Due to hit the UK for a string of live shows in December, British Metal veterans Saxon announced a special treat for the fans attending their London date at Koko, where they will perform one of their most loved albums, 'Denim And Leather', in its entirety as well as Saxon classics and material from their current album 'Call To Arms'. A mysterious special guest will also join the band on keyboards during the show.
'Denim And Leather' is Saxon's fourth studio album and was released in 1981 to become a cherished classic of English Heavy Metal. The title track was a tribute from the band to their fans, while describing the history of the sub-culture and the rise of NWOBHM. Two of Saxon's most successful singles, 'Princess Of The Night' and 'And The Bands Played On', are featured on 'Denim And Leather'.
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Biff says: "It's the 30th Anniversary of the album and we played it at Sweden Rock and in Tokyo - it's about time we played the album once in UK before the year is over."
'Denim And Leather' was the last album with the complete classic Saxon line up. These days, lead vocalist and main man Biff Byford keeps leading the pack and mesmerizing audiences with his energetic performances, joined by Paul Quinn and Doug Scarratt on guitars, Nibbs Carter on bass and Nigel Glockler on drums.
The rest of the UK dates see Saxon performing a mix of old unforgettable Heavy Metal classics and new material from their successful latest album 'Call To Arms', with support from Hammerfall on the entire tour.
Dates as follows:
Tues 13th Oxford 02 Academy
Wed 14th Leicester 02 Academy
Fri 16th Edinburgh Picturehouse
Sat 17th Belfast Mandela Hall
Mon 19th Sheffield 02 Academy
Tues 20th London Koko
Biff has also announced that the band will be donating merchandising proceeds from the tour to Help For Heroes. Biff made the following statement today;
"Hi to all. We won't be doing the sound check charity meet & greet on our next UK tour but what we are doing instead is: on the Heavy Metal thunder shirts with the union jack we gonna put a minimum charge of 1 pound of the t-shirt price. The proceeds will go to 'Help For Heroes' charity.