Saxon Release Cover Of Deep Purple’s “Speed King”

Saxon have released a cover of Deep Purple’s “Speed King.” This track is from the band’s new covers album “Inspirations,” which will be released on March 19. Biff Byford commented:

“Without ‘Speed King’, there would be no ‘Motorcycle Man’. I love the attitude, energy and driving speed of this song, not to mention those screaming vocals. I’d never sung it before, and I had great fun with it.”

Saxon Reveal Details For New Covers Album “Inspirations”, Premiere Video For Cover Of The Rolling Stones’ “Paint It Black”

Saxon have announced that their new covers album, “Inspirations,” will be released on March 19. A video for the effort’s first single, a cover of The Rolling Stones’ “Paint It Black,” can be found below:

Biff Byford said the following about “Paint It Black”:

“Loved this band since I first saw them and heard them. I liked The Beatles, but The Stones appealed to my rebel side; their iconic look… so many great songs, such a great attitude in the music!”

He also added the following about “Inspirations”:

“The warmth and feel of ‘Inspirations’ had so much to do with being together in this magnificent place [Brockfield Hall] and doing it ‘old-school’ style. This is how many bands back in the day —including some of the ones covered here — made such great albums, so it just felt really good to be able to do this somewhere like Brockfield Hall.”

“We wanted to do an album based on our influences, the songs and bands that inspired us to write what we did and still do and it was also interesting to see what my voice could do as I haven’t sung many of these songs before.”

“We didn’t want to change any of the songs too much, just play them more like Saxon and we also think it’s very important to have — and share with the fans — some fun in these dark times.”

“Inspirations” Track Listing:

01. “Paint It Black” (The Rolling Stones cover)
02. “Immigrant Song” (Led Zeppelin cover)
03. “Paperback Writer” (The Beatles cover)
04. “Evil Woman” (Black Sabbath cover)
05. “Stone Free” (Jimi Hendrix cover)
06. “Bomber” (Motörhead cover)
07. “Speed King” (Deep Purple cover)
08. “The Rocker” (Thin Lizzy cover)
09. “Hold The Line” (Toto cover)
10. “Problem Child” (AC/DC cover)
11. “See My Friends” (The Kinks cover)

Saxon Finishing Up New Covers Album “Inspirations”

Biff Byford has revealed that Saxon are planning to release a new covers album titled “Inspirations.” The band are currently finishing up the effort and more details are expected soon.

Byford said the following:

“I wanna tell you about a project we’re getting really excited about. We’re just finishing it; I’m just finishing the vocals off now. It’s gonna be a cover album.

Somebody had the idea of doing something a bit of fun, because our new Saxon album has been put back till next year. So, yeah, we’re gonna call it ‘Inspirations’, and it’s a collection of songs that inspired us and influenced us to go down the rock and roll highway, looking for fame and fortune. So, yeah, there’s some big songs on there, there’s some surprises, some really difficult songs to play and to sing. But we like doing it.”

He also added:

“I just finished the last vocal tonight. We did it the old way — old Marshall amps, old Marshall amps, real drums in a huge hallway in a big stately home that we used near York. So there’s gonna be a video about that soon. Hopefully you’re gonna be able to pre-order the album before release. And we’re gonna drop a single soon, so keep your eyes open on social media for that.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Biff Byford Says Saxon “Have 11 [New] Songs That Are Done And Ready To Go”

During an interview with Metal Rules, Biff Byford offered an update on the new Saxon album. He said the following:

“It’s coming along nicely. There is no pressure at the moment, to be honest, as I work better under pressure. We are recording our bits and pieces and have 11 songs that are done and ready to go. I did most of the writing, and I’m just waiting for the lockdown to be over so we can go to the studio and finish it off.”

Watch Saxon’s Biff Byford Perform “Wheels Of Steel” With His Son

Saxon’s Biff Byford recently celebrated the 40th anniversary of “Wheels Of Steel” with a quarantine performance of the title track. The performance, which can be seen below, also featured the frontman’s son Seb Byford.

Saxon’s Biff Byford Offers Update Following Triple Bypass Surgery

Saxon’s Biff Byford has shared a new update after undergoing triple bypass surgery. He said the following on Facebook:

“Hi a cup of tea and jam and roast. T minus 5 days since operation. I’d like to thank all of you who sent love and well wishes and tons of positive vibes to me. I had an emergency triple bi pass operation on Monday morning. I’ll be feeling tired for a while. A lot of pain management at the moment but I’m up and about for a bit everyday now. It’s more shuffling than walking but hey never surrender and all that. I’d like to thank the tremendous team at york training hospital and Hull royal infirmary for making sure my journey didn’t end. Not really strong enough to talk a lot yet which obviously I’m not used to🤪🙀I’ll send you all a video when I’m home and keep you all updated on my road to recovery biffx”

Saxon Postpone 2019 Dates As Biff Byford Prepares To Undergo Heart Operation

Saxon’s Biff Byford has revealed that he “has been diagnosed with a heart condition that requires immediate surgery.” As a result, the band have been forced to postpone their remaining 2019 dates.

The band issued the following statement:

“It is with regret that we have to announce the rescheduling of the remaining SAXON shows in 2019. Lead Vocalist Biff Byford has been diagnosed with a heart condition that requires immediate surgery and a post op recovery period that will last into the new year.

The shows affected are as follows:

September 26th Sweden, Stockholm – Grona Lund
October 5th – The Netherlands, Eindhoven – Oktober Metal Fest
October 18th – UK, Glasgow – Braehead Arena
October 19th – UK, London – Eventim Apollo
October 20th – UK, Manchester – O2 Apollo
October 26th – Germany, Dusseldorf – Mitsubishi Electric Halle
December 1st – Mexico, Mexico City – Forcefest
December 6th – Colombia, Bogota – Knot Fest

The UK, London Eventim Apollo show has been rescheduled for Saturday March 28th 2020

And UK, Manchester O2 Apollo for Sunday March 29th 2020

The UK, Glasgow Braehead Arena & Germany, Dusseldorf Mitsubishi Electric Halle shows will be rescheduled and new dates announced as soon as possible.

All existing tickets will remain valid for new dates and in the case of a required refund please visit point of purchase.

The Stockholm Grona Lund show will be rescheduled for the summer of 2020 – date TBC at this time.

Unfortunately due to the nature of the events, the Netherlands, Mexico & Colombia dates will not be able to be rescheduled.

Biff: ‘As everyone knows now we are going to have to reschedule some of the shows because I need an operation on my heart which should be happening next week. There is nothing more I can say really, I am just sorry for causing all the disappointment to peoples plans for coming to see us. I know people are flying from all over the World to see the shows but there is nothing I can do so please wish me luck and send me some good vibes. We have to look positive on this and I will coming back as strong as before hopefully'”

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]

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?”