LILLIAN AXE TO SUPPORT SHOCK ROCK LEGEND ALICE COOPER – IN SUPPORT OF NEW ACCLAIMED RELEASE, ‘WATERS RISING’
Think of ‘theatrical rock legend,’ and Alice Cooper immediately comes to mind for many. And the shock rock godfather couldn’t have picked a more deserving band to support him on a string of upcoming southern dates – Lillian Axe. After an extended hiatus, the group – which is
comprised of Derrick LeFevre (lead vocals), Steve Blaze (lead guitars/vocals), Sam Poitevent (guitars/vocals), Eric Morris (bass), and Ken Koudelka (drums) – recently unleashed their first new studio album in nearly fifteen years (and first for the Metro City Records label),
Originally formed in 1983, the New Orleans-based group soon caught the attention of Ratt manager Marshall Berle and MCA Records, leading to the release of the group’s self-titled 1988 release (produced by late Ratt guitarist Robbin Crosby), 1989’s ‘Love and War’ (produced by Tony
Platt, who previously worked with AC/DC), 1991’s ‘Out of the Darkness Into the Light,,’ 1992’s ‘Poetic Justice,’ and 1993’s ‘Psycho-Schizophrenia’ (the last two of which were produced by Leif Mases, who previously worked with Led Zeppelin). Additionally, such Lillian Axe tracks as “Dream of a Lifetime,” “Show A Little Love,” “True Believer,” and a cover of Badfinger’s “No Matter What” received attention from rock radio and MTV.
By the middle of the ‘90s, Lillian Axe opted to take a break, although a collection of previously unreleased material was issued in 1999, ‘Fields of Yesterday.’ With metal once more ruling the charts and the airwaves by the early 21st century, Lillian Axe was back in business with live shows, resulting in the release of their first-ever live album, ‘Live 2002,’ recorded in Houston, Texas. Roadwork has continued for the band – including playing to 27,000 fans at Germany’s Bang Your Head Festival in 2004, as well as an extensive European tour a year later. With new singer LeFevre recently replacing longtime frontman Ron Taylor, ‘Waters Rising’ sees a whole new metallic chapter
unfolding for Lillian Axe.
Despite the long break between studio albums, ‘Waters Rising’ has been steadily receiving its share of accolades, including a write-up by All Music Guide, which raves “If ‘Waters Rising’ were released in the late 80s, there’s little doubt that its video clips would have done battle – and held their own – alongside Iron Maiden and Queensrÿche on
Headbangers Ball.” Additionally, KNAC.com gave the album a four and a half star rating, saying “[Steve Blaze] is the visionary of what he wants the band to be, and as long as he’s a part of any musical endeavor, you KNOW to expect nothing but the best!”
Dates for the Alice Cooper/Lillian Axe tour:
10/20 Birmingham, AL Alabama Theatre
10/21 Mobile, AL Saenger Theatre
10/22 Houston, TX Verizon Wireless Theatre
10/23 Dallas, TX Majestic Theatre
Nick Oliveri is no stranger to Ozzfest. He first took the stage in Ozzfest as the bassist for Queens of the Stone Age.
On Dead Planet, Nick handles the lead vocals and bass playing. Nick Oliveri’s razor sharp voice is one that takes a couple of listens to get used to, but I find his sound refreshingly different from so many of the singers that I have listened to as of late.
Mondo Generator has a punk/metal sound that I describe as Motorhead meets Velvet Revolver. The music on Dead Planet is extremely tight. The dual guitars of Ian Taylor and Spud are far better than I could have imagined.
Dead Planet gives you a wide selection of tunes. 17 songs averaging about 3 minutes in length. The cool thing about the short song length on Dead Planet is, if you find a song not to your liking, chances are 3 minutes later you will.
Stand out tracks are All The Way Down, Lie Detector, So High, Take Me Away, and Paper Thin.
I had no expectations when I first listened to this CD, and surprisingly liked this one a lot. If you are a fan of Nick’s former work in Queens of the Stone Age, get Dead Planet, you will love it. If you like the video above, for Lie Detector above, check out Mondo Generator, I think you will like them! You can hear more tracks at the band’s myspace page here.
1. Basket Case
2. I Never Sleep
3. All the Way Down
4. She Only Owns You
5. Lie Detector
6. Mental Hell
7. All Systems Go
8. Like a Bomb
9. So High
11. Take Me Away
12. Life of Sin
13. Paper Thin
14. Sam Hall
15. There She Goes Again
16. Bloody Hammer
17. Sleep the Lie Away
The Rock of Love finale was earlier this evening. Poison front man Bret Michaels made the decision between Heather and Jes.
Who did he Pick?
The winner is Jes. At the last minute, Bret sent Heather packing. Jes seemed to be the popular choice based on people’s comments at the Hard Rock Hideout. I am sure there are quite a few people happy in TV land tonight!
Next week, VH1 will Air the Rock of Love Reunion show!