Saxon Share Cover Of Nazareth’s “Razamanaz”

Saxon have shared their cover of Nazareth’s “Razamanaz.” This track is from the band’s new covers album, “More Inspirations,” which will be released on March 24. Frontman Biff Byford commented:

“In the seventies, we’d go and see Nazareth. They were one of the premier touring hard rock bands. We were lucky to tour with them in 1980. They used to open the show with this song. It’s about the audience performed to an audience… brilliant stuff!”

Saxon Cancel Remaining European Dates After Frontman Biff Byford Tests Positive For COVID-19

Saxon frontman Biff Byford has tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, the band’s remaining European dates have been cancelled. The group commented:

“We are very sorry, but due to Biff Byford catching Covid whilst on tour, the remaining European dates in Dresden, Linz and Ulm are cancelled and we are looking to reschedule them as soon as possible. Again we are very sorry for all the inconvenience this causes but is way beyond anyone’s control. Keep the Faith 🤘🏻”

Saxon Guitarist Paul Quinn To “Step Back From Touring”

Saxon guitarist Paul Quinn has revealed that he is planning to “step back from touring.” Due to this latest development, the band have been forced to cancel their South American tour and their set on the Monsters Of Rock cruise.

The group issued the following statement:

“After much soul searching our great friend and fellow warrior Paul Quinn has decided to step back from touring with Saxon. After many years on the road, with the subsequent stress and tiredness that accompany long tour schedules, Paul doesn’t want his performance to suffer and let his fellow band mates and fans down. Paul will continue to record with the band and may play select special shows in the future.

Saxon stand by Paul’s decision and will keep you all informed regarding our next journey.

The current run of March shows in Europe will continue as is but the band will be cancelling their April dates in South America and the MOR Cruise to give time to re-group. These territories will be re-booked as soon as time permits. All summer festivals will continue as booked.

Keep the faith!”

Biff Byford Working On New Saxon, Heavy Water, And Solo Albums

It looks like Biff Byford currently has several new releases planned for the future. During an interview with TotalRock, the frontman confirmed that he is working on new albums for Saxon and Heavy Water, as well as new solo material.

Byford said the following:

“We’ve got this album [‘ More Inspirations’] coming out [from SAXON], obviously. We’re still touring [2022’s] ‘Carpe Diem’ [LP]. We’re writing the new album, which will be out — I think it will be out sometime early ’24. But we’ve got a lot of touring to do this year.

I’m sort of tentatively starting another solo album — maybe. We have another HEAVY WATER album coming out, which is me and my son [Seb Byford of NAKED SIX] in a band together. So that’ll be coming out soon as well; that’s all finished and ready to go. So there’s quite a lot of stuff happening for the band and myself, actually, in the next two years.

So we’ll just keep going, just trying to stay healthy, and we hope everybody likes what we’re doing, really.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Saxon Share Cover Of The Sensational Alex Harvey Band’s “The Faith Healer”

Saxon have shared their cover of The Sensational Alex Harvey Band’s “The Faith Healer.” This track is from the band’s new covers album, “More Inspirations,” which will be released on March 24. Frontman Biff Byford commented:

“We used to see The Sensational Alex Harvey Band play this back in the day, they started the set with it, such a fantastic song and fantastic band… big influence!”

“More Inspirations” Track Listing:

01. “We’ve Gotta Get Out Of This Place” (The Animals cover)
02. “The Faith Healer” (The Sensational Alex Harvey Band cover)
03. “From The Inside” (Alice Cooper cover)
04. “Chevrolet” (ZZ Top cover)
05. “Substitute” (The Who cover)
06. “Gypsy” (Uriah Heep cover)
07. “Man On The Silver Mountain” (Rainbow cover)
08. “Detroit Rock City” (KISS cover)
09. “Razamanaz” (Nazareth cover)
10. “Tales Of Brave Ulysses” (Cream cover)

Saxon Working On New Album

Saxon drummer Nigel Glockler has confirmed that the band are already working on a new album. The effort is expected to be released in 2024.

Glockler told The Metal Voice the following:

“We’re right in the middle of another album already… We’re a ways off. The songs are being finalized as we talk, actually. But I think that we’re gonna release it in ’24. And then that will be [followed by] a big tour.”

He also added:

“We’ve done the writing. But it’s just a case of recording it all now. But the writing process is the process that takes the time. Because you’ve got so many from ideas from everyone. Everyone [comes up] with ideas and we work on ’em, and that’s what takes the time.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Saxon Premiere “Dambusters” Music Video

Saxon have premiered a new video for their song “Dambusters.” That track is from the band’s latest album “Carpe Diem.” Biff Byford commented:

“It has been a great year for Saxon this year! A massive THANKS to all who bought the album and came to see us live… The pilgrimage starts again next year with ‘Seize The Day’ Tour – Part 2. Have a great Christmas and Happy New Year! Here’s a new video for you.”

Saxon Announce March European Tour

Saxon have announced a March European tour with Rage. Here’s the dates:

03/08 Luxembourg, LUX – Den Atelier (no Rage)
03/09 Mannheim, GER – Capitol
03/10 Köln, GER – Essigfabrik
03/11 Markneukirchen, GER – Musikhalle
03/12 Hamburg, GER – Grosse Freiheit 36
03/14 Warsaw, POL – Progresja
03/16 Rostock, GER – Moya
03/17 Dresden, GER – Alter Schlachthof
03/18 Linz, AUT – Posthof
03/19 Ulm, GER – Roxy

Tesla, Michael Schenker, Winger, Etc. Set For 2023 Monsters Of Rock Cruise

The lineup has been revealed for next year’s Monsters Of Rock Cruise. The event will take place aboard Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas on April 29 – May 4 as it sets sail from Port Canaveral, Florida and makes stops in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic and the Private Isle of Labadee. The following artists will perform: Tesla, Michael Schenker, Winger, Queensrÿche, Saxon, Extreme, Vandenberg, Autograph, Burning Witches, Chez Kane, D-A-D, Dirty Looks, Doro, Faster Pussycat, Great White, Hardcore Superstar, Joel Hoekstra, Junkyard, Kix, Lee Aaron, Liliac, Loudness, Mac Sabbath, Nestor, Reckless Love, Rhino Bucket, Rose Tattoo, Shiraz Lane, Stryper, Ted Poley, Tora Tora, Treat, Tyketto, Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown, Vain, Wig Wam, Dueling Pianos, and John Corabi.