Byford: Saxon isn’t Spinal Tap
Biff Byford says Saxon have no strong connection to Spinal Tap, despite having taken actor Harry Shearer on tour with them before he played the role of Derek Smalls.
Celebrated 1984 rockumentary-if-you-will This Is Spinal Tap pokes fun at the rock’n'roll lifestyle through documenting the career of its titular fictional band.
And although Byford admits they shared anecdotes with Shearer, he says it doesn’t follow that Spinal Tap are based on Saxon.
The singer tells Noisecreep: “All of the Spinal Tap stuff really came from our former bass player, who made those connections and talked about it and all of that.
“We definitely told some stories to Harry, and that perhaps made it in some form into the film. But there’s not that big a connection between that sort of band and us.
“I love This Is Spinal Tap but that’s not really the music we make. I don’t feel as close a connection as some people make it out to be.”
He adds: “We don’t take ourselves too seriously, and of course many funny things happen on the road to all kinds of bands.”
Byford thinks new Saxon album Sacrifice will engage fans old and new – and that’s exactly what he was trying to achieve with it.
He says: “There a lot of young fans out there today that want to learn about the past and bands that they are too young to appreciate because they weren’t around yet.
“We didn’t want this to sound like an old Saxon record – we wanted to maintain a classic sound that is still very up to date. We’re also anxious to play a lot of it on stage: it was written with a live audience in mind, and the concert experience is really what Saxon has always been about.”