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Formed: 1977
From: Barnsley, United Kingdom
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Latest Saxon News

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.

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Amon Amarth Confirmed For Bloodstock Open Air

Swedish viking metal act Amon Amarth are the latest band to be confirmed for the Bloodstock Open Air festival which is set to be held from August 14th-16th in Derbyshire, England. The festival will also feature performances from Saxon, Satyricon, Sabaton, Crandlemass, Die Apokalyptischen Reiter, The Haunted, Turisas, Wintersun and Katatonia.

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Satyricon Confirmed For Bloodstock Open Air

Norwegian black metal legends Satyricon are the latest act to be confirmed for the Bloodstock Open Air festival which will be held in Derbyshire, England from Augus 14th-16th. The festival will also feature performances from Saxon, Sabaton, Candlemass, Die Apokalyptischen Reiter, The Haunted, Turisas, Wintersun and Katatonia.

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Saxon And Iced Earth Announces European Tour

Blabbermouth.net reports: Saxon and Iced Earth will team up for a European co-headlining tour in February 2009. Confirmed dates are as follows:

Feb. 01 - F - Paris - Bataclan
Feb. 02 - B - Brussels - AB
Feb. 03 - NL - Tilburg - 013
Feb. 04 - D - Cologne - Essigfabrik
Feb. 06 - LUX - Luxembourg - Den Atelier
Feb. 07 - D - Herford - X
Feb. 08 - D - Hamburg - Docks
Feb. 10 - NO - Oslo - Rockefeller
Feb. 11 - SE - Stockholm - Annex
Feb. 12 - DK - Copenhagen - Pumpehuset
Feb. 13 - D - Berlin - Huxleys
Feb. 15 - PL - Warsaw - Spodac
Feb. 16 - CZ - Zlin - [to be announced]
Feb. 17 - A - Vienna - Gasometer
Feb. 19 - HU - Budapest - Petofi Hall
Feb. 20 - SI - Ljubljana - Mediapark
Feb. 21 - HR - Zagreb - Boogaloo
Feb. 22 - I - Milan - Rolling Stone
Feb. 24 - CH - Zurich - Volkshaus
Feb. 25 - F - Strassbourg - La Laiterie
Feb. 27 - E - Bilbao - Rockstar Live
Feb. 28 - E - Madrid - La Riviera
Mar. 01 - E - Barcelona - Razzmatazz

Saxon will release its new new studio album, "Into The Labyrinth" in Europe on January 12, 2009 (Germany: January 9; USA: January 13) via SPV Records. The CD was recorded at the Twilight Hall in Krefeld, Germany, under the direction of Charlie Bauerfeind. Saxon laid down 13 new songs at Blind Guardian's studio, starting with monumental opener "Battalions Of Steel" through "Demon Sweeney Todd" and "Valley Of The Kings", which both cover historic events, to the final slide guitar blues track "Coming Home" (fans are already familiar with the electric version of this track from Saxon's "Killing Ground" album).

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First Bands Announced For U.K.'s Hammerfest

Hammerfest, which is to be held in Pontins, Prestatyn Sands, North Wales on April 24th - 25th has announced their first batch of acts. The first bands confirmed for the festival are Saxon, Skindred, Cathedral, Bullet For My Valentine, Hammerfall, Sabbat, Dream Evil, Trigger The Bloodshed, Alestorm, Tyr, Exit Ten, Annotations Of An Autopsy and Grand Magus. More bands and details will be announced shortly.

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Saxon Confirmed For Bloodstock 2009

Saxon frontman Biff Byford has posted the following tour report online:


"Been on the road a week, time for a blog. tour is brill, been a long time since we played with our mates Motorhead in the UK, great audiences. got to say thanx to you all for that so far.

"Split my my jeans in newcastle, gonna try and wear them till hammer-smith no veg till hammersm!!!! Well you get the gist anyway, great things going on. We just confirmed hammerfest and the UK tour will kick off in London on 23rd of april. Yes St. George`s day at the forum, more dates to follow.

"Oh and we`re playing Bloodstock , so big things, see you on tour.

"P.S. Should have some news on USA and South America soon..

"Keep the faith


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Saxon Reveals New Album Release Date And Title

Saxon has announced that their brand new studio album, "Into The Labyrinth" is set to be released on January 12th in Europe (9th in Germany) and January 13th in North America. The albums first single, "Live To Rock" will be made available as a download on October 17th.

Into The Labyrinth was recorded at the Twilight Hall in Krefeld, Germany, under the direction of Charlie Bauerfeind. Saxon recorded 13 new songs at Blind Guardian’s studio, starting with their monumental opener, ‘Battalions Of Steel’, through ‘Demon Sweeney Todd’ and ‘Valley Of The Kings’, which both cover historic events, to the final slide guitar blues track, ‘Coming Home’ (fans are already familiar with the electric version of this track from Saxon’s Killing Ground album). Saxon are currently still working on an additional 14th track, which will be available exclusively as a download on iTunes from the release date. “The new material was written in England and at my house in France,” Byford explains. “Stylistically, I would describe the album as an even balance between Lionheart and The Inner Sanctum, a mix of powerful, in-your-face rock songs and pure heavy metal tracks. We’re very happy with the production and proud of Into The Labyrinth.”

The tracklisting is as follows:

1. Battalions Of Steel
2. Live To Rock
3. Demon Sweeney Todd
4. The Letter
5. Valley Of The Kings
6. Slow Lane Blues
7. Crime Of Passion
8. Premonition in D Minor
9. Voice
10. Protect Yourselves
11. Hellcat
12. Come Rock Of Ages (The Circle Is Complete)
13. Coming Home (Bottleneck Version)

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Saxon Films New Video For "Live To Rock"

British heavy metal legends Saxon has completed filming their latest video for the song "Live To Rock." The video will be the first from the bands forthcoming new album which is due to be released this October. The album doesn't yet have a confirmed title.

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Saxon Frontman Posts New Blog

Saxon frontman Biff Byford has posted the following blog online:

"Just got to say, I’d like to thank John Jackson and Steve Strange for helping to hook us up.

Next day arrive in Rock im Park, another great festival on the club stage. This one’s even bigger, it’s a small sports stadium. We got the best place today because the god of rock threw down buckets of rain on our heads. With echoes of 'lets have a drink tomorrow' the last thing we said, the gig got under way with AIRBORNE - another great set. Got a call from Steve who I think is Lars (Ulrich)'s assistant - we should get together with the boys again which was cool."

Read the full article at this location.

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Saxon To Release New Album In October

British heavy metal legends Saxon have announced that they will be releasing their new album in October, though no release date has been given as of yet. The band will also embark on a U.K. tour with Motorhead and Danko Jones, with the following dates confirmed:

3 - Wolverhampton, England at Civic Hall
4 - Ipswich, England at Ipswich Regent
6 - Brighton, England at Brighton Dome
7 - Newcastle, England at Academy
8 - Sheffield, England at Academy
10 - Glasgow, Scotland at Academy
11 - Leicester, England at De Montfort Hall
12 - Southhampton, England at Guildhall
14 - Manchester, England at Apollo
15 - Cardiff, England at University
17 - Cambridge, England at Corn Exchange
18 - Bristol, England at Colston Hall
19 - Exeter, England at University
21 - Norwich, England at UEA
22 - London, England at Hammersmith Apollo

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Saxon Begins Working On New Album

SAXON frontman Biff Byford has issued the following update:

"We took off the link, this is the official website of the band we understand that it was put on in total innocence but until OLIVER/DAWSON decide to stop trying to undermine the achievements of this band we will continue not to support them in anyway if and when they stop trying to con people and concede that times have changed can we enter into any conciliatory talks.

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Archer Confirmed For Sweden Rock Festival

Archer has performed with some of the biggest names in rock including, Heaven and Hell, Heart and Sevendust. The band is looking forward to sharing the stage at the Sweden Rock Festival (www.swedenrock.com) this summer alongside such metal giants as Judas Priest, Def Leppard, Whitesnake, Poison, RATT, Triumph, Saxon, Disturbed and many more as they return to Europe.

The Santa Cruz, CA-based power trio, who won "Best Local Band 2008" in the Metro Santa Cruz Goldies Awards, takes the stage on Saturday, June 7th, opening for some of the biggest names in the metal music genre. The Sweden Rock Festival is held in Norjeboke, in the tiny village of Norje which is situated in Sölvesborg in the western part of southern Sweden.

Archer’s debut album "Doom$day Profit$" is a "genuine tour-de-force, rich with powerful songs imbued with that essential combination of brain-burrowing melodies, ripping riffs, pulsing basslines, tsunami drums and grab-by-the-throat vocals." The band cites influences that include Ozzy and Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Metallica and other legendary names.

Here is the current lineup for the Sweden Rock Fest 2008, which takes place June 4th - 7th: More...

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Saxon Added To Download Festival

Legendary British heavy metal act Saxon have been booked to perform at the UK's Download Festival at Donington Park, Leicestershire which will be held between the 13th and 15th of June. More bands are expected to be announced soon.

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Savage Blade Welcome New Vocalist

After a year-long search, Canadian power metal outfit Savage Blade are excited to announce the addition of lead vocalist Nikko Forsberg. Bringing an instantly memorable classic metal voice and commanding stage presence to the fold, this ex-Mormon wild child has proven to be the perfect fit for the true metal sound of Savage Blade.

The Blade is currently producing their debut album "We Are The Hammer" in Nelson BC, Canada, with the services of producer/engineer Andy Chute. Fueled by the NWOBHM and the classic power metal bands of the early eighties, Savage Blade pledge to Kill ’Em All For One. "We Are The Hammer" will be released in North America on indie label Black Banana Records, with European distribution to be handled by German-based Underground Power. In true 80's metal fashion, the band plans to release the album for retail on vinyl and cassette only, with online digital downloads available for free.

As a pre-album teaser, and in tribute to one of their biggest influences, the band has posted their cover version of the classic Saxon track, "Dallas 1PM," on their MySpace page.

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Saxon Add Tour Dates

New Wave Of British Heavy Metal legends SAXON have updated their summer tour itinerary.

The Saxon schedule is now as follows:

23 - London, England - Shepherds Bush Empire (with GIRLSCHOOL & SWEET SAVAGE)
30 - Tokyo, Japan - O East

1 - Nagoya, Japan - Club Quattro
2 - Osaka, Japan - Club Quattro
5 - Brisbane, Australia - The Arena
6 - Melbourne, Australia - Billboard
7 - Sydney, Australia - The Forum

6 - Sölvesborg, Sweden - Sweden Rock Festival
7 - Nürburgring, Germany - Rock Am Ring
8 - Nürnberg, Germany - Rock Im Park
21 - Basque, Spain - Kobetasonik Festival
27 - Dessel, Belgium - Graspop Metal Meeting
28 - Balingen, Germany - Bang Your Head Festival

5 - Wacken, Germany - Wacken Rock Seaside
12 - Barcelona, Spain - Barcelona Metal Open Air Festival
18 - Osterode, Germany - Rock Harz Open Air
26 - Lichtenvoorde, Holland - Zwarte Cross Festival

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NWOBHM DVD Due Out In June

It's been announced that a new DVD entitled Iron Maiden And The New Wave Of British Of Heavy Metal will be released on June 10th via MVD Entertainment. The documentary is described by its distributors as follows:

"Back in 1976, nobody really knew that there was an old wave of British Heavy Metal. But within two years of their formation, Iron Maiden had spearheaded what came to be abbreviated the NWOBHM, and as with punk the year before, a new generation of Rock musicians bought in a new wave of the genre - and in the process made loud, raw, heavy rock the global phenomenon it is today. For the first time this film investigates this New Wave - the bands, the records, the media and the series of unconnected events that led to this astonishing, durable and still hugely relevant form which is still heard today in virtually every rock record released. Focusing on Maiden and the other pivotal bands of the time, such as SAXON, SAMSON, PRAYING MANTIS, DIAMOND HEAD, TYGERS OF PAN TANG and many others, this DVD is the ultimate expose of a style that may not get as much press as punk, but is equally as relevant to the music of the second millennium. It features rare footage of all the main NWOBHM bands; Live and studio recordings of the pivotal tracks; Scarce news items and archive of the movement, from the time, as it unfolded around the UK; Seldom seen photographs, many from private collections. It also includes exclusive interviews with many of the major players, including, Iron Maiden's PAUL DIANNO and Dennis Stratton, Diamond Head's Brian Tatler, Tygers Of Pan Tang's Rob Weir, Samson's legendary drummer Thundersticks, Tino and Chris Troy from Praying Mantis, the current line-up of GIRLSCHOOL and many other high profile names from the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal. There's also commentary, review and expertise from; Malcolm Dome [Kerrang, Classic Rock] Jerry Ewing [Metal Hammer, Classic Rock] Geoff Barton [staff writer at Sounds during the New Wave] Garry Bushell [Sounds journalist and champion of NWOBHM] Neil Kay [legendary metal DJ from the Soundhouse club] and British metal author and journalist, Joel McIver."

In addition to the documentary, there will also be extended interviews and a NWOBHM interactive challenge.

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Saxon Cancel Budapest Show

British heavy metal legends SAXON have issued the following update:

"Unfortunately the gig tomorrow (March 9) in Budapest [Hungary] is cancelled. We're waiting for a statement from the promoter and will post as soon as we have news."

Upcoming SAXON shows:

Apr. 23 - London, UK - St George Day, Shepherds Bush Empire
Apr. 30 - Tokyo, Japan - On Air East
May 01 - Nagoya, Japan - Club Quattro
May 02 - Osaka, Japan - Club Quattro
May 05 - Brisbane, Australia - The Arena
May 06 - Melbourne, Australia - Billboard
May 07 - Sydney, Australia - The Forum
Jun. 06 - Sölvesborg, Sweden - Sweden Rock Festival
Jun. 28 - Balingen, Germany - Bang Your Head Festival 2008
Jul. 18 - Osterode, Germany - Rock Harz Festival

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More Bands Added To Graspop Metal Meeting 2008

ARCH ENEMY, SYMPHONY X, BRING ME THE HORIZON, BLACK STONE CHERRY, THROWDOWN and BLEEDING THROUGH have just been confirmed for the Graspop Metal Meeting which is set to take place June 27th - 29th at De Boeretand in Dessel, Belgium.


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Saxon Announce Australia and Japan Dates

British heavy metal legends SAXON have scheduled the following dates:

Mar. 07 - ESP Granada Atarfe Festival
Mar. 09 - HUN Budapest Rockfest
Apr. 23 - UK London Shepherd's Bush Empire
Apr. 30 - JP Tokyo O East
May 01 - JP Nagoya Club Quattro
May 02 - JP Osaka Club Quattro
May 05 - AUS Brisbane The Arena
May 06 - AUS Melbourne Billboard
May 07 - AUS Sydney The Forum
Jun. 28 - GER Balingen Bang Your Head Festival
Jun. 06 - SWE Sölvesborg Swedenrock Festival
Jul. 18 - GER Osterrode Rock Harz Festival

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Saxon Update Tour Schedule

SAXON have updated their tour schedule to reveal the following dates:

7 - Granada, Spain - Atarfe Vega Rock Festival
9 - Budapest, Hungary - Rockfest

23 - London, England - St George Day, Shepherds Bush Empire

6 - Sölvesborg, Sweden - Sweden Rock Festival
28 - Balingen, Germany - Bang Your Head Festival 2008

18 - Osterode, Germany - Rock Harz More...

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Saxon Announce St. George's Day Contest

SAXON vocalist Biff Byford has posted this message on the band's official website:

"Hi all you lot,

Hope you all had a good year. Just like to explain the idea behind the set list concept. It should be SAXON songs with an English theme or connection, not British! There will be a prize for the most interesting set, 15 songs, you can explain the connection, if its not obvious give a short reason .e.g 'Battle Cry'... it's about the Battle of Culloden between the Scotts and English. The prize will be an exclusive guitar from DEAN with St. Georges cross art work, two tickets for a 2008 SAXON show, two t-shirts and a chance to visit the band at the studio or back stage. The contest is only through Metal Hammer UK so get thinking. Write your list to: saxon[at]futurenet.co.uk.

Live to rock!"

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