Posts Tagged ‘Biff Byford’

SAXON – Guitarist Doug Scarratt

January 20th, 2016

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DOUG SCARRAT

INTERVIEW AND PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJALA

Saxon, the legendary English heavy metal band, was founded in 1976. They are one of the pioneers of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, and during the 80’s Saxon established themselves as one of Europe’s biggest metal acts. The band is still going strong and they tour on a regular basis. They have released 21 studio albums including their newest, BATTERING RAM, which came out in October 2015. The band arrived Finland on 6th of December along with Motörhead and Girlschool. I then sat down with the band’s long-term guitarist Doug Scarratt in Helsinki and we discussed many different topics such as touring with Motörhead and the new Saxon album.

Edit: It should be noted that when this interview took place, we had no idea what was going to happen for Lemmy in just a few weeks…  😥 

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Saxon with support on Battering Ram European Tour 2015 – leg 1 – at Kulturbolaget Malmo, Sweden

January 20th, 2016

Saxon – Battering Ram European Tour 2015

With support act Dirty Passion

Kulturbolaget, Malmo, Sweden
December 2, 2015

Live review and pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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SAXON – Interview with Biff Byford

September 13th, 2015

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SAXON – Interview with Biff Byford

Interview conducted by Robert Williams

Video courtesy of William Prewitt
Editing courtesy of Sandra Torres

British heavy metal legends Saxon recently toured the U.S. for the second time this year, on a monster billing recalling the now-classic “Bombers & Eagles Tour” of ’92, alongside the monolithic road-dog punters in Motörhead and the up-and-coming hard rockers in Crobot. I was lucky enough to catch up with Saxon vocalist Biff Byford prior to the band’s performance in Austin, Texas for a pre-show interview, Biff went into depth on the band’s new album “Battering Ram” as well as Saxon’s lengthy history with Lemmy & Motörhead. September 1st marked my third interview with the NWOBHM legend for Metal-Rules.com and later that night Saxon delivered in full once-more to a capacity crowd of “Denim & Leather” clad metal warriors who all stood up to be counted! Saxon is a timeless band more than capable of putting on an unforgettable night of heavy metal classics, perhaps only rivaled by the likes of fellow fathers of the craft like Accept, Priest, Maiden or Manowar. Their dedication to heavy metal is nothing short of inspiring and their lineage and discography grows stronger year-by-year as they continue to push the envelope, metallicly speaking. Here’s to many more years of “Heavy Metal Thunder” from Saxon! Read the rest of this entry »

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Saxon w support on Warriors Of the Road 35th anniversary world tour – European leg – 2014 at Amager Bio Copenhagen, Denmark

December 13th, 2014

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Saxon – headline act

Warriors Of the Road 35th anniversary world tour:  European leg 2014

Skid Row – special guest
Halcyon Way – support act

Amager Bio, Copenhagen, Denmark
12/11 – 2014

Review and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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Saxon on Mini Tour Of Europe – 2014 Kulturbolaget Malmo, Sweden

April 16th, 2014


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Saxon – headline act

Mini Tour Of Europe – 2014

Dirty Passion – support act

Kulturbolaget

Malmoe

Sweden

9/3 – 2014

Live reviews and photos by: Anders Sandvall

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Saxon – Sacrifice World Tour 2013, European leg 1 at Amager Bio Copenhagen, Denmark

June 29th, 2013

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Saxon

Sacrifice World Tour 2013, European leg 1
AC Angry – support act

Amager Bio, Copenhagen, Denmark
8/6- 2013

Review and live pictures by Anders Sandvall

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SAXON with special quests Anvil – Club Nosturi, HELSINKI

December 29th, 2011

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with very special guests

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CLUB NOSTURI, HELSINKI

04.12 2011

REPORT AND PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJALA

The British NWOBHM legends, Saxon, released their 19th studio album CALL TO ARMS in May 2011 and they have been touring heavily across the globe. Although the band had been annual visitors to Finland, they now played their first show in Helsinki in four years! The support band for this leg of tour was Canadian metal band Anvil. It seems that there’s a great demand for these classic bands in Finland as this show sold out with the 1000 person capacity reached right after tickets came on sale.

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Saxon and Dirty Passion on Battalions Of Steel 30th Anniversary Tour 2010 at Mejeriet in Lund,Sweden

April 22nd, 2010

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Saxon

Battalions Of Steel 30th Anniversary Tour 2010

Dirty Passion – support act

Mejeriet, Lund, Sweden

26/3 – 2010

 Review and live pictures by Anders Sandvall

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Saxon’s Nibbs Carter and Paul Quinn

September 26th, 2006

 

INTERVIEW WITH PAUL QUINN AND NIBBS CARTER

The legendary Saxon doesn’t need too much introduction here but I will do it briefly anyway. Saxon, who originally called themselves Son of a Bitch, was formed in1977 by vocalist Biff Byford, guitarists Graham Olivier and Paul Quinn, bassist Steve Dawson and drummer Pete Gill. Their early albums “Denim and Leather”, “Wheels of Steel” and “Strong Arm Of The Law” are heralded as some of the most important NWOBHM classics. A ground breaking live album “The Eagle Has Landed” was released in 1983 and still today, along with such classic as Motorheads “No Sleep At All”, it’s often mentioned as one of the most important live releases from that period. Since those days the band has gone through many ups and downs. There has been a great number of line -up changes, problems with record companies, problems with former band members and low record sales but on the other hand over the last few years they have succeeded to reach a new, strong and loyal fanbase who have helped them to re-create their glory days. Their recent albums “Lionheart”, Killing Ground” and “Metalhead” are modern heavy metal classics and are also living proof that Saxon is alive and well. Recently the band released a brand new live album “The Eagle Has Landed III” which continues the saga which originally started in 1983. I managed to catch Paul Quinn and Nibbs Carter after their great show in Ruisrock and here is the transcription of our lengthy causerie, hope you like it?

 

Interview and pictures by Marko Syrjälä
Interview pictures by Taru Saarinen
Transcription by Cindy Zhang

 

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