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Saxon

Formed: 1977
From: Barnsley, United Kingdom
Last Known Status: Active

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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Saxon Frontman Talks Classic Rock

Komodo Rock recently sat down with SAXON frontman Biff Byford. The following is an excerpt from the interview:

Q: So, what defines Classic Rock to you?

BB: "For us, what defines it is heavy guitars with melodic vocals. A classic style that's been around for years. Obviously we're much darker now and we are much heavier now when we want to be. So our albums now consist of half rock n roll and half full-on heavy metal. And that seems to be the right mixture for us."

Q: So we're talking commercial success, we're talking 'I've Got To Rock To Stay Alive' your new single featuring Lemmy (MOTÖRHEAD), Angry Anderson (ROSE TATTOO), Andi Deris (HELLOWEEN). Was that fun to make?

BB: "I just asked some mates to sing with me on the song. It's a song about being in the business for a long time, and obviously Lemmy and Angry have! Andi's not been around quite so long."

Q: You had a good time making it. Do you think some of what your doing now, obviously you're a jobbing singer, this is what you do, this is what's making your living. Is it more about fun rather than making it big now. I was talking to Dee Snider (TWISTED SISTER) earlier and he said it's more about enjoyment now, because people know who we are, we've already made it, the thing is now to give people a good time, give the people what they want?

BB: "No, actually it's not like that with us. We like making records. Every record we make we try to make it better than the last one. It's really important to us that people are interested in what we're doing musically, because we're songwriters. We're not vaudeville entertainers so I think it is fun, yeah, but it's tinged with a seriousness that people take our music seriously, because we release albums every year or two years. In Dee's case they don't. They play classic songs from the '80s, we're slightly different from Twisted Sister. Dee makes records, but the rest, I don't think the rest are interested. It's the old thing, if you sell 3 million albums, why would you make one that sells 56 thousand? They're a little bit scared, and actually we don't give a shit! We just make records, we like making music, it's what we do."

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New Saxon Video Interview Online

Baconmusic's James Allman spoke to legendary SAXON frontman Biff Byford during the Hard Rock Hell festival at Butlins, Minehead, UK in early November 2007. Watch the interview in two parts below. More...

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Helloween Bassist To Do Hard Rock Album

Frontiers Records will release the debut album from Markus Grosskopf's (HELLOWEEN) BASSINVADERS, entitled "Hellbassbeaters", on January 25, 2008.

BASSINVADERS was a creation of Markus' while sitting in a bar and enjoying a few drinks. It was there that he got inspired to produce a heavy rock record without any guitars at all. He presented this concept in early 2007 to Frontiers Records, which was intrigued by the idea and gave it a go.

According to a press release, "Hellbassbeaters" contains all the basic elements of a heavy rock record "and so much more. You got the strong vocals, rhythmic bass, intoxicating drums and even bass and twin bass solo parts. What you hear is what you get: 100% genuine heavy rock record with absolutely no discordant guitar note on it at all." To guarantee a great variety of different influences, Markus invited some well-known singing bass players from the German metal scene to join the band, including DESTRUCTION's Schmier, SODOM's frontman Tom Angelripper and RAGE's Peavy. He also managed to get a few of his bass heroes to lay down solos on some of the tracks, including Billy Sheehan, Rudy Sarzo and DD Verni.

Guest musicians include:

Bass:

Billy Sheehan (STEVE VAI, MR. BIG, DAVID LEE ROTH)
Rudy Sarzo (DIO, OZZY OSBOURNE, WHITESNAKE, QUIET RIOT)
Lee Rocker (STRAY CATS)
Marco Mendoza (THIN LIZZY, WHITESNAKE, TED NUGENT)
DD Verni (OVERKILL)
Wyzard (MOTHER'S FINEST)
Dirk Schlächter (GAMMA RAY)
Joey Vera (ARMORED SAINT, FATES WARNING, ANTHRAX)
Stig Pedersen (D.A.D)
Nibbs (SAXON)
Tobias Exxel (EDGUY)
Jens Becker (GRAVE DIGGER, RUNNING WILD)
Dennis Ward (PINK CREAM 69)
Peter Baltes (ACCEPT)
Jan S. Eckert (MASTERPLAN)
Michael Müller (JADED HEART)

Vocals:

Apollo Papathanasio (FIREWIND, TIME REQUIEM, EVIL MASQUERADE, MAJESTIC)
Jesper Binzer (D-A-D)

Drums:

André Hilgers (RAGE, AXXIS, SILENT FORCE)
Stefan Arnold (GRAVE DIGGER)

01. Awakening the Bass Machine
02. We Live
03. Armageddon
04. Romance In Black
05. Godless Gods
06. Empty Memories (Breaking Free)
07. Boiling Blood
08. Far Too Late
09. The Asshole Song
10. Dead From the Eyes Down
11. Razorblade Romance
12. Voices
13. Eagles Fly Free (HELLOWEEN cover)
14. To Hell And Back (bonus track for Europe)

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3 Inches of Blood Kick Out Drummer

Classic Rock magazine reports that 3 INCHES OF BLOOD has kicked out drummer Alexei Rodriguez in the wake of an apparent altercation with SAXON drummer Nigel Glockler at the Hard Rock Hell festival in the UK over the weekend. Classic Rock has posted the following apology from the band:

“Dear Nigel and SAXON,"

"On behalf of all the members of 3 INCHES OF BLOOD we would like to express the utmost regret and sincere apology regarding the actions of our drummer, Alexei Rodriguez, that occurred in Minehead in the early hours of November 10."

"In no way were Alexei’s actions a reflection of our band. Needless to say we were completely shocked and horrified to learn about these events and are grateful that SAXON was still able to perform. We have complete respect for SAXON as a band and as individuals and would never want anyone’s livelihood as a musician to be jeopardised for any reason." More...

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Bands Confirmed For Heavy Christmas Meeting

DORO, SAXON,W.A.S.P., U.D.O., PRIMAL FEAR, IRON FIRE and HIGH´N DRY are confirmed for the Heavy Christmas Meeting which will be taking place in Düsseldorf, Germany at Philipshalle on December 12th.

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More Bands Confirmed For Bang Your Head Festival

YNGWIE MALMSTEEN'S RISING FORCE and FORBIDDEN are the latest acts confirmed for the 2008 edition of Germany's Bang Your Head!!! festival which is scheduled for June 27th - 28th at Messegelände in Balingen, Germany.

Confirmed acts now include: AGENT STEEL, AGE OF EVIL, BREAKER, CONTRACRASH, ENSIFERUM, FORBIDDEN, GRAVE DIGGER, GREAT WHITE, KORPIKLAANI, LIZZY BORDEN, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN'S RISING FORCE, ONSLAUGHT, RAGE, SAXON, TANKARD, TYR and WHITE LION.

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Saxon Postpone Australian Tour

KMW Productions have issued the following press release with regards to SAXON's upcoming Australian tour:

"We've had the cream of metal here in Australia over the last few years but the visit by UK vets, Saxon was going to be something really special; a fist pumping, heart thumping, hell, I'll say it, maybe even tears of joy type experience. It'll still be all those things but now in April 2008 rather than October. A few more months after almost a thirty year wait will be a breeze. Besides, it gives more time to save up for that second t shirt." - Murray Engleheart

A collective moan echoes across the land…it is with much sadness that one of metal’s most influential bands, Saxon, has been forced to re-schedule their pending tour of Australia. The band’s passports were not returned by The Japanese Embassy in time for Australian visas to be issued. Dates are now being rescheduled for April 08 and will be announced shortly.

Ticket holders for the shows in Sydney and Melbourne on October 24th and 25th should retain their tickets as they will remain valid for the re-scheduled dates to be announced shortly.

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Lord To Support Saxon In Australia

Australia's LORD have updated their tour schedule to announce two dates in support of SAXON later this month.
The dates include:

October
24 - The Forum - Sydney, Australia
25 - The Hi-Fi - Melbourne, Australia

LORD's latest album, Ascendence (artwork pictured), is available in Japan via Soundholic Records, and in Australia through Modern Invasion Music.

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Saxon And More Confirmed For Bang Your Head

SAXON, ONSLAUGHT, ENSIFERUM and LIZZY BORDEN have been confirmed for next year's Bang Your Head!!! festival, set to take place June 27-28, 2008 at Messegelände in Balingen, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

AGENT STEEL
AGE OF EVIL
ENSIFERUM
GRAVE DIGGER
GREAT WHITE
LIZZY BORDEN
ONSLAUGHT
RAGE
SAXON
TANKARD
TYR
WHITE LION

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Future Saxon Releases Detailed

The following press release has been issued:

Eagerly awaited by their fans – not only since their most recent awesome show at this year’s Wacken Open Air –, British metal gladiators SAXON are scheduled to release their new double DVD, To Hell And Back Again, on 19 November 2007 (Germany: 16 November 2007, North America: 20 November 2007). To Hell And Back Again comes in a top-quality DigiPak featuring over five hours of playing time and is a perfect example of an excellent price/performance ratio. The double DVD will be released in a 16:9 image format and 2.0 Dolby Digital & 5.1 Audio sound formats. DVD 1 consists of 15 chapters with lots of interesting glimpses of the band’s life between two albums, starting with the Lionheart studio recordings and continuing with heaps of clips from the subsequent tour (the tour start in Kiel, sequences from the Graspop and WOA 2004 festivals, shows in London, Glasgow, Paris, and Pratteln, among others, plus the grand finale in Prague), and scenes from the video shoots for ‘Witchfinder General’ and ‘Beyond The Grave’. Most of the 15 chapters include at least one live track, the end of DVD 1 featuring full versions of each number. Makes over two hours playing time all in all.

DVD 2 includes the official ‘Beyond The Grave’, ‘Witchfinder General’, ‘If I Was You’ and ‘Let Me Feel Your Power’ video clips, plus the brand-new, previously unreleased ‘I’ve Got To Rock (To Stay Alive)’ with guest appearances by Lemmy Kilmister (MOTÖRHEAD), Angry Anderson (ROSE TATTOO) and Andi Deris (HELLOWEEN). The song will be available as an Internet single download from 19 October 2007! DVD 2 is rounded off with live cuts from the Swiss Rocksound festival, the Rock For Asia event, and a live duet by Biff Byford and DORO PESCH (performing the JUDAS PRIEST classic, ‘You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’). Another three hours of Saxon pulling out all the stops!

A re-release of the album success, Unleash The Beast, will be out on 19 November 2007 (Germany: 16 November 2007, North America: 20 November 2007). In addition to the eleven original songs on the album, there will be two live bonus tracks (‘Crusader’ & ‘Solid Ball Of Rock’), recorded in Germany during the 1995 Dogs of War world tour. The re-release is completed by fascinating liner notes courtesy of vocalist Biff Byford and a new booklet with previously unreleased photos.

Upcoming Saxon live dates:

October
18 - Moscow, Russia - Apelsin Club
21 - Tokyo, Japan - Loudpark Festival
22 - Osaka, Japan - Loudpark Festival

November
9 - Minehead, England - Hard Rock Hell Festival

December
7 - Karlsdorf, Germany – Altenbürghalle
8 - Andernach, Germany – JUZ Live Club
9 - Hohenems, Austria - Event Center
10 - Salzburg, Austria - Rockhouse
11 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7
12 - Antwerp, Belgium – Hof Ter Lo
14 - Strasbourg, France - La Laiterie
15 - Düsseldorf, Germany - Phillipshalle
16 - Nürnberg, Germany - Löwensaal
17 - Prag, Czech Republic - Retro Music Hall
31 - Kavarna, Bulgaria – New Years Eve Festival

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Diamond Head Confirmed For Hard Rock Hell

UK NWOBHM legends DIAMOND HEAD are the latest act confirmed for Britain's Hard Rock Hell - The Winter Ball festival which is taking place from November 9th - 11th at Butlins in Minehead, UK (Somerset).

The festival billing is as follows: 3 INCHES OF BLOOD, AMENTI, BEYOND THE GRAVE, CHTHONIC, CRADLE OF FILTH, CRUCIFIED BARBARA, DIAMOND HEAD, FASTWAY, FINNTROLL, GIRLSCHOOL, GMT, GRAND MAGUS, LAUREN HARRIS, MCQUEEN, MY DYING BRIDE, RAVEN, SAXON, TESLA, THE 69 EYES, TIAMAT, TWISTED SISTER, UFO, VIXEN, WOLF, ZERO CIPHER.

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Metal Gets Its Due On Massive Rhino Boxed Set

Heavy metal fans will be banging their heads in delight this fall with the release of Rhinos's "Heavy Metal Box," due Oct. 2. The four-disc, 70-song set boasts classic tracks from Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motorhead and Slayer, among dozens of others.

Arranged chronologically from 1968 to 1991, the compilation also boasts hits from bands like Deep Purple, Metallica, Black Sabbath, Iron Butterfly, Pantera, Alice Cooper, Venom, Testament, Rush and Megadeth; the project will be packaged in a box resembling a Marshall guitar amp.

The liner notes will include extensive photos, track commentary and interviews with Ronnie James Dio and Lita Ford.

Here is the track list for "The Heavy Metal Box": More...

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Saxon Postpone European Shows

SAXON frontman Biff Byford's wife will undergo a "serious operation" in September. As a result, the band's previously announced shows for September have been postponed until December. The group's schedule is now as follows:

Jul. 31 - GER Elmshorn / Horst Elbmarschenhalle
Aug. 02 - GER Wacken Wacken Open Air
Aug. 11 - GER Balve Rock am Schloß
Oct. 18 - RUS Moscow Apelsin Club
Oct. 21 - JPN Tokyo Loudpark Festival
Oct. 22 - JPN Osaka Loudpark Festival
Nov. 09 - UK Minehead Hard Rock Hell Festival
Dec. 09 - AUT Hohenems Eventcenter
Dec. 10 - AUT Salzburg Rockhouse
Dec. 12 - SWI Pratteln Z7
Dec. 14 - F Strasbourg La Laiterie
Dec. 15 - GER Düsseldorf Phillipshalle
Dec. 16 - GER Nürnberg Löwensaal
Dec. 17 - CZ Prag Retro Music Hall

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All That Remains Confirmed For Loud Park 2007

Massachusetts' ALL THAT REMAINS have officially been confirmed for Japan's Loud Park 2007 festival. Appearing on the prestigious festival's second day, ALL THAT REMAINS joins the bill alongside Heaven and Hell, Marilyn Manson, Blind Guardian, Saxon and As I Lay Dying among others. This marks the first time ALL THAT REMAINS will appear in Japan, while the band will hit Mexico for the first time as well in late July.

"We are heading to JAPAN!" frontman Phil Labonte says. "This year, the organizers of the Loud Park 2007 Festival have invited ATR to be a part of the fest. So later this fall, ATR is gonna head across the mighty pacific and deliver some live ATR insanity. We are excited more than I can tell you, we have some friends in Japan and hope to make even more. Get ready Japan, and get into it!"

Joe's Podhole recently posted an interview with Labonte from last summer's Ozzfest 2006, featuring hilarious clips from Labonte, Unearth's Slo and Strapping Young Lad's Devin Townsend, which is available for download or podcasting here.

Recently surpassing the 100,000 sales mark domestically, ALL THAT REMAINS recently announced the release of a live concert DVD in October. The DVD will feature live performances from the band’s recent show at Theater of the Living Arts in Philadelphia, as well as from their upcoming show in Baltimore at The Recher Theatre on July 12. ATR fans will also be treated to tons of bonus goodies on the new DVD, including behind the scenes footage, band and fan interviews, a live photo slideshow and all of the band’s videos.

In other ALL THAT REMAINS news, July will find the hard-working band filming a video for the third single from 'The Fall of Ideals,' “Not Alone”, in between tour dates. Director Soren will handle the shoot, having already produced videos for Unearth and Light This City. After a handful of domestic tour dates (including a special appearance on the Sounds of the Underground tour), the band heads to Mexico and then Europe through August, where they will pay several major festivals including the Wacken: Open Air Festival in Germany.

Fan pages on MySpace from across the world have started sprouting on the social networking site, including sites from Japan, Germany, http://www.myspace.com/atrmexicoMexico, and the United States.

Here are the latest ALL THAT REMAINS tour dates: More...

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Saxon Announce More European Tour Dates

British heavy metal veterans SAXON have lined up the following tour dates:

Jun. 02 - SWI Winterthur Spirit Of Rock Festival
Jun. 29 - GER Dischingen Rock am Härtsfeldsee
Aug. 02 - GER Wacken Wacken Open Air
Aug. 11 - GER Balve Rock am Schloß
Sep. 14 - GER Nürnberg Löwensaal
Sep. 15 - F Strasbourg La Laiterie
Sep. 16 - AUT Hohenems Eventcenter
Sep. 18 - AUT Salzburg Rockhouse
Sep. 19 - CZ Praha Retro Music Hall
Sep. 20 - HUN Budapest Petofi Hall
Sep. 21 - SER Beograd SKC
Sep. 22 - CRO Zagreb Boogaloo Club

SAXON frontman Biff Byford recently uploaded a new video podcast from a hotel room in Glasgow (also featuring a live snippet from Gothenburg, Sweden). Download the video file at this location (43 MB).

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Saxon Post New Video Podcast Online

British heavy metal legends SAXON have posted their latest video podcast at this location. According to the podcast description, the footage includes SAXON frontman Biff Byford filming the audience from stage while performing "Princess of the Night" in Thessaloniki, Greece.

SAXON has just released its "anti-gun-crime" single, "If I Was You", in the U.K. via SPV Records. All proceeds from the single will be split equally between The Non Violence Foundation and the Gun Control Network.

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Watch Saxon's 'If I Was You' Video Online

SAXON's video for the song "If I Was You" has been posted at YouTube. The track comes off the British heavy metal legends' latest album, "The Inner Sanctum", which was released in early March. More...

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Saxon Comments On Channel 4 Documentary

British heavy metal legends SAXON are taking part in a documentary series that U.K.'s Channel 4 will air in April. The idea for the series is for renowned promoter Harvey Goldsmith to return six acts to "big-time showbiz." His task with SAXON is to get the band a hit single in Britain.

Commented the band in a posting on their web site: "We saw the Channel 4 program. It's not too bad. At the beginning they put us down a lot, making the festival we are playing a bit small, but the billing was great — SODOM, WITHIN TEMPTATION, SAXON, KREATOR, MEGADETH, BLIND GUARDIAN and many more. Maybe Harvey and the Channel 4 lot have never heard of these bands. The film ends up as a success.

"Although they filmed the band for six months, there is very little of this in the film. The central character is obviously Harvey Goldsmith, and they must be investing a lot of money into their new boy. We feel that Kim, the director, and Claudine, who filmed most of the show, were making a great effort to capture the character of the band but we think they got too close to us and got pulled out on the editing. But actually Harvey's motives are to make the band sucessful in Britain, so although the band are taken down before being brought back up by Harvey, this is the central theme of the program, which is acceptable. Although the facts are being presented in a simplistic and manipulated way, we feel from being involved with Harvey we have done tons more promotion in Britain and we would like to thank all the people who also helped who are not on the film."

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Saxon Reschedule Cancelled Tour Dates

British heavy metal legends SAXON have announced the rescheduled U.K./Irish tour dates. As reported yesterday, SAXON was forced to postpone its previously announced British and Irish trek because singer Biff Byford was suffering from "a throat infection and bad case of flu," according to a statement posted on the band's official web site. The new dates are as follows:

May 14 - UK - Manchester Academy 2
May 15 - UK - London Astoria
May 16 - UK - Nottingham Rock City
May 17 - IRL - Dublin Temple Bar Music Centre
May 19 - SCO - Glasgow Garage
May 20 - UK - Wolverhampton Civic Hall
May 21 - UK - Cardiff Coal Exchange
May 23 - UK - Belfast Spring And Airbrake

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Saxon Release Details And Samples Of New Album

Saxon's forthcoming release, The Inner Sanctum, will hit Europe on March 5th (Germany on March 2nd) and North America on April 3rd via SPV Records. The album is to be released in a digipack edition with a bonus DVD and in a standard jewel-case edition with a bonus track. Pre-release audio samples of each track can be heard at this location, and the cover art can be viewed here.

Saxon vocalist Biff Byford comments of the new album "The Inner Sanctum is a typical Saxon recording that kicks off with real heavy metal, followed by a couple of rock’n’roll numbers, returning to metal towards the end". Byford feels the album is on par with the bands' classics, stating "I’d say the album is in the style of Metalhead and Lionheart with a little bit of Solid Ball Of Rock; a number of tracks have an Eighties feel, but at the same time the production is very modern."

The tracklisting for The Inner Sanctum is as follows:

01. State Of Grace
02. Need For Speed
03. Let Me Feel Your Power
04. Red Star Falling
05. I've Got To Rock (To Stay Alive)
06. If I Was You
07. Going Nowhere Fast
08. Ashes To Ashes
09. Empire Rising
10. Atila The Hun

Bonus DVD:

01. To Hell And Black Again
02. A Night Out With The Boys - The Idea
03. A Night Out With The Boys - Not Really
04. See The Light Shining
05. A Night Out The Boys - Now It Started
06. Redline
07. Suzie Hold On
08. Stand Up And Be Counted
09. Frozen Rainbow
10. Never Surrender

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