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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.
Saxon, which is in the process of working on a new album, has checked in with the following announcement about canceling the band's previously announced Metal Open Air appearance:
"Saxon is sad to announce that they have to cancel the performance at Metal Open Air in Sao Luis Brazil due to a serious breach of contract by the promoters. Having waited since march the 15th for the fee to arrive as of Friday 2pm no money has arrived.
"No explanation has been given and Saxon feel being treated with little respect. We left in the situation today and the band with their bags packed and ready to leave but it is impossible to travel all the way with at least some of the fee!
"We are really sorry for all our fans there but we are sure that you all can understand that people have to working in a professional way and fulfil their contractual obligations! We are trying to come back to Brazil next year on our world tour and do a special show for the people in that area."
Saxon has checked in with the following announcement about gearing up to record a new album, which is expected to be released early next year:
"Hi everybody! We are very busy these days with the new album and we have already a few ideas together. I am writing melodies and lyrics and arranging them into songs. We will give the rest of the band a break for hols. After that we have a full session in April before heading to the mighty sugar loaf and rock Sao Luis! We are really looking forward to coming back to celebrate an awesome party with our South American fans! Needless to say that the Rock In Den Ruinen Festival in Germany is also going to be great!
"And don't forget: Our new DVD will hit the stores in April! We are very proud of this product as it reflex Saxon at its best: Big productions, great performances and a fabulous audience!!! We will keep you updated where you can get the special limited fan edition! More...
Saxon has posted another podcast online discussing the band's new live DVD. You can check out the clip below, and Saxon also commented:
"As promised here is the second podcast from Saxon regarding the new Live DVD 'Heavy Metal Thunder Live - Eagles Over Wacken Podcast No.2' This time Nigel Glockler, Paul Quinn and Doug Scarratt speak about the experiences they made during the past Wacken Open Air's in 2004, 2007, 2009. Have Fun!
"As promised here are the first track lists. Today with the Best of W:O:A 2009, 2007 and 2004 and with the special audio recordings from the Glasgow show on the 14th of April. Both included in the DVD+CD Digipack Version of 'Heavy Metal Thunder Live - Eagles Over Wacken.'"
The track listing is as follows: More...
Legendary U.K. metal band Saxon announced that the band will perform at this year's Download Festival in Donnington this year, which runs from June 8-10, 2012. The band will play the main stage on Saturday, June 9, 2012 with Metallica and Tenacious D.
Saxon's announcement reads as follows:
"Back in Donington! We are more than happy to announce that Saxon will perform on the mighty Download festival in UK!
"After the superior performances in 2008 & 2010 and the legendary gig in 1980 (which was recorded and released as a bonus disc on the latest Saxon album 'Call To Arms') and the storming gig in 1982, Saxon will rock the main stage together with bands like Metallica, Tenacious D, Steel Panther and and and...
"This will be the 5th Saxon appearance in Donington! Follow the call to arms and march to the holy grounds of Castle Donington to celebrate another powerful and great Saxon show!"
For the full lineup for Download, check out the tour poster here: More...
Saxon will be releasing the new DVD "Heavy Metal Thunder – Live – Eagles Over Wacken" on April 20th in Europe, April 23rd in the UK, and May 22nd in North America. The band has also now checked in with the following announcement about upcoming festival appearances and broadcasting a live show online:
"We are happy to announce that Saxon is confirmed for the Getaway Rock Festival in Gävle/Gasklockorna in Sweden on weekend of 5th/6th/7th July.
"We will keep you updated and recommend to check our tour section regularly as we have some nice surprises in future!
"Saxon performed the Denim & Leather album at the 2011 Sweden Rocks festival and now you can enjoy it too.
"Sveriges Radio P4 will be broadcasting the show on Saturday March 3rd between 8-9PM, after which it can be heard online for 30 days at this location."
Saxon has checked in with the following announcement about the release of a new live DVD:
"We are happy to announce that our new DVD production 'Heavy Metal Thunder – Live – Eagles Over Wacken' is now scheduled for release on April 20th in Europe, April 23rd in the UK and May 22nd in North America.
"This has been a long time in the making as it features live performances from the legendary Wacken Open Air festival in Germany dating back to 2004, 2007 and 2009. As they say at Wacken – Thanx for your support!" More...
British heavy metal veterans Saxon have announced that they will be beginning work on their next studio album next week, their first since 2011's, "Call To Arms," which saw top 20 success in both Germany and Sweden. A short update from drummer Nigel Glockler reads:
"Working on getting the home studio tidy and then off next week for writing sessions for the next Saxon album…busy busy busy!"
The band will be performing at several European festivals this Summer, with the following confirmed:
April 28 - Dortmund, Germany - Rock in den Ruinen
May 26 - London, UK - Hammersmith Apollo (opening for JUDAS PRIEST)
August 2-4 - Wacken, Germany - Wacken Open Air
Saxon has checked in with the following announcement about writing new material for an upcoming album:
"We hope you all had a marvelous Christmas and a fantastic New Years Eve. We had such a great year in 2011 and we would like to thank every single one of you who made this year one of our most successful years ever. Our world tour and album release was a blast, we enjoyed every minute of it.
"Also, our social network sites are going very well and we are happy to have made more than 40.000 friends on Facebook in just one year!!!
"Saxon at Markthalle Hamburg © Kai Swillus / EpigraphicsEveryone is already working behind the scenes and the band will be entering the studio at the end of January to begin writing the new album. This will be our main focus. We are looking at a release date of either autumn 2012 or early 2013.
"Of course we will also be playing at some festivals this year. We are happy to announce that we have confirmed 2 festivals in Germany: Rock In Den Ruinen and the mighty Wacken Open Air! There are more to come!
"We will keep you updated about our plans and working status and wish you all the best for the upcoming year."
Saxon's Biff Byford has checked in with the following statement from the final "Call to Arms" world tour live show:
"Did the last show of Call To Arms world tour on Tuesday. Last Night went to see Rock of Ages in London. Fantastic show. All of the cast were on top form – the singing was spot on.
"Hats off to them all, every night plus matinees is hard-core. Went backstage to meet the cast and got to meet up with Justin Lee Collins. I didn't know he could sing and dance so well.
"Anyway a good night was had and you should go and see the show - it puts you right back in the eighties and I should know - I was there!"
Saxon also recently posted a "Merry Christmas" video online to fans, which is available here.
Saxon has checked in with a video clip wishing fans a merry Christmas and happy new year. Check out the video below. The band has also recently posted a string of tour video blogs online. You can find the most recent clips from Krakow, Belfast, and Edinburgh at this location.
Saxon has posted several tour video podcasts online chronicling the band's time on the road. You can check out the video clips below for Krakow, Edinburgh, and Belfast. You can also check out the previously posted San Francisco clip by heading over to this location.
Saxon has posted a new tour podcast online, which can be viewed below. The band also commented:
"If you're going to San Francisco… be sure to go to the legendary Fillmore Auditorium. Biff Byford did exactly that earlier this week by joining Metallica onstage - singing 'Motorcycle Man' to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Metallica. Check out Biff's latest podcast to find out more…"
Saxon's Biff Byford has checked in with the following road report:
"Hi, I was at the classic rock music awards on the 9th of November giving the mighty Scorpions the metal guru award. It was a good night out! Gene Simmons was the host compare and did a great job.
"Biff Byford / Saxon @ Metalfest Germany 2011I was out drinking till 5.30 in the morning can't remember anything else.
"Congratulations to our agent Steve Strange to winning the agent of the year award. COME ON!!!! Tour is going great. Good to see Anvil and Crimes Of Passion again. Sat in Salzburg at the moment freezing. Vienna tomorrow I will do a video blog from there.
"Keep the faith."
You can also check out a recently posted Saxon video interview by navigating over to this location.
Saxon has issued the following announcement about Biff Byford appearing on VH1's "That Metal Show:"
"Mark your calenders for Saturday, December 10 at 11 p.m., and watch as Biff Byford joins Eddie Trunk on VH1 Classic's 'That Metal Show.'
"Living up to the programs motto of 'Distilling decades of your favorite hard rock and heavy metal into sixty minutes of mayhem,' Biff will be featured along with Megadeth guitarist Chris Broderick and Marilyn Manson, who has a confession to make about the influence Saxon made on him as a young man.
"AIR DATE: That Metal Show - Saturday, December 10 at 11 p.m., only on VH1 Classic"
Front Row has posted a new video interview online with Biff Byford of Saxon, which can be viewed below. The clip was shot at the Jaxx Nightclub in Springfield, VA on October 14th, 2011. You can also check out Saxon's recently posted Buenos Aires tour podcast by heading over to this location.
U.K. metal legends Saxon posted a new tour podcast video for the show in Buenos Aires at El Teatro Flores on October 25th, 2011 in support of "Call To Arms."
Check out the video here:
Saxon announced another round of U.K. live dates for December 2011 to round out the "Call To Arms World Tour." Sweden's HammerFall will provide support. The dates for the tour are as follows.
December 13 - Oxford, O2 Academy
December 14 - Leicester, O2 Academy
December 16 - Edinburgh, Picturehouse
December 17 - Belfast, Mandela Hall
December 18 - Sheffield, O2 Academy
December 20 - London, Koko
The Metal Voice has posted a video interview online with Saxon's Biff Byford, which was shot during the band's Canadian Call to Arms tour in October 2011. You can check out the clip below, or find Saxon's latest tour video blog by heading over to this location.
Saxon has posted another clip online in the video blog series from the band's current string of tour dates. You can check out the video blog from Saxon's Sao Paulo stop in the player below, or head over to this location to find the previously posted Santiago clip.
Saxon has checked in from the road with more tour footage, this time from Santiago, Chile. You can check out the clip below. Previously posted New York and Las Vegas clips are also still available online by heading over to this location.