Saxon is a band that has been around more than 35 years, they are one of the first heavy metal bands responsible for the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) that shake up the world back in the 80’s and put the foundations on how heavy metal sounds today.
Is always an honor to see Saxon live, not matter how old you are, or what got you into metal, you must see Saxon live at least once in your lifetime. Their stage presence is the living proof that heavy metal is alive and stronger than ever. Last Tuesday we had that chance to witness that at Club Red in Tempe, AZ. As Saxon is currently touring the US with Fozzy (Chris Jericho’s band) and Halcyon Way.
The night opened early around 7pm or so with Atlanta’s very own Halcyon Way who took the stage and surprised the crowd with a set full of power and progressive metal that set the tone for a night of unadulterated metal goodness. Fozzy took the stage right after with a load of hard rock leaded by charismatic vocalist and wrestler celebrity Chris Jericho. Their set was energetic and well received by the demanding crowd.
Saxon took the stage around 10:30 pm opening with the title track of their new album Sacrifice, followed by Power And The Glory, Night Of The Wolf, This Town Rocks, Made In Belfast, Hammer Of The Gods (first time played on this tour), Wheels Of Terror, Motorcycle Man, Rock ‘n’ Roll Gypsy, Guardians Of The Tomb, and the classics The Eagle Has Landed, Denim And Leather and Wheels Of Steel, before closing the night with the all time fan favorites Crusader, and Princess Of The Night as encores.
Their show was pure magic that the crowd sung word by word, and headbanged from beginning to end. Their energy on stage, and how humble they are to their fans is what make this band so loved by them. It was a great heavy metal night bringed to us by one of the finest metal bands in the genre.
Before their show we had the chance to seat and talk with Saxon‘s legendary frontman Biff Byford. We talked about the tour, their latest album Sacrifice, their upcoming acoustic album Unplugged And Stung Up, and what is next for Saxon.
Pictures of the show can be found here