Heavy metal veterans steeled for homecoming gig

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Veteran South Yorkshire rockers Saxon are preparing for a homecoming gig – of sorts.

The ‘new wave of heavy metal’ legends formed in Barnsley in 1976, releasing their first album in 1979.

Since then, they have sold more than 10 million albums worldwide and released 26 albums, including Wheels of Steel, which hit number 5 in 1980, among eight top 20 UK albums.

Now, to mark the 35th anniversary of their first release –imaginatively titled Saxon – the band are hitting the road.

The setlist will feature tracks from what is known to fans as ‘The Holy Trinity’ – Saxon’s seminal albums Wheels of Steel, Strong Arm of the Law and Denim and Leather.

The tour will kick off in Bristol on Sunday and end in London on Saturday, December 13 – but only features one Yorkshire date.

Saxon – singer Biff Byford, guitarists Paul Quinn and Doug Scarratt, bassist Nibbs Carter and drummer Nigel Glockler – will play Leeds Academy on Tuesday, December 2.

A band spokesman said: “Thirty-five years, 20 albums, countless live shows and the band still shows no signs of slowing down.

“Saxon prove to be a force to be reckoned with and something every rock fan in the world should witness.

“Come see for yourself and take a dive into metal history.”

For tickets to the Leeds show, priced £26, call 0844 477 2000.