Saxon Release Cover Of The Beatles’ “Paperback Writer”

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

“I saw The Beatles on TV for the first time in 1963. It was a very inspirational moment for me to think maybe I could be in a band.”

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”