Saxon Announces 40th Anniversary Shows With Girlschool And Other Special Guests

1979 was a monumentous year for British Hard Rock with the birth of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal and the subsequent rise of future giants of the genre. After 40 years and 22 studio album releases SAXON remain as one of those giants of British Heavy Metal and to prove the fact the band are back in 2019 to play 3 iconic shows in iconic venues.

For the first time since the 1980’s Saxon return to headlining London’s legendary Hammersmith “Odeon” and Manchester Apollo, together with their largest Scottish show to date at Glasgow’s Braehead Arena in October 2019, with a mega show featuring staples of Saxon shows past, the castle set in its enormity together with the classic Eagle Lighting rig!

In addition to the announcement of these shows, the band will release another chapter in the classic “The Eagle Has Landed Live” series of albums with The Eagle Has Landed 4 out on general release on August 2nd 2019 via Silver Lining Music. Renamed “The Eagle Has Landed 40” to commemorate the anniversary, the album will be a double CD set (available on other formats including a special box set) containing 40 songs spanning the bands career.

The Tour Dates are as follows:

Friday October 18th – Glasgow, Braehead Arena
Saturday October 19th – London, Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith
Sunday October 20th – Manchester, o2 Apollo

To add to an already exciting spectacle, very special guest acts have been included on all shows to make these events no hard rock fan can bear to miss.

For London and Manchester, a four band bill will include Swiss legends KROKUS who will play their first and only shows in the UK for many years together with friends and NWOBHM icons GIRLSCHOOL & DIAMOND HEAD. Krokus have decided to retire after this year, so these will also be the band’s last ever shows in the UK.

Glasgow will feature special guests BLACK STAR RIDERS, fresh after the release of pending album No 4, together with Girlschool opening the show.

Biff Byford: “We are very happy to be celebrating 40 years of Saxon by playing these great venues – to be back at Hammersmith and Manchester Apollo is fantastic and to see all our Scottish friends at Braehead Arena just tops it off! The show will be the biggest and best since the classic era of the band and the set list will be …. Well let’s say we’ll start with ‘Wheels Of Steel’ – straight into ‘Strong Arm Of The Law’ into ‘Denim & Leather’ … that good enough for you?”

Krokus’ Chris Von Rohr adds “We all have very good memories about the British fans – and Saxon – long stick will go boom! Together we gonna set the damn roof on fire!”

Ricky Warwick from Black Star Riders comments: “We are absolutely delighted to be special guests to our good friends Saxon at their Braehead Arena show. Glasgow is very dear to us and I personally … have a huge history with the City! Can’t wait to see you all. This will be epic!”

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Y&T Pulls Out Of Saxon European Tour, Replaced By FM

American hard rockers Y&T has announced that they have been forced to withdraw from the upcoming Saxon European tour due to vocalist/guitarist Dave Meniketti’s back injury, as he is adhering to his doctor’s advice and giving himself the necessary time to heal and recover. Their place will be taken by British rock veterans FM, while heavy metal heroes Raven will also be on board.

Says Dave: “It is with great disappointment that I announce Y&T’s decision to withdraw from Saxon’s upcoming fall Europe/UK tour. As many of you already know, I severely injured my back in July and have been under the care of a sports doctor/back specialist ever since. After I received two rounds of cortisone injections to reduce the inflammation, we all had high hopes I’d get “back on the field” in time for this tour. But as many people know, recovering from this kind of back injury takes time.

“Given the advice of my doctor and the urging of everyone around me, really, the only course of action for my long-term health is to stay home and properly complete my recovery. This decision has weighed heavily on me – and believe me, I’d much rather be on tour playing for all of you – but getting on an 11-hour flight and sitting for five weeks on drives of up to 10+ hours every day in a van traveling 11,000 miles/18,000 km would be a reckless approach at this stage of my recovery. I can’t risk another setback like I experienced last month when I played a show against my doctor’s advice.

“I apologize to the fans and to our buddies in Saxon for any inconveniences and disappointments that this has caused. We’re big fans of Saxon and consider them to be one of the best live straight-ahead rock bands out there, so we’re all disappointed to miss what surely would’ve been a great time on tour with them.

“For my part, and for Y&T going forward, I’m on the mend and can’t wait to get back up on stage later this year. To our amazing fans in Europe and the UK, again, my apologies. We’ll be back in 2019.”

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Saxon To Release Tour Edition Of Latest Album, “Thunderbolt”

Since 1979, Saxon have shown their ability to take rock ‘n’ roll and give it an electrifying edge which has since cemented their status as pioneers of the British heavy metal wave. With over twenty studio albums under their belt, Saxon has made their steadfast dedication to creating a dynamic body of work a staple of their career.

With no signs of letting up, on September 7th Saxon will release a Special Tour Edition of their latest album “Thunderbolt.”

The Special Tour Edition features live recordings of “Thunderbolt” and “Nosferatu (The Vampire’s Waltz)” recorded in Frankfurt and Los Angeles on the 2018 Thunderbolt World Tour. The CD format also contains a 10” x 10” poster with photos of the band while on tour.

Tracklisting:

1. Olympus Rising
2. Thunderbolt
3. The Secret of Flight
4. Nosferatu (The Vampire’s Waltz)
5. They Played Rock and Roll
6. Predator
7. Sons of Odin
8. Sniper
9. A Wizard’s Tale
10. Speed Merchants
11. Roadie’s Song
12. Nosferatu (Raw Version)
13. Thunderbolt – Live in Frankfurt 02.03.18
14. Nosferatu (The Vampire’s Waltz) – Live in Los Angeles 22.04.18

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Saxon Posts New Video, “They Played Rock And Roll” Online

British heavy metal legends Saxon has posted a new video online for the song, “They Played Rock And Roll.” You can check it out below. The song and video is a tribute to Motorhead and the tour they embarked on together in 1979/80, something particularly poignant given the recent passing of former Motorhead guitarist “Fast” Eddie Clarke. It is also the second single from their forthcoming new album, “Thunderbolt,” which will be released on February 2nd through Militia Guard.

“The song tells the story of Saxon’s very first tour in 1979 with Motörhead. I want people to get a flavour of what it was like in the UK in 79/80 for Saxon and Motörhead at the start of the 80s musical revolution” says frontman Biff Byford.

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Saxon Debut Title Track Of Upcoming New Album “Thunderbolt”

NWBHM legends Saxon will release their new 22nd studio album, “Thunderbolt”, on February 2 via Militia Guard (Silver Lining Music). The new outing was once again helmed by producer Andy Sneap, who has previously worked with Judas Priest, Megadeth among others. The album will feature original artwork by longtime Saxon collaborator Paul Raymond Gregory.

An official video for the title track can be seen below:

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Armored Saint announce additional shows with Saxon

– July 2nd, 2015 –

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Los Angeles, California’s ARMORED SAINT will join back up with the legendary Saxon for some additional shows in the US this fall to continue touring in support of their highly acclaimed seventh studio album Win Hands Down. The disc is all things ARMORED, a vintage crush of classic power propelled by a cathartic blast of life in the year 2015.

The group will also only be performing one, very special headlining date in the US 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. Either see below or head over to facebook.com/thearmoredsaint for all tour dates and additional information.

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!!!

Watch the group’s latest music video for “Win Hands Down” and order your copy of the album at metalblade.com/armoredsaint. Also, the brand new official webstore is online now. Visit indiemerch.com/armoredsaint for exclusive t-shirts and merch. More items are coming soon!

ARMORED SAINT is front man John Bush and bassist Joey Vera, guitarist Phil Sandoval and his brother, drummer Gonzo Sandoval and guitarist Jeff Duncan – five masters of metal that combine to forge one of the genre’s most criminally-unsung forces. Win Hands Down debuted at #71 on the Billboard Top 200 current albums chart during its week of release. The album also reached #33 on the German Top 100 albums charts, and #32 on the Canadian Hard Music Charts.

ARMORED SAINT
Tour w/ Saxon
07/11 Las Vegas, NV Count’s Vamp’d
Supporting SAXON
08/20 San Diego, CA Brick By Brick
09/10 Atlanta, GA Centerstage
09/12 Stafford, CT Palace Theater
09/13 Portland, ME Asylum
09/15 Washington, DC Howard
09/16 Westland, MI Token Lounge
09/17 Pittsburgh, PA Altar Bar
09/18 Cleveland, OH Agora Ballroom
09/20 St Charles, IL Arcada Theater

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Armored Saint to release new album this summer

– March 4th, 2015 –

Tour with Saxon begins May 12!

The iconic ARMORED SAINT has returned with one of their heaviest records of their illustrious career. The crushing, epic new full-length release, Win Hands Down, shows the band have only grown stronger and tighter with age, making for a dynamic and enthralling metal masterpiece. Look for the new album out June 2nd and more details (album art, track-listing, new music video, etc) will be announced over the coming weeks.

ARMORED SAINT are also proud to be joining the legendary Saxon for a few select, high profile shows across the country from May 12th through May 30th. Head over to facebook.com/thearmoredsaint for all tour dates and additional information.

John Bush (vocals) states: “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 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.

Vera further comments: “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! To get our whistle’s wet, we’re super excited about doing some warm up gigs before the record release with the legendary Saxon this May! We’re doing a total of six shows between the East Coast, Texas, West Coast and we couldn’t think of a better way to start off the summer! See you all soon.

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Tour with Saxon
05/12 New York, NY BB Kings
05/13 Worcester, MA The Palladium
05/23 San Antonio, TX 210 Kapone’s Live
05/24 Dallas, TX Gas Monkey Live
05/29 San Jose, CA Rockbar
05/30 Los Angeles, CA House of Blues

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Saxon Re-Releasing “Heavy Metal Thunder” And “The Saxon Chronicles”

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.

Heavy Metal Thunder – Bloodstock Edition
CD I Tracklist:
01. Heavy Metal Thunder
02. Strong Arm of the Law
03. Power & the Glory
04. And the Bands played on
05. Crusader
06. Dallas 1PM
07. Princess of the Night
08. Wheels of Steel
09. 747 (Strangers in the Night)
10. Motorcycle Man
11. Never Surrender
12. Denim & Leather
13. Backs to the Wall

Bonus CD II Live at Bloodstock 2014:
01. Sacrifice
02. Power and the Glory
03. Heavy Metal Thunder
04. Battalions of Steel
05. Motorcycle Man
06. And the Bands Played On
07. To Hell and Back Again
08. 747 (Strangers in the Night)
09. Crusader
10. Wheels of Steel
11. Princess of the Night
12. Denim and Leather

The Saxon Chronicles + Rock’n’Roll Gypsies 1989 Live
DVD I Wacken Open Air Festival, Germany 2001 Tracklist:
01. Motorcycle Man
02. Dogs Of War
03. Heavy Metal Thunder
04. Cut Out The Disease
05. Solid Ball Of Rock
06. Metalhead
07. The Eagle Has Landed
08. Conquistador (Drum Solo)
09. Crusader
10. Power And The Glory
11. Princess Of The Night
12. Wheels Of Steel (Guitar Solo)
13. Strong Arm Of The Law
14. 20,000 Ft.
15. Denim And Leather
Bonus Stuff : Interview with Biff Byford

DVD II Tracklist:
Video: Saxon on Tour
Saxon Official Videos
01. Suzie Hold On
02. Power And The Glory
03. Nightmare
04. Back On The Streets Again
05. Rockin’ Again
06. (Requiem) We Will Remember
07. Unleash The Beast + Behind The Scenes
08. Killing Ground
Saxon on TV – Interviews, History, TV-Appearances:
01. And the Band Played On
02. Back on the Streets
03. Never Surrender
04. Denim And Leather
05. Wheels of Steel
Bonus Stuff: Text/Photo Gallery

Bonus: Rock’n’Roll Gypsies 1989 Live Audio CD Tracklist:
1. Power And Glory
2. And The Bands Played On
3. Rock The Nation
4. Dallas 1PM
5. Broken Heroes
6. Battle Cry
7. Rock ‘N Roll Gypsies
8. Northern Lady
9. I Can’t Wait Anymore
10. This Town Rocks
11. The Eagle Has Landed
12. Just Let Me Rock

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Saxon’s Nigel Glocker Posts Video Message To Fans From Hospital

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!

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Saxon’s Nigel Glocker Posts Video Message To Fans From Hospital

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!

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