"some music was meant to stay underground..."


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 Announces New Album Release Dates

After postponing the release of the new album "Call to Arms," Saxon has now announced updated release dates. "Call To Arms" will drop on the following dates:

June 3rd: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, The Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Norway

June 6th: UK, Finland, Denmark

June 8th: Greece, Poland

June 10th: France

The U.K. pre-order for the album is available here, or you can check out Saxon's latest video road report at this location.

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Saxon Checks In With Video Update

Saxon, which recently postponed the release of the new "Call to Arms" album, has now checked in from the road with a brief tour podcast. You can check out the video clip in the player below.

An earlier U.K. road report from Saxon can also be found by heading over to this location.

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Saxon Postpones "Call To Arms" Release

Saxon has checked in with the following update about postponing the release of "Call To Arms," the band's new album:

"Hi, hope all is well. We have some good news and some bad news. Bad news first: The album will be delayed for two weeks. Good news is: The official release is June the 3rd in Germany, Austria and Switzerland via Soulfood. The rest of Europe the following week. It may be the 3rd of June in the UK. I will let you know as soon as I know.

"More good news: On the first edition digipack there will be a bonus disc from Saxon's historic performance of the 1980 Castle Donington show. Re-mixed and re-mastered following the discovery of the lost multitrack tape.

"Call To Arms will also be available as jewel case CD, LP and as limited edition picture LP (vinyl). The album should be on the web shops in the next few days. Keep the faith."

Saxon's latest road report is also available for viewing by navigating over to this location.

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2011 Metalfest Open Air Trailer Posted

A new video trailer has been posted online to promote the forthcoming 2011 editions of the Metalfest Open Air events in Austria and Germany. Metalfest 2011 will take place between May 27th to 29th. You can view the trailer below.

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Saxon Checks In With Road Report

Saxon vocalist Biff Byford has issued the following statement about the band's recent U.K. tour dates:

"Hi hope you are all well. The U.K. leg of tour is over and we would like to thank everybody for making it our most successful tour for quite some time the charity meet and greet raised over 2000 puonds so well done to all who got to meet the band. We are talking about putting in some more U.K. dates after summer so keep your eyes on web site we are also working on America and south America so should have some news soon.

"The new album will be available on websites and in stores soon so my advice is to wait a bit longer there may be a ltd edition version or something special we will know soon.

"Keep the faith."

You can also check out Saxon's latest video update by heading over to this location.

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Saxon Checks In From The Road

Saxon has posted a new video update from the band's "Call to Arms" tour, which can be viewed below. The group also commented:

"Biff posted a new blog and confirmed two dates in Japan. We are playing two nights the Club Citta (5th and 6th of August). First night we are playing the entire 'Denim & Leather' album and on the second night classics and new songs."

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Saxon Announces More Festival Appearances

After announcing the band will be heading to Slovakia's Topfest on July 1st, 2011, Saxon has now also confirmed two more festivals during the summer. The details are as follows:

Friday 8th Sofia - Sofia Rocks Open Air

Friday 12th Poland - Dolina Charlotty

You can also find a complete list of upcoming Saxon tour dates at this location.

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Saxon To Headline Topfest

Saxon has announced it will be headlining the Topfest in Slovkia on July 1st, 2011. Additional details on the festival are available at this location. You can also check out Saxon's latest road report here, or watch behind the scenes footage of the band recording a music video for "Hammer of the Gods" in the clip below.

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Saxon Checks In From The Road

Saxon has checked in from Greece with the following road report:

"News from the road: played the first gig of the world tour last night in Thessaloniki. Fantastic audience! The first audience in Thessaloniki set the bench mark for the craziest audience so come on it is up to you guys.

"A bit of further news: Coolhead Productions are giving us 200 Heavy Metal Thunder - The Movie DVD's which are the last few left from the limited edition series. 5 signed copies will be on the T-Shirt store in the way out every night across Europe for 30.- £ and 35.- €.

"We just writing the blog while we are waiting to get to the gig in Athens. Keep the faith!"

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Saxon Comments On Upcoming Shows

Saxon has issued the following statement about changing venues for upcoming shows and inviting fans to come to sound checks:

"Hi, hope you are all well. I would like to do something for charity on the upcoming tour. We are going to invite approx. 20 people a day to watch the sound check and meet the band after. The idea would be to turn up at the back stage door at 4pm. You must pay 10 pound/15euros in cash into the charity box. The first twenty people to confirm they want to do this to the address below: leo@saxon747.com will have a place reserved at a venue of their choice. All proceeds will go to Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy and Childline and the money will be handed over in London on the 23rd April for the UK leg and the last day of the tour for Europe. I think this is a first and I would like to make it happen.

"P.S.: We cannot do this at festivals and Leamington Spa because this is our first show. Because so many of you are already registered for the newsletter lots of places are already gone. BUT It is not too late to register and sign up for the newsletter and we promise you that more things like this are coming.

"People had this info already for three days and a lot of places are already gone and if you want to get the advantage for newsletter in future: Sign up!

"Further we would like to say that we are very sorry that the very beautiful venue Elysee Montmartre got damaged by a fire. We will definitely play the date in Paris. The gig has been moved now to the Bataclan where we're gonna rock in Paris. One more thing is that the venue in Milan (The Limelight) is closed. We are playing the Alcatraz instead."

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Saxon Posts Footage From Video Shoot

Saxon has posted a podcast online from the band's time shooting a music video for the new single "Hammer of the Gods." You can check out the clip below.

"Hammer of the Gods" is the first single off the band's upcoming album "Call to Arms." The cover artwork and track listing for the album are both available at this location.

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Saxon Streaming New Single "Hammer Of The Gods"

Saxon has announced the new album "Call To Arms" will be released on May 23rd, 2011. The band has now issued the following announcement about streaming the first single "Hammer of the Gods" online through the Saxon MySpace page:

"Gods of war, Stand in fear, Strike you down. With the hammer of the Gods. Now is the time for Hammer Of The Gods - the debut single from Call To Arms is available online at this location exclusively for everyone to hear.

"Feel the power of the steel-coated riff, in all it's forged metallic, shake-your-body, fist-pumping, air-guitar glory. Militia Guard Music and UDR are combining their efforts to get Saxon's music heard around the World - and you heard it here first."

The cover artwork and track listing for "Call To Arms" are also available here.

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Saxon Reveals New Album Artwork

British heavy metal legends Saxon have revealed the front cover artwork for their forthcoming new studio album, "Call To Arms." You can check it out below. The artwork is a variation of the famous World War I poster featuring British Field Marshal, Lord Horatio Herbert Kitchener, which originally had the slogan, "YOUR COUNTRY NEEDS YOU," though some posters simply said, "WANTS YOU" beneath Kitchener's portrait.

The album is scheduled to be released on May 23rd through Militia Guard Music, UDR and EMI and features the following track listing:

Hammer Of The Gods
Back In 79
Surviving Against The Odds
Mists Of Avalon
Call To Arms
Chasing The Bullet
When Doomsday Comes (Hybrid Theory)
No Rest For The Wicked
Ballad Of The Working Man
Call To Arms (Orchestral version) More...

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Saxon Songs To Appear In Upcoming Movie

Saxon has penned two tracks for the forthcoming British film "Hybrid Theory," starring Noel Clarke (Kidulthood), Martin McCann (Killing Bono), Martin Compston (Disappearance of Alice Creed),C raig Conway (Descent, Dog Soldiers, Doomsday) and directed by James Erskin (One Night in Turin). Shooting will begin in June this year.

The tracks feature on Saxon’s new album "Call to Arms" and have been written specially for the film. "Hybrid Theory" follows a group of British soldiers who find themselves in a life or death battle with an enemy beyond their wildest nightmares in this Sci-Fi/Horror with a twist.

"Hybrid Theory" producer Lionel Hicks sums up the collaboration: "It’s great to have a band like Saxon involved in the soundtrack to this film. These new songs really capture the mood of the film, and everyone working on it is thrilled."

A teaser trailer for ‘Hybrid Theory’ will be available to view online at this location in the next few weeks. Saxon also recently announced Spanish shows with Judas Priest. Details are available here.

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Saxon Announces Spanish Shows With Judas Priest

Saxon has issued the following announcement about performing several Spanish shows alongside Judas Priest and Motorhead:

"Hi fans, Saxon is pleased to announce that they will be appearing alongside the legendary Judas Priest and Motorhead for 4 shows in Spain – the dates are:

29.07.2011 ES A CORUNA - Coliseum
30.07.2011 ES MADRID - La Cubierta
31.07.2011 ES BILBAO - Bizkaia Arena
01.08.2011 ES BARCELONA - Olimpic Badalona

"Please see this location for more details. Unfortunately that means that Saxon will be forced to postpone the three shows planned for May (07.05. Bilbao, 08.05. Barcelona & 10.05. Madrid) until November of this year and that we move the gig in Uden (Netherlands) to the beginning of May. Tour section will be updated soon. The band apologizes for any inconveniences and is looking forward to meeting up with everyone on the road."

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Saxon Seeking Fan Input On Supporting Act

Saxon has issued the following announcement about seeking fans to vote on who should support the band for upcoming tour dates:

"Hey guys, we will have Crimes Of Passion and Vanderbuyst as support bands on our European Continental tour and after discussing forward and backwards about who should be the main support slot we came to the point where we wanted to let the decision made by you.

"You will have the chance to for each city. And every one of you who votes will of course get not only the chance to put his favourite band on the main support slot, they will also have the chance to win lots of prices. Both bands will supply cool packages and gimmicks."

You can vote on the main supporting act for Saxon by navigating to this location.

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Saxon Announces Bangkok Show

Saxon has issued the following announcement about performing in Bangkok with Slash:

"Date in Bangkok announced! Saxon will play on the 10th of March a show in Bangkok with their friend of many years Slash and support him at the Impact Exhibition Hall 2. Get you tickets at this location."

In other recent Saxon news, the group canceled a string of Australian dates, and also announced "Call To Arms" will be the title of the band's upcoming album.

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Saxon Cancels Australian Shows

Saxon has issued the following announcement about canceling the band's scheduled Australian shows:

"Dear fans, we are unfortunately forced to cancel our Australia trip due scheduling problems with the new album recordings.

"We apologize for canceling but due to the bad weather conditions we had in the UK during the recording sessions we have suffered various delays and we can't just drop the production and leave - we have producers booked and mix engineers waiting to finish the album, which is titled 'Call To Arms.'

"We have looked at this from all sides, but too many people are involved so we have made the choice to finish the album and we apologize again. We hope you can understand that we have not made this decision lightly."

You can also check out a podcast of Saxon in the studio at this location.

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Saxon Reveals New Album Title

British heavy metal legends Saxon have announced that they will be naming their forthcoming new studio album, "Call To Arms."

Although no further details have been revealed about the record, the band is currently recording the album in Brighton, England and has confirmed that Deep Purple keyboard player Don Airey will be making a special guest appearance.

Saxon also recently posted a video update from the recording studio, which can be found here.

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Saxon Posts Recording Studio Podcast

Saxon recently sent out a call for fans to come to the studio and record directly with the band. Saxon has now posted a podcast from the recording studio, which can be viewed below, and also commented:

"Podcast - In The Studio. Watch the podcast Biff did in the studio after Saxon recorded the choir for 'Back in '79' with all the fans and friends."

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