LILLIAN AXE guitarist Steve Blaze recently spoke to AllThingsMetal.net about the group's early days and the recent departure of longtime singer Ron Taylor. Asked how they ended up working with RATT guitarist Robbin Crosby on their first CD, Blaze said, "Well, the way that we met Robbin Crosby and how that worked out was LILLIAN AXE, at the time, it was around '87 or so, we were a very, very popular regional touring act doing covers & our own original material. RATT was on tour with QUEENSRŸCHE and we were asked to open up on four of the shows and a fifth show with POISON opening up, instead of QUEENSRŸCHE. After the second show that we played, one of the Production Managers for RATT came up to me and said that Marshall Berle, who was managing RATT at the time and was considered one of the biggest managers in rock, was interested in talking to me and took my phone number down. A couple of days later, I got a phone call at home from Marshall asking if I was interested in working together and getting a record deal. He said Robbin Crosby from RATT was interested in getting into production, that he liked our band very much and wanted to produce us. So that's how that happened with Robbin. After that point, Marshall had MCA Records fly out to see the band, Robbin came out to watch us when we did the additional fifth show, with POISON opening up and Robbin liked the band. After that point, we went to Los Angeles and did the record and Robbin became a good friend of mine, and the band's, as well."
With regards to LILLIAN AXE's current activities and the status of his other projects, Blaze said, "Well, unfortunately the most recent thing that’s been going on with LILLIAN AXE is the fact that Ron Taylor, after 15 years, has decided to leave the band. He wants to pursue other things. I'm not exactly sure, we haven't talked at length about it, but we are now in the process of looking for a new singer. The new record is finished — done, ready. The only thing that we have to do is find a singer to do the vocals, for the record and we're done. I'm going to keep the band going for as long as possible and in the meantime, NEAR LIFE [EXPERIENCE] is playing, looking for management & a label. I am constantly on the move with all three projects and my solo stuff. I will be working on my solo record, as well."
Read Steve Blaze's entire interview with AllThingsMetal.net at this location.