Saxon are one of the giants of British Heavy Metal and forty years and twenty two studio albums on from the start of their journey to legendary status in the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal days of 1979 they hit the road again in the UK to play three celebratory fortieth anniversary shows.
For the first time since the 1980s they will return to headlining London's Hammersmith 'Odeon' and Manchester Apollo, together with their largest Scottish show to date at Glasgow's Braehead Arena in October 2019, with a mega show featuring staples of Saxon shows past, the castle set in its enormity together with the classic Eagle lighting rig.
In addition to the announcement of these shows, the band will release another chapter in the 'The Eagle Has Landed Live' series of albums with 'The Eagle Has Landed 4' out on general release on August 2nd 2019 via Silver Lining Music.
Renamed 'The Eagle Has Landed 40' to commemorate the anniversary, the album will be a double CD set (available on other formats including a special box set) containing forty songs spanning the bands career.
The Tour Dates are as follows:
Friday October 18th – Glasgow, Braehead Arena
Saturday October 19th – London, Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith
Sunday October 20th – Manchester, O2 Apollo
Tickets go on sale 10am January 25th and can be purchased right here.
For London and Manchester, a four band bill will include Swiss legends Krokus who will play their first shows in the UK for many years together with friends and NWOBHM icons Girlschool and Diamond Head. Krokus have decided to retire after this year, so these will be the band's last ever shows in the UK.
Glasgow will feature special guests Black Star Riders with Girlschool opening the show.
Biff Byford: "We are very happy to be celebrating forty years of Saxon by playing these great venues – to be back at Hammersmith and Manchester Apollo is fantastic and to see all our Scottish friends at Braehead Arena just tops it off! The show will be the biggest and best since the classic era of the band and the set list will be …. well let's say we'll start with 'Wheels Of Steel' – straight into 'Strong Arm Of The Law' into 'Denim And Leather. That good enough for you?"
Krokus' Chris Von Rohr adds "We all have very good memories about the British fans - and Saxon - long stick will go boom! Together we're gonna set the damn roof on fire!"
Ricky Warwick from Black Star Riders comments: "We are absolutely delighted to be special guests to our good friends Saxon at their Braehead Arena show. Glasgow is very dear to us and I personally have a huge history with the city! Can't wait to see you all. This will be epic!"