Lillian Axe is somewhat of an underrated 80's metal band.
The band has New Orleans roots and was the first hard rock act to be
inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. With roots dating
back to 1983, within three years Lillian Axe had made a name for
themselves as a great live metal act on the southern circuit. It
was during an opening performance for a concert featuring Queensryche,
Ratt, and Poison that they caught the attention of MCA Records.
By 1987, the band's lineup had solidified, and in 1988,
the Lillian Axe
hit the shelves. This album was produced by Robbin Crosby (Ratt).
Many of you will remember the song "Dream of a Lifetime" from that album
and its subsequent MTV video. In support of this initial release,
Lillian Axe toured with bands like Krokus, Stryper, and Lita Ford.
The bands 1989 release,
Love and War, met with even greater commercial success and
featured the song "Show a Little Love". Not long after this
release, MCA dropped the band and they were picked up by Grand Slam
Records. They released Poetic Justice in 1992 on this
label, which became their greatest commercial success to date. You
may remember the song "True Believer" and the cover "No Matter What"
from this album.
After extensive touring in the early to mid 1990's,
Lillian Axe had had enough of the road and decided to take a hiatus.
The band did release an album called Fields of Yesterday, which
is a compilation of old previously unreleased 80's metal.
As the years have gone on, Lillian Axe has continued to produce,
although band members (including the vocalist) have changed. At
the time of this writing, Lillian Axe could be found touring at the mega
metal shows like Rocklahoma and Fire Fest (UK). The Lillian Axe
Discography was as follows:1988: Lillian Axe
1989: Love + War
1991: Out of the Darkness - Into the Light
1992: Poetic Justice
1999: Fields of Yesterday
2002: Live 2002
2007: Waters Rising
2009: Sad Day on Planet Earth
2010: Deep Red Shadows
2012: XI The Days Before Tomorrow