Guitarist Steve Blaze of Louisiana-based rockers LILLIAN AXE has issued the following update:
"It's been about four months since we released 'Sad Day on Planet Earth' and only now are things calming a bit.
"Sorry we haven't reported since then but it has been a bit hectic.
"We would like to thank all of the fans across the country who came out and supported us as we trekked from New York to California and all points in between. We met lots of great people and turned on lots of new fans who didn't know we existed 'till now.
"It always baffles me how a band can exist for 20 years and still have a lot of rock fans never hear of them. Oh well, at least they have now.
"We played some great shows, some weird ones, some hot outdoor ones and some amazing ones, all the while busting our tails to spread the word. It was very tiresome but thanks to an amazing crew and manager, the relentless Charlie Bagarozza, we never skipped a beat.
"We were fortunate enough to be invited by Alice Cooper and his organization to share the stage again as we did on the 'Waters Rising' tour. Once again, Alice, his band and crew proved to be the class outfit that they were two years ago. We thank them highly for taking such care of us and going the extra mile to make us comfortable and allow us to put on the show we wanted to.
"I was fortunate to spend the day on the golf course with Alice, Damon Johnson, Chuck Garrick, and Jerry, Alice's assistant, and my friend Chris Norch. I spoke with Alice on many topics and he proved to be an amazing, smart and humble human being. He is truly the legend he is recognized as. Not too shabby a golfer either. He tore everyone up. I was smart enough to simply drive the golf cart. Damon, Chuck and Jerry are my new golf buddies and proved to be truly wonderful people as well.
"After finishing that run, we are now preparing to play the state fair in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Halloween night. Then we will be shooting videos for 'MegaSlowFade' and 'Nocturnal Symphony'.
"I have started writing for the next album already and it feels intense and magnetic.
"It's great to be home and spending time with my six-month-old Jude, and the rest of the band and crew are resting up for 2010.
"We plan on hitting the road hard in January-February to support 'Sad Day on Planet Earth'."
"Sad Day On Planet Earth" was released on June 30 via the Swedish label Blistering Records. The CD is described in a press release as "by far [the band's] strongest album, musically speaking. There are so many different-sounding songs that all forms of radio: Active Rock, Mainstream Rock and Metal radio will embrace this album."
"Sad Day On Planet Earth" contains 14 songs written by Steve Blaze. All the album artwork was created by Peter Tsakiris, who is a major force in the industry, having designed album art for DIO, TWISTED SISTER, DEEP PURPLE, TED NUGENT, OVERKILL, JACKYL and WARRIOR SOUL, to name a few.
LILLIAN AXE is:
Derrick Lefevre - Vocals
Steve Blaze - Guitar/Vocals
Sam Poitevent - Guitar/Vocals
Eric Morris - Bass
Ken Koudelka - Drums