Saxon - Holmfirth Picturedrome (26/07/2013)

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Saxon - Holmfirth Picturedrome (26/07/2013)

Postby Rockingbear » Sun Jul 28, 2013 7:31 pm


Sacrifice World Tour 2013

Holmfirth Picturedrome

Friday 26th July 2013

Support: Crimes Of Passion

Saxon hit the stage to the intro “Procession” just after 9.15pm and proceeded to treat the home crowd to an hour and three quarters of the finest quality British Heavy Metal. Opening duo came from the excellent new album “Sacrifice” by way of the title track and the Accept-like “Wheels Of Terror”.

The sound was very loud, as one would expect, and was probably better from a more central position within the venue, however, we opted to stand not too far from an open door to the left of the stage as the temperatures were furnace-like within the Picturedrome.

It is hard to believe that “Power & The Glory” was released 30 years ago and as a 16 year old this was, at the time, the heaviest album in my collection of tapes and LP’s. It was also back in 1983 that my old school friend Mark and I saw Saxon for the first time at the now defunct Leeds Queens Hall at a festival that they headlined that included the likes of Anvil, Girlschool and Twisted Sister!

After the opening triple barrage one might have expected Saxon to take it down a notch or two. No such ideas from one of the founding members of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal as they launched into the Yorkshire Thrash Metal of “Heavy Metal Thunder”!

Biff then asked the audience what they wanted to hear next which ultimately came down early eighties classics “And The Bands Played On” and “Motorcycle Man”. As there was equal enthusiasm for both songs the band duly acknowledged and played them both!

Biff could not hide his delight of being back in his home county and the tremendous reception that the band were receiving which was reciprocated on several occasions with choruses of “Yorkshire, Yorkshire, Yorkshire…!” from the very partisan crowd.

The more mid-paced “I’ve Got To Rock (To Stay Alive)” from 2007’s “The Inner Sanctum” gave both the band and audience time to catch the breath before another new one from “Sacrifice”: “Night Of The Wolf”.

“Conquistador “from 1999’s “Metalhead” preceded a competent, if not too long, drum solo from Nigel Glockler.

Original member Paul Quinn and Doug Scarratt (only 17 years for Doug) strapped on acoustic guitars for an excellent rendition of “Iron Wheels” from the 1992 “Forever Free” album.

The gargantuan “Solid Ball of Rock” got Saxon back in full metal mode, maintained with another new track “Stand Up And Fight”.

Nibbs Carter was really enjoying himself and providing great backing vocals as well as all the thumping bass lines.

My personal favourite track, that Biff said they don’t play that often and even he does not know why, was the epic “Dallas 1pm”. This was the start of a small mosh pit down at the front that kept growing with every classic which Biff found highly amusing. “Mosh-firth!”

The last of the new tracks was the brilliant “Guardian Of The Tomb” before the band closed the set with five pure metal classics starting with the, back in the day, radio friendly “747 (Strangers In The Night)”. The crowd had been in fine vocal support throughout the whole evening but were doing their utmost to take the ceiling off the Picturdrome.

The two title-tracks, of albums both released back in 1980, brought the main set to anthemic conclusion\: “Strong Arm Of The Law” and “Wheels Of Steel”.

There was just time to squeeze in a two-song encore prior to the 11.00pm curfew, firstly with the ‘call to arms’ anthem “Denim and Leather” and the riff-tastic “Princess Of The Night”.

Tonight was supposed to be a warm-up gig prior to Saxon’s headline performance at the Steelhouse Festival in Wales. As Biff commented, “This was no warm-up gig!”
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