Gig Of The Week: Saxon
WHERE: London Koko
WHEN: Tuesday, December 20
This will be a special show, because will mark the 30th anniversary of Denim And Leather by playing the whole album.
“It’s interesting,” remarks frontman Biff Byford, “because we asked fans via our website whether they wanted us to do all of this album, and 60% said no. But I think they got confused and thought we would only do Denim And Leather, and no other songs. But it’s only about 35 minutes long, so it’s not as if we’ll do all the songs on it and then fuck off. It will be part of the set.”
Byford looks back at the 1981 album as being part of a golden era for the NWOBHM heroes.
“You think about the start of that decade, and everyone was having such a shitty time, especially outside of London. And that’s the time when we broke through. So, I do think that Denim And Leather is part of a special time for us, and it remains one of my favourite Saxon albums.”
The band – Byford, guitarists Paul Quinn and Doug Scarratt, bassist Nibs Carter and drummer Nigel Glockler – are also playing the following UK shows this month:
Sat. 17: Belfast Mandela Hall
Mon. 19: Sheffield O2 Academy
But they’re only doing the Denim And Leather album in London. And the support band for all shows are Hammerfall.
For Biff, it’s as if the band have been reborn.
“When was the last time we did two London dates in the same year? Like a lot of other bands we saw our audience drop in the 90s, and we were playing smaller venues. Now, people are openly saying they love us, and that’s cool. We have our older fans back, plus a lot of new ones. We’re also enjoying what we do more than we even did when we had all those big albums. Because we are now in charge of our career.
“The next release is a DVD called Heavy Metal Thunder Live: Eagles Over Wacken. That’s out early in 2012, and features footage from our five appearances at the Wacken Festival. We’re also working on unplugged versions of some songs. Right now I’m not sure how we’ll release it. This could be a bonus CD on the next album.”
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