Few bands from the late 80's early 90's,
ever got the respect that they deserved, Lillian Axe is one of those groups.
In September of 1987, Lillian Axe and the members of another local touring
band joined forces, what erupted was one major metal band. Just one month
later a deal with MCA Records was in the can. In 1996 after extensive
touring in support of their 1993 release "Psychoschizophrenia", Ron Taylor
and Steve Blaze decided to put Lillian Axe on hold to experiment in other
music styles. Now with the Millenium nearing a close, two solo projects,
four studio CD's and one greatest hits Lillian Axe return to show the world
they can have there cake and eat it too. Steve Blaze and Ron Taylor are
enjoying success with Lillian Axe and as solo artist.
What brought on the desire for the making of "Fields of Yesterday"?
Z Records is an English-based indie label who contacted me concerning
Lillian Axe as a current entity to see what we were doing. Being that we had
called it a rest, I told him there was no new stuff but lots of unreleased
Were the 12 tracks from "Fields of Yesterday" recorded with the original
members then just cut and mixed adding the new members?
These were recorded in different recording sessions from 1990-1996. They are
the original demo recordings.
Does "Fields of Yesterday" complete the whole catalog, and what I mean is,
is this everything Lillian Axe has ever recorded and/or wrote?
No. There's more
Even though Lillian Axe never actually split up, will this new CD put The
Bridge and Near Life Experience on hold?
No. Near Life Experience is top priority for with me. However, we can still
manage to keep Axe going.
What's the tour schedule for Lillian Axe? Can we expect more U.S. dates in
Hopefully we can tour much more. It's really not up to me. I'm ready to go.
Right now the shows are sporadic.
There is rumor that the live shows you have done in America consist of
Lillian Axe, The Bridge, and Near Life Experience performing. Is this a fact
and, if so, how is that panning out for you?
No just Lillian and Near Life, I would love The Bridge to do it as well.
It's been great.
What songs are you including in the set list?
Misery Loves Company, Crucified, True Believer, Innocence, All's Fair, My
Number, Nobody Knows, Ghost Of Winter, World Stopped Turning, Letters In The
Rain, Waiting In The Dark, Pulling The Rats Out, Those Who Prey, Fools
What has been the response so far from the shows?
People seem to think we're better than ever.
This year with the hand full of metal acts that are returning to a more 80's
sound, do you feel that you could not have released this CD at a better
I don't think there is an 80's sound. So I shy from thinking about it. It's
always time for good music.
Well that wraps up my questions for now. Thanks for allowing me the
opportunity to conduct this interview with you.
S.B.: Thanks for your support. You can
stay in touch with me anytime. Let me know if there's anything I can do.