LILLIAN AXE guitarist and Lousiana resident Steve Blaze has posted the following message on the band's official web site:
"I got word that my house has minor damage but my animals are inside with no food I can't get to them because of the gas shortage. Derrick, LILLIAN's singer, is in Metairie with electricity and cell phone service. Don't ask me how, however — he was kind and brave enough to go to my mother's and break in and feed her cats. There was no water inside, but it seemed that there was at least a foot of water at one time....it's trashed. Rob Hovey's house also seems to have had massive damage.
"I haven't heard from my daughter in days... She's safe, but her new house was in Slidell, so I am sure it's gone. Here in Starkville, they have run out of gas for now. I have a full tank and gas cans but I couldn't make it home and back...
"I have this to say right now... This is a devastating situation for lots of people around the country. However, we will pull through this. I will be damned if I let Mother Nature or man's selfishness or whatever keep me from moving on.
"I thank all of you for you prayers and concern. We have a great group of friends here. Rob did save the computer with the LILLIAN AXE album. We will finish it.
"I have spoken with the producers of our movie and we will regroup and get the movie done! James, our director, is still in the city. Pray for the evacuation of him and his family. Haven't heard from Sam or Eric yet. And to all of the pieces of human filth looting and committing crimes in the city, taking advantage of other people's misery, I hope the National Guard comes in and eliminates them like terrorists. Anyone with a weapon or committing a violent crime should be shot on sight, period. It makes me sick to see what scum will do in a situation like this. I promise that this situation will do nothing more than intensify my resolve. I also want to tell everyone that my girlfriend Julie is a saint."