September 4, 2015
Dallas, TX USA
Review by Jeff Groves
Photos by Jeff Groves
The Band Played On...
With headliners Motörhead canceling due to health problems with frontman Lemmy Kilmister, co-headliners Saxon continued, with a day notice venue change, and was moved from the Bomb Factory to Trees in Deep Ellum. To quote a classic Saxon song..."The Band Played On"... and in true rock fashion, they kick'd ass!
Having seen Saxon earlier this year at Gas Monkey Live, I wasn't sure what more to expect, but with a long history dating back to 1976, Saxon has been consistent and the true metal fan knows they always deliver. As expected, the club was packed and the crowd was ready which gave the band extra motivation to play harder and possibly top their last performance the second time around.
Vocalist, Biff Byford, seemed to really be enjoying himself, and it showed in his performance from the get go. Hoping to hear new songs, or tunes that they didn't play back in May was an expectation most of the fans were hoping and talking about pre-show. Saxon took to the stage with the title track from their upcoming album Battering Ram, on Napalm Records that is due for release next month. If the rest of the album sounds as good as the first track, fans will be in for a real treat.
Bringing out the classics from their massive back catalog, most of the set consisted from the albums Denim And Leather, Power And The Glory, and my personal favorite, Strong Arm Of The Law. Songs such as "Princess Of The Night," "Crusader" and ending the show with "Wheels Of Steel" were the big crowd pleasers of the night.
After a brief exit from the stage they returned with two major encores... "Strong Arm of The Law" and "Denim And Leather." There was no doubt Saxon had satisfied the Dallas fan base which was evident by the rave applauses. For me, after standing up front for the entire show... I left with a sore neck, a huge smile on my face and both ears ringings! After it was all said and done, I thought the show was much better than the last time simply because of the bands stage presence and energy. They promised to return in 2016 on the Battering Ram Tour and it's a safe bet I'll be there too.
On a side note, with great new albums from Iron Maiden, Motörhead & Raven now out... it appears the classic British Metal Bands are on the move!