Saxon Release Statement Regarding Future Plans -
New Wave Heavy Metal icon's Saxon have released a
statement informing fans of their touring & recording plans for
the remainder of the year. Saxon head Biff
Byford was responsible for the words, read the full
statement below (via MetalTalk).
"We have finally reached the point where we are all going on
holiday and will hopefully be enjoying the well deserved time
"We've had a very successful year so far. The festivals and
the shows with Judas Priest were a blast and the recent festival
run with one of the all time band highlights at Wacken Open Air
will never be forgotten! A great big thanks to our amazing crew who
did a fantastic job - to say this in (correct) "Wacken" terms: the
band was good but the crew were brilliant!
"The progress of the new album is quite far - just some
final vocals and a few last bits and pieces are missing. Most
likely, our mate Andy Sneap is going to mix the album.
"As we said on our press conference at Wacken, we are
looking at a release date in February. Our touring plans for the
upcoming world tour 2013, as we are setting them up right now, will
kick of in the states with one of our highlights, the Monsters Of
Rock Cruise (we have just confirmed this). This is very special for
us as we have been a major part of the Monsters Of Rock history and
we are proud to be still part of it today.
"After the cruise we will head down to South America where
we will play cities that we haven't been to for ages, but also
we'll go back to some of the great metal towns we played last year.
We are planning to play Mexico as the last gig of the South &
Middle American leg and then fly from there to New York to complete
the American dates.
"Once again, we will be conquering the UK with some
highlights; Our annual St. George's Day will be held for the first
time in Manchester at the Ritz theatre!
"After the UK dates, we will do some more shows in
continental Europe where we will hit the festival season. There is
some talk about being part of the Full Metal Cruise but nothing is
confirmed as of yet.
"The first festival show has been announced for 2013; We
will headline the Bang Your Head festival in Balingen, Germany. The
really exciting thing about it is that we will take the 'Heavy
Metal Thunder - Eagles Over Wacken' stage production with us - BIG
stage set, moving drum riser, pyros, CO2 jets and, and, and... we
will try to bring this stage production to as many festivals as
possible next year to reach and please as many fans as
"As always, it is our credo to make the best fans in world
happy and we are so grateful and thankful for your support - Our
Facebook site has now more than 60,000 supporters! You guys
"After our short holiday we will be playing the Hamburg
Metal Dayz in September 2012 which is powered by the Wacken
Festival. The DVD production 'Heavy Metal Thunder - The Movie'
(which is a superb documentary about Saxon) will be finally
released in autumn and will be available for everyone, everywhere.
We will also offer the DVD on the official web shop and in the US
online shop we recently launched via our website.
"In November 2012 we may go to India for the first time
ever. We are in discussion and are awaiting news from our agent -
we will keep you updated if we will be enjoying an original curry
"Once again, we thank you all for your support and we can't
wait to see you somewhere soon!
"Keep the faith!!
Saxon are expected to follow up on their 2011
'Call to Arms' album release with a brand new as-yet untitled
record in 2013.
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