This melodic rock quintet, originally from Michigan, USA, was formed by Ron Taylor (vocals), Steve Blaze (guitar), Jon Ster (guitar, keyboards), Rob Stratton (bass) and Danny King (drums). Initially known as Stiff, the band was taken under the wing of Ratt guitarist Robbin Crosby before changing their name to Lillian Axe. Produced by Crosby, their 1988 debut was a fine amalgam of infectious rockers and hard-edged pop tunes. Love + War was even more impressive, featuring extended atmospheric compositions that were both anthemic and memorable. However, the record sold poorly and MCA Records dropped the band from their roster. In 1990 King and Stratton were replaced by Gene Barnett and Darrin DeLatte, respectively, after which the Music For Nations independent became their home during the early 90s. Following the release of 1993's Psychoschizophrenia the band decided to call it a day, with Blaze going on to form Near Life Experience with his brother Craig Nunemacher. Lillian Axe re-formed at the end of the decade to promote the rarities collection, Fields Of Yesterday . Original members Taylor, Blaze and Ster were joined by DeLatte and Nunemacher.