Are there any fans of Lillian Axe in the house?!?
As you know by now, I'm venturing westward for Rocklahoma. On the official festival site, there's a forum where excited music fans talk about the second coming. A lot of chatter has centered around Lillian Axe. There's only one problem: Lillian Axe isn't on the bill.
Many fans, either half-jokingly or dead-serious are demanding that Lillian Axe be added to the three day artist roster. Lillian Axe is one of my "friends" through Myspace. When I clicked on their site, there's a new blog bulletin about the band, saying they asked for a spot to perform at Rocklahoma!
Something's rotten in the state of Denmark, glam fans.
If you're not familiar with Lillian Axe, let's go back to the beginning.
Lillian Axe played their way through the glam days of the 1980s, looking for a record deal. Eventually, guitarists Steve Blaze and Jon Ster, drummer Danny King, singer Ron Taylor and bassist Rob Stratton landed a deal with MCA. By this time, it was 1988 and the boys were working on their self-titled debut, produced by none other than Robbin Crosby of RATT.
Sadly, Lillian Axe didn't blow up the charts with their self-titled effort or their second release Love + War. Quite frankly, I don't know why these melodic New Orleans natives didn't fare better in the music world. Like Badlands and the Sea Hags, Lillian Axe had immense potential and great musical ability.
Fast forward two decades, and it's spring 2007. Lillian Axe is back with a new line-up, record deal and album waiting in the wings.
Steve Blaze remains the constant, and the new members include singer Derrick LeFevre, guitarist Sam Poitevent, bassist Eric Morris and Ken Koudelka behind the kit.
Lillian Axe is now with Metro City Records. That label has announced June 19 release date for Water's Rising. If you visit www.metrocityrecords.com you can pre-order a copy of the new disc.
This brings me back to Rocklahoma. If a classic 80s band is back with a new record deal and album in the works, why wouldn't the promoters of a huge 80s Metal festival be on board?
Here's what Steve Blaze posted on the band's official Myspace page:
"The Feverfest in Oklahoma in July is a 3 day festival with about 20 bands from the 80's and 90's plus a list of locals as well. I was contacted by fans asking why Lillian Axe was not on the bill, and I have no answer. With the new album coming out June 19th, the timing would be perfect. When our agents contacted the promoters, they said the bill was filled. I think that with enough phone calls and pressure, we should be added. Please call 866-310-2288 and demand Lillian to be on this show! Let the promoter know how you feel www.feverfest.com. Thanks for your continued support!"
Read more at http://www.myspace.com/lillianaxe.
So, what's the deal? I know for a fact that there's at least one TBA spot still on the roster, and when Lillian Axe contacted the promoters, tons of spots were still available. I highly doubt the band charges a huge booking fee for their performances.
Is there glam rock discrimination in Oklahoma?