I'm pretty sure if you read Ross Russell's biography of Charlie Parker (it's been awhile) the term "axe" was used by both sax players and trumpet players of the 1930s and 1940s...I presume the term "axe" referred to their 'tools of the trade', their musical instruments - "axe" sounds more cooler than "hammer" or "chisel" anyway...
I was standing at the bar in the interval when I felt a small nudge behind me. I looked round to see 3 blokes wrestling on the floor. The barmaid peered over the bar, raised an eyebrow and carried on serving. Normal behaviour for the locals, I suppose.
Interestingly, in all my years of playing places like this I've never felt in any danger - either for me or my thousands of pounds worth of instruments. I'm in the band, innit - we don't get that sort of hassle.
I played a wedding that was held at a very fancy and expensive restaurant at which the waitresses were dressed as Renaissance Tavern Maidens with the low cut blouses. The place was packed and the only place the band could sit on our break was some steps in the kitchen area right behind the cases of small bottles of champagne on the floor. The shapely waitresses had to bend over right in front of the band members to get the champagne bottles to put on their trays to take to the guests. Needless to say the members of the band were enjoying the show except for one young man just back from his Mormon (LDS) who played bass. He went to his car and got his Book of Mormon to hold up in front of his face to block his view. I guess the feeling of guilt from being aroused was too much for him. All I could think was "hey man, get a life".