SAXON ANNOUNCE 35TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR

SAXON ANNOUNCE 35TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR

Saxon_RescheduledNWOBM legends Saxon recently announced ‘Warriors of The Road’, a 38 date European Tour celebrating their 35th Anniversary. The set list will feature 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. 

Starting in Bristol and closing at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire, ‘Warriors of the Road’ will land in the UK on 30th November to delight fans with 12 explosive shows. The routing has changed slightly and Leeds will now be on 2nd December with Nottingham to follow on 10th December. ‘Come and see the awesome power of Saxon live!’ – says frontman Biff Byford. The band is currently working on a live DVD that will be released to coincide with the upcoming tour. 

35 years, 20 albums, countless live shows and still no sign of slowing down: Saxon prove to be a force to be reckoned with and something every rock fan in the world should witness. Come see for yourself and take a dive into metal history. 

UK Dates are: (please note Leeds and Nottingham dates have swopped) 

Date City Venue Box Office
NOVEMBER      
30th BRISTOL Academy 0844 477 2000 (TM)
DECEMBER      
1st BOURNEMOUTH Academy 0844 477 2000 (TM)
2nd LEEDS Academy 0844 477 2000 (TM)
4th MANCHESTER Ritz 0844 248 5117
5th DUBLIN Academy  
6th BELFAST Limelight/Mandela Hall  
7th GLASGOW ABC 0844 477 2000 (TM)
9th NEWCASTLE Academy 0844 477 2000 (TM)
10th NOTTINGHAM Rock City 0845 413 4444
11th WOLVERHAMPTON Wulfrun Hall 0870 320 7000
12th OXFORD Academy 0844 477 2000 (TM)
13th LONDON Shepherds Bush Empire 0844 477 2000 (TM)

Ticket price for London is £27.50 (subject to booking fee) – all other shows £26 (subject to booking fee); please refer to www.Saxon747.comor www.Kililive.com (24 hour ticket line – 0844 871 8803) for more info. 

Saxon are: Biff Byford – vocals; Paul Quinn – guitar; Doug Scarratt – guitar; Nibbs Carter – bass and Nigel Glockler – drums.

Saxon formed in Barnsley, Yorkshire in 1976. To date they have sold over 10 million albums worldwide and released 26 albums including Wheels of Steel, which hit number 5 in 1980. They have had 8 top 20 UK albums. They recently released ‘Hidden Treasure’ – St. George’s Day Sacrifice – Live in Manchester a double CD, which was recorded at The Ritz during their Sacrifice World Tour and was mixed and mastered by Andy Sneap. 

Full band info can be found on www.Saxon747.com 

SAXON ANNOUNCE 3 UK AND 3 EUROPEAN HEADLINING DATES DURING THE MOTORHEAD TOUR

SAXON ANNOUNCE 3 UK AND 3 EUROPEAN HEADLINING DATES DURING THE MOTORHEAD TOUR

SaxonSacrLogoBritish rock legends Saxon have announced 3 exclusive club shows in the UK and 3 in Europe this winter, in addition to the upcoming November/December dates with Motorhead. The tour, unofficially known as ‘Bombers and Eagles Fly Again’, will see the two iconic bands hitting the road together to perform in Europe and in six major UK music venues in November 2014.

Seminal NWOBM outfit Saxon will head alone to Northampton, Preston and Buckley in the UK to revisit venues where they last entertained audiences back in 1979 and 1980, in a memorable comeback which will see them perform tracks from their latest album ‘Sacrifice’ next to a selection of classics. A tribute to the band’s loyal fan base, Saxon’s return to their roots promises to be a special treat not to be missed. Some footage from the events will be used for an upcoming documentary, which will also include filming from July shows at Holmfirth Picturedome and the Steelhouse Festival. The European dates will take Saxon to Luxembourg (10th November), Leeuwarden in Holland (4th December) and Malmo, Sweden (7th December).

“We’re looking forward to being out with our mates Motorhead again – it’s always great for the fans when the two bands get together”, says Biff Byford. A fundamental part of the history of British Metal with 15 million records sold worldwide, Saxon are billed as very special guests on the Motorhead tour, with German rockers Skew Siskin providing support; the heavyweight package is sure to be a hit with fans of the genre and tickets are going fast.

Dates as follows: 

Date City Venue
NOVEMBER 2013    
THU 07 ZURICH (SWITZERLAND) CLUB HALLENSTADION
SAT 09 PARIS (FRANCE) ZENITH
SUN 10 LUXEMBOURG ROCKHAL*
MON 11 DEINZE (BELGIUM) BRIELPOORT
WED 13 NOTTINGHAM ROYAL CONCERT HALL
THU 14 NEWCASTLE CITY HALL
FRI 15 WEISSENHÄUSER STRAND (GERMANY) METAL HAMMER PARADISE
SAT 16 LONDON O2 ACADEMY BRIXTON
MON 18 NORTHAMPTON ROADMENDERS*
TUE 19 WOLVERHAMPTON CIVIC HALL
WED 20 MANCHESTER O2 APOLLO
FRI 22 GLASGOW O2 ACADEMY
SAT 23 PRESTON 53 DEGREES*
SUN 24 BUCKLEY TIVOLI*
TUE 26 BERLIN (GERMANY) VELODROM
WED 27 FRANKFURT (GERMANY) JAHRHUNDERTHALLE
THU 29 STUTTGART (GERMANY) SCHLEYERHALLE
FRI 30 MUNICH (GERMANY) ZENITH
DECEMBER    
SUN 02 DUSSELDORF (GERMANY) MEH
MON 03 HAMBURG (GERMANY) SPORTHALLE
TUE 04 LEEUWARDEN (HOLLAND) ROMEIN*
THU 06 HORSENS (DENMARK) FORUM
FRI 07 MALMO (SWEDEN) KB*
SAT 08 OSLO (NORWAY) CENTRUM SCENE
MON 10 HELSINKI (FINLAND) HARTWELL ARENA
WED 12 HLINKOPING (SWEDEN) CLOETTA CENTER

* Saxon Only

TICKETS:

Tickets for the Saxon UK headlining shows are £22.50 (subject to booking fee). 

Tickets for the Saxon/Motorhead shows are already on sale from www.ticketmaster.co.uk  and  www.livenation.co.uk  priced £34 in London/ £27 regionally. 

SAXON ADD MORE DATES – ALBUM OUT SOON

SAXON ADD MORE DATES – ALBUM OUT SOON

SaxonSacrLogoNWOBHM icons Saxon have announced 4 more dates in spring, taking them to Dublin, Belfast, Oxford and Falmouth, in addition to those already confirmed. 

Saxon’s new studio album Sacrifice will be out on February 25th.

SAXON TO DELIVER NEW ALBUM ‘SACRIFICE’ IN MARCH

SAXON TO DELIVER NEW ALBUM ‘SACRIFICE’ IN MARCH

With a storming new stomp in their boots and a renewed, lithe swagger to their legendary sound, Saxon will release Sacrifice, on 4th March 2013 through U D R Records. Taking a sharper, re-invigorated approach to the production, on this, their 20th album, Saxon have produced 10 of their strongest, heaviest and most inspired songs for many-a-year, and a more than worthy successor to their last album A Call To Arms.

“Less tricks, more power!” roars frontman and founding father Biff Byford, “my brief to the band was to be raw, be real and not be afraid to look back at the old classic material for inspiration.”

The album was recorded at LS Studios in Yorkshire and was produced by Byford with Andy Sneap mixing and engineering by Jacky Lehmann. It fairly bristles with muscular metallic intent, Paul Quinn’s and Doug Scarratt’s guitar work the best it’s ever been, while Biff’s vocals sound fresher and livelier. The songwriting too harks back to a classic era in Saxon’s history, with the likes of Warriors Of The Road, Wheels Of Terror and Stand Up And Fight evoking the halcyon days of yore with a contemporary twist, the classic Saxon sound absorbing the snarl, ferocity and attitude of contemporary bands (and fans) such as Megadeth, as evidenced by the crunching title cut Sacrifice.

“It’s certainly been done from a more early ’80s thrashier perspective” explains Biff, “and it’s not just guitars bashing away willy-nilly, they’ve got a fresh drive, purpose and perspective.”

Besides the new material, Saxon will also be adding some unique recordings of revisited classic to certain formats of the release, also produced by Byford and mastered by Andy Sneap, including an orchestrated version of Crusader and an acoustic version of Frozen Rainbow.

“From the songs to the production, I wanted to focus on the raw aspects which made us great in the first place” concludes Biff, “And living in that rawness, combined with some great classic Saxon-songwriting, has in my opinion made Saxon fresher than ever”.

IN STORES March 4th, 2013

FORMAT

. a standard jewel case CD – UDR 0152 CD
. a limited edition deluxe digibook (including a bonus disc featuring the revisited classic tracks) – UDR 0150 CD
. a vinyl LP picture disc – UDR 0153 LP
. a Direct to Consumer (D2C) fan package available exclusively for online order from online retailers) – UDR 0156 D2C
. a digital download plus one bonus song, ‘Luck Of The Draw’ (on iTunes exclusive) – UDR 0155 

TRACK LISTING: 

01 Procession
02 Sacrifice
03 Made In Belfast
04 Warriors Of The Road
05 Guardians Of The Tomb
06 Stand Up And Fight
07 Walking The Steel
08 Night Of The Wolf
09 Wheels Of Terror
10 Standing In A Queue

BONUS TRACK:

Luck Of The Draw (on iTunes only)
01 Crusader (Orchestrated version)
02 Just Let Me Rock (Re-recorded version)
03 Requiem (Acoustic version)
04 Frozen Rainbow (Acoustic version)
05 Forever Free (Re-recorded version)

 

UK TOUR DATES:

Date City Venue Box Office Info
April        
Thur 18th Leamington Spa Assembly 0844 854 1358 www.leamingtonassembly.com/
Fri 19th Nottingham Rock City 0845 413 4444 – www.rock-city.co.uk
Sat 20th Newcastle O2 Academy 0844 477 2000 – o2academynewcastle.co.uk
Sun 21st Glasgow O2 ABC 0844 844 4747 www.o2abcglasgow.co.uk
Tue 23rd Manchester HMV Ritz 0844 478 0898 – www.hmvritz.com
Wed 24th Leeds O2 Academy 0844 477 2000 – www.o2academyleeds.co.uk
Fri 26th Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall 0844 478 0898 – www.wolvescivic.co.uk
Sat 27th London* O2 Shepherds Bush Empire 0844 871 8803 – www.kililive.com
Sun 28th Bristol O2 Academy 0844 477 2000 – www.o2academybristol.co.uk
May        
Wed 1st Dublin Academy +353 1 877 9999 – www.theacademydublin.com
Fri 3rd Belfast Mandela Hall 02890 971 062 – http://www.qubsu-ents.com/events
Sun 5th Oxford Academy 0844 477 2000 – http://www.o2academyoxford.co.uk/
Mon 6th Falmouth Princess Pavillion 01326 211222 – http://www.carrickleisureservices.org.uk/

Tickets for all venues are priced at £18.50 except for London* where they are £20.00 (all subject to booking fee). Tickets available at Kililive.com Tel: 0844 871 8803 and usual outlets. Doors for all venues open at 7pm. 

Go to WWW.SAXON747.COM for more info

SAXON RELEASE HEAVY METAL THUNDER – THE MOVIE ON 10TH DECEMBER

SAXON RELEASE HEAVY METAL THUNDER – THE MOVIE ON 10TH DECEMBER

The silver eagle has finally landed for audiences worldwide!

After enjoying a limited “Fan Club Only” UK release, Heavy Metal Thunder – The Movie, Saxon’s wonderfully unfiltered and intimate account of their ascent to the upper echelons of heavy metal, will finally enjoy an international release this December. The double-disc set features the soon-to-be-celebrated story of Saxon, while the second disc is packed with bonus features including a full-length performance (on St. George’s Day) from April 23rd, 2008. Rivetingly honest, and including the frank memories of every musician who has played in the band, Heavy Metal Thunder – The Movie pieces together the earliest incarnations of Saxon, from frontman Biff Byford’s teenage years in the coalmines of Yorkshire and Son Of A Bitch (the first incarnation of Saxon) all the way through to top 10 hits and world tours. “Our music was more sort of machinery banging together, wheels turning, machines making noise,” says Biff of those early, industrial days, “It’s what Heavy Metal is all about. Heavy Metal is all about hard, big sounds bashing your skull in. I used to work in factories where big machinery made lot of noise and I used to sing along to the noises they made.”

It is a documentary which looks for all the world as though it’s a superbly crafted script, as much a tale of pure, honest, working class triumph as just another rock’n’roll story. Heavy Metal Thunder – The Movie shows every facet of Saxon on their journey without once diluting the true characters who make up the band. “We basically played every dump and shithole that there is in England over a period, probably just short of eight years,” laughs Biff. “You know classic cliché of transit van, up and down and we used to play more or less every night. One gig might be a good paying gig and the other one might be no money or ten quid but it was an obsession, you had to play every day.” These wonderfully naïve young men sought nothing more than a great gig, a good time and maybe a nice girl, before suddenly finding themselves on tour in the US, exposed to the sorts of things which (quite frankly) Barnsley simply didn’t offer in 1980. And from that point, Heavy Metal Thunder – The Movie, takes the viewer on a journey – on a rock’n’roller of a journey encompassing it all from triumphs to tears to tea-bags and beyond.

Nothing is forsaken and nothing skipped. Despite the fact that to this day there remain problems between the Byford/Quinn and Oliver/Dawson parties, everyone tells the full-unedited Saxon story with heartfelt honesty and integrity.

“We do have a great legacy,” says Byford, “whether you joined the band in 1994 or (as) an original member. There’s a legacy there and I’ve tried hard to not let people demean it and to spoil it and you have to look after that thing that is Saxon.”

Heavy Metal Thunder – The Movie will entertain, engage and charm fans and non-fans alike. That’s a truth as honest as the film itself.

IN STORES: 
UK: December 10th, 2012

FORMAT
. DVD Digipack (2 Discs)
. Blu-ray

Go to WWW.SAXON747.COM for more info