SAXON To Release DVD Set “Heavy Metal Thunder – The Move” in North America
“Our music was more sort of machinery banging together, wheels turning, machines making noise,” says Biff of those early, industrial days, “It’s what Heavy Metal is all about. Heavy Metal is all about hard, big sounds bashing your skull in. I used to work in factories where big machinery made lot of noise and I used to sing along to the noises they made.”
It is a documentary which looks for all the world as though it’s a superbly crafted script, as much a tale of pure, honest, working class triumph as just another Rock n’ Roll story.Heavy Metal Thunder – The Movie shows every facet of Saxon on their journey without once diluting the true characters who make up the band.
“We basically played every dump and shithole that there is in England over a period, probably just short of eight years,” laughs Biff. “You know classic cliché of transit van, up and down and we used to play more or less every night. One gig might be a good paying gig and the other one might be no money or ten quid but it was an obsession, you had to play every day.”
These wonderfully naïve young men sought nothing more than a great gig, a good time and maybe a nice girl, before suddenly finding themselves on tour in the US, exposed to the sorts of things which (quite frankly) Barnsley simply didn’t offer in 1980. And from that point, the movie takes the viewer on a journey encompassing it all from triumphs to tears to tea-bags and beyond.
“We do have a great legacy,” says Byford, “whether you joined the band in 1994 or (as) an original member. There’s a legacy there and I’ve tried hard to not let people demean it and to spoil it and you have to look after that thing that is Saxon.”
Also, it’s been confirmed that Saxon will be headlining the Rock Stage at the Sweden Rock Festival next year.
Regarding Saxon’s postponed show in Hatfield, the band have decided to let the gig go and refund tickets via Ticket Master. The plans are to try and find another option to play Hatfield next year.