SAXON - Sacrifice World Tour To Hit The UK In April; Dates Announced

October 30, 2012, 6 years ago

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Never tired of the road, SAXON announce the UK leg of their Sacrifice World Tour, in support of the upcoming album of the same name. The band will play nine dates in April 2013 and they can’t wait to share their new material on stage.

Throughout the years, Saxon have been touring relentlessly and earning an excellent reputation for the quality and energy of their performances. This is documented in their Heavy Metal Thunder – The Movie, which is released on December 7th. As UK fans await Sacrifice with the same anticipation reserved for Saxon’s previous work, they know the spring shows will be - as always - a treat not to be missed.

Biff Byford says: “People have been asking me if this is going to be our last album and tour - we don’t know yet we’ll see how it goes.”

Tour dates:

April

18 - Leamington Spa, UK - Assembly
19 - Nottingham, UK - Rock City
20 - Newcastle, UK - Academy
21 - Glasgow, UK - ABC
23 - Manchester, UK - Ritz
24 - Leeds, UK - Academy
26 - Wolverhampton, UK - Wulfrun Hall
27 - London, UK - Shepherd's Bush Empire
28 - Bristol, UK - Academy

Tickets for all venues are priced at £18.50 except for London, where they are £20.00 (all subject to booking fee). Tickets available at Kililive.com Tel: 0844 871 8803 and usual outlets. Doors for all venues open at 7 PM.

The silver eagle has finally landed for audiences worldwide! After enjoying a limited “Fan Club Only” UK release, Heavy Metal Thunder – The Movie, SAXON's wonderfully unfiltered and intimate account of their ascent to the upper echalons of heavy metal, will finally enjoy an international release this December.

The double-disc set features the soon-to-be-celebrated story of Saxon, while the second disc is packed with bonus features including a full-length performance (on St. George’s Day) from April 23rd, 2008. Rivetingly honest, and including the frank memories of every musician who has played in the band, Heavy Metal Thunder – The Movie pieces together the earliest incarnations of Saxon, from frontman Biff Byford’s teenage years in the coalmines of Yorkshire and SON OF A BITH (the first incarnation of Saxon) all the way through to top 10 hits and world tours.

“Our music was more sort of machinery banging together, wheels turning, machines making noise,” says Biff of those early, industrial days, “It’s what Heavy Metal is all about. Heavy Metal is all about hard, big sounds bashing your skull in. I used to work in factories where big machinery made lot of noise and I used to sing along to the noises they made.”

It is a documentary which looks for all the world as though it’s a superbly crafted script, as much a tale of pure, honest, working class triumph as just another Rock n’ Roll story. Heavy Metal Thunder – The Movie shows every facet of Saxon on their journey without once diluting the true characters who make up the band.

“We basically played every dump and shithole that there is in England over a period, probably just short of eight years,” laughs Biff. “You know classic cliché of transit van, up and down and we used to play more or less every night. One gig might be a good paying gig and the other one might be no money or ten quid but it was an obsession, you had to play every day.”

These wonderfully naïve young men sought nothing more than a great gig, a good time and maybe a nice girl, before suddenly finding themselves on tour in the US, exposed to the sorts of things which (quite frankly) Barnsley simply didn’t offer in 1980. And from that point, Heavy Metal Thunder – The Movie, takes the viewer on a journey on a Rock n’ Roller of a journey encompassing it all from triumphs to tears to tea-bags and beyond.

Nothing is forsaken and nothing skipped. Despite the fact that to this day there remain problems between the Byford/Quinn and Oliver/Dawson parties, everyone tells the full unedited Saxon story with heartfelt honesty and integrity.

“We do have a great legacy,” says Byford, “whether you joined the band in 1994 or (as) an original member. There’s a legacy there and I’ve tried hard to not let people demean it and to spoil it and you have to look after that thing that is Saxon.”

Heavy Metal Thunder – The Movie will entertain, engage and charm fans and non-fans alike. That’s a truth as honest as the film itself…

Heavy Metal Thunder - The Movie will be available on DVD Digipack (2 Discs) and Blu-ray. Further details to follow.

Saxon recently issued an update on their forthcoming new album, as well as announcing a string of Christmas shows.

A message from the band states: "Saxon has never been a lazy band and especially this year we have been extremely busy! After we played several festivals all across Europe and some great gigs together with JUDAS PRIEST and the very first Hamburg Metal Days - we have almost finished the new album. The mix is done and the mastering is almost finished. We have guys who are right now putting the last details together and working bits and pieces out for the artwork. Watch out for further news releases like album cover, track list, some more behind the scenes info etc.

Since most of album production work is done, the band can’t keep their feet still and have decided to play a very short Christmas run of 3 dates:

December

7 - Bern, Switzerland - Metal Christmas Festival
8 - Haarlem, Netherlands - Patronaat
9 - Roermund, Netherlands - ECI

"We are looking forward to sharing the stage in Switzerland with our mates from MOTÖRHEAD and EDGUY and on the two Dutch shows we will be accompanied by CRIMES OF PASSION. Everybody that comes to our two headliner shows will get little Christmas surprise and we will spoil you with at least one new song from the new album which we will perform live!

After that, the promotion machine starts; pre-listening sessions for journalists, interviews and, and, and…

So keep your eyes open because soon you will see the media full of new Saxon stuff!"

Saxon's follow-up to 2011's Call To Arms, is expected to be released in February 2013. Check out three studio podcasts below:



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