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Saxon

Saxon are an English heavy metal band formed in 1977, in Barnsley. As one of the leaders of the new wave of British heavy metal, they had eight UK Top 40 albums in the 1980s including four UK Top 10 albums and two Top 5 albums. The band also had numerous singles in the UK Singles Chart and chart success all over Europe and Japan, as well as success in the US. During the 1980s Saxon established themselves as one of Europe's biggest metal acts. The band tours regularly and have sold more than 23 million albums worldwide. They are considered one of the classic metal acts and have influenced many bands such as Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax, Testament, Mötley Crüe, Pantera, Dream Theater and Sodom.

Links with FRS Edit

Saxon recorded two sessions for the Friday Rock Show, the first session released commercially first on the album, BBC Sessions/ Live At Reading Festival '86 in 1998 and later on the self titled album in 2009. The band paid tribute to the Friday Rock Show in their song "Denim and Leather" from the 1981 album Denim And Leather, which featured the lyrics, 'Did you listen to the radio every Friday night'.

Sessions Edit

The first session released on BBC Sessions/Live At Reading '86 (EMI, 1998) and Saxon (EMI, 2009)

1. Recorded: 1980-01-23. Broadcast: 15 February 1980. Repeated: 04 April 1980

  • Backs To The Wall / Stallions Of The Highway / Motorcycle Man / Still Fit To Boogie / Strangers In The Night

2. Recorded: unknown. Broadcast: 05 December 1980. Repeated: 09 January 1981

  • Heavy Metal Thunder / 20,000 Ft / Sixth Form Girls

3. Recorded for David Jensen's show Studio B15: 1982-04-25. Broadcast: 07 April 1990 (Alan Freeman), 06 October 1990 (Alan Freeman)

  • 20,000 Ft / Dallas 1 pm / The Eagle Has Landed / 747 Strangers In The Night

Live Edit

The Hammersmith Odeon live performance from 1985-09-18 are available on The EMI Years (1985-1988) (EMI, 2012)

Some of the tracks from 1986-08-23 are available (1, 2, 4, 7, 8 and 9) on BBC Sessions/Live At Reading '86 (EMI, 1998)

  1. Back On The Streets
  2. Dallas 1pm
  3. The Devil Rides Out
  4. The Power And The Glory
  5. And The Bands Played On
  6. Crusader
  7. Princess Of The Night
  8. Wheels Of Steel
  9. Rockin' Again
  10. Strong Arm Of The Law
  11. 747 (Strangers In The Night)
  1. Power And The Glory
  2. Never Surrender
  3. The Eagle Has Landed
  4. Rock The Nations
  5. 747 (Strangers in the Night)
  6. 20,000 Feet
  7. Wheels Of Steel
  8. Waiting For The Night
  9. Strong Arm Of The Law
  1. Heavy Metal Thunder
  2. Rock And Roll Gypsy
  3. The Bands Played On
  4. 20,000 Feet
  5. Princess Of The Night
  6. Wheels Of Steel
  7. 747 (Strangers In The Night)
  8. Strong Arm Of The Law

Other Shows Played Edit

Saxon - Denim And Leather

Saxon - Denim And Leather

1979
1980
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Footnotes
  1. The Reading Festival recording is misdated on the BBC Sessions/Live At Reading Festival 86 album, which has 26th June 1986 instead of 23rd August 1986.