Rocktopia TV Double Feature: Ten & Lillian Axe (In Close-Up At Firefest 2012)!

Another wonderful double-bill for you this week. One of my personal favourites Ten made their debut at Firefest last year, helping regain some lost ground with a simply storming performance, with fan favourites and new songs from their latest album ‘Heresy And Creed’ crammed into a crunching 50 minute set.

On the Sunday, Lillian Axe pleased many of their long-term fans by visiting mainly their early albums, delivering another hard rocking set to the appreciative Firefest crowd.

So for those of you liking a bit more crunch to your melodic rock, these are two shows that are guaranteed to get your head banging!

Bruce Mee 


Watch the shows:

Ten - Live At Firefest 2012* **
Lillian Axe - Live At Firefest 2012* **

** (scroll down to read reviews of the shows)

Rocktopia TV
has already shown you the following FULL and 'In-Close Up' shows:

W.E.T. - Live At Firefest 2011*
Gotthard - Live At Firefest 3*
Danger Danger - Live At Firefest 2012*
House of Lords - Live At Firefest 2*.
Robin Beck - Live At Firefest 2012*
Unruly Child - Live At Firefest 2011*
Dare - Live at The Gods 2001*
H.e.a.t. - Live At Firefest V*
Alien - Live At Firefest 2011*
Coney Hatch - Live At Firefest 2011*
Johnny Lima - Live At Firefest 2012*
XYZ - Live At Firefest 2012*
Stage Dolls - Live At Firefest 2012*
Tyketto - Live At Firefest 2012*
Steve Augeri - Live At Firefest 2011*
Danger Danger - Live At Firefest 2012 (Alternative Close-Up Version)*

But baby ... you ain't seen NOTHING yet!




Over the next few months we'll be letting you see selected concerts on a weekly basis:

Classics from the old Gods days - remember that unbelievable show from Two Fires, where Kevin Chalfant, Jim Peterik and Keally Keagy blew us away with the best of Two Fires, The Storm, Night Ranger and Survivor?  Add to that concerts from Wig Wam, Honeymoon Suite, FM, Firehouse and many more, and you KNOW there's only one place to get your fix of the best live AOR and melodic rock. Rocktopia TV!

*One has to be a registered member (click here to register your free account) to access the Firefest & Gods bootleg video section.

Please discuss what other FULL Firefest shows you want to see on Rocktopia.TV!

Ten  review
by Andy Nathan from

"In the days of Firefest's predecessor festival, The Gods, Ten were virtually the house band, so it was perhaps surprising that this was the first time they had played Firefest. As the curtain dropped and they opened with the lively 'Lights Go Down' from their brand new 'Heresy and Creed' album, two changes struck me from their low key comeback tour earlier this year - one was that singer Gary Hughes, resplendent in military jacket, had dispensed with his curls and was reminding me of Alan Shearer.

The other and more significant was their act was so much more polished, aided by the larger stage. It was tough for a band with a penchant for epic songs to condense them into a 50 minute set, but they mixed another two newies - 'Gun Running' and 'Unbelievable', which both have a bouncy lightness of touch not always associated with Ten - with old favourites, including 'Spellbound', the epic 'Ten Fathoms Deep' with some almost Deep Purple like heavy keyboards, 'After the Love Has Gone' which will always remind me of the old melodic rock nights at Maximes in Wigan, the celtic tinged romp of 'Red', and 'Name of the Rose', with talented guitarist Dan Mitchell soloing with almost Satriani like speed and fluency. With this set Ten may have taken a significant step towards reversing years of under activity and working their way back into public consciousness.

Andy Nathan"



Ten  review by Franky Bruyneel from

"I vividly remember the legendary shows Lillian Axe gave at Belgium’s Biebob club in the early nineties. Now, twenty years later, from the original line-up only guitarist and main songwriter Stevie Blaze remains. He has surrounded himself with some fine musicians though and found a top singer in Derrick LeFevre.

At first I was a little afraid LeFevre wouldn’t be able to fill the shoes of original frontman Ron Taylor, but luckily I was wrong. With a powerful, warm voice and incredible vocal range he proved to be the perfect man for this repertoire that contained, much to my delight, mostly early stuff. Sure, their guitar-driven music has a heavy edge, but is very melodic at the same time, proved by opener ‘Deepfreeze’, ‘Misery Loves Company’ and the superbly arranged ‘All’s Fair In Love And War’.

Besides LeFevre it was Blaze who drew most attention with his mix of flashy and subtle guitar playing. From their current album ‘XI The Days Before Tomorrow’ we were offered ‘Babylon’ and the epic ‘Death Comes Tomorrow’, while Badfinger cover ‘No Matter What’, which was actually a hit in the Netherlands way back, made the crowd sing along. They closed down with encore ‘Show A Little Love’. Lillian Axe was touring Europe and displayed a tight and loud set that made for a great trip down memory lane.

Franky Bruyneel"


(photos by Marty Moffatt) 

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