September 26, 2013
House of Blues - Dallas
Dallas, TX USA
Review by Andy Laudano
Photos by Michael Victorick
Saxon - Saxon, Fozzy, Halcyon Way
Metal Comes To Town With Fistpumping And Headbanging Fury
It's been a long time since the mighty Saxon had a proper tour of the U.S. and a stop at the House of Blues in Dallas, TX. Sure, they usually make it out to their "second home" in San Antonio every few years, but it was nice to see them this time around without the five hour drive. The Sacrifice And Sin tour teamed the British legends with their American friends, Fozzy. Even the drum kit they shared proudly displayed both band's logos.
The show kicked off with a killer set from Atlanta, GA.'s Halcyon Way. For those that are familiar with the band, but haven't seen them in a while, founder/guitarist Jon Bodan is back with a new lineup. They did a great job warming up the crowd with songs like "Web Of Lies" off their upcoming album, Conquer. Halcyon Way made quite a few new fans in Dallas.
Next up was a high energy performance from WWE Superstar, Chris Jericho's band Fozzy. The band hit the stage like a runaway freight train and never slowed down. Jericho is a great frontman, equally at home commanding the lighted stage as he is a wrestling ring. But make no mistake, this is not just some wrestler's side project. This is a serious kick ass metal band that also features such veteran musicians as co-founder/guitarist "The Duke" Rich Ward and bassist Paul Di Leo.
Fozzy's all too brief set was mostly made up of songs from their latest release, Sin And Bones, including "Sandpaper," "She's My Addiction" and the title track. They also did their biggest hit to date, "Enemy" from the All That Remains album. Fans couldn't get enough and loudly chanted "Fozzy! Fozzy!" after nearly every song. This is a fun band to watch!
Finally it was time for the NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) icons to tear the roof off! Saxon opened with the title track off their latest release, "Sacrifice" before launching into the classic "Power And The Glory." For a band that's been around nearly forty years, Saxon show no signs of slowing down. They had more energy than bands half their age. Bassist Nibbs Carter was thrashing around and headbanging so hard you'd think he was having a seizure!
The headbanging and fistpumping continued with "Heavy Metal Thunder" and "Motorcycle Man," but it wasn't until "Dallas, 1 PM" that the crowd totally lost their minds and loudly sang along. Vocalist Biff Byford sounded fantastic as he belted out each song. Paul Quinn and Doug Scarrett were just killing it with their twin guitar attack. Saxon was putting on a clinic and showing everyone how heavy metal should be done.As their two hour performance neared the end, the big guns came out. "747 (Strangers In The Night)," "Crusader,quot; the anthem "Denim And Leather" and "Wheels Of Steel" closed out an amazing set. Two encores followed, "Strong Arm Of The Law" and "Princess Of The Night." This was easily one of the best concerts of the year. Hopefully Saxon won't make us wait so long again before they return.