Lillian Axe/Kip Winger, and More Llillian Axe – 4th of July 2009

Metal Babe’s Rockin’ 4th of July Weekend

Lillian Axe/Kip Winger – 07/03/09

The Brixton – Redondo Beach, CA.

By Alison “MetalBabe” Cohen

 Lillian Axe

When I found out that Lillian Axe would be playing the 4th of July in Hollywood, I was really excited to spend my Holiday celebrating with them. As it got closer, I found out they were also opening for Kip Winger the night before in Redondo Beach, and I ended up with some free tickets. (Of course I had to go to that too!) I’ve been a huge Lillian Axe fan since I first saw their video for Badfinger’s “No Matter What” back in 1992 and have seen them several times throughout the years. However, I’ve only seen them once with the new line-up. Co-Founder and lead guitarist Stevie Blaze is the only original member of Lillian Axe. It’s amazing that Lillian Axe have kept their trademark sound, both instrumentally and vocally, throughout these line-up changes. And, I didn’t even know Kip Winger was in town! I saw him perform solo and acoustically at a Borders book store a long, long time ago, and I was looking forward to seeing his solo show again.

Lillian Axe/Kip Winger

07/03/09 – The Brixton

Redondo Beach, CA.

This was my first time to The Brixton, and the show was packed full. There was definitely a love for music in the air. The crowd was full of die-hard fans and quite a few “new fans in the making.”

Lillian Axe’s set started hard with “Crucified” off their “Psychoschizophrenia” CD. They played a good mixture of old and new songs throughout the night. Classics included “All’s Fair in Love and War,” “Ghost of Winter,” “Deepfreeze,” “Misery Loves Company,” and “Show a Little Love.”

The new songs seemed to blend in perfectly and kept fans excited throughout the set. It was great to hear the title track off their last CD “Waters Rising,” and “Ignite” stood out from the new CD. They ended their set with encore “True Believer,” which was one of the biggest hits off the “Poetic Justice” CD. Since they were opening for Kip Winger, I was definitely looking forward to seeing Lillian Axe again in Hollywood and finding out what songs they would add to their set list.

Kip WingerKip Winger’s acoustic set was up close and personal… just him and a guitar.

He started his set with “Miles Away.” It was pretty interesting because he invited a male fan onstage to sing with him, and then realized it looked a bit gay up there, so he invited a female fan to join them as well. However, neither one of really seemed to know the words, so Kip was on his own anyways. In the midst of all this, another female fan comes onstage and tries to talk to Kip, and pull him aside. Kip jokes about needing one of those hooks to yank her off the stage. She left, the fans managed to sing the chorus, and the set was off to an interesting start.

Kip interacted with the audience between songs, and made jokes throughout the night. It felt like we were a bunch of friends just hanging out. Except, one of them was Kip Winger, and he was on stage with an acoustic guitar. Other songs included “Blind Revolution,” “Headed for a Heartbreak,” “Can’t Get Enough,” “Easy Come Easy Go,” and “Madalaine.” A couple of my personal favorites were “Rainbow in the Rose” and “Spell I’m Under.” Of course, the set wouldn’t be complete without hearing “Seventeen!” I kept waiting for Kip to change the words from “she’s only 17” to “she’s only 35” (like he has before) but he kept it as 17 this time. Kip is so charismatic and personable; it was great to see him perform in such an intimate setting.

Lillian Axe – 07/04/09

The Viper Room –  Hollywood, CA.

Lillian AxeI was surprised to find that Lillian Axe’s set was almost identical to Redondo Beach. They started out with “Crucified” and went on down the list. The only difference was the addition of Stevie Blaze’s screaming whammy bar version of “The Star Spangled Banner” and new song “Nocturnal Symphony.” They also switched the order of the last two songs. I have to admit, I was a bit disappointed. It was great to hear the same songs again, but I was really hoping to hear a couple more classics, especially since they were headlining and had time for a longer set. I would have LOVED to hear “My Number” or “Inside Out!” Either way, it was a great weekend, and I had a lot of fun with Lillian Axe and Kip Winger. And, I did get to hang out with both bands, get SIX guitar picks AND a set list from each night!