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Barnsley, United Kingdom (1976 – present)

Saxon is a band, formed in Barnsley, England in 1976.

As pioneers of, and at the forefront of the then the band enjoyed a period of prominence in the UK (including popular chart success) and Europe in the early 19, and later the USA and Japan.

Saxon started in South Yorkshire, England as SOB during 1976 with founder members Graham Oliver and Steve Dawson. This band joined forces with another local band, Coast, featuring Biff Byford on vocals and Paul Quinn on guitar. The two bands then finalised with a line-up comprising of the then 26 year old Graham ‘Oly’ Oliver, Steve ‘Dobby’ Dawson (27), Paul ‘Blute’ Quinn (26), Pete ‘Frank’ Gill (27) and Peter ‘Biff’ Byford (27). The name of the band was Son Of A Bitch. That name was dropped a few years later and the band re-christened themselves SAXON. They were at this time playing the usual clubs and concert gigs supporting The Ian Gillan Band and Heavy Metal Kids, amongst others, playing all their own material. Demo tapes were recorded at Tapestry Studios, with producer John Verity (Ex. Argent singer/guitarist). They hawked these round the usual record companies only to be ignored as the was at its height at this time. After a few months the band finally gained a favourable reaction from EMI man Peter Hinton.


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  • MikeySchenker

    Most people I know name Strong Arm as their favourite. Mine is/are Power & The Glory, equal as much love for Denim. I myself don't care that much for Crusader, I like the titletrack (though do not care for the lyrics), I like Innocent far better.

    21 May 5:27pm Reply
  • metallynx

    And The Bands Played On

    9 May 11:18am Reply
  • JodieHowells

    My last pay check was $9500 working 12 hours a week online. My sisters friend has been averaging 15k for months now and she works about 20 hours a week. I can't believe how easy it was once I tried it out. This is what I do...

    23 Apr 10:52am Reply
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  • Remarque1956

    Please, come to Ukraine with the concert!

    14 Apr 11:47pm Reply
  • Elaneandrade

    O melhor heavy metal do mundo!

    26 Mar 4:35am Reply
  • Steambull

    Hm... I love Denim, Wheels and Crusader as much as the next guy, but I think that Strong Arm of the Law is right up there with those albums, but it just doesn't seem to be as popular as the other three. It was actually the first Saxon album I got, after I had heard the title track on's "based on your library" radio.

    2 Mar 1:34pm Reply
  • HaohmaruRocks

    bruce dickinson has cancer

    24 Feb 4:42pm Reply

    Besides Motorhead, these guys must be the only heavy metal band with the most number of full lengths.

    20 Feb 11:23pm Reply
  • GodofDeathMetal

    Total heavy metal legends! I don't think they're better than Iron Maiden.

    9 Feb 8:02am Reply
  • NorthDiscomfort

    Piske I'd say 'Heavy Metal Thunder Live', although if you'd prefer less often played live songs go for 'TEHL III'. Live in Manchester is awesome too, but I'm biased towards that one as it was recorded on St George's day (also my birthday) and I was at the show. Basically any of them are a good bet, Id go as far as saying get them all :P

    29 Jan 11:29am Reply
  • Piske81

    Which one is their best live album of new era? I was to grab "TEHL part III", but there's also "Heavy Metal Thunder Live" and the new "Live in Manchester"

    24 Jan 3:31am Reply
  • GreenzGK

    Riding in my bird of silver steel Time after time Ten miles high I'm living my fantasies At twenty thousand feet It's the rushing of my blood !!!

    30 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Octaviobanake

    Better than Iron Maiden. [2]

    10 Dec 2014 Reply
  • RachelCarrie

    Overture in B Minor - Refugee ♥

    2 Dec 2014 Reply
  • gustavopereti

    Warriors Of The Road !!!!!

    24 Nov 2014 Reply
  • CharlesTP

    Do It All for You and Crusader ! :D

    28 Oct 2014 Reply
  • GolyJelen

    Heavy Metal Thunder!

    25 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Montslaveden

    Crusader? Please...early Saxon is just like this : 1. Strong Arm Of The Law 2. Denim And Leather 3. Wheels Of Steel 4. Crusader 5. Power & The Glory 6. Saxon

    28 Sep 2014 Reply
  • metalkillthekin

    747 (Strangers in the Night)!

    29 Aug 2014 Reply
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