Saxon Celebrate St. George’s Day

English heavy metal legends Saxon kick off the UK leg of their Battalions of Steel World Tour in style at the Forum in London on April 23rd, St. George’s Day.

Biff and the band agree with Boris Johnson’s statement that England’s patron saint’s day has been ignored for far too long and, being men of action (and purveyors of damn fine British Heavy Metal) they will rock hard with their fans on 23rd April.

As Biff says, “You can’t ignore it. It’s our day – stand up and be counted!”

On this tour, Saxon will be joined by DORO and Belfast NWOBHM band Sweet Savage. Full Tour Details are:

Thurs, 23rd Apr London HMV Forum £17.50 Sun, 26th Apr Belfast Mandela Hall £19.00 Tues, 28th Apr Glasgow ABC £16.50 Thurs, 30th Apr Sheffield O2 Academy £16.50 Fri, 1st May Newcastle O2 Academy £16.50 Sun, 3rd May Manchester Academy 2 £17.50 Mon, 4th May Bristol O2 Academy £16.50 Tues, 5th May Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall £16.50

All tickets subject to booking fee. Tickets also available from www.seetickets.com and 0871 239 5595. Doors 7pm, except Newcastle: 6:30pm.

Saxon are headlining Hammerfest on Saturday, 25th April at Pontin’s Holiday Village in Prestatyn.

METAL HAMMER’S GOLDEN GODS!!!

BREAKING NEWS: it has been announced today that Saxon will perform at Metal Hammer’s 7th Annual Golden Gods awards ceremony on Monday, 15th June at the IndigO2. Fans can win tickets to this exclusive event by going to www.saxon747.com

OTHER SAXON NEWS:

Saxon’s awesome 1980 hit “Wheels of Steel” features in the soundtrack of Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned, released in February this year and the band performed a rocking set at the launch party in Edinburgh.

Saxon’s innovative RIFFKING competition is still running and fans can submit their entries until April 23rd. The band are offering the winner the chance to perform onstage with them, all expenses paid, in either Brazil, Japan or Germany. For full details go towww.myspace.com/saxonriffking

Saxon are featured in the British Music Experience, a permanent exhibition at London’s O2 Arena. For more info, go towww.britishmusicexperience.com.

Formed in 1976 in Barnsley, Yorkshire, the band released their first album in 1979 and had scored 4 top twenty hits by 1981. They went on to have 8 top 20 UK albums within the next 10 years including the mega selling Wheels of Steel which hit number 5 in 1980 and their double platinum Denim And Leather (1981). Tours of America, an appearance at the Monsters Of Rock festival at Castle Donington, and the live album The Eagle Has Landed (1982) (according to Melody Maker “one of the best live recordings of the decade”) followed. In January 2009, they released their latest studio album Into The Labyrinth. To date Saxon have sold over 10 million units worldwide, released 26 albums and are still going from strength to strength.

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