NWOBHM icons Saxon have announced a ten date U.K. leg of their upcoming 'Battering Ram' World Tour. They will be joined by special guests Fastway and Girlschool for the much awaited shows, which begin in Newcastle on 28th October. The three band bill reaches Belfast with a show at The Limelight on 30th October, with a stop off at Dublin's Academy on 1st November. The full list of dates can be viewed bellow.
The tour follows the cancellation of dates from January 2016 with Motörhead and Girlschool, which were pulled following the tragic death of Motörhead front man Ian 'Lemmy' Kilmister in December 2015.
Speaking exclusively to eonmiusic about fulfilling the dates, Saxon band leader Biff Byford explained: "The plan [with the Motörhead dates] was to do this tour with us and Girlschool, because we were from that era of the 80s. It was a great package, and it was sold out everywhere, but we’re going to try and put some shows together in October through to December in the U.K. and Europe, and maybe bring out Girlschool. So it will be a little bit of the same package that people can go and see".
Commenting on today's announcement, the singer added: "It's gonna be a great tour with Fastway and Girlschool. I think this line up is unique, you don't wanna miss it. Looking forward to battering some halls… Welcome to the metal church!”
Joining Saxon and Girlschool on the new dates will be Fastway; the brainchild of ex-Motörhead guitarist Fast Eddie Clarke with former UFO bassist Pete Way. The current line up features Fast Eddie with Toby Jepson on vocals, Steve Strange on drums and Mama’s Boys’ John McManus on bass.
'Battering Ram', Saxon’s 21st studio album, was released in October 2015, reaching the U.K. Top 50 and charting at No.12 in Germany. Following its release Saxon hit Europe with Motörhead for their 40th Anniversary tour, accompanied by Girlschool. Sadly, the tragic passing of Lemmy put an early end to the tour, and the U.K. leg planned to begin on 16th January was cancelled - bar a Saxon headlining show in Brighton.
Tickets for all shows go on sale on 3rd June via myticket.co.uk, seetickets.com and ticketmaster.ie.
Saxon with Fastway and Girlschool 2016 U.K. and Ireland Dates:
28 Oct - Newcastle, O2 Academy
29 Oct - Glasgow, O2 ABC
30 Oct - Belfast, Limelight
1 Nov - Dublin, Academy
2 Nov - Manchester, O2 Ritz
3 Nov - Bristol, O2 Academy
5 Nov - London, O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire
6 Nov - Wolverhampton, Wulfrun Hall
8 Nov - Sheffield, O2 Academy
9 Nov, Nottingham, Rock City