Eric MacKinnon at RockAAA.com recently caught up with SAXON frontman Biff Byford, who revealed some of the band’s future plans. An excerpt from the interview is available below:
Saxon frontman Biff Byford has revealed the band’s next project will see them join forces with Polish Philharmonic Orchestra to give some of their most famous songs an orchestral overhaul. The veteran rockers are thrashing out the details which will see them head for Poland for a special performance of unplugged and orchestral versions of their songs which will then be filmed for a DVD – as will the build up as part of a ‘Making of’ documentary.
In a RockAAA exclusive Byford revealed:
“We’re going to do a show with an orchestra next year in Warsaw. The guy who runs the Philharmonic Orchestra asked us to do and we fancied it as we have a quite few songs which are scored to orchestra like ‘Call To Arms’ on the new album and we’ve just done ‘Crusader’ with an orchestra which sounds fantastic, so it will be a bit unplugged and a bit orchestra and a bit of heavy metal too.
It will be filmed and we’ll do a making of, too. We don’t know exactly when that will be but we’re trying to work it out now as it is a nightmare logistically.”
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Saxon will release their brand new studio album, Call To Arms, via Militia Guard Music, UDR and EMI on May 23rd.
Call To Arms tracklisting is as follows:
‘Hammer Of The Gods’
‘Back In 79’
‘Surviving Against The Odds’
‘Mists Of Avalon’
‘Call To Arms’
‘Chasing The Bullet’
‘When Doomsday Comes (Hybrid Theory)’
‘No Rest For The Wicked’
‘Ballad Of The Working Man’
‘Call To Arms’ (Orchestral version)