Axe was formed in 1978. The original lineup consisted of Bobby Barth (guitar), Edgar Riley jr.(keyboard), Michael Osborne (guitar), Teddy Mueller (drums) and Michael Turpin (bass). Their first album "Axe" was released in 1979, their second one "Livin' On The Edge" in 1980.
In 1981, Wayne Haner was brought in to play bass and Axe recorded "Offering", their third album. After 18 straight months of touring the world, Axe returned to the studio to record their fourth album "Nemesis". Continued success led to more touring and plans were being laid for a fifth album when tragedy struck the band. In 1984, a car crash took the life of Mike Osborne and seriously injured Bobby Barth. The accident led to Barth disbanding Axe and taking time off to recover from his injuries.
Edgar Riley became a successful west coast producer. Barth became a much sought-after session guitarist, released a solo album and toured with other artists. In recent years, Barth emerged as a renowned producer of melodic rock and in 1997 he and long time friend Mike Mcpherson started NEH Records.
In 1996, original members Barth, Riley and Mueller reformed Axe, adding former Zappa vocalist/keyboardist Bob Harris and Blake Eberhard on bass to record "Five". In 1997, an anthology album, "Twenty Years From Home" containing 12 re-recorded songs from the first four Axe albums was released. In early 1998, the band released a second anthology volume: "Twenty Years From Home - Vol. 2". Also in the summer of '98, Axe played live again for the first time in 14 years, with a single warm-up show in the United States followed by a sell-out tour of europe.
Axe brought in new drummer, Christian Teele and new guitarist Danny Masters in 2000 and completed their eighth studio album entitled "The Crown" (2001).
(1979, lp, usa, ??)
|axe: livin' on the edge
(1980, lp, usa, ??)
(1981, lp, usa, ??)
(1982, lp, usa, ??)
(1996, cd, eur, mtm music) - feat.bob harris
twenty years from home
(1997, cd, eur, mtm music) - feat.bob harris
twenty years from home - volume 2
(1999, cd, eur, mtm music) - feat.bob harris
(2001, cd, eur, mtm music) - feat.bob harris
|axe: live in america 1981
(2001, cd, ??, ??)
|axe: axeology 1979 - 2001
(2012, 2cd, usa, cleopatra) - feat.bob harris
from: Glass Onyon Productions
Axe Attack Is Back! '80s Rock Legends Axe Return To The Stage
- Texas - Rock and Roll is alive and well and living in Texas with the return of
'80s rock legends Axe. Known for such classic rock anthems as "Rock and
Roll Party In The Streets" and "Battles", Axe has reformed and
are now prepared to take the rock world by storm. The band recently performed
several special engagements and the reaction has been none less than fervid!
When Axe this Summer opened for Queensryche at Sunken Garden Amphitheater in San
Antonio to an attendance of over 5,000, and reportedly the audience literally
went wild. Six weeks later, Axe was back in San Antonio headling at Hemisfair
Park to a capacity crowd. And again, the band showed its magic and held the
audience in their hands.
Laudano of Harder Beat Magazine (Dallas/Ft. Worth) said the following of Axe's
performance at The Rockyard on August 15, 2007, "Easily one of the best
hard rock acts of the early '80s, Axe had the ability to combine great
songwriting with strong melodies, powerful guitars and tasteful keyboards.
Recently, Bob Harris (vocals/keyboards) and Brad Banhagel (guitar/vocals) put
the band back together with the blessing of founder Bobby Barth. The current
line-up also includes Chris Lewis (drums), Dave Landis (guitar), Alex Salinas
(keyboards) and newest member, Tommy Luna (bass). Anyone who wasn't there for
Axe's recent show in Ft. Worth, really missed out. This band sounds fantastic!
Highlights included 'Battles', 'Forever', 'Where There's Smoke There's Fire',
'Sting Of The Rain' and the classic 'Rock and Roll Party In The Streets'.
with Nikita Productions says of the band ..."Having produced and promoted
Axe on two explosive concerts this year at Sunken Garden and Hemisfair Park, I
can easily say that his is one of the greatest national bands to work with. With
their combined vocals and musical talents, the band rocks viciously, throwing in
some of their ballads that really touch the soul. Great guys, great sound!"
was formed in 1978 from the ashes of a mid-western band called Babyface and
began recording their first album Axe in 1979. The band's debut album garnered
rave reviews from the music press, and in support of the release, Axe started a
tour that lasted until 1984! Their second album, Living On The Edge, followed in
1980, and once again, the reaction was positive. In 1981, Axe changed labels and
recorded Offering for ATCO Atlantic which featured the hit "Rock and Roll
Party In the Streets". The song reached #59 on the Billboard charts and was
one of the most-played-songs in 1982 - it became a nationwide rock anthem. After
19 months of touring with the likes of Ozzy Osbourne, Judas Priest, the
Scorpions, ZZ Top, Kiss, Cheap Trick, Def Leopard, Queensryche and Motley Crue,
among others, it was time to record the fourth Axe album - Nemesis. Continued
success meant more touring. Unfortunately, around this time, band leader Bobby
Barth was seriously injured in a car crash which also tragically took the life
of guitar player, Michael Osborne. This accident led to Barth disbanding Axe and
later joining Blackfoot. After his stint with Blackfoot, Barth took his talents
to Australia to join Angry Anderson (Rose Tattoo), hitting the Top 5 on the
1995, Bobby Barth decided to reform the band due to label interests in Europe.
It was at that time that Bob Harris joined the band. The band went on to record
two original albums and two Greatest Hits albums (MTM Records) and tours of
Europe. After the third tour in Europe, Barth and Harris decided to take a break
and pursue other projects.
the line up of Axe is Bob Harris (lead vocals/keys), Brad Banhagel (lead
vocals/guitar), David Landes (guitar/vocals) who has performed with Simon Wright
and Greg T. Walker, Chris "Drumzilla" Lewis (drums) who has performed
with Glenn Hughes and Howard Leese of Heart, Tommy Luna (Bass), and Alex Salinas
his credit, Bob Harris has performed with some of the greatest artists in the
music industry. Covering vocals and keyboards for Frank Zappa , he proved his
ability as an outstanding musician and writer. Lending his writing skill and
vocal talent to the later recordings, Harris would help define the lasting style
and sound that is Axe.
Brad Banhagel is an intricate part of the current Axe line-up and conjures
visions of classic guitarists as Steve Marriot, Tommy Bolin, Bobby Barth and
Jimmy Page. Brad himself has shared the stage and performed with Greg T. Walker
(Blackfoot) and Simon Wright (UFO, AC/DC, Dio), and has also worked with Pat
Travers, Blackfoot, Thin Lizzy, Quiet Riot, Ratt, Rick Derringer and Warrant.
"... Brad is also a very talented singer, guitarist and song writer who
deserves to be center stage and I'm sure that that day will come sooner than he
thinks." Rock legend Pat Travers
Bob Harris and Brad Banhagel approached me about putting Axe back on the road, I
had mixed feelings," original band leader Bobby Barth recently commented.
"It made me re-examine all the years, all the tragedies and triumphs the
band has endured. Most American fans of Axe are not aware that the band stopped
the day that Michael Osborne was killed. Soon after, Axe was back in both Europe
and Japan, releasing another four CDs and touring several times. A lot of the
strength that I needed to continue on came from my friendship with Bob Harris
and what I consider to be one of the greatest rock voices in the world. We went
on over the years to write and produce several records together, both for Axe
and for many others. We wrote and produced, what is without a doubt, songs and
CD's that are far superior to anything we recorded in the earlier days of Axe.
Those songs, and that later band, were never given a chance here in America, and
that is a shame. So it is with that in mind that I give my blessing and lend
whatever support to I can to their endeavor, I have their promise to remain true
to the music, and you never know when I might show up."
the added buzz that Bobby Barth may appear at selected shows, this could prove
to be the hottest incarnation of Bobby's vision of Axe yet!
more information on Axe and current tour schedule check out the official band