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22 January 2014

The British Heavy Metal legends produce a series of alternative takes on classic favourites to herald a worthy new entry to the Saxonian Institute of Metal.

There is always feral beauty in a raging beast...and with Unplugged and Strung Up, Saxon's selection of unique, fresh and adventurous interpretations of material previously heard only with raw Heavy Metal thunder, the point is triumphantly underscored.

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Unplugged and Strung Up reveals layers and pieces previously dormant in many of the 14 classic Saxon songs chosen for this makeover, thanks to some ear-catching new arrangements and mixes. Recorded, mixed and mastered with Andy Sneap in Derbyshire, UK in 2013, Biff and co re-evaluated, re-worked and re-energized the towering likes of 'The Eagle Has Landed' and 'Crusader' by introducing orchestral dynamics to offer added dimension.

'Frozen Rainbow' from the band's 1979 debut, gets a stunning acoustic reprisal which transports it into a power ballad to be proud of, whilst 'Red Star Falling' soars and sweeps the emotions with its orchestrally-arranged dovetail.

As if this reinvention wasn't enough, Saxon superfans and collectors can purchase a digipak version of the release which will include 2002's storming set of full-volume, pedal-to-the-metal re-recorded hits Heavy Metal Thunder. Featuring staple Saxon stormers such as 'Motorcycle Man', 'Strong Arm of the Law' and 'Dallas 1pm' it is a quintessential part of any collection.

The standard single CD of Unplugged and Strung Up will come in a jewel case, and a double-vinyl gatefold sleeve version of the release will also be available. The digipack will be a two-disc version of the release featuring the bonus disc Heavy Metal Thunder, and there will be a digital release of the same.

Originally the tour was scheduled for November 2013 and included dates with Motörhead, but it was postponed after Motörhead's Lemmy needed more time to recuperate over health issues. The dates were put back for three months, and the dream line-up promises an unforgettably epic night.

Rescheduled UK Tour Dates
10/02/14 Northampton, Roadmenders*
11/02/14 Buckley, Tivoli*
13/02/14 Glasgow, O2 Academy
14/02/14 City Hall, Newcastle
15/02/14 Preston, 53 Degrees*
16/02/14 Manchester, O2 Apollo
17/02/14 Wolverhampton, Civic Hall
19/02/14 London, O2 Brixton Academy
20/02/14 Nottingham, Royal Concert Hall

* Solo Saxon dates
All other together with Motörhead



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