As reported on the Saxon Facebook page Lead singer Biff Byford has been diagnosed with a heart condition that requires immediate surgery and a post op recovery period that will last into the New Year.
The Statement of the bands Facebook Page
URGENT ANNOUNCEMENT - PLEASE READ FULL STATEMENT!
It is with regret that we have to announce the rescheduling of the remaining SAXON shows in 2019. Lead Vocalist Biff Byford has been diagnosed with a heart condition that requires immediate surgery and a post op recovery period that will last into the new year.
The shows affected are as follows:
September 26th Sweden, Stockholm – Grona Lund
October 5th – The Netherlands, Eindhoven – Oktober Metal Fest
October 18th – UK, Glasgow – Braehead Arena
October 19th – UK, London – Eventim Apollo
October 20th – UK, Manchester – O2 Apollo
October 26th – Germany, Dusseldorf – Mitsubishi Electric Halle
December 1st – Mexico, Mexico City – Forcefest
December 6th – Colombia, Bogota – Knot Fest
The UK, London Eventim Apollo show has been rescheduled for Saturday March 28th 2020
And UK, Manchester O2 Apollo for Sunday March 29th 2020
The UK, Glasgow Braehead Arena & Germany, Dusseldorf Mitsubishi Electric Halle shows will be rescheduled and new dates announced as soon as possible.
All existing tickets will remain valid for new dates and in the case of a required refund please visit point of purchase.
The Stockholm Grona Lund show will be rescheduled for the summer of 2020 – date TBC at this time.
Unfortunately due to the nature of the events, the Netherlands, Mexico & Colombia dates will not be able to be rescheduled.
Biff “As everyone knows now we are going to have to reschedule some of the shows because I need an operation on my heart which should be happening next week. There is nothing more I can say really, I am just sorry for causing all the disappointment to peoples plans for coming to see us. I know people are flying from all over the World to see the shows but there is nothing I can do so please wish me luck and send me some good vibes. We have to look positive on this and I will coming back as strong as before hopefully”
More updates on Biff’s progress to follow soon.
Tickets for the rescheduled London and Manchester shows are available from:
To lift spirits up
Saxon's Nigel Glockler Interview as he talks Saxon band polls and writing new album
Watch here, starts at the 3 Minute mark
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He continued. "In terms of musical direction it will be pretty much where we are at with Battering Ram and Thunderbolt but maybe on this album a couple more groove oriented songs. I think those last two albums lacked a little groove. This new one will have a bit more groove, but still heavy. We are doing writing sessions right now and working through them. We got about 10-11 ideas/songs at the moment. I'm scheduled to go into the studio to do the drums beginning of November 2019. In terms of producer nothing official but it's pretty much a given who is going to do it. Nothing official yet. "
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