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!”

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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”

Saxon To Reissue “The Eagle Has Landed” With Bonus Tracks

Saxon will be reissuing their 1982 live album “The Eagle Has Landed” on October 19. The effort will come with several bonus tracks recorded live at Hammersmith Odeon in 1981-1982.

“The Eagle Has Landed” Track Listing:

01. “Motorcycle Man”
02. “747 Strangers In The Night”
03. “Princess Of The Night”
04. “Strong Arm Of The Law”
05. “Heavy Metal Thunder”
06. “20,000 Ft”
07. “Wheels Of Steel”
08. “Never Surrender”
09. “Fire in The Sky”
10. “Machine Gun”

CD Bonus Tracks (Live At Hammersmith Odeon 1981-1982):

11. “And The Bands Played On”
12. “See The Light Shining”
13. “Frozen Rainbow”
14. “Midnight Rider”
15. “Dallas 1PM”
16. “Hungry Years”

Y&T Drop Off Saxon’s European Tour

Y&T have dropped off Saxon’s upcoming European tour due to Dave Meniketti’s back injury. The decision was made after the frontman’s doctor advised him to take more time to recover. FM will now be taking their place.

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***TOUR ANNOUNCEMENT*** It is with great regret that we announce the San Francisco rockers Y&T will not be joining us on the Saxon Thunderbolt European Tour this Autumn as previously announced. Y&T guitarist Dave Meniketti has a serious back injury that has meant he cannot travel to Europe for the shows. Dave Meniketti states: “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” Saxon have added UK rock band FM to the bill as Y&T’s replacement for all the shows Biff Byford “we were gutted to hear of Dave’s injury and we wish him all the best in a full recovery very soon. We are pleased to announce FM are joining us now on all the dates.

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Saxon To Release Tour Edition Of “Thunderbolt” In September

Saxon have announced that they will be releasing a special tour edition of their latest album “Thunderbolt” on September 7. The CD will come with live versions of “Thunderbolt” and “Nosferatu (The Vampire’s Waltz),” which were recorded in Frankfurt and Los Angeles, as well as a 10″ x 10″ poster and photos. Pre-orders are available HERE.

“Thunderbolt” Tour Edition Track Listing:

01. “Olympus Rising”
02. “Thunderbolt”
03. “The Secret Of Flight”
04. “Nosferatu (The Vampires Waltz)”
05. “They Played Rock And Roll”
06. “Predator”
07. “Sons Of Odin”
08. “Sniper”
09. “A Wizard’s Tale”
10. “Speed Merchants”
11. “Roadie’s Song”
12. “Nosferatu (Raw Version)”
13. “Thunderbolt” (Live in Frankfurt March 2, 2018)
14. “Nosferatu” (The Vampire’s Waltz) (Live in Los Angeles April 22, 2018)