Wednesday, May 20, 2009


Saxon playing the Meridian club in Houston,Texas this sat the 23rd!

Rock / British Metal:
Saxon was one of the early leaders of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, along with Iron Maiden and Def Leppard. The band was formed in Barnsley in 1977 by vocalist Biff Byford, guitarists Graham Oliver and Paul Quinn, bassist Steve Dawson, and drummer Pete Gill. Originally calling themselves Son of a Bitch, they soon decided to find a more subtle name, settling on Saxon. Like many young metal bands of the day, Saxon found it difficult to land a record deal in post-punk England, but eventually signed with French-based Carrere Records, releasing their self-titled debut in 1979. They band built a strong following touring Britain as support group to Motörhead and Nazareth and capitalized on this exposure with their sophomore effort the following year. Wheels of Steel featured a much heavier, metallic sound which finally did their songs justice. The album was immediately heralded as a NWOBHM classic by fans and critics alike and the band was apparently on their way. They released two more fine albums, Strong Arm of the Law and Denim and Leather, over the next year while touring relentlessly across Britain, Europe, and the U.S. Even the loss of founding drummer Pete Gill to Motörhead (replaced by Nigel Glockler) didn't slow their momentum, and a live album, The Eagle Has Landed, capped their hot streak in 1982. After experimenting with style and production overe several albums, they returned to their British metal roots. This resulted in their strongest material in years: 1992's Forever Free; 1995's excellent Dogs of War (after which guitarist Graham Oliver departed to re-form Son of a Bitch with Pete Gill and Steve Dawson); 1997's Unleash the Beast; 1999's Metalhead; and 2001's Killing Ground. The band even managed to land a new U.S. record deal with CMC International for the latter two discs, which also led to their first American tour in almost a decade. Byford and Quinn returned in 2004 with Lionheart, a pure metal blast that echoed earlier classics like Denim & Leather and Power & the Glory, followed by the similarly themed Inner Sanctum and Into the Labyrinth in 2007 and 2009, respectively.

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With Special Guests:Mercenary X And "Camaro" DJ Mr. Castillo
..:: Admission ::..
Advance: $18 :: Day of Show: $20 ..:: Restriction ::..
16+ Only ..:: Times ::..
Door: 7:00 PM ..:: Tickets On Sale::..

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SAXON: Gotta Rock to Stay Alive!!!

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