY - Looney Tunes (In Store Performance & Autograph signing @ 2pm)
09/09 - Fords, NJ - Vintage Vinyl (In Store Performance & Autograph signing @ 7pm)
09/09 - Teaneck, NJ - Mexicali Live
09/10 - New York, NY - Don Hill's
09/12 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance
09/25 - Jacksonville, FL - Brewster's Pit
09/26 - Tallahassee, FL - Floyd's Music Store
10/03 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues
10/31 - Baton Rouge, LA - Baton Rouge State Fair
11/21 - Dudley, West Midlands - UK - Rockfest (JBs)

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Lillian Axe Announces US Tour Dates

Louisiana based hard rockers Lillian Axe have announced the following upcoming US tour dates:

6/18 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
6/19 - Helotes (San Antonio), TX - Josabi's
6/20 - Ft. Worth, TX - Rock Star Sports Bar
6/21 - El Paso, TX - Club 101
6/24 - Joplin, MO - The Kitchen Pass
6/25 - Lincoln, NE - Red 9
6/26 - Kansas City, MO - The Beaumont Club
6/27 - Ft. Collins, CO - The Cork Pub & Grill
6/29 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
6/30 - Portland, OR - Mt. Tabor Legacy

7/1 - Roseburg, OR - Joe's Bar & Grill
7/2 - San Francisco, CA - Rockit Room
7/3 - Redondo Beach, CA - Brixton (with Kip Winger)
7/4 - West Hollywood, CA - The Viper Room
7/11 - Pryor, OK - Rocklahoma

8/23 - Algona, IA - Rock Gone Wild

9/8 - Buffalo, NY - Rock & Roll Heaven
9/19 - Baltimore, MD - The Quarter @ Bourbon St

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Lillian Axe Guitarist Welcomes New Son

Louisiana hard rockers Lillian Axe have issued the following statement about guitarist Steve Blaze welcoming a new son to his family:

"CONGRATULATIONS TO STEVE BLAZE AND HIS BEAUTIFUL WIFE JULIE ON THE BIRTH ON THEIR SON, JUDE, ON MAY 1, 2009. BOTH JULIE AND JUDE ARE DOING GREAT AND SO IS STEVE."

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Lillian Axe Wants Fans To Pick Live Set List

Louisiana based hard rockers Lillian Axe have issued the following announcement about allowing fans to pick their upcoming live set lists:

"Attention all fans...Lillian Axe is requesting your 10 favorite classic Lillian Axe songs that you want to hear the band play live on their upcoming "Sad Day on Planet Earth World Tour." The results will be posted and Lillian Axe will play these songs live, along with songs from their soon to be released Blistering Records debut album "Sad Day on Planet Earth."

"Any fan that names all 10 winning songs will be entered into a contest to win an autographed copy of "Sad Day on Planet Earth."

"Email your 10 favorite Lillian Axe classics to contest@lillianaxe.com, along with the following info:

"Name: Address: Phone Number: Email Address: Age:

"All entries must be received by June 1, 2009."

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Lillian Axe Inks Deal With Blistering Records

Louisiana hard rockers Lillian Axe have issued the following statement about signing to Blistering Records:

""Classic, Heavy, Progressive.....embracing the past...shaping the future." is the battle cry of our new home.

"Lillian Axe and their manager are proud to announce that Lillian Axe has signed a worldwide recording contract for 4 albums with Swedish Label, Blistering Records. Blistering Records' US office is located in Pittsburgh, PA and the label is distributed by Ryko Distribution in the United States. The U.S. operations of Blistering Records are run by music industry veteran, Jim Pitulski. Jim is well respected in the hard rock and metal community and Lillian Axe is happy to welcome Jim and the Blistering Records staff to our family. Derrick, Eric, Ken, Sam and Steve are so excited about joining the Blistering Records roster of artists and look forward to a long and successful venture recording their music for Blistering Records.

"While searching for a new label over the past year, Lillian Axe was looking for a label who wanted the band to be part of their present and future. Blistering Records proved to be the most aggressive suitors for Lillian Axe and that made our decision that much easier to make. Blistering Records wanted Lillian Axe and Lillian Axe wanted to be part of Blistering Records. More...

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Lillian Axe To Enter Studio In June

New Orleans-based hard rockers LILLIAN AXE have issued the following update:

"Derrick [Lefevre; vocals], Steve [Blaze; guitar], Eric [Morris; bass], Sam [Poitevent; guitar] and Ken [Koudelka; drums] have been getting geared up to start recording the new LILLIAN AXE record in June. Steve has buried himself in his studio writing for the sixth studio and ninth overall album of the band's career."

Commented Blaze: "I haven't felt this creatively rejuvenated since I wrote the 'Psychoschizophrenia' album. The band is in top form and we are dying to get back on the road. Every day Eric calls me and says, 'When do we leave?'

"New songs include 'Hibernate', 'Kill Me Again' and 'Blood Raining Down On Her Wings'.

"The band will be doing several one-off shows including a tentative date with ACE FREHLEY in May. Then it's two months of recording with a tentative release in September/October."

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Lillian Axe Bump New Album To July

The new LILLIAN AXE album, Waters Rising, will now surface through Metro City Records on July 17th. The title track can be heard at this location.

Steve Blaze (lead guitars/vocals) commented about the album recently: "This album has been conceptually in the works for years. Waters Rising represents the boiling point factor, that life seems to be a tumultuous ride always on the brink of explosion. These recent times on this planet seem to be proving this point. However, in each individual is the point where you reconcile this within your spirit and peace takes over allowing you to cope more effectively. The songs on this record cover the different ways that we deal with this factor and the fact that everyone is trying to make sense of it."

Tracklisting for Waters Rising: 'Waters Rising', 'Antarctica', 'Become A Monster', 'Quarantine', 'I Have To Die, Goodbye', 'Fear Of Time', 'Until The End Of The World', 'Fields Of Yesterday', 'Thirst', 'The 2nd Of May', 'Deep In The Black', '5'.

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Lillian Axe Ready New CD, "Waters Rising"

Opening for the likes of Ratt, Poison, Queensryche, Krokus, Stryper and Lita Ford, working with some of rock's most respected producers and scoring several "Headbangers Ball" approved video clips, Lillian Axe certainly carved a niche for themselves with metalheads worldwide during the '80s and '90s. And now, after an extended hiatus, the group - now comprised of Derrick LeFevre (lead vocals), Steve Blaze (lead guitars/vocals), Sam Poitevent (guitars/vocals), Eric Morris (bass), and Ken Koudelka (drums) - has unleashed their first new studio album in nearly fifteen years (and first for the Metro City Records label), titled "Waters Rising."

"We have spent the last 3 years getting this record done, in 4 different locations, and we have gone through a complete metamorphosis mentally and physically," explains Blaze. "It's a different environment in the music industry these days yet the spirit and soul in creating music has stayed the same in the Lillian Axe camp. My engineer, Rob Hovey, and I spent many hours experimenting with different approaches to this record, but it always came back to the same formula: do what we do, period."

Blaze also offered some insight regarding several favorite individual tracks from "Waters Rising." "The song 'Quarantine' deals with germaphobia - I suffer from this condition. I deal sometimes with the 'dirtiness' of the world by living in a very clean, pristine, and organized environment. 'The 2nd of May' speaks of child disappearance and the theories behind the inability to find so many missing people. 'Field of Yesterday' would be Lillian Axe's 'Stairway to Heaven' or 'Bohemian Rhapsody.' The one song that encompasses the pieces sonically and emotionally that are the quintessential elements of that group. It is about eight minutes long and has a mid-section which capsulates the history of man's existence in an ethereal interlude which soars and then slams back to reality. '5' is an instrumental in which I used about 80 guitar tracks. I attempted to touch on many different aspects of the instrument from arpeggios to clean picking to orchestration to heavy blues riffs to speed riffing to manipulation feedback. It took a while, as I wrote it as we recorded it, but the fanatic end result was just what I intended." More...

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