Saxon has announced that Diamond Head guitarist Brian Tatler “will be appearing” with the band. Tatler, the founding member of NWOBHM early influencers Diamond Head, will cover Paul Quinn’s role in the summer festival appearances Saxon has arranged.
“We welcome our good friend Brian Tatler aboard the Saxon battleship on our live journey across the World,” Biff Byford says. “Bring It On.”
Brian joins fellow Guitarist Doug Scarratt, Bassist Nibs Carter, Drummer Nigel Glockler and Vocalist Biff Byford for the seven festival shows, but will continue to be member of Diamond Head.
Saxon announced last month that “after much soul searching, our great friend and fellow warrior” Paul Quinn had stepped back from touring with the band.
“After many years on the road, with the subsequent stress and tiredness that accompany long tour schedules, Paul doesn’t want his performance to suffer and let his fellow bandmates and fans down,” a statement said.
The March Saxon European tour was curtailed when Biff Byford caught Covid-19.
Saxon’s first scheduled festival performance is at Rockwave Festival on 7 July 2023 in Athens, Greece.
At the recent show at the 3Olympia Theatre in Dublin, MetalTalk’s Brian Boyle described their performance as “an unbelievable shift for a band with a combined age of nearly three and a half centuries. Classic Metal at its very best. Young bucks, take note. This is how you do it.”
Friday July 7th – GREECE, Athens – Rockwave Festival
Monday July 8th – SWEDEN, Knislinge – Time To Rock Festival
Thursday July 13th – GERMANY, Balingen – Bang Your Head Festival
Saturday July 22nd – ITALY, Cremona – Luppolo In Rock Festival
Saturday July 29th – GERMANY, Pyras – Classic Rock Night Festival
Saturday August 5th – SWEDEN, Rejmyre – Skogsrojet Festival
Saturday August 12th – DENMARK, Horsens – Jailbreak Festival
Following the official announcement that founding SAXON guitarist PAUL QUINN will step down from touring duties, the band are very pleased to announce that BRIAN TATLER from DIAMOND HEAD will be appearing with Saxon – see full details at our FB page: https://t.co/qELMACmDmP pic.twitter.com/4ebwcULEX2— Saxon (@SaxonOfficial) April 6, 2023