Biff Byford Cancels European Tour

Biff Byford Cancels European Tour

Logo Biff_ByfordWe are very sorry to announce the cancellation of the BIFF BYFORD solo tour previously scheduled for April & May 2020. The cancellation is mainly due to low ticket sales, which may or may not have been affected by the current Worldwide Covid 19 Virus pandemic.

Biff Byford “The honest truth is the tickets for the forthcoming tour have just not sold as everyone expected for whatever reason, so we have cancelled the dates as scheduled with a view to hopefully re-visiting at a later date.

It’s sad as I was looking forward to the spoken word & live band show but it’s just not to be at this time. I want to thank everyone who bought the album and supported me.  Keep the faith and see you on the road with Saxon”

The show was to take an “evening with” format and will be split into two halves.  The first half featured a spoken word show compared by American Comedian and star of VH1 Classic’s “That Metal Show”  DON JAMIESON, where Don would quiz Biff on all aspects of his life and career.  The second half consisted of a live show with Biff and his band.

Biff talks about the cancellation here:

https://youtu.be/4LDctomCJ1Q     

The Dates were as follows:

April

Friday 17th – UK – Gateshead, Sage 2

Saturday 18th – UK – Birmingham, Town Hall

Monday 20th – UK – Glasgow, St. Lukes

Tuesday 21st – UK – Leeds, City Varieties

Wednesday 22nd – UK – Bath, Komedia

Friday 24th – UK – Liverpool, Arts Club

Saturday 25th – UK – Aberdare, Coliseum Theatre

Monday 27th – UK – Milton Keynes, Stables

Tuesday 28th – UK – London, Islington Assembly Hall

Wednesday 29th – UK – Brighton, Old Market

May

Friday 1st – THE NETHERLANDS – Tilburg, 013

Saturday 2nd – GERMANY – Essen, Turock

Sunday 3rd – BELGIUM – Sint-Niklaas, Casino

Tuesday 5th  – GERMANY – Hamburg, Gruenspan

Friday 8th  – SWEDEN – Malmo, Kulturbolaget

Saturday 9th – SWEDEN – Trollhattan, N3 Stagebox

Sunday 10th – SWEDEN – Stockholm, Nalen

Tuesday 12th – GERMANY – Berlin, Passionskirche

Wednesday 13th – GERMANY – Munich, Technikum

Thursday 14th – SWITZERLAND – Zurich, Dynamo

Friday 15th – FRANCE – Vaureal, Le Forum

Ticket refunds are available from point of purchase.

February 21st 2020, saw the release of Biff’s first ever solo album, School of Hard Knocks on Silver Lining Music which garnered critical acclaim from all reviews and massive press & radio attention across Europe and the USA.

The album was produced by Biff Byford, recorded by Jacky Lehmann at Brighton Electric Studios in Brighton (UK) and mixed at Queen Street Studios in Stockholm (Sweden) by Mats Valentin.  The album features guest appearances by Phil Campbell (Motörhead/Phil Campbell & The Bastard Sons), Alex Holzwarth (Turilli / Lione Rhapsody), Nick Barker (Voices), Dave Kemp (Wayward Sons) and Nibbs Carter (Saxon).

On School of Hard Knocks, Byford worked with Fredrik Åkesson (Opeth) on guitars, Christian Lundqvist on drums and Gus Macricostas on bass (Biff himself played a spot of four string thunder too!).

 “It’s been great to break new ground, explore new territories and work with some old friends,” concludes Biff,“and having waited so long to make this album, I have to say, I am delighted with it! It has a whole range of styles, from the ridiculously heavy to ballads, and it is certainly my album.

Saxon continue on their path of World domination with dates throughout the spring & summer including a SOLD OUT Glasgow Barrowlands on March 27th, a SOLD OUT London Eventim Apollo on March 28th and a soon to be SOLD SHOW at Manchester O2 Apollo on March 29th.

Last remaining Tickets for the Manchester show are available from www.myticket.co.uk

Follow Biff Byford on:
facebook.com/biffsaxon747; facebook.com/saxon
twitter.com/biff_byford; twitter.com/SaxonOfficial
www.saxon747.com   

Biff Byford Releases Me and You

Biff Byford Releases Me and You

jpg Me-And-You_Cover_jpg.February 14th 2020, legendary Saxon frontman Biff Byford unveils new music video and single ‘Me And You’; watch/listen:  https://youtu.be/AbH8kaJm28A

Happy Valentine’s Day” announces Biff, “I wrote this song for my wife and our 25th anniversary but I think it can be for anybody who’s in a relationship.  We all have anniversaries and memories, not my usual style of song but it’s always good to throw in a curve ball!”

Taken from Byford’s upcoming first solo album School Of Hard Knocks (set for release 21.02.20 via Silver Lining Music), ‘Me And You’ is also now available as a 7” single, to get your copy visit www.biffbyford.com 

With his roots firmly in The North of England, Biff has earned the right to be considered The Heavy Metal Bard Of The North and his debut album reflects the man and his personality, his loves and his musical versatility.

School Of Hard Knocks fulfils Biff Byford’s long-standing wish to explore rock ‘n’ roll a little more. The album is a personal journey highlighting his life and his passionate interests, from the history of the Middle Ages to growing up in the industrial North. A classic, masterfully constructed old-school British hard rock album, School Of Hard Knocks embraces a variety of musical genres and includes the Yorkshire folk classic ‘Scarborough Fair’, famously covered by Simon and Garfunkel. Byford and Fredrik Åkesson’s arrangement breathes new life into the legendary song.

Watch the previously released videos for ‘Welcome To The Show’ and ‘School Of Hard Knocks’ here

School Of Hard Knocks features Biff Byford on vocals (and a spot of four string thunder) along with Fredrik Åkesson (Opeth) on guitars, drummer Christian Lundqvist and bass player Gus Macricostas.  The album also features guest appearances by Phil Campbell (Motörhead/Phil Campbell & The Bastard Sons), Alex Holzwarth (Rhapsody of Fire and Turilli / Lione Rhapsody), Nick Barker (Voices), Dave Kemp (Wayward Sons) and Nibbs Carter (Saxon). The album was produced by Biff Byford, recorded by Jacky Lehmann at Brighton Electric Studios in Brighton (UK) and mixed at Queen Street Studios in Stockholm (Sweden) by Mats Valentin.

Byford recently announced his first ever solo tour dates. The tour begins in the UK in April and continues to Europe in May.

The show, in the form of ‘An evening with…’, will be split into two halves. The first features Biff in conversation with Don Jamieson (American comedian and star of VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show) on all aspects of his life and career. After the break Biff and his band will play some new songs, covers and, maybe, a Saxon song or two.

Biff says: “It’s a show I’ve wanted to do for a long time and one which I don’t think has been done in hard rock before. It’ll be something different and a lot of fun.

April UK tour dates:

Friday 17th

Gateshead

Sage 2

Saturday 18th

Birmingham

Town Hall

Monday 20th

Glasgow

St. Lukes

Tuesday 21st

Leeds

City Varieties

Wednesday 22nd

Bath

Komedia

Friday 24th

Liverpool

Arts Club

Saturday 25th

Aberdare

Coliseum Theatre

Monday 27th

Milton Keynes

Stables

Tuesday 28th

London

Islington Assembly Hall

Wednesday 29th

Brighton

Old Market

 

Tickets are available from myticket.co.uk

 

May EU tour dates:

Friday 1st

THE NETHERLANDS

 Tilburg, 013

Saturday 2nd

GERMANY

 Essen, Turock

Sunday 3rd

BELGIUM

 Sint-Niklaas, Casino

Tuesday 5th 

GERMANY

 Hamburg, Gruenspan

Wednesday 6th

GERMANY

 Osnabruck, Rosenhof

Friday 8th 

SWEDEN

 Malmo, Kulturbolaget

Saturday 9th

SWEDEN

 Trollhattan, N3 Stagebox

Sunday 10th

SWEDEN

 Stockholm, Nalen

Tuesday 12th

GERMANY

 Berlin, Passionskirche

Wednesday 13th 

GERMANY

 Munich, Technikum

Thursday 14th

SWITZERLAND

 Zurich, Dynamo

Friday 15th 

FRANCE

 Vaureal, Le Forum

 

Tickets are available from all usual outlets and agents.

As a special bonus, fans buying tickets prior to 2nd of March 2020 for the European shows only will receive a personally signed 10”x8” photo together with entry into a draw to win one of 10 VIP Meet and Greets for each show.


About Biff Byford

As a teenager Biff played bass for a number of groups in the Barnsley area while working at a colliery during the day. One of the bands included guitarist Paul Quinn with whom Biff would form Saxon. With Biff now focusing on lead vocals, Saxon released their eponymous debut album in 1979 becoming one of the new wave of British heavy metal bands.

Saxon quickly gained popularity and scored no less than eight consecutive UK Top 40 albums and five Top 40 singles between 1980 and 1988. Wheels Of Steel (1980) reached Number 5 in the UK album chart and achieved Platinum status.

Ever popular in Europe, and particularly in Germany, Saxon continued to be at the forefront of the British heavy metal scene and returned to the UK charts with their 2007 album The Inner Sanctum. Saxon’s 2018 album Thunderbolt was their first to reach the Top 30 album chart in 30 years and became their highest charting album in Germany and Switzerland reaching the Top 10 in both countries.

School Of Hard Knocks Release date 21st February

Pre-order on CD, Vinyl, Digital formats and special D2C bundles http://hyperurl.co/SchoolOfHardKnocks

 

Follow Biff Byford on:
facebook.com/biffsaxon747

facebook.com/saxon

twitter.com/biff_byford

twitter.com/SaxonOfficial
www.saxon747.com

BIFF BYFORD – UK TOUR – SCHOOL OF HARD KNOCKS

BIFF BYFORD – UK TOUR – SCHOOL OF HARD KNOCKS

BiffByfordUK Tour FinalBiff Byford is pleased to announce his first ever solo tour dates in April 2020.  Starting in the UK, the tour will continue into various European territories (dates to be announced) later on.

The show will take an “evening with” format and will be split into two halves.  The first half will feature a spoken word show compared by American Comedian and star of VH1 Classic’s “That Metal Show”  DON JAMIESON, where Don will quiz Biff on all aspects of his life and career.  The second half will consist of a live show with Biff and his band.

UK dates are:

APRIL

17TH GATESHEAD – SAGE 2

18TH BIRMINGHAM – TOWN HALL

20TH GLASGOW – ST. LUKES

21ST LEEDS – CITY VARIETIES

22ND BATH – KOMEDIA

24TH LIVERPOOL – ARTS CLUB

25TH ABERDARE – COLISEUM THEATRE

27TH MILTON KEYNES – STABLES

28TH LONDON – ISLINGTON ASSEMBLY HALL

29TH BRIGHTON – OLD MARKET

Biff continues “The show will consist of some old songs, some new songs, some cover versions and some songs off the solo album. It’s going to be great and I am really looking forward to it. It’s going to something a little bit different, but it will be very cool, so I’ll see you all there!”

Tickets are available from Friday December 5th at 10am from myticket.co.uk and all usual outlets.  The Leeds and Aberdare dates only will be onsale from 10am on December 13th.

As a special bonus, fans who buy their tickets prior to January 31st 2020, will receive a personally signed 10×8 Photo together with entry into a draw to win one of 10 VIP meet and greets per show.

Prior to the tour, on February 21st 2020, will see the release of Biff’s first ever solo album, School of Hard Knocks on Silver Lining Music.  Here’s a link to the video of School of Hard Knocks

https://youtu.be/8iSymWeu-ro & a link to lyric video for Welcome To The Show here

Biff add’s “I’m singing about my past of course and about things I like, but mostly I wanted it to reflect me, my personality and my life,” says Biff. “Song-wise it’s more diverse and not just focused on heavy metal. I wanted it to be a slice of the music I like, from metal, to rock ‘n’ roll. I’m a guy who’s just as happy listening to Metallica or Judy Garland, because as long as it’s great and entertains me, then what more do I need?

The album was produced by Biff Byford, recorded by Jacky Lehmann at Brighton Electric Studios in Brighton (UK) and mixed at Queen Street Studios in Stockholm (Sweden) by Mats Valentin.  The album features guest appearances by Phil Campbell (Motörhead/Phil Campbell & The Bastard Sons), Alex Holzwarth (Turilli / Lione Rhapsody), Nick Barker (Voices), Dave Kemp (Wayward Sons) and Nibbs Carter (Saxon).

On School of Hard Knocks, Byford worked with Fredrik Åkesson (Opeth) on guitars, Christian Lundqvist on drums and Gus Macricostas on bass (Biff himself played a spot of four string thunder too!).

 “It’s been great to break new ground, explore new territories and work with some old friends,” concludes Biff,“and having waited so long to make this album, I have to say, I am delighted with it! It has a whole range of styles, from the ridiculously heavy to ballads, and it is certainly my album.

The Album’s first single “Welcome To The Show” was launched back in October and the second single, the title track “School of Hard Knocks” is out December 13th.

Album Pre-orders are available at this location

Follow Biff Byford on:
facebook.com/biffsaxon747; facebook.com/saxon
twitter.com/biff_byford; twitter.com/SaxonOfficial
www.saxon747.com

Biff Byford Launches Video

Biff Byford Launches Video

Biff_Byford_Press-Photo_(Credit copyLegendary Saxon frontman Biff Byford today launches the video for School Of Hard Knocks:https://youtu.be/8iSymWeu-ro the title track of his first ever solo album, School Of Hard Knocks, which is set for release on 21st February 2020 through Silver Lining Music.

“The title track to the album is basically biographical about my early years…” says Biff. “Have a listen to the lyrics – hope you all like it!”

With his roots firmly in The North of England, Biff has earned the right to be considered The Heavy Metal Bard Of The North and his debut album reflects the man and his personality, his loves and his musical versatility.

School Of Hard Knocks fulfils Biff Byford’s long-standing wish to explore rock ‘n’ roll a little more. The album is a personal journey highlighting his life and his passionate interests, from the history of the Middle Ages to growing up in the industrial North. A classic, masterfully constructed old-school British hard rock album, School Of Hard Knocks embraces a variety of musical genres and includes the Yorkshire folk classic Scarborough Fair, famously covered by Simon and Garfunkel. Byford and Fredrik Åkesson’s arrangement breathes new life into the legendary song.

Biff says: “With this album I’m singing about my past, of course, and about things I like, but mostly I wanted it to reflect me, my personality and my life.”

School Of Hard Knocks features Biff Byford on vocals (and a spot of four string thunder) along with Fredrik Åkesson (Opeth) on guitars, drummer Christian Lundqvist and bass player Gus Macricostas.  The album also features guest appearances by Phil Campbell (Motörhead/Phil Campbell & The Bastard Sons), Alex Holzwarth (Rhapsody of Fire and Turilli / Lione Rhapsody), Nick Barker (Voices), Dave Kemp (Wayward Sons) and Nibbs Carter (Saxon). The album was produced by Biff Byford, recorded by Jacky Lehmann at Brighton Electric Studios in Brighton (UK) and mixed at Queen Street Studios in Stockholm (Sweden) by Mats Valentin.

School Of Hard Knocks UK tour

Byford recently announced his first ever solo tour dates. The tour begins in the UK in April 2020 with European dates to be announced later.

The show, in the form of ‘An evening with…’, will be split into two halves. The first features Biff in conversation with Don Jamieson (American comedian and star of VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show) on all aspects of his life and career. After the break Biff and his band will play some new songs, covers and, maybe, a Saxon song or two.

Biff says: “It’s a show I’ve wanted to do for a long time and one which I don’t think has been done in hard rock before. It’ll be something different and a lot of fun.

UK tour dates are:

April                            

Friday 17th Gateshead Sage 2
Saturday 18th   Birmingham Town Hall
Monday 20th Glasgow St. Lukes
Tuesday 21st  Leeds City Varieties
Wednesday 22nd Bath Komedia
Friday 24th Liverpool Arts Club
Saturday 25th Aberdare Coliseum Theatre      
Monday 27th Milton Keynes Stables
Tuesday 28th  London Islington Assembly Hall
Wednesday 29th       Brighton   Old Market

Tickets are available from myticket.co.uk with Leeds and Aberdare tickets available from 10am today (13thDecember).

As a special bonus, fans buying tickets prior to 31st January 2020 will receive a personally signed 10”x8” photo together with entry into a draw to win one of 10 VIP Meet and Greets for each show.

About Biff Byford

As a teenager Biff played bass for a number of groups in the Barnsley area while working at a colliery during the day. One of the bands included guitarist Paul Quinn with whom Biff would form Saxon. With Biff now focusing on lead vocals, Saxon released their eponymous debut album in 1979 becoming one of the new wave of British heavy metal bands.

Saxon quickly gained popularity and scored no less than eight consecutive UK Top 40 albums and five Top 40 singles between 1980 and 1988. Wheels Of Steel (1980) reached Number 5 in the UK album chart and achieved Platinum status.

Ever popular in Europe, and particularly in Germany, Saxon continued to be at the forefront of the British heavy metal scene and returned to the UK charts with their 2007 album The Inner Sanctum. Saxon’s 2018 album Thunderbolt was their first to reach the Top 30 album chart in 30 years and became their highest charting album in Germany and Switzerland reaching the Top 10 in both countries.

School Of Hard Knocks Release date 21st February

Pre-order on CD, Vinyl, Digital formats and special D2C bundles http://hyperurl.co/SchoolOfHardKnocks

Follow Biff Byford on:
facebook.com/biffsaxon747;

facebook.com/saxon

twitter.com/biff_byford;

twitter.com/SaxonOfficial
www.saxon747.com

SAXON FRONTMAN BIFF BYFORD ANNOUNCES DEBUT SOLO ALBUM

SAXON FRONTMAN BIFF BYFORD ANNOUNCES DEBUT SOLO ALBUM

Sleeve_Biff-Byford_School-of-Hard-Knocks_AlbumCover copy 3On February 21st 2020, legendary Saxon frontman Biff Byford will step into the spotlight with his first ever solo album, School of Hard Knocks.

The North of England is everything you saw in Game of Thrones and more.  It is the true heart of England, the region where its soul resides, and Biff Byford has earned the right to be considered its true heavy metal bard.

Biff takes on not just tales and stories from his heart and soul, but also investigates the Middle Ages and Medieval history amongst other subjects.

I’m singing about my past of course and about things I like, but mostly I wanted it to reflect me, my personality and my life,” says Biff. “Song-wise it’s more diverse and not just focused on heavy metal. I wanted it to be a slice of the music I like, from metal, to rock ‘n’ roll. I’m a guy who’s just as happy listening to Metallica or Judy Garland, because as long as it’s great and entertains me, then what more do I need?

An aural Byford storybook highlighting his life and passionate interests, School of Hard Knocks is in all senses a classic, masterfully-constructed old school British hard rock album.

From the spoken word introduction of ‘Inquisitor’ with its stoic, poetic take on the Spanish Inquisition to the autobiographical, old-school ‘Wheels of Steel’ era thrust of ‘Welcome to the Show’ and ‘School of Hard Knocks’, you’ll get to know Byford supremely well over the 11 tracks which comprise the album.

One of my favourite is ‘The Pit and the Pendulum’, which is quite ‘prog metal’ and I love that,” says Biff “I’m a big prog rock fan and was a huge fan of Yes back in the day and being a musician-bass-player myself, the musicianship in bands like that really caught me. There’s a version of ‘Throw Down the Sword’ by Wishbone Ash, and the reason I did that was because it was the first song I ever heard that was anything to do with history in the sense of battles and war, and was really the thing which started me on the road to writing historically-driven songs.”

There is also a wonderful version of the Simon & Garfunkel classic ‘Scarborough Fair’, with Byford and Fredrik Åkesson (from Opeth) creating a new arrangement which gives the legend new life.

It’s a traditional medieval song, and the story goes that Paul Simon happened to hear somebody playing it in Whitby, which is just down the road from Scarborough,” laughs Biff, “But I wanted something which represented Yorkshire and it is a Yorkshire folk song, so we tried a new arrangement which made it a little heavier, and it works really well.”

School of Hard Knocks was produced by Biff Byford, recorded by Jacky Lehmann at Brighton Electric Studios in Brighton (UK) and mixed at Queen Street Studios in Stockholm (Sweden) by Mats Valentin. The album features guest appearances by Phil Campbell (Motörhead/Phil Campbell & The Bastard Sons), Alex Holzwarth (Rhapsody of Fire and Turilli / Lione Rhapsody), Nick Barker (Voices), Dave Kemp (Wayward Sons) and Nibbs Carter (Saxon).

On School of Hard Knocks, Byford worked with Fredrik Åkesson (Opeth) on guitars, Christian Lundqvist on drums and Gus Macricostas on bass (Biff himself played a spot of four string thunder too!).

Biff is also planning some live shows next year, events which will continue the theme of breaking new ground: “I’m going to do a ‘words-and-music’ tour in small venues,” he states proudly, “the first part will be me in conversation with the audience about anything really, from heart attacks to sex, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll, old times, new times, friends, enemies and whatever anyone wants to chat about… Then bringing out a band and playing some new songs, covers and maybe end with a Saxon song or two. I’m still working out the details, but it’s a show I’ve wanted to do for a long time and one which I don’t think has been done in hard rock before. It’ll be something different and a lot of fun. 

School of Hard Knocks not only achieves the goal of providing full bore entertainment, it fulfils a long-standing Biff Byford’s wish to explore rock ‘n’ roll a little more.

It’s been great to break new ground, explore new territories and work with some old friends,” concludes Biff,“and having waited so long to make this album, I have to say, I am delighted with it! It has a whole range of styles, from the ridiculously heavy to ballads, and it is certainly my album.

Available to pre-order from October 25 on CD, Vinyl, Digital formats and special D2C bundles.

Watch/Listen to the first single, Welcome to the Show

https://youtu.be/5uas8We_R88


Pre-orders available from October 25

http://hyperurl.co/SchoolOfHardKnocks