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Below is our complete Saxon news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.
Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
ProgPower USA promoter Glenn Harveston announced that Andorra's Persefone is the latest band to be cancelled from the 2015 roster, in part due to visa issues. The USCIS has reared its ugly head causing the most issues since 2009 for the annual festival.
Harveston explains: "Unfortunately, this situation is not a simple as the Morgana Lefay cancellation, although the visa process is once again at the root of things. It is no secret now the USCIS center in Vermont is running 4-6 weeks behind their normal schedule assuming there is no RFE (request for evidence). We technically still have three weeks we can wait to receive these visas and then schedule the mandatory interviews. However, Persefone booked a European tour in June with the assumption they would have completed the interviews prior to kicking off their tour. They cannot complete any interviews while on tour. I requested they wait until after the tour and then complete the interviews as there was still possibly time. I was informed the day job of one of the band members prevents him from traveling to Madrid during that time frame, especially with no specific date to schedule currently. Thus, I am left with no choice but to cancel the band now.
"I know these types of explanations are frustrating to you, the fans. There is simply nothing that can be done. In the immortal words of the great American poet, Jimmy Buffett, 'Breathe in..Breathe Out..Move On.' Please know that there is no animosity between the band and myself. I truly understand and empathize with their situation. I wish the band nothing but the best and will continue to support them in the future."
Within hours of the announcement, Canada's Unleash the Archers was added to the bill. The latest roster list is as follows: More...
Legendary hard rock/metal vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (Talisman, T.S.O., ex-Yngwie Malmsteen) has been confirmed for the sold-out ProgPower USA festival this year in Atlanta, Georgia, replacing Sweden's Morgan Lefay, who became the latest victim of the USICS Visa System. In a special performance, Jeff will celebrate his entire 30 year career at the festival performing songs from many of his bands along the way, including Talisman, Yngwie Malmsteen, Axel Pell Rudi, W.E.T., Rock Star, as well as his solo releases.
Jeff stated: "Having known about the ProgPower USA fest for years, I'm proud to be invited to present the ONLY US show this year with my 30th anniversary show! Me and the boys couldn't be more excited to rock Atlanta!"
Promoter Glenn Harveston added: "I’m honestly still in awe Jeff has graciously stepped up to the plate to help us out at the last minute. I can say I have never had such an amazing and quick conversation with an artist when it comes to booking a band. That is not only a sign of a true professional, but someone wanting to perform for our festival audience. Nothing fires up this crowd more than knowing a legendary name like Jeff Scott Soto actually wants to be in Atlanta. I'd also like to thank Sun Hill Management for the great response time."
Jeff Scott Soto recently took part in the sold out T.S.O./Savatage two stage spectacle at Wacken this past weekend. His latest solo release "Inside the Vertigo," under the monikor Soto, was released by earMusic back in January. More...
Legendary U.K. metal act Saxon released a music video for the new track "Battering Ram," the title track from the band's upcoming new release. The album is set for release on October 16th via UDR Music.
The title track is also available as a digital single release and if you decide to pre-order the album on iTunes, you will automatically be able to download and stream it straight away.
The band commented: "We couldn’t be happier with the outcome and we hope that you enjoy watching it! Thank you all for your support \m/"
The track list for the album is:
1. Battering Ram
2. The Devil's Footprint
3. Queen Of Hearts
5. Hard and Fast
6. Eye of The Storm
7. Stand Your Ground
8. Top Of The World
9. To The End
10. Kingdom Of The Cross
11. Three Sheets To The Wind (The Drinking Song) More...
Los Angeles, California's Armored Saint will join back up with Saxon for some additional shows in the U.S. this fall to continue touring in support of seventh studio album "Win Hands Down."
The group will also only be performing one very special headlining date in the U.S. this year and it's in Las Vegas at Count's Vamp'd Rock Bar and Grill on July 11th, so don't miss out if you are in the area.
Joey Vera states: "We had such a great time playing these dates with Saxon last May, and now they've asked us to join them again in September? We're In! It's an honor sharing the stage with Saxon and we're super glad we get to bring this great package to other parts of the country. See you all soon."
Vocalist John Bush added: "What can we say? The first six shows with Saxon were so good, we added more! We're playing cities in the midwest that we haven't played in years: Cleveland, Detroit, D.C. among others. Plus, San Diego! It's been awhile, thanks for your patience! The guys in Saxon are extremely cool. We look forward to kicking ass throughout America with them. Let's do this. Win Hands Down!!!" More...
D.C. Cooper, vocalist for Royal Hunt, has pulled out of the ProgPower USA Kick off show in Atlanta, GA, set for September 10th at Center Stage, citing an undisclosed reason. Just today, it was revealed on Saxon's Facebook Page that the band along with Armored Saint will replace Cooper and play with previously announced acts Dragonland and Almah. The official announcement from Swordlord Productions and ProgPower USA was expected for noon EST today.
The pull out does not affect Cooper's performance of Royal Hunt on the main festival roster. The statement reads: "It is with great disappointment and sadness the we are announcing the cancellation of the DC Cooper solo performance at the 2105 Atlanta ProgPowerUSA Kick-Off Party on Sept. 10th 2015.. Due to circumstances beyond his control, or anyone elses control, DC Cooper had to make this tough decision to withdraw from the Kick-Off Concert. Hopefully, we will be able to elaborate more on the situation in the near future. But,at this time, this is all the information we have.
"DC Cooper wishes to convey the following message,...'I want to thank everyone involved for their professionalism and enthusiasm that helped bring this together up to this point. Nathan Block and his festival team, Dave Watson, Kenny Porter Julian Nieser, and many others! Thank you, and my sincere apologies! Especially my warmest Thanks to the fans and friends who were to attend. Your support is never-ending and much appreciated!'"
"DCE/Studio747 wants to also convey. The ProgPower USA performance of Royal Hunt on Sept. 12th, 2015 WILL NOT BE AFFECTED!, in any way at all. Royal Hunt will perform their highly acclaimed and successful album, 'Paradox' in its entirety on Saturday night! This still will be a performance that should not be missed!
"One last note,....The DC Cooper solo cd with TEAM DC is in full swing and coming along nicely with incredible results! The TEAM hopes to have an early fall release if all goes well. The team has been working tirelessly on the production, and it has now become the highest priority!
"Thank you all so much once again to everyone! I will see you in Atlanta,...still,...for PPGUSA2015!" More...
Classicrock.teamrock.com is reporting that Saxon's upcoming album will be titled "Battering Ram" and is due out later this year.
Biff Byford comments on the follow-up to the "Sacrifice" album: “Some of it is quite brutal – but there’s quite a lot of melodic stuff on there as well. Every Saxon album is different to the one before because we like to entertain people and we don’t really like to write the same song all the time.”
In related news, drummer Nigel Glockler recently announced his recovery following two surgeries for a brain aneurysm.
California metal legends Armored Saint announced that the band will release the first album in five years entitled "Win Hands Down." The sixth full length studio effort will be issued on June 2nd via Metal Blade Records.
Vocalist John Bush commented: "When we began talking about a new record I told Joey Vera (bass) to pretend we were a really huge band and that we could do anything we wanted. At least that was the mindset we should have, from the writing to the production. What came out was ‘Win Hands Down,’ which is our first record in five years. There’s everything from classic Armored Saint rocker songs to epic songs and we all dug deep to deliver something special. If we weren’t going to, then we shouldn’t have bothered. I’m glad we did. In May we are doing some shows in the States with Saxon. It’s a great way to get the ball rolling."
Bassist Joey Vera added: "We’re very excited about our new record coming out in June! We’ve been writing over the past year and half and we feel like we’ve written some amazing music. We can’t wait to share it!"
Armored Saint will hit the road for select dates in support of Saxon's limited North American run on the following dates:
May 12th - New York City, NY - BB Kings
May 13th - Worcester, MA - The Palladium (Upstairs)
May 23rd - San Antonio, TX - 210 Kapone's Live
May 24th - Dallas, TX - Gas Monkey Live
May 29th - San Jose, CA - Rock Bar
May 30th - Los Angeles, CA - House Of Blues
Saxon drummer Nigel Glockler issued a statement that he is full recovered from the ruptured aneurysm, which he suffered back in December. Udo Dirkschneider's son Sven Dirkschneider has been filling in for Glockler during the band's European dates.
The statement reads: "I am pleased to say that the neurosurgeons have informed me that I have made a full 100% recovery and there is zero damage at all from the ruptured aneurysm, mainly due to the part of the brain it was located in.
"This means that I am okay to get back to work, but I am told to ease back into it. To that end I have started to work on getting my stamina back up and I look forward to being back full time very soon.
"Thank you all again for the support and well wishes!" More...
German thrash titans Kreator, Sodom, Destruction, and Tankard - collectively known as The Big Teutonic 4 - have announced the release of yet another prestigious 10" vinyl record.
After the huge success of the first release in early 2013, the second output will contain rare cover versions of iconic NWOBHM classics.
The 10" vinyl will be available in various colors (black, clear, red, yellow) and is exclusively available from the Nuclear Blast mail order. The CD version will only be available in issue #334 of German Rock Hard Magazine (out February 25).
KREATOR - Lambs To The Slaughter (RAVEN cover)
SODOM - Don't Walk Away (TANK cover)
DESTRUCTION - Princess Of The Night (SAXON cover)
TANKARD - Iron Maiden (IRON MAIDEN cover) More...
Saxon is ready to kick off 2015 with the re-release of two classic collections, each covering significant career highlights as well as offering something new in their 2015 versions.
On February 13th, greatest hits release "Heavy Metal Thunder" will make its market re-entry together with a brand new bonus CD, "Live At Bloodstock." First released in 2002, "Heavy Metal Thunder" features 13 bona-fide Saxon classics from the halcyon days of the early 80’s, with eight of the cuts having been re-recorded again in 2001 to offer a fresh perspective.
At the same time, fans will also once again be able to buy "The Saxon Chronicles," a double-disc DVD which now also includes a bonus CD titled "Rock’n’Roll Gypsies 1989 Live." Released originally in 2003, "The Saxon Chronicles" is a double-DVD set which features not only the band’s 2001 Wacken performance, but original song videos, interviews and exclusive on-tour documentaries. More...
After undergoing two surgeries for a brain aneurysm, Saxon drummer Nigel Glocker is finally leaving the hospital and heading home.
A video update from the man himself can be seen over at the Saxon Facebook profile here. All our best wishes from the Metalunderground.com team to Nigel and his family!
Saxon drummer Nigel Glocker's second surgery on a brain aneurysm appears to be a success as the drummer is awake and conscious this morning. Glocker was rushed the hospital this past Monday.
In a post on Glockler's Facebook last night, his family reported: "Nigel's surgery went according to plan & he resting tonight.
"I hope to post more info as I have it, and hopefully a message from the man himself!!
"Thank you all for the support, it really means so much.
"Gina, Justin & Madeline"
This morning, wife Gina reported: "A visitor today!
"Nigel is awake, prognosis so far so good."
More information on Glocker's improving condition is expected soon. More...
Saxon drummer Nigel Glockler, who was rushed to the hospital two days ago is currently undergoing a second surgery for a brain aneurysm after the first performed yesterday proved unsuccessful.
In a post on Glocker's Facebook page on December 10th, Gina Glockler reported: "Nigel had surgery today for the brain aneurysm, but unfortunately it was not successful with the first option, so he will be undergoing another operation tomorrow.
"I've been reading him all of your messages and posts, and he is so very touched by them. Thank you all for the love and support, it means the world to us. Please keep the good vibes, prayers and juju coming his way."
This morning, she reported:
"Nigel has just gone into surgery. As soon as I have an update I will post or Saxon management will post on their page."
More information on the result of the second surgery is expected soon.
British NWOBHM legend Saxon postponed the remaining dates on their UK tour due to drummer Nigel Glockler's health issues. Glockler was rushed to hospital on Monday night. More details will follow as soon as available.
States Saxon frontman Biff Byford in a Facebook post: "Nigel, our friend and brother, is in the hospital in the UK having tests to find a bleed on his brain. He is up and talking but he says he has a ball-crushing headache. I will pass all your messages on to Gina, Nigel's wife, and we all pray that Nige can pull through this! At the moment all shows have been rescheduled to [early] February 2015."
Following shows were rescheduled as follows:
Feb. 03 - Newcastle, UK - Academy
Feb. 04 - Nottingham, UK - Rock City
Feb. 05 - Wolverhampton, UK - Wulfrun Hall
Feb. 06 - Oxford, UK - Academy
Feb. 07 - London, UK - Shepherds Bush Empire
Tickets remain valid for the new dates of course. The band and management would like to apologize to all involved for any inconvenience caused.
Legendary U.K. act Saxon, having just finished a European tour with Skid Row and Halcyon Way, announced the first dates for the 2015 European Festival season. In addition, the band hinted that the first U.S. shows for 2015 will begin in May of next year, with more information and additional show announcements expected very soon.
The band will continue the 35th Anniversary shows with appearances at the following festivals:
18.07.15 Fritzlar, DE - Rock Am Stück Festival
23.07.15 Barcelona, ES - Rock Fest
01.08.15 Rejmyre, SE - Skögsröjet Festival
06.08.15 Gavle, SE - Getaway Rock Festival More...
NWOBHM legends Saxon post a new video for the song "Sacrifice" from the soon to be released "Warriors Of The Road: The Saxon Chronicles Part II!"-Triple Disc Set which is scheduled to drop November 7 via Home of Legends Label UDR Music.
You can now watch the clip "Sacrifice" (Live At Wacken) below.
Atlanta, Georgia prog metal crew Halcyon Way has been confirmed for a lengthy tour with Saxon and Skid Row across Europe in October - November of 2014.
This tour announcement is hot on the heels of the North American release of the band's 4th album, "Conquer" (reviewed here), which hit the Billboard Heatseekers Chart at #41 the week of release. "Conquer" will be released on September 19th in Europe via Massacre Records.
"Last year when we were out with Saxon in US/Canada, we had an amazing time and the Saxon guys were great to us. We had conversations with Biff and the guys about doing it again, and here we are! We're very excited to be hitting the road in Europe again, and to be hanging out with our friends in Saxon (Official)? and new friends in Skid Row?," said vocalist Steve Braun. More...
The final bands have now been announced for this year's edition of the Bloodstock Festival, which takes place from August 7th - 10th (get ticket info and other details over here). The organizers of the festival comment:
"The ‘Metal 2 The Masses’ finals have rocked to a conclusion and some more lucky young bands are joining the New Blood stage at Catton Park next month, plus there's a few last additions for the Sophie and Jagermeister stages.
"Balls Deep bring their trad groove metal to the Sophie Lancaster stage. The Brit outfit have been busy honing their ‘Pro-Pain cut with Black Sabbath’ sound, coming on like the bastard sons of Pantera and classic heavy metal.
"Over on the Jagermeister stage, female-fronted power metallers Aceldama will be impressing allcomers with their high octane performance and audience interaction, while New Blood stage stoner rocker’s Resin will be offering an additional acoustic spin on their new material.
"Meanwhile, the New Blood stage welcomes the last clutch of winners from the last batch of M2TM roadshow finals. Goat Leaf bring their doom groove from the Sheffield heats, Oakhaart’s tech death noise hails from Gloucestershire, impressing judges at the Bristol event, Sinpathetic grace us with their death metal from the Preston night, Eradikator’s thrash metal won out in Birmingham, and lastly but not least, Cacodaemonic's unholy, neo-classical infused death metal represents Nottingham."
The full 2014 festival lineup will be as follows: More...
The work of JRR Tolkien has long been a favorite muse of rock and metal artists. This year's Bloodstock bands Megadeth, Amon Amarth, and Dimmu Borgir all have used Tolkien references in their work, along with many others (Nightwish, Gorgoroth and even the likes of Led Zeppelin to name but a few).
Now Bloodstock’s co-founder, fantasy artist Paul Raymond Gregory, is thrilled to bring the two themes together and launch a major art exhibition at Bloodstock this year.
Christened the Rock and Metal (RAM) Gallery, the exhibition is to be a permanent addition to the festival and will provide a showcase for a changing selection of rock-related art and memorabilia. Paul Raymond Gregory’s extensive body of work includes many famous album sleeves and monolithic pieces inspired by the writings of JRR Tolkien. Paul’s first ever album cover commission was in 1984 for Saxon’s "Crusader," so launching the RAM Gallery on the 30th anniversary of Paul’s artistic debut in the metal world is fitting indeed.
This year’s first showing will include all the original Bloodstock festival artwork, going right back to the first indoor event in 2001, plus a wide range of Paul’s album art including the sleeve of Saxon’s latest release "Sacrifice." Representing Paul’s Tolkien work, there will also be a large triptych inspired by The Silmarillion opus (from whence Marillion derived its name). The painting will be mounted in a bespoke hand-carved frame created by framer John Davis. Although John has framed much of Paul’s other work, the triptych features the first frame actually designed by Paul himself. In addition, Paul will be signing copies of his book "Beyond Time And Place," which showcases artwork from the breadth of his career.
The exhibition will also include a small selection of bespoke handmade guitars created by young artist/musician Cynosure who is working to re-define the guitar, not just as a functional instrument, but as a working, playable piece of art.
The current Bloodstock Festival 2014 lineup is shaping up as follows: More...
The organizers of the Bloodstock Festival have checked in with the following update about confirming more bands for the 2014 edition:
"Things are hotting up at Bloodstock HQ and even more bands are unveiled for 2014!! Joining the main stage bill are the newly renamed, Entombed A.D. After having to change their name from just ‘Entombed’, LG Petrov and his fellow band members are once again ready to let the music do the talking after a year of internal struggles. They release the highly anticipated new album ‘Back to the Front’ on 4th August via Century Media and are eager to get back on the road.
"Getting the heads banging on the Sophie stage on Thursday are British trad metalheads Monument, and bringing their own brand of theatrical madness and extreme metal are former ‘Metal 2 The Masses’ winners, Gethika. Bringing an international flavour on Sunday are death/thrash metallers Krow, who hail all the way from Brazil. Fancy something a little different? Then check out 16-yr old blues star in the making Aaron Keylock, also performing on Sunday’s Sophie stage.
"Not content with that, Bloodstock can also reveal six killer bands for the Jagermeister stage! Grab a couple Jagerbombs and come headbang to Undersmile and King Creature on Friday, plus Massive Wagons and a special acoustic set from Orphaned Land on Saturday. If you’re still standing come Sunday, be sure to catch Rabid Bitch of the North and The Heretic Order."