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  SAXON ANNOUNCE DOWNLOAD MAIN STAGE APPEARANCE AND 'EAGLES OVER WACKEN' LIVE DVD RELEASE
2nd March 2012

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Saxon are proud to announce that they will be on the main stage at Download on Saturday 9th June alongside Metallica et al. They also release 'Heavy Metal Thunder Live - Eagles Over Wacken' live DVD out April 23rd via UDR/EMI.

Some things just go together. Heavy Metal and thunder... denim and leather... Saxon and Wacken. They've been old friends for many years now, their harmony collecting an army of thousands upon thousands who view Saxon live as a pilgrimage to the heart of Metal music. And when that pilgrimage takes you, repeatedly, to the largest Heavy Metal festival in the world, Wacken Open Air in Germany, the results will always be electric.

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"When we first played Wacken, it was a small festival with a small stage in a small field, driven by nothing more than raw enthusiasm, which appealed very much to us!" says Biff Byford, Saxon's venerable frontman.

"It started as fans putting on a festival for fans, and now it's fair to say that it is to Heavy Metal what the Donington Festival used to be. That was the iconic Heavy Metal festival of the 80s and Wacken is the iconic Heavy Metal festival of now."

Now you can feel that electricity for yourselves thanks to 'Saxon - Heavy Metal Thunder - Live - Eagles Over Wacken', the no-fat-no-bullshit-100%-pure CD/DVD featuring DVD highlights from Saxon's Wacken shows in 2004, 2007 and 2009 comprising THIRTY songs, plus a live CD from Glasgow in 2011.

Each set captures the Barnsley-bred British Heavy Metal legends delivering classic after classic, from 'Denim And Leather' to 'Metalhead' to 'Heavy Metal Thunder' to 'Princess Of The Night' to 'Crusader' in front of 75,000+ loyal, ravenous fans, who have come to expect (and receive) the levels of performance Saxon have been delivering for 32 years.

"And when the eagle comes down at Wacken, when it opens up over the audience, it is always an electric moment for those there," says Biff emphatically of the famous Saxon eagle, a ton or so of steel and lights, rescued from a storage space in the British home counties where it had lain dormant gathering rust. In many ways, the eagle's rebirth and Wacken's ascent are partners on the journey, as it was Wacken's organizers who offered to restore the mighty Metal bird so as it could become a live centerpiece of both Wacken and Saxon's history.

And when it comes to Heavy Metal, Saxon's history is indeed rich. Rightly seen as one of the premier vanguards of Heavy Metal, Saxon were a major influence behind platinum-coated stars such as Metallica and Megadeth. Formed as Son of A Bitch in 1976 (and becoming Saxon in 1978) they enjoyed tremendous commercial success in the UK during the 80s, with eight UK top 40 albums, and have sold over 13 millions albums worldwide, while albums such as 'Wheels Of Steel', 'Strong Arm Of The Law', 'Denim And Leather' and 'The Power And The Glory' have become legendary staples of any self-respecting Metal fan's collection.

But it has always arguably been on stage where Saxon have excelled the most. There's no hiding once you hit the boards, and whether playing to 20,000 people in Buenos Aires or 2,000 people in Bolton, Byford, Carter, Glockler, Quinn and Scarratt source the same high-voltage energy reserves and deliver the same high-octane, blood and sweat-soaked show that make Saxon a perennial touring favorite.

"We've consistently tried to write and perform songs which both us and our audience enjoy," says Biff, "and we've worked very hard to maintain that link with our audience, because if you don't have that connection it can be very dangerous. We need them, and we need to be ready to deliver for them at every show, that's the challenge and it's one we gratefully accept and enjoy.

"If the audience are prepared to get crazy, then it's always going to be a strong show, and Wacken always delivers us a fantastic connection. You cannot fake that electricity, everyone wants that charged atmosphere and it is absolutely priceless."

If you've never had the chance to experience Saxon, start here and start now! If you've had the chance and yearned to capture the energy, the moment and the memory of it all, then put your hands together for 'Saxon - Heavy Metal Thunder - Live - Eagles Over Wacken' and be grateful to know that despite everything going on in our increasingly confused world, your escapist musical prayers have been answered.

'Heavy Metal Thunder - Live - Eagles Over Wacken' is available in a variety of formats, including the Golden Ticket D2C/Direct To Consumer Box.

Strictly limited, this exclusive package contains the 'Best Of Wacken' DVD, plus the full and complete Saxon W:O:A performances from 2004/2007/2009 each on a separate DVD, plus a Saxon fl ag.

The real surprise is that 10 Golden Tickets are randomly included in the box sets, which will allow the lucky winners to visit any Saxon concert in any city around the world (excluding festival appearances).

Silver Tickets giving access to special online content are for the remaining boxes so there are no losers - only winners.

'Saxon - Heavy Metal Thunder - Live - Eagles Over Wacken' is released in Europe on April 20th 2012, UK on April 23rd 2012 and USA on May 22nd, 2012.

FORMATS

1. 2 CD + DVD Digipack (CD rack size)
• DVD: Best Of W:O:A (2004/2007/2009)
• CD: Glasgow Live, April 14th, 2011
UDR 0100 CD+DVD
2. DVD (Amaray)
• Best Of W:O:A (2004/2007/2009)
UDR 0101 DVD
3. 2 CD (2 audio CD Jewel Case)
• W:O:A 2009 - Fan's Choice Setlist
UDR 0102 CD
4. 3 VINYL LP 12" Gatefold
• W:O:A 2009 - Fan's Choice Setlist
UDR 0103 LP
5. D2C limited to 1000 copies
• Digipack - Best of DVD
• DVD - W:O:A 2009 - Fan's Choice Setlist
(full show - video)
• DVD - W:O:A 2007 (full show - video)
• DVD - W:O:A 2004 (full show - video)
• 10 golden tickets - personalized - any show, any city, life long (excluding festival appearances)
• Saxon fl ag & more
UDR 0104 BOX
6. DIGITAL
• also available as digital downloads in various versions
01 Hybrid (Intro)
02 Hammer Of The Gods
03 Heavy Metal Thunder
04 Back In 79
05 Never Surrender
06 I've Got To Rock (To Stay Alive)
07 Dallas 1 p.m.
08 Call To Arms
09 Solid Ball Of Rock
10 Demon Sweeney Todd
11 And The Bands Played On
12 Man And Machine
13 Play It Loud
14 When Doomsday Comes (Hybrid Theory)
15 To Hell And Back Again
16 Motorcycle Man
17 Denim And Leather
GLASGOW LIVE, APRIL 14TH, 2011
18 Princess Of The Night
19 Crusader
20 747 (Strangers In The Night)
21 The Eagle Has Landed
22 20,000 Feet
23 Strong Arm Of The Law
24 Wheels Of Steel
01 Heavy Metal Thunder
02 Dogs Of War
03 Backs To The Wall
04 Solid Ball Of Rock
05 20,000 Feet
06 Travellers In Time
07 Dragon's Lair
08 Drumsolo
09 The Eagle Has Landed
10 Rock Is Our Life
11 Motorcycle Man
12 Strong Arm Of The Law
13 Princess Of The Night
14 747 (Strangers In The Night)
W:O:A 2004 - FULL SHOW
15 And The Bands Played On
16 Crusader
17 Wheels Of Steel
18 Denim And Leather
19 Forever Free
20 Dallas 1 p.m.
01 Heavy Metal Thunder
02 Let Me Feel Your Power
03 Dogs Of War
04 If I Was You
05 747 (Strangers In The Night)
06 To Hell And Back Again
07 Motorcycle Man
08 Red Star Falling
09 Witchfinder
10 Solid Ball Of Rock
11 20,000 Feet
12 And The Bands Played On
13 Princess Of The Night
14 I've Got To Rock (To Stay Alive)
W:O:A 2007 - FULL SHOW
15 Attila The Hun
16 Denim And Leather
17 Ashes To Ashes
18 Crusader
19 Wheels Of Steel
20 Strong Arm Of The Law
01 Battalions Of Steel
02 Let Me Feel Your Power
03 Lion Heart
04 Strong Arm Of The Law
05 Killing Ground
06 Metalhead
07 Wheels Of Steel
08 Unleash The Beast
09 Dogs Of War
10 Rock 'n' Roll Gypsy
11 Rock The Nations
12 Motorcycle Man
13 Forever Free
14 Solid Ball Of Rock
15 Crusader
16 The Power And The Glory
W:O:A 2009 - FAN'S CHOICE SETLIST - FULL SHOW
17 Princess Of The Night
18 Heavy Metal Thunder
19 Live To Rock
20 747 (Strangers In The Night)
21 Stallions Of The Highway
22 Denim And Leather
01 Batallions Of Steel
02 Heavy Metal Thunder
03 Metalhead
04 Let Me Feel Your Power
05 To Hell And Back Again
06 If I Was You
07 Killing Ground
08 Unleash The Beast
09 Dogs Of War
10 Rock 'n' Roll Gypsy
11 Travellers In Time
12 The Eagle Has Landed
13 747 (Strangers In The Night)
14 Dallas 1 p.m.
15 Witchfinder
16 Solid Ball Of Rock
17 20.000 Feet
18 Red Star Falling
19 Rock The Nations
20 The Power And The Glory
TRACK LISTING
BEST OF W:O:A 2009, '07, '04
21 Stallions Of The Highway
22 Live To Rock
23 And The Bands Played On
24 Princess Of The Night
25 I've Got To Rock (To Stay Alive)
26 Attila The Hun
27 Denim And Leather
28 Ashes To Ashes
29 Crusader
30 Wheels Of Steel

TOUR DATES
22.04.2012 BR SÃO LUÍS - Metal Open Air
28.04.2012 DE DORTMUND - Rock in den Ruinen
23.05.2012 BE ANTWERP - Lotto Arena *
24.05.2012 NL KERKRADE - Arena *
26.05.2012 UK HAMMERSMITH - Apollo *
30.07.2012 NL STEENWIJKERWOLD - Dicky Woodstock Festival
02.08.2012 DE WACKEN - Wacken Open Air
03.08.2012 DE GEISELWIND - Bike & Music Weekend
* show with JUDAS PRIEST
More dates to come ...





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ac/dc AC/DC REVEAL FIRST TRACK, ARTWORK AND TRACKLISTING FOR NEW ALBUM 'ROCK OR BUST'
'Rock Or Bust' is AC/DC's first studio album for six years and their first ever not to feature their founding rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young

manowar MANOWAR GIVE STUDENT MUSICIANS FROM ESSEN, GERMANY A NEW STAGE
Manowar will perform with the Bredeneyer Schulorchester. "We have offered them the opportunity to reach an audience that we know understands the tremendous power of music, and that they have more in common with than they may imagine..."

steel panther STEEL PANTHER UNLEASH VIDEO FOR 'PUSSYWHIPPED'
Biggest ever UK tour kicks off in March 2015, including a night at Wembley Arena...

texas flood THE TEXAS FLOOD SIGN LONG TERM DEAL WITH OFF YER ROCKA RECORDINGS
The powerhouse trio are ready to showcase their own brand of vintage rock to the world...

pythia PYTHIA ANNOUNCE RELEASE DATE, ARTWORK AND TRACKLISTING FOR NEW ALBUM 'SHADOWS OF A BROKEN PAST'
The band have also released the first song, 'The Key', which you can hear as part of the promo video here...

acdc AC/DC SHOOT NEW PROMO VIDEOS IN LONDON
Once inside Brian Johnson explained that Malcolm Young gave his blessing for the band to continue without him...

sanctuary SANCTUARY RELEASE VIDEO FOR 'FROZEN'
Seattle Thrash luminaries Sanctuary return with a new album and video, their first for twenty five years...

guns n roses GUNS N' ROSES TO RELEASE 3D CONCERT 'APPETITE FOR DEMOCRACY 3D: LIVE AT THE HARD ROCK CASINO - LAS VEGAS' INTERNATIONALLY
This is the first official Guns N' Roses live concert film since 1992's 'Use Your Illusion' concert video and features brand new live performances of classic GN'R tracks...

blues pills BLUES PILLS KICK OFF THEIR HEADLINING EUROPEAN TOUR
The three month tour takes in seven UK dates, including an upgraded venue in Manchester...

tesseract TESSERACT SIGN TO KSCOPE
The band have a new creative energy after reuniting with singer Dan Tompkins and have already written half of their third album, the follow up to 'Altered State', slated for a 2015 release...

primordial PRIMORDIAL TO RELEASE NEW FULL-LENGTH THIS NOVEMBER VIA METAL BLADE RECORDS
"We feel revitalized, the hunger never left and we are ready for another chapter to be written in our history..."

ill nino ILL NIÑO PREMIERE NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR 'I'M NOT THE ENEMY'
The video tells a bold story of youthful injustice, overcoming social stereotypes and the dreams of constructing a better life...

devin townsend DEVIN TOWNSEND LAUNCHES ZTV AND NEW ZILTOID SITE
"I'm really excited to present to you the new Ziltoid website, and the first of three ZTV episodes leading up to the album release..."

judas priest JUDAS PRIEST OPEN US TOUR WITH NEW SONGS AND CLASSICS: SPOILER ALERT - FULL SETLIST HERE
The legendary British Metallers are touring in support of of their new 'Redeemer Of Souls' album...

tony wright TONY WRIGHT RELEASES FIRST SOLO ALBUM 'THOUGHTS 'N' ALL' ON 17TH NOVEMBER
The Terrorvision frontman has made a personal, heartfelt and passionate reflection of his journey...

off PUNK/HARDCORE LUMINARIES OFF! RETURN TO THE ROAD
There will be six UK dates before the band head off to mainland Europe...

queensryche BREAKING NEWS: QUEENSRYCHE ANNOUNCED AS HARD ROCK HELL VIII HEADLINERS
Following the official cancellation of W.A.S.P., Hard Rock Hell are pleased to announce that Queensryche will be stepping up to the top slot...

motorhead LEMMY TALKS TO FULL METAL JACKIE ABOUT HIS HEALTH, THE NEXT ALBUM AND THE MOTORBOAT CRUISE
Lemmy Kilmister was the guest on Full Metal Jackie's weekend radio show this weekend...

hellion HELLION ANNOUNCE NEW 'KARMA'S A BITCH' MINI ALBUM & SINGLE
Hellion's strongest line-up to date unleash first new material in over a decade...

blaze bayley BLAZE BAYLEY RELEASES 'SOUNDTRACKS OF MY LIFE' DVD
Blaze and backing band Absolva are captured in a performance celebrating 30 years in the business for Blaze...

black sabbath BREAKING NEWS: BLACK SABBATH TO RECORD NEW ALBUM AND DO ONE FINAL TOUR
Just as we told you back in May, Black Sabbath's Hyde Park performance on 4th July was not the last ever Sabbath gig...

def leppard DEF LEPPARD ROCK THE NFL AT WEMBLEY
A stage was set up on the pitch with the band performing in front of beautiful cheerleaders...

slipknot SLIPKNOT RELEASE 'THE DEVIL IN I' OFFICIAL VIDEO
Find out more about the new masks as the build up to the release of '.5:The Gray Chapter' continues...

sy keeler ONSLAUGHT'S SY KEELER TO SIT OUT FORTHCOMING US/CANADA/SOUTH AMERICA TOUR
Ex Anthrax legend Neil Turbin steps into the breach as the health issues of Sy Keeler's son mean he is needed at home...

vivian cambell VIV CAMPBELL TO UNDERGO STEM CELL TREATMENT
Trixter guitarist Steve Brown will fill in for Def Leppard's autumn dates...

haken HAKEN LAUNCH 'DARKEST LIGHT' VIDEO
"We've managed to chop the old song in half, cut away all the excess fat and produce a 6 minute rowdy riff roller-coaster that will surely find a home in the heavier side of our live show..."

the dead daisies THE DEAD DAISIES RELEASE 'THE FACE I LOVE' VIDEO
Get a look at the title track of the new EP here. A new album will follow in 2015...

primordial PRIMORDIAL ANNOUNCE UK DATES IN FEBRUARY 2015
There will also be an album launch in Dublin in November for 'Where Greater Men Have Fallen'...

protokult SING ALONG TO 'GET ME A BEER!' LYRIC VIDEO BY PROG FOLK METALLERS PROTOKUL
"For those of you who can't understand what the hell Martin is spewing, now is your chance to sing along! Get yourself a cold one and enjoy!"...

whitesnake WHITESNAKE ANNOUNCE NEW LIVE DVD/CD WITH CLASSIC AND RARE PERFORMANCES
"It's still hard for me to find the words when remembering that half the incredible band who originally recorded the 'Slide It In' album with me have passed away," says Coverdale...

metal church VOCALIST RONNY MUNROE QUITS METAL CHURCH
The band posted a statement on their official Facebook page assuring fans that the band is alive and well and that "big announcements" are expected soon...

bloodbath BLOODBATH STREAM FIRST NEW TRACK FEATURING NICK HOLMES AND REVEAL ALBUM TRACKLISTING
Sweden's masters of horror Bloodbath are set to release their fourth album of supreme death Metal, 'Grand Morbid Funeral', on 17th November 2014...

ac/dc AC/DC ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM, 'ROCK OR BUST', AND CONFIRM DEPARTURE OF MALCOLM YOUNG
AC/DC have announced details of their 17th studio album, their first for six years and their first ever not to feature Malcolm...

lordi LORDI RELEASE FIRST SINGLE FROM NEW ALBUM 'SCARE FORCE ONE'
Tour dates to follow for the Finnish sensations. "The overall sound of the band is more modern this time, and we've tried out some new tricks here and there..."

bloodstock CANNIBAL CORPSE WILL PLAY AN EXCLUSIVE UK SHOW AT BLOODSTOCK 2015
Cannibal Corpse, Sepultura and Ihsahn join the line-up that also includes Within Temptation and Opeth...

helix HELIX ANNOUNCE TOUR OF EUROPE
This will be the first Euro tour for Helix since heading out with Kiss and Ian Gillan in the 1980s...

threshold THRESHOLD DISCUSS HOW THEY FOUND THE NEW ALBUM ARTWORK ON THE INTERNET
Damian Wilson and Richard West discuss Threshold's new album 'For The Journey', out today...

quireboys THE QUIREBOYS RELEASE 'THIS IS ROCK N ROLL II' IN ADVANCE OF NOVEMBER TOUR
Re-packaged, re-styled and with 4 bonus tracks, the rare 2001 classic from The Quireboys will be available on 23rd October...

gwar GWAR REVEAL TWO NEW MEMBERS - BLÓTHAR AND VULVATRON
Meet the latest warriors to don the latex and styrofoam and join the intergalactic crew for Gwar's "Eternal" tour...

fear factory FEAR FACTORY SIGN TO NUCLEAR BLAST ENTERTAINMENT
The journey continues for one of the groundbreaking Metal bands of our time, with new material to be released in 2015...

tank TANK BEGIN WORK ON NEW ALBUM; BAND CONFIRMED FOR BANG YOUR HEAD
The band are scheduled to enter the studio in November with a release planned for early February...

blitzallica DIAMOND HEAD TO HEADLINE COUNTY DURHAM'S BLITZALLICA IN OCTOBER
Plus legendary Metal party band Dumpy's Rusty Nuts and old favorites Holosade who are reforming especially for this headbanging estravaganza...

saille SAILLE COMMENT ON FORTHCOMING THIRD ALBUM
"'Eldritch' differs quite a bit from our two previous albums," keyboardist Dries Gaerdelen says...

winger WINGER RELEASE VIDEO FOR 'BETTER DAYS COMIN'
Winger have released a new music video - the title track from their Billboard chart breaking album...

voodoo six VOODOO SIX ANNOUNCE SIX HEADLINE SHOWS IN EUROPE
This Autumn, Voodoo Six will play six headline shows in Germany, Belgium, and The Netherlands...

michael schenker MICHAEL SCHENKER ANNOUNCES DECEMBER UK TOUR
Schenker will perform songs from the new album, which features the new single, 'Lord Of The Lost And Lonely' plus all the classics...

johnny thunders LOOKING FOR JOHNNY: THE LEGEND OF JOHNNY THUNDERS MOVIE TO BE RELEASED NEXT MONTH
When Johnny Thunders died in New Orleans on April 23rd 1991, he left behind a mystery...

metallica METALLICA TO RELEASE 27 LIVE ALBUMS BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR AND APPEAR IN THE GUINNESS BOOK OF RECORDS
To commemorate the anniversary of the LiveMetallica.com site, the band are offering CDs and LPs of every gig they played in 2014...

kobra and the lotus KOBRA AND THE LOTUS AND THE TREATMENT ANNOUNCE UK TOURS
Kobra And The Lotus will be kicking off their Headline Tour on 24th September in support of their latest record 'High Priestess'...

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