Interview with Steve Blaze

Steve Blaze is the guitarist of Lillian Axe, a band from Louisiana that caught the attention of Ratt’s management back in the late 80s. They were quickly signed to MCA and put out two albums that found a cult-following.

When grunge took hold in the early 90s, they signed to I.R.S. Records and released their most successful album Poetic Justice. A year later, they returned with a more modern sound in “Psychoschizophrenia” but were unable to break into the alternative-driven music scene, and they eventually broke up in 1995. In the late 90s they reformed and Steve Blaze has held the band together in several forms ever since.

Blaze is a neo-classical guitarist who was known as one of the greatest players during the hair band era. His style is very unique, very melodic, and is more reminiscent of European players.

Over the years, his style has continued to evolve, and he has even ventured into experimental music with projects such as Near Life Experience. He is extremely knowledgable and can provide amazing insight into the music industry and guitar playing.

Here, Steve discusses the band’s live DVD/CD package One Night in the Temple, Lillian Axe’s back catalog, what it means to be in a successful band, and all about guitar playing. Check it out.