Review and photos by Craig Newman
Saxon formed in 1976 in Barnsley, Yorkshire named as Son of A Bitch. They changed their name to Saxon and being influential during the New Wave of British Heavy Metal they had huge success in the 1980s with 8 UK Top 40 albums including 4 UK Top 10 albums. Saxon also had numerous singles in the Top 20 singles chart. Between 1980 and 1987 Saxon established themselves as one of Europe’s biggest metal acts, and is considered a cult band at the USA which should not be at all!
Saxon who has 29 albums including the current ‘Sacrifice have been very influential to metal music for over 30 years. Their songs of history such as President Kennedys shooting death, the Apollo moon landing and battles between the Norseman, Saxons and Saracens on religion and territory takeovers from different tribes and/or Clans which are in some areas still happening.
On October 4, 2013 the show from the Denim and Leather veterans of heavy metal thunder return to Los Angeles at the House of Blues for support of their current album and over thirty years ago they performed at the Whiskey a Go- Go on the Sunset Strip.
Opening the show with the title song from the current album then the next song was “Red Line”. The ninety minute show was nonstop from beginning to end performing some of the songs were: “Power and the Glory”, “Dogs of War”, “Wheels of Steel”, “Dallas 1 PM ”, “Heavy Metal Thunder”, “Never Surrender” “Made in Belfast”, “Motorcycle Man” “Night of the Wolf”, “Rock and Roll Gypsy” which FOZZY vocalist Chris Jericho came on stage to sing with band. Also performed were: “Sailing to America”, “This Town Rocks”, “Crusader”, and “Princess of the Night”. Yet they have could have played so much more of their songs but was not enough time. They still have the energy and sound as they did forty years ago.
Opening the show is FOZZY who are on tour with SAXON who gave an energetic performance along with Haleyonway who are from Atlanta, Georgia.
SAXON’s music of metal anthems and other history and other experience that have and will influence other metal and hard rock bands and musicians for generations.