Saxon To Celebrate 40th Anniversary With “The Eagle Has Landed 40 (Live)”

Saxon have announced that they will be celebrating their 40th Anniversary with the release of “The Eagle Has Landed 40 (Live).” The effort will be available on August 2 and it will feature 40 songs covering four decades. Fans will be able to purchase the set in the following formats: digital/streaming, triple-CD combo packed in a six-panel digipack with a 16-page booklet, 12-inch lid-off boxset featuring 5 x 12″ 180-gram vinyl, “The Eagle Has Landed 40 (Live)” tour pass, slipmat, and an exclusive 40-page book, and 747 Signature Edition Boxset (limited to 747 copies) featuring an exclusive 23-plectrum set with album artwork from all 22 of the band’s albums, a limited edition “The Eagle Has Landed 40 (Live)” plectrum, and an autographed print of Biff Byford’s original hand-written lyric sheet for “747 (Strangers In The Night).”

[via Blabbermouth]

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Saxon Announce 40th Anniversary “Castles & Eagles” UK Dates

Saxon will be celebrating their 40th anniversary with some special UK shows. Here’s the dates:

10/18 Glasgow, UK -Braehead Arena (with Black Star Riders and Girlschool)
10/19 London, UK – Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith (with Krokus, Girlschool, and Diamond Head)
10/20 Manchester, UK -O2 Apollo (with Krokus, Girlschool, and Diamond Head)

With this news, the group have also announced that they will be releasing “The Eagle Has Landed 40” on August 2. The effort will include 40 songs and it will be available as a double CD, a special box set, etc. Pre-orders can be found HERE. Biff Byford commented:

“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?”

Saxon To Celebrate 40th Anniversary With “Largest, Loudest, Brightest’ And ‘Most Explosive Show Ever”

Saxon are planning a special 40th anniversary tour that is promising to feature their “largest, loudest, brightest, most explosive show ever!.” The trek will include 60 tons of light and sound and 45,000 watts of power. Dates and cities will be announced soon.

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Saxon’s Nigel Glockler Had Half His Nose Bitten Off By A Dog

Saxon drummer Nigel Glockler apparently had half his nose bitten off by a dog and had to have it reattached. He said the following about that:

“I was at the pub last night, petting a dog when it decided it did not like my face and took off half my nose. I’ve had over 100 stitches inside and out of the nose and it’s been reattached. Gina says between this and the scar on my scalp I should change my name to FrankenNigel. The good news is no problems for the upcoming shows – see you soon!”

Saxon Announce February U.S. Dates

Saxon have announced some February U.S. shows. Here’s the dates:

02/13 Tulsa, OK – ID Ballroom
02/14 Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live
02/15 San Antonio, TX – The Vibes Event Center Showroom
02/16 Houston, TX – Scout Bar
02/17 Dallas, TX – Canton Hall
02/20 Nashville, TN – Exit/In
02/21 Atlanta, GA – Center Stage Theater
02/23 Tampa, FL – Brass Mug
02/24-28 – Monsters Of Rock Cruise

Saxon To Celebrate 40th Anniversary In 2019

It looks like Saxon are planning to celebrate their 40th anniversary in 2019. Biff Byford told Moshpit Passion the following:

“We are touring until December, I think, but we’ve got something planned next year for our 40th anniversary. So I’m looking forward to that. There should be some… maybe some festivals and maybe two or three special shows.”

He also added that he “can’t share” any more details about their plans because it’s “top secret.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Saxon Premiere New Video For “Predator” Feat. Amon Amarth’s Johan Hegg

Saxon have premiered a new video for their song “Predator.” This track features Amon Amarth’s Johan Hegg and it appears on the band’s latest album “Thunderbolt.” Biff Byford commented:

“Great fun doing the new video for ‘Predator’. Big thanks to Johan for doing his thing on vocals with me… And much thanks to Steph Byford for making the video. Hope you like it”