Last year, Louisiana based hard rock outfit, Lillian Axe celebrated its 30th anniversary and the 25th anniversary of its debut album. To mark the occasion, founder and guitarist, Steve Blaze decided to put on a little acoustic show for a handful of supporters. As Blaze admits, delusions of grandeur overcame him and the quiet gathering grew into 100 or so friends and fans in the cozy environs of a local Masonic temple. The show was recorded and filmed and turned into something of a “storytellers on steroids” kind of event.
The resulting CD/DVD package, “One Night in the Temple” hit stores and digital retailers on May 27. This week Blaze appeared on my radio show on Metal Nation Radio to discuss 30 years of Lillian Axe, recording the live acoustic album, and where his head is at with the band’s follow up to its 2011 studio effort, “XI: The Days Before Tomorrow”.
The concert was an amazing journey through the history of the band, up to and including the most recent studio effort. The acoustic performance, which featured Blaze, new vocalist Brian Jones, along with guitarist Sam Poitevent, bassist Eric Morris, and drummer Ken Koudelka was highlighted by memorable stories and some nice guest cameos.
One of the show’s more poignant moments finds Blaze trying to contain his emotions as he talks about Tripp Roth, a Louisiana toddler born in 2009 who was diagnosed with a rare genetic skin disease called “EB.” Blaze was so moved by the boy’s story that he penned the track, “Bow Your Head” which appeared on “XI: The Days Before Tomorrow”. Sadly, Tripp Roth passed away shortly before the song’s release in 2011. Roth’s mother was present for the acoustic show recording.
Blaze also talks about the live cameo of former Lillian Axe vocalist Johnny Vines. The duo, along with early members Michael Maxx Darby (bass) and Danny King (drums) recorded together in 2012 under the name Circle of Light. The quintet released “Rebirth”, an album of material written primarily in the early Lillian Axe days before their record signing.
You can listen to the full interview above, then pick up your copy of “One Night in the Temple” out now!