Saxon at House of Blues in Houston, TX

Review by Andy Laudano // Images by Mike Victorick :: Jam Magazine

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It was time for the NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) icons to tear the roof off! Saxon opened with the title track off their latest release, "Sacrifice" before launching into the classic "Power And The Glory." For a band that's been around nearly forty years, Saxon show no signs of slowing down. They had more energy than bands half their age. Bassist Nibbs Carter was thrashing around and headbanging so hard you'd think he was having a seizure!

                            The headbanging and fistpumping continued with "Heavy Metal Thunder" and "Motorcycle Man," but it wasn't until "Dallas, 1 PM" that the crowd totally lost their minds and loudly sang along. Vocalist Biff Byford sounded fantastic as he belted out each song. Paul Quinn and Doug Scarrett were just killing it with their twin guitar attack. Saxon was putting on a clinic and showing everyone how heavy metal should be done.

                          As their two hour performance neared the end, the big guns came out. "747 (Strangers In The Night)," "Crusader," the anthem "Denim And Leather" and "Wheels Of Steel" closed out an amazing set. Two encores followed, "Strong Arm Of The Law" and "Princess Of The Night." This was easily one of the best concerts of the year. Hopefully Saxon won't make us wait so long again before they return.