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31st May 2016


NWOBHM icons Saxon have announced ten dates for the UK leg of their upcoming Battering Ram World Tour. They will be joined by special guests Fastway and Girlschool for the much awaited shows, opening in Newcastle on 28th October.

"Gonna be a great tour with Fastway and Girlschool", said Saxon frontman Biff Byford. "I think this line-up is unique, you don't wanna miss it. Looking forward to battering some halls... Welcome to the Metal church!"

'Battering Ram', Saxon's 21st studio album, was released in October 2015 reaching the UK Top 50 and #12 in Germany. It was described by Biff as "a natural progression from 'Sacrifice' with a bit less rock n' roll and a bit more 'heavy' on it".

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Following its release Saxon hit Europe with Motörhead for their 40th Anniversary tour, accompanied by Girlschool. Sadly, the tragic passing of Lemmy in December put an early end to the tour and the UK leg planned to begin on January 16th was cancelled - bar a Saxon headlining show in Brighton.

Joining Saxon and Girlschool on the new dates will be Fastway, the brainchild of ex-Motörhead guitarist Fast Eddie Clarke with UFO bassist Pete Way who joined the Ozzy Osbourne band before they could hit the stage together. The current line-up features Fast Eddie Clarke with Toby Jepson on vocals, Steve Strange on drums and Mama's Boys' John McManus on bass.

Dates as follows:

28th Newcastle O2 Academy
29th Glasgow O2 ABC
30th Belfast Limelight

1st Dublin Academy
2nd Manchester O2 Ritz
3rd Bristol O2 Academy
5th London O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire
6th Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall
8th Sheffield O2 Academy
9th Nottingham Rock City

Tickets are on sale now and you can get yours right here.


Saxon released their self-titled debut in 1979, followed by 'Wheels Of Steel' the following year, which reached #5 in the UK charts and gave fans two classics in the title track and '747'. They established themselves as one of the icons of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal throughout the 80s.

Later the band tried to attack the US market taking a more melodic direction with release of 'Destiny' in 1988, before going back to their original sound with 1991s 'Solid Ball Of Rock', reaffirming their influence on the European Metal scene. They continued touring and recording enjoying renewed success and released their current album 'Battering Ram' in 2015.

They also recently released a nine Vinyl album box set, 'Eagles And Dragons', containing the band's nine studio albums recorded between 1991 and 2009.

Saxon saw album sales topping 15 million worldwide including eight UK Top 40 albums across their career. They are considered a seminal NWOBHM act and are known to have inspired Metallica, Megadeth, Pantera, Motley Crue and plenty more.


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