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2nd June 2017


Saxon played U Rock Festival in Umea, Sweden last night, Thursday 1st June, and now stranded in Scandinavia after someone broke into their dressing room and stole their passports.

Saxon Management have out out this statement:

"If you are the person who broke into the Saxon dressing room at U Rock Festival in Umea, Sweden tonight - please return phones, passports, wallets - NO QUESTIONS ASKED.

"Or if you know this person please turn in.

"The band needs these things for travel home.

"It was a great show tonight - we know this does not represent our fans there."

At the time of writing, this is all the information we currently have but there will almost certainly be an update in the not-too-distant so stay posted.

And if you have any information whatsoever, however small you may think it is, please contact us by clicking here and we'll forward your message onto Saxon straight away.

And if you are the person who broke into Saxon's dressing room, you are well advised to take up the band's offer of 'no questions asked' because if this was left to the Gods Of Heavy Metal to deal with instead, no way would you get off so lightly.

Börje Öhman, communications officer at the police regional command center in Umeå told local newspaper Västerbottens-Kuriren.

"A notification of theft has been prepared but we have no one in custody at this time."


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monsters of rock

Monsters Of Rock In Full Flight is strictly limited to 300 worldwide and is available from 30th November but those ordering before 31st October will have their name published within a dedicated page in the book.

It's a deluxe 128 page hardback book in a metal flight case with a narrative by Jerry Bloom.

When promoter Paul Loasby put on the first Monsters Of Rock Festival in 1980 he could probably never have imagined it would become an annual event that would endure for so many years.

Featuring bands from the UK, Germany, Canada and USA, Loasby chose to stage the event at the Donington race circuit in the middle of England and it would prove to be a defining moment for many of the bands on the bill.

Not least for headliners Rainbow as it was the their last ever show to feature drum legend Cozy Powell. As it would happen it turned out to be the last for vocalist Graham Bonnet as well. For many of the other bands on the bill such as Scorpions, Judas Priest and Saxon, they were all on the ascendancy and would soon go on to even greater success.

Now in celebration of this first ever Monsters Of Rock Festival comes this hardback book full of glorious photos of the bands that took to the stage for that inaugural event including back stage shots. Most of these shots have not been published before which add to the uniqueness of this deluxe 128-page book which is packaged in its own flight case.

Also included are stories surrounding the event with tales and recollections from those who were there, including artists and fans alike. Each book will be signed by the author. The 300 will sell fast and definitely go on to become collector's items so order yours now right here to avoid disappointment.


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