||BEST OF 2015
Best Album: Saxon – Battering Ram
It was a close call, up against Iron Maiden, Bernie Torme, Praying Mantis, Girlschool, alongside some quality reissues and live sets to boot, but the Barnsley boys have played another blinder here.
Heavier than ever and the band still on top form. How does Biff still sound so good?
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Best Gig: Saxon – Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London (February)
Joe Geesing with Nigel Glockler (r)
After attending only half a dozen gigs this year, this one takes first place by a mile. Saxon always put on a quality show, with a catalogue spanning and varied set-list not to mention the return of drummer Nigel Glockler after illness.
Best Band: Saxon
Sorry this must sound like a stuck record, but Saxon were the only band (bar Praying Mantis) to rock me both on CD and on stage in 2015. The icing on the cake definitely the after show chat with the band, including Biff Byford about my Record Collector magazine feature.
Things To Look Forward To In 2016
The unveiling of a Blue Plaque in Cirencester for legendary drummer Cozy Powell, and hopefully the publication of my Yardbirds interview/feature. I’m also hoping to be able to afford to get down to London more too!