LIMITED EDITION DVD PACK ALREADY SOLD OUT MAIN STAGE SLOT AT DOWNLOAD COMING UP

LIMITED EDITION DVD PACK ALREADY SOLD OUT MAIN STAGE SLOT AT DOWNLOAD COMING UP

Freshly released, the Limited Edition (1000 copies only) format of the Saxon box set Heavy Metal Thunder – Live – Eagles Over Wacken has already SOLD OUT. Hot on the heels of the release’ success, the band is now looking forward to a Main Stage slot at this year’s Download. 

Heavy Metal Thunder – Live – Eagles over Wacken is available in several other formats, including vinyl. The release features DVD highlights from Saxon’s Wacken shows in 2004, 2007 and 2009 comprising 30 songs, plus a live CD from Glasgow in 2011. The British heavy metal legends perform all their unforgettable classics, from Denim & Leather and Metalhead to Heavy Metal Thunder and from Princess Of The Night to Crusader, for the 75,000 strong audience of the traditional German gathering.

“When we first played Wacken, it was a small festival with a small stage in a small field, driven by nothing more than raw enthusiasm, which appealed very much to us!” says Biff Byford, Saxon’s venerable frontman. “It started as fans putting on a festival for fans, and now it’s fair to say that it is to Heavy Metal what the Donington Festival used to be. That was the iconic heavy metal festival of the 80s, and Wacken is the iconic heavy metal festival of ‘now’. And when the eagle comes down at Wacken, when it opens up over the audience, it is always an electric moment for those there” comments frontman Biff Byford referring to the famous Saxon metal eagle, now a symbol of both Wacken and Saxon’s history.

One of the best ever live metal bands and one of the best ever live metal Festivals come together, in a package sure to satisfy the most demanding fan and the youngest heavy metal follower wanting to get his hands on a piece of the genre’s glorious past.

For a full list of formats see below:

1. 2 CD + 1 DVD Digipack (cat no. UDR 0100 CD+DVD)

1 DVD: Best Of W:O:A (2004/2007/2009)
2 bonus audio CDs: Glasgow Live, April 14th 2011

BEST OF W:O:A 2009,’07,’04

01 Battalions Of Steel
02 Heavy Metal Thunder
03 Metalhead
04 Let Me Feel Your Power
05 To Hell And Back Again
06 If I Was You
07 Killing Ground
08 Unleash The Beast
09 Dogs Of War
10 Rock’n’Roll Gypsy

11 Travellers In Time
12 The Eagle Has Landed
13 747 (Strangers In The Night)
14 Dallas 1 p.m.
15 Witchfinder
16 Solid Ball Of Rock
17 20.000 Feet
18 Red Star Falling
19 Rock The Nations
20 The Power And The Glory

21 Stallions Of The Highway
22 Live To Rock
23 And The Bands Played On
24 Princess Of The Night
25 I’ve Got To Rock (To Stay Alive)
26 Attila The Hun
27 Denim And Leather
28 Ashes To Ashes
29 Crusader
30 Wheels Of Steel 

GLASGOW LIVE, APRIL 14th, 2011

01 Hybrid (Intro)
02 Hammer Of The Gods
03 Heavy Metal Thunder
04 Back In 79
05 Never Surrender
06 I’ve Got To Rock (To Stay Alive)
07 Dallas 1 p.m.
08 Call To Arms
09 Solid Ball of Rock
10 Demon Sweeney Todd
11 And The Bands Played On
12 Man And Machine
13 Play It Loud
14 When Doomsday Comes(Hybrid Theory)
15 To Hell And Back Again
16 Motorcycle Man
17 Denim And Leather
18 Princess Of The Night
19 Crusader
20 747 (Strangers In The Night)
21 The Eagle Has Landed
22 20,000 Feet
23 Strong Arm Of The Law
24 Wheels Of Steel 

2. Amaray 1 DVD (cat no. UDR 0101 DVD)

. Best Of W:O:A (2004/2007/2009)

3. 2 CD (Jewel Case – cat no. UDR 0102 CD)

. W:O:A 2009 – Fan’s Choice Set list

W:O:A 2009 – FANS CHOICE SET LIST – FULL SHOW

01 Battalions Of Steel
02 Let Me Feel Your Power
03 Lion Heart
04 Strong Arm Of The Law
05 Killing Ground
06 Metalhead
07 Wheels Of Steel
08 Unleash The Beast
09 Dogs Of War
10 Rock ‘n’ Roll Gypsy
11 Rock The Nations
12 Motorcycle Man
13 Forever Free
14 Solid Ball Of Rock
15 Crusader
16 The Power And The Glory
17 Princess Of The Night
18 Heavy Metal Thunder
19 Live To Rock
20 747 (Strangers In The Night)
21 Stallions Of The Highway
22 Denim And Leather 

4. 3 X VINYL LP 12″ Gatefold (cat no. UDR 0103 LP)

. W:O:A 2009 – Fan’s Choice Set list

5. D2C (Limited Edition 1000 copies – 4 DVDs SOLD OUT) (cat no. UDR 0104 BOX)

6. . also available as digital downloads in various versions

UK DATES

26.05.2012 London – Hammersmith – Apollo (with Judas Priest)
09.06 2012 Donington – Download Festival

www.saxon747.com or www.saxon.udr-music.com

BIFF BYFORD JOINS METALLICA ON STAGE

BIFF BYFORD JOINS METALLICA ON STAGE

Biff-&-MetallicaSaxon lead singer Biff Byford flew from Helsinki to San Francisco this week to join Metallica on stage in one of the band’s 30th Anniversary shows.  Byford couldn’t miss the chance to celebrate such a milestone in Metallica’s career, and took advantage of a two days gap in Saxon’s current tour to make the event. The iconic British metal vocalist performed the Saxon classic ‘Motorcycle Man’ at the Fillmore with Metallica on 5th December.

It’s not the first time Biff and Metallica have surprised their fans with a live rendition of the song: in 2009, Byford joined the cult band in Paris, at Palais Omnisport de Bercy. Fans footage can be seen below.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcx3OjNMlu4

Metallica’s second-ever gig was opening for Saxon, and Biff has been a long time friend of the San Francisco heavy metal giants; like many other seminal bands of the genre, Metallica always recognized Saxon as one of their main influences.

Biff Byford is the original frontman and main force in Saxon, who recently released their 19th studio album, the acclaimed ‘Call to Arms’; he continues leading the pack and mesmerizing audiences with his energetic performances, together with Paul Quinn and Doug Scarratt on guitars, Nibbs Carter on bass and Nigel Glockler on drums.

Saxon will hit the UK for the second time this year in December, performing a mix of old unforgettable heavy metal classics and more recent material, except for the London show where they will perform ‘Denim and Leather’ in its entirety as a special treat for their fans.

Dates as follows, support from Hammerfall:

Date City Venue Box Office Info
December        
Tues 13th Oxford 02 Academy 0844 477 2000 www.o2academyoxford.co.uk
Wed 14th Leicester 02 Academy 0844 477 2000 www.o2academyleicester.co.uk
Fri 16th Edinburgh Picturehouse 0844 847 1740 www.meanfiddler.com
Sat 17th Belfast Mandela Hall 0844 277 4455 www.qubsu-ents.com
Mon 19th Sheffield 02 Academy 0844 477 2000 www.o2academysheffield.co.uk
Tues  20th London Koko 0844 477 1000 www.koko.uk.com/

Tickets are priced at £18.50 for all shows except London where they are £20.00 and are subject to booking fee.  Doors open for all shows at 7.00pm except Edinburgh 6.30pm

Saxon formed in 1976 in Barnsley, Yorkshire, and went on to lead the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. They had 8 Top 40 albums in the UK in the 1980s – including 4 Top 10 – plus an impressive amount of Top 20 singles. Saxon have sold more than 13 million albums worldwide and heavily influenced bands such as Metallica, Megadeth, Sodom and Running Wild. Live performances have always been one of the biggest strengths for the band, which is renowned as one of the best heavy metal live acts Britain ever fathered.

“They leave the stage as conquering heroes.”  Classic Rock

SAXON TO PERFORM ‘DENIM AND LEATHER’ IN ITS ENTIRETY AT LONDON’S KOKO

SAXON TO PERFORM ‘DENIM AND LEATHER’ IN ITS ENTIRETY AT LONDON’S KOKO

saxon-5379Due to hit the UK for a string of live shows in December, British metal veterans Saxon announced a special treat for the fans attending their London date at Koko, where they will perform one of their most loved albums, Denim and Leather, in its entirety as well as Saxon classics and material from their current album Call To Arms. A mysterious special guest will also join the band on keyboards during the show.

Denim and Leather is Saxon’s fourth studio album and was released in 1981 to become a cherished classic of English heavy metal. The title track was a tribute from the band to their fans, while describing the history of the sub-culture and the rise of NWOBHM. Two of Saxon’s most successful singles, ‘Princess of the Night’ and ‘And the Bands Played on’, are featured on Denim and Leather.

Biff says “it’s the 30th Anniversary of the album and we played it at Sweden Rock and in Tokyo -it’s about time we played the album once in UK before the year is over.”

Denim and Leather was the last album with the complete classic Saxon line up. These days, lead vocalist HoHand main man Biff Byford keeps leading the pack and mesmerizing audiences with his energetic performances, joined by Paul Quinn and Doug Scarratt on guitars, Nibbs Carter on bass and Nigel Glockler on drums.

The rest of the UK dates see Saxon performing a mix of old unforgettable heavy metal classics and new material from their successful latest album Call to Arms, with support from Hammerfall on the entire tour.

Dates as follows:

Date City Venue Box Office Info  
December        
Tues 13th Oxford 02 Academy 0844 477 2000 www.o2academyoxford.co.uk
Wed 14th Leicester 02 Academy 0844 477 2000 www.o2academyleicester.co.uk
Fri 16th Edinburgh Picturehouse 0844 847 1740 www.meanfiddler.com
Sat 17th Belfast Mandela Hall 0844 277 4455 www.qubsu-ents.com
Mon 19th Sheffield 02 Academy 0844 477 2000 www.o2academysheffield.co.uk
Tues 20th London Koko 0844 477 1000 www.koko.uk.com/

Tickets are priced at £18.50 for all shows except London where they are £20.00 and are subject to booking fee. Doors open for all shows at 7.00pm except Edinburgh 6.30pm

Saxon formed in 1976 in Barnsley, Yorkshire, and went on to lead the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. They had 8 Top 40 albums in the UK in the 1980s – including 4 Top 10 – plus an impressive amount of Top 20 singles. Saxon have sold more than 13 million albums worldwide and heavily influenced bands such as Metallica, Megadeth, Sodom and Running Wild. Live performances have always been one of the biggest strengths for the band, which is renowned as one of the best heavy metal live acts Britain ever fathered.

They leave the stage as conquering heroes.” Classic Rock

SAXON BACK TO THE UK FOR PRE-CHRISTMAS TOUR

SAXON BACK TO THE UK FOR PRE-CHRISTMAS TOUR

calltoarmstourNever tired of the road, British metal veterans Saxon will be returning to the UK for the second time this year with a string of live shows in December.

Saxon are hot on the heels of a US tour in support of their latest acclaimed release ‘Call to Arms’, where both album and shows replicated the success already enjoyed in the UK with public and critics alike. “This is probably the best album we’ve written and recorded in the last 20 years,” states Biff Byford unapologetically, ”It’s the perfect embrace of our past with a great modern edge.”

Lead vocalist and main man Biff Byford keeps leading the pack and mesmerizing audiences with his performances, never shy of energy, drive and enthusiasm. “It doesn’t matter if we are playing for 90,000 people or 2000 people, as long as they are there to see us play, we are happy,” Byford recently commented. Paul Quinn and Doug Scarratt on guitars, Nibbs Carter on bass and Nigel Glockler on drums complete the current line-up. Saxon will be playing unforgettable classics and more recent material from Call to Arms.

Biff Byford is charming, amusing… What a foghorn of a voice.” (Metal Hammer)

Dates as follows: Support is Hammerfall for all shows.

Date City Venue Box Office Info  
December        
Tues 13th Oxford 02 Academy 0844 477 2000 www.o2academyoxford.co.uk
Wed 14th Leicester 02 Academy 0844 477 2000 www.o2academyleicester.co.uk
Fri 16th Edinburgh Picturehouse 0844 847 1740 www.meanfiddler.com
Sat 17th Belfast Mandela Hall 0844 277 4455 www.qubsu-ents.com
Mon 19th Sheffield 02 Academy 0844 477 2000 www.o2academysheffield.co.uk
Tues 20th London Koko 0844 477 1000 www.koko.uk.com

Tickets are priced at £18.50 for all shows except London where they are £20.00 and are subject to booking fee. Doors open for all shows at 7.00pm except Edinburgh 6.30pm

Saxon formed in 1976 in Barnsley, Yorkshire, and went on to lead the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. They had 8 Top 40 albums in the UK in the 1980s – including 4 Top 10 – plus an impressive amount of Top 20 singles. Saxon have sold more than 13 million albums worldwide and heavily influenced bands such as Metallica, Megadeth, Sodom and Running Wild. Live performances have always been one of the biggest strengths for the band, which is renowned as one of the best heavy metal live acts Britain ever fathered.

CALL TO ARMS – NEW ALBUM RELEASE

CALL TO ARMS – NEW ALBUM RELEASE

The steel-coated riff.

The power of the steel-coated riff, in all its forged metallic, shake-your-body, fist-pumping, air-guitar glory.

The songs.
The power of great songwriting, numbers which at once energize, enthral, engage and entertain.
The power of great delivery, the platinum-plated quality of honest, honed, aggressively-crafted pure heavy metal music.

This is Saxon.

This is a Call To Arms… and this is the resurgent rallying cry that generations of denim & leather clad supporters have been waiting to hear.

Packing an armoury of steel-coated riffs and songwriting swagger, British hard rock legends Saxon will release their 19th studio album titled Call To Arms on 6th June 2011.  Recorded at Chapel Studios in Lincolnshire, UK and Brighton Electric Studios in Brighton, UK, the 11-track album was co-produced by singer/songwriter Biff Byford and Toby Jepson (Little Angels). Featuring Byford on lead vocals, Paul Quinn and Doug Scarratt on guitars, Nibs Carter on bass and Nigel Glockler on drums, Call To Arms is bang on-the-money brilliant Saxon music, a confident embrace of the aura and writing values from their early years married perfectly to a modern Saxon crunch.

“This is probably the best album we’ve written and recorded in the last 20 years,” states Biff Byford unapologetically, “I know a lot of bands say that, but ‘Call To Arms’ really does feel like that to me. It’s the perfect embrace of our past with a great modern edge.”

Between the furious riffage of ‘Hammer Of The Gods’ all the way through to ‘Ballad Of The Working Man’, Saxon also found time to invite fans to sing on the nostalgic stomp of ‘Back In ‘79’ thanks to a Byford brainwave the night before recording.

“We put something up on our website 24 hours before recording the track in Brighton, and funnily enough we had exactly 79 people show up on time to sing on the song. It was a fantastic result which is a direct tribute to ‘Denim & Leather’ where we did the same exact thing.”

There is also a guest appearance from Rainbow/ELO/Ozzy Osbourne and Deep Purple keyboard legend Don Airy on ‘When Doomsday Comes’

“We were at the American embassy in different lines queuing for our visas and by the time we’d got them, Don had agreed to come and play on the song,” chuckles Byford.

It will also feature alongside the track ‘No Rest For The Wicked’ in the forthcoming movie ‘Hybrid Theory’, a sci-fi thriller which follows a group of British soldiers who find themselves in a life or death battle with an enemy far beyond their wildest nightmares.  The film is directed by James Erskin who made ‘One Night In Turin’ about England at the World Cup in 1990.

“We’ve done our darker albums, our full-on metal albums, we’ve been to those spaces and experimented with them and people came on the journey with us,” says Byford, “and with Call To Arms you have the culmination of those 10 years and the 20 years before it. I love this album. I love the songs. I love the sounds. It’s right on the money.”

Don’t dare argue. Because Biff Byford doesn’t bother dealing in hyperbole, only truths…

CALL TO ARMS

1

Hammer of the Gods

7

 Afterburner

2

Back in 79

8

When Doomsday Comes (Hybrid Theory)

3

Surviving Against the Odds

9

No Rest for the Wicked

4

Mists of Avalon

10

Ballad of the Working Man

5

Call To Arms

11

Call To Arms – orchestral version

6

Chasing the Bullet

 

 

BRAND NEW STUDIO ALBUM – Release  6th June 2011

SAXON SOUNDCHECK FOR CHARITY NORDOFF ROBBINS MUSIC THERAPY AND CHILDLINE BENEFIT

SAXON SOUNDCHECK FOR CHARITY NORDOFF ROBBINS MUSIC THERAPY AND CHILDLINE BENEFIT

Saxon who release their new album Call To Arms on 23rd May, embark upon their UK tour on 9th April.  The band announced on their website on Monday, that they would invite the first 20 fans to email and get confirmation from them for each show, to come to the venue of their choice and watch the soundcheck. They would be asked to donate £10 cash into the charity box upon arrival.  All of the money collected will go Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy and Childline and will be presented to the Charities at the London Shepherds Bush Empire show on St. Georges Day, 23rd April.   Most of the places are now taken but Saxon have added a few extra slots in a some of the venues….. so if you want to attend a soundcheck email leo@saxon747.com 

Biff Byford said:  “If you were lucky enough to get allocated a place, you turn up at the back stage door at 4pm and you must pay £10 cash into the charity box. I think this is a first.”

Full dates are:        
April 2011 City  Venue    Box Office Tickets
Sat 9th Leamington Spa  The Assembly ***  01926 523 001 £17.50
Sun 10th Nottingham Rock City 0845 413 4444 £16.50
Mon 11th Whitehaven Civic Hall  01946 514 960 £16.50
Wed 13th Manchester  Academy 2 0161 832 1111 £17.50
Thurs 14th Glasgow O2 ABC 0871 230 7131 £16.50
Fri 15th  Newcastle O2 Academy 0844 477 2000 £17.50
Sun 17th  Leeds  O2 Academy 0844 477 2000 £17.50
Mon 18th Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall 0870 320 7000 £17.50
Tue 19th Bristol O2 Academy 0844 477 2000 £17.50
Thurs 21st  Falmouth Princess Pavilion 0871 220 0260 £17.50
Fri 22nd Bournemouth  O2 Academy  0844 477 2000 £16.50
Sat 23rd London  O2 Shepherds Bush Empire 0844 477 2000 £18.50

 *** NO SOUNDCHECK competition at this venue and Wolfsbane not supporting at this show 
                        
Tickets are available online from www.kililive.com, credit card hotline – 0844 871 8803 and usual outlets (subject to booking fee).