Biff Byford (Saxon) Cancels European/UK Tour

Biff Byford (Saxon) has cancelled his solo European/UK tour due to low ticket sales. Refunds are available from point of purchase.

The following message was posted on Saxon’s Facebook page:

“We are very sorry to announce the cancellation of the Biff Byford solo tour previously scheduled for April & May 2020. The cancellation is mainly due to low ticket sales, which may or may not have been affected by the current Worldwide Covid 19 Virus pandemic.”

Byford continued:

“The honest truth is the tickets for the forthcoming tour have just not sold as everyone expected for whatever reason, so we have cancelled the dates as scheduled with a view to hopefully re-visiting at a later date.

It’s sad as I was looking forward to the spoken word & live band show but it’s just not to be at this time. I want to thank everyone who bought the album and supported me. Keep the faith and see you on the road with Saxon”

The following was also added:

“The show was to take an ‘evening with’ format and will be split into two halves. The first half featured a spoken word show compared by American Comedian and star of VH1 Classic’s ‘That Metal Show’ Don Jamieson, where Don would quiz Biff on all aspects of his life and career. The second half consisted of a live show with Biff and his band.”

Alice Cooper, Saxon, Skid Row, Etc. Set For 2021 Monsters Of Rock Cruise

The initial lineup has been revealed for the 2021 Monsters Of Rock cruise. The cruise, which will take place on February 8-13, will set sail from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and it will make stops in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic and Labadee, Haiti. Here’s the confirmed artists: Alice Cooper, Crazy Lixx, Eclipse, Kix, L.A. Guns, Lit, Loudness, Michael Monroe, Pat Travers, Pink Cream 69, Rose Tattoo, Saxon, Skid Row, Tom Keifer, and XYZ.

Biff Byford (Saxon) Premieres “Scarborough Fair” Music Video

Saxon’s Biff Byford has premiered a new video for “Scarborough Fair.” This track is from his new solo album “School Of Hard Knocks,” which was released today (February 21). Byford commented:

“The new single ‘Scarborough Fair’ is a Yorkshire folk song about the town on the east coast of England. Apart from the song, Scarborough is also famous for its medieval market and takes its name from a Viking chief called Scar, I believe. We shot the video on a freezing early morning… Enjoy!”

Biff Byford (Saxon) Premieres “Me And You” Music Video

Saxon’s Biff Byford has premiered a new video for his new song “Me And You.” This track is from his new solo album “School Of Hard Knocks,” which will be released on February 21. Byford commented:

“Happy Valentine’s Day. I wrote this song for my wife and our 25th anniversary but I think it can be for anybody who’s in a relationship. We all have anniversaries and memories. [It’s] not my usual style of song but it’s always good to throw in a curveball!”

Biff Byford (Saxon) Announces Solo UK Tour

Biff Byford (Saxon) has announced a UK tour in support of his new solo album “School Of Hard Knocks” (out February 21). The shows will include a spoken-word portion, featuring Byford and Don Jamieson, as well as a live performance. Here’s the dates;

04/17 Gateshead, UK – Sage 2
04/18 Birmingham, UK – Town Hall
04/20 Glasgow, UK – St. Lukes
04/21 Leeds, UK – City Varieties
04/22 Bath, UK – Komedia
04/24 Liverpool, UK – Arts Club
04/25 Aberdare, UK – Coliseum Theatre
04/27 Milton Keynes, UK – Stables
04/28 London, UK – Islington Assembly Hall
04/29 Brighton, UK – Old Market

Biff Byford (Saxon) To Release New Solo Album “School Of Hard Knocks” In February, Premieres “Welcome To The Show” Lyric Video

Saxon’s Biff Byford has announced that his new solo album “School Of Hard Knocks” will be released on February 21. A lyric video for the effort’s first single, “Welcome To The Show,” can be found below:

The following was said about the new record on Saxon’s Facebook page:

The English North is everything you saw in Game of Thrones and more. It is the true heart of England, the region where its soul resides, and Biff Byford has earned the right to be considered its true heavy metal bard.

Biff takes on not just tales and stories from his heart and soul, but also investigates the Middle Ages and Medieval history amongst other subjects.

“I’m singing about my past of course and about things I like, but mostly I wanted it to reflect me, my personality and my life,” says Biff. “Song-wise it’s more diverse and not just focused on heavy metal. I wanted it to be a slice of the music I like, from metal, to rock ‘n’ roll. I’m a guy who’s just as happy listening to Metallica or Judy Garland, because as long as it’s great and entertains me, then what more do I need?”

An aural Byford storybook highlighting his life and passionate interests, School of Hard Knocks is in all senses a classic, masterfully-constructed old school British hard rock album.
From the spoken word introduction of ‘Inquisitor’ with its stoic, poetic take on the Spanish Inquisition to the autobiographical, old-school ‘Wheels of Steel’ era thrust of ‘Welcome to the Show’ and ‘School of Hard Knocks’, you’ll get to know Byford supremely well over the 11 tracks which comprise the album.

“One of my favourite is ‘The Pit and the Pendulum’, which is quite ‘prog metal’ and I love that,” says Biff “I’m a big prog rock fan and was a huge fan of Yes back in the day and being a musician-bass-player myself, the musicianship in bands like that really caught me. There’s a version of ‘Throw Down the Sword’ by Wishbone Ash, and the reason I did that was because it was the first song I ever heard that was anything to do with history in the sense of battles and war, and was really the thing which started me on the road to writing historically-driven songs.”

There is also a wonderful version of the Simon & Garfunkel classic ‘Scarborough Fair’, with Byford and Fredrik Åkesson (from Opeth) creating a new arrangement which gives the legend new life. “It’s a traditional medieval song, and the story goes that Paul Simon happened to hear somebody playing it in Whitby, which is just down the road from Scarborough,” laughs Biff, “But I wanted something which represented Yorkshire and it is a Yorkshire folk song, so we tried a new arrangement which made it a little heavier, and it works really well.”

School of Hard Knocks was produced by Biff Byford, recorded by Jacky Lehmann at Brighton Electric Studios in Brighton (UK) and mixed at Queen Street Studios in Stockholm (Sweden) by Mats Valentin. The album features guest appearances by Phil Campbell (Motörhead/Phil Campbell & The Bastard Sons), Alex Holzwarth (Rhapsody of Fire and Turilli / Lione Rhapsody), Nick Barker (Voices), Dave Kemp (Wayward Sons) and Nibbs Carter (Saxon).

On School of Hard Knocks, Byford worked with Fredrik Åkesson (Opeth) on guitars, Christian Lundqvist on drums and Gus Macricostas on bass (Biff himself played a spot of four string thunder too!).

Biff is also planning some live shows next year, events which will continue the theme of breaking new ground: “I’m going to do a ‘words-and-music’ tour in small venues,” he states proudly, “the first part will be me in conversation with the audience about anything really, from heart attacks to sex, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll, old times, new times, friends, enemies and whatever anyone wants to chat about… Then bringing out a band and playing some new songs, covers and maybe end with a Saxon song or two. I’m still working out the details, but it’s a show I’ve wanted to do for a long time and one which I don’t think has been done in hard rock before. It’ll be something different and a lot of fun.”

School of Hard Knocks not only achieves the goal of providing full bore entertainment, it fulfills a long-standing Biff Byford’s wish to explore rock ‘n’ roll a little more.

“It’s been great to break new ground, explore new territories and work with some old friends,” concludes Biff, “and having waited so long to make this album, I have to say, I am delighted with it! It has a whole range of styles, from the ridiculously heavy to ballads, and it is certainly my album.”