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7th November 2017


Saxon are all set to release their latest studio album, 'Thunderbolt', on February 2nd via the Militia Guard label (Silver Lining Music).

The 'Thunderbolt' album will feature original artwork by long time Saxon collaborator Paul Raymond Gregory.

Biff tells us:

"This is album twenty-two and it's called 'Thunderbolt'. It's a storming, smashing, thundering collection of tracks we've been crafting with producer Andy Sneap and it's finished ready to be unleashed.

"Stand clear and fasten your seat belts!"

Three weeks after release, the band will be embarking on the first leg of the 'Thunderbolt 2018 European Tour' where they will be joined by Diamond Head and Rock Goddess and Magnum on the Hull date only.

Dates for 'Thunderbolt Tour Part 2' will be announced in early 2018.

Biff continues:

"Ok, this is part 1 of the colossal 'Thunderbolt World Tour' and we're going to be touring the whole of 2018 so get your tickets and join the ride.

"It's gonna be fast and furious, dark and brooding. Monumental riffing and screaming vocals, loud and proud, it's going to be a Saxon tour, unique in every way."

Since the 1970s Saxon have shown their ability to take rock'n'roll and give it an electrifying edge which has since cemented their status as pioneers of British Heavy Metal.


'Thunderbolt' tracklisting:
1. Olympus Rising
2. Thunderbolt
3. The Secret Of Flight
4. Nosferatu (The Vampires Waltz)
5. They Played Rock And Roll
6. Predator
7. Sons Of Odin
8. Sniper
9. A Wizard's Tale
10. Speed Merchants
11. Roadie's Song
12. Nosferatu (Raw Version)*
*not available on vinyl

'Thunderbolt 2018 European Tour - Part 1':
Friday 23rd February: UK, Cardiff University
Saturday 24th February: UK, Cambridge Corn Exchange
Sunday 25th February: UK, Hull City Hall
Tuesday 27th February: Holland, Tilburg 013
Wednesday 28th February: Germany, Saarbruecken Garage
Thursday 1st March: Germany, Hannover Capitol
Friday 2nd March: Germany, Frankfurt Batschkapp
Saturday 3rd March: Germany, Dresden Schlachthof

Tickets on sale right here.

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monsters of rock

Monsters Of Rock In Full Flight is strictly limited to 300 worldwide and is available from 30th November but those ordering before 31st October will have their name published within a dedicated page in the book.

It's a deluxe 128 page hardback book in a metal flight case with a narrative by Jerry Bloom.

When promoter Paul Loasby put on the first Monsters Of Rock Festival in 1980 he could probably never have imagined it would become an annual event that would endure for so many years.

Featuring bands from the UK, Germany, Canada and USA, Loasby chose to stage the event at the Donington race circuit in the middle of England and it would prove to be a defining moment for many of the bands on the bill.

Not least for headliners Rainbow as it was the their last ever show to feature drum legend Cozy Powell. As it would happen it turned out to be the last for vocalist Graham Bonnet as well. For many of the other bands on the bill such as Scorpions, Judas Priest and Saxon, they were all on the ascendancy and would soon go on to even greater success.

Now in celebration of this first ever Monsters Of Rock Festival comes this hardback book full of glorious photos of the bands that took to the stage for that inaugural event including back stage shots. Most of these shots have not been published before which add to the uniqueness of this deluxe 128-page book which is packaged in its own flight case.

Also included are stories surrounding the event with tales and recollections from those who were there, including artists and fans alike. Each book will be signed by the author. The 300 will sell fast and definitely go on to become collector's items so order yours now right here to avoid disappointment.


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