Britain’s favourite Heavy Metal warriors Saxon will have four of their most explosive live recordings pressed on vinyl for the first time and released by Demon Records in a must-have deluxe box set. ‘The Vinyl Hoard’ will be officially unleashed on the rock landscape on 28th October 2016.
The albums come as four double LP sets on 180 gram gold vinyl, each in a specially designed gatefold sleeve and presented in a slipcase box showcasing a beautiful brand new cover painting by legendary Saxon artist-in-residence, Paul Gregory. An exclusive limited edition of 500 copies will be available via Amazon, with a framable print of the cover painting signed by legendary frontman Biff Byford.
Saxon frontman Biff Byford says: “This is not going to be around again and with exclusive art work too… Bring it on – I think we’ll play some of these tracks on tour in the Autumn.“
Each renamed after the tour during which the featured shows took place, the recordings were previously released as ‘The Eagle Has Landed’ II and III CDs and the ‘To Hell and Back Again’ DVD.
The 8-vinyl album boxset will contain:
1. “The Dogs Of War Tour, 1995” Recorded on tour in Germany Featuring: Dogs Of War, Denim And Leather, Wheels Of Steel
2. “The Lionheart Tour, 2004” Recorded on tour in France, England and Germany Featuring: Lionheart, Court Of The Crimson King, Are We Travellers In Time
3. “A Night Out With The Boys, 2005: The 25th Anniversary of the NWOBHM” Recorded on tour in Germany and Sweden Featuring: And The Bands Played On, Suzie Hold On, Stand Up And Be Counted
4. “Rocksound Festival, 2006” [2 LP] Recorded in Switzerland Featuring: Backs To The Wall, Princess Of The Night, Crusader
In the second half of the ’70s, in a Great Britain shaken by widespread poverty and social unrest, disillusioned youth expressed their discontent through the straightforward loudness of punk and heavy metal. In this culturally vivid canvas, where such movements reached their highest peak, Saxon started their career – initially under the moniker ‘Son of A Bitch’. It wasn’t long until they joined Motorhead on the road, attracted the attention of a label and recorded their self-titled debut in 1979. ‘Wheels of Steel’ followed one year later, giving Saxon their first Top 5 album in the UK charts and fans two classics – the title track and ‘747’ to head bang along to these days.
When the term ‘New Wave of British Heavy Metal’ was coined in the 80s, Saxon carried the flag with pride. They stood the test of time, taking their influence on the European metal scene to the present days: their most recent album ‘Battering Ram’ charted in the UK in 2015 and reached #12 in Germany, while their roaring live shows never fail to attract and excite a large all age crowd. Full tracklist and details of all albums below.
Saxon embark upon the UK leg of their Battering Ram World Tour with 9 dates featuring special guests Fastway and Girlschool from 28th October.
NWOBHM icons Saxon have announced 10 dates for the UK leg of their upcoming Battering Ram World Tour. They will be joined by special guests Fastway and Girlschool for the much awaited shows, opening in Newcastle on 28th October.
“Gonna be a great tour with Fastway and Girlschool” – said frontman Biff Byford. “I think this line up is unique, you don’t wanna miss it. Looking forward to battering some halls… Welcome to the metal church!”
Battering Ram, Saxon’s 21st studio album, was released in October 2015 reaching the UK Top 50 and #12 in Germany. It was described by frontman Biff Byford as “a natural progression from Sacrifice” with “a bit less rock’n’roll and a bit more ‘heavy’ on it”. Following its release Saxon hit Europe with Motorhead for their 40th Anniversary tour, accompanied by Girlschool. Sadly, the tragic passing of Lemmy in December put an early end to the tour, and the UK leg planned to begin on January 16th was cancelled – bar a Saxon headlining show in Brighton.
Joining Saxon and Girlschool on the new dates will be Fastway, the brainchild of ex-Motorhead guitarist Fast Eddie Clarke with UFO bassist Pete Way. The current line up features Fast Eddie Clarke with Toby Jepson on vocals, Steve Strange on drums and Mama’s Boys’ John McManus on bass. More info on http://www.fastwayofficial.com
Dates as follows:
O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Tickets go on sale on Friday 3rd June via myticket.co.uk and seetickets.com * Fastway are the only support on Irish shows.
Saxon released their self-titled debut in 1979, followed by “Wheels of Steel” the following year, which reached #5 in the UK charts and gave fans two classics in the title track and “747”. They established themselves as one of the icons of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal throughout the 80s. Later the band tried to attack the US market taking a more melodic direction with release of “Destiny” in 1988, before going back to their original sound with 1991’s “Solid Balls of Rock” , reaffirming their influence on the European metal scene. They continued touring and recording enjoying renewed success and released their current album Battering Ram in 2015. They also recently released a 9 Vinyl album box set Eagles and Dragons containing the bands nine studio albums recorded between 1991 and 2009.
Saxon saw album sales topping 15 million worldwide including 8 UK Top 40 albums across their career. They are considered a seminal NWOBHM act and are known to have inspired the likes of Metallica, Megadeth, Pantera, Motley Crue and plenty more.
Demon Records has announced the release of an extraordinary Saxon Box Set containing vinyl LPs of the band’s nine studio albums recorded between 1991 and 2009. “Eagles and Dragons” will be released on 25th March.
“Eagles and Dragons” features nine seminal NWOBHM albums which before today, were only released on vinyl in some regions including Germany, Italy and the UK, and in very limited amounts. These new luxury 180 gram vinyl versions, including inner sleeves with all the lyrics, are a must-have for fans and collectors. The hand-numbered outer slipcase box features a specially commissioned, beautiful brand new cover painting by Saxon’s artist-in-residence, the legendary Paul Gregory. In addition, 500 copies with a framable print of the cover signed by Biff will be available exclusively from Demon’s D2C Store (http://www.myplaydirect.com/demon-music).
Saxon’s frontman Biff Byford commented: “From 1991’s “Solid Ball of Rock” to 2009’s “Into the Labyrinth” this is the first time we have ever had a vinyl box set of 9 albums in one package -never to be done again – with exclusive cover art work from Paul Raymond Gregory: can’t wait to get my hands on one!”
Watch the trailer here:
Full details as follows:
SOLID BALL OF ROCK (1991) Featuring: Solid Ball Of Rock, Requiem (We Will Remember)
FOREVER FREE (1992) Featuring: Forever Free, Iron Wheels
DOGS OF WAR (1995) Featuring: Dogs Of War, Altar Of The Gods, Hold On
UNLEASH THE BEAST (1997) Featuring: Terminal Velocity, All Hell Breaking Loose
METALHEAD (1999) Featuring: Song Of Evil, All Guns Blazing
KILLING GROUND (2001) Featuring: Court Of The Crimson King, Rock Is Our Life
LIONHEART (2004) Featuring: Witchfinder General, Beyond The Grave
THE INNER SANCTUM (2007) Featuring: If I Was You, I’ve Got To Rock (To Stay Alive)
INTO THE LABYRINTH (2009) Featuring: Live To Rock, Valley Of The Kings
NWOBHM legends Saxon released their self-titled debut in 1979, followed by “Wheels of Steel” the following year, which reached #5 in the UK charts and gave fans two classics in the title track and “747”. They established themselves as one of the icons of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal throughout the 80s. Later the band tried to attack the US market taking a more melodic direction with release of “Destiny” in 1988, before going back to their original sound with 1991’s “Solid Balls of Rock”, reaffirming their influence on the European metal scene. They continued touring and recording enjoying renewed success, with 2015’s “Battering Ram” reaching the UK Top 50 and #12 in Germany. Saxon saw album sales topping 15 million worldwide which included 8 UK Top 40 albums across their career. They are considered a seminal NWOBHM act and are known to have inspired the likes of Metallica, Megadeth, Pantera, Motley Crue and plenty more.
NWOBHM icons Saxon will perform a one-off show in Brighton at The Old Market on Saturday 23rd January. The band will perform material from their latest album ‘Battering Ram’, together with a selection of classic Saxon tracks and fan favourites.
NWOBHM legends Saxon have announced the re-scheduled dates for their recently postponed UK shows. The tail end of the UK tour, originally planned for December 2014, had to be delayed due to Nigel Glocker’s sudden health problems.
The drummer, who was taken to hospital with a brain aneurysm, is now back home and recovering after two surgical procedures; he won’t however be able to perform in the remaining dates and will be replaced by Sven Dirkschneider, the son of Udo Dirkschneider (Accept), who will be joining on stage frontman Biff Byford, Paul Quinn (guitar), Doug Scarratt (guitar) and Nibbs Carter (bass).
Biff says: “It’s great to see Nigel on the mend, he will get the chance to see the band from out front for a change.”
Nigel has recently posted a video message on the band’s Facebook page to thank fans and loved ones and update them on his current health status. The remaining members of Saxon are extremely pleased with his fast recovery and are looking forward to finish what they started performing the last five shows of their landmark 35th anniversary tour.
The new dates are as follows:
Shepherds Bush Empire
Ticket price for London is £27.50 (subject to booking fee) – all other shows £26 (subject to booking fee); please refer to www.Saxon747.com or www.Kililive.com (24 hour ticket line – 0844 871 8803) for more info. December’s tickets will be valid for the rescheduled shows and new tickets are now available.
The UK dates are to be the culmination of 38-date European tour “Warriors of the Road” celebrating their 35th Anniversary. The set list will tracks from what is known to the fans as ‘The Holy Trinity’ – Saxon’s seminal albums Wheels of Steel, Strong Arm of the Law and Denim and Leather.
Saxon regret to inform UK fans that the remaining tour dates have been postponed due to Nigel Glocker’s health issues. The drummer was rushed to hospital on Monday night; more details will follow as soon as available.
Biff Byford says: “Devastating news that our friend and drummer Nigel has been taken ill. We have to postpone all shows until we find out more. He has been taken to hospital in Newcastle. All our thoughts are with Nigel and his family.”
The UK dates were due to be the culmination of 38-date European tour “Warriors of the Road” celebrating their 35th Anniversary. The set list featured tracks from what is known to the fans as ‘The Holy Trinity’ – Saxon’s seminal albums Wheels of Steel, Strong Arm of the Law and Denim and Leather.
The following shows are re-scheduled as follows: Tickets are valid for the new dates.
Shepherds Bush Empire
The band and management would like to apologize to all involved for any inconvenience caused.