It looks like Saxon have officially started the recording process for their new album. Biff Byford confirmed the news in the below video, while also offering a health update following his recent 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’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 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).”
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 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.
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!”