“Saxon -Heavy Metal Thunder -Live -Eagles Over Wacken” is the no-fat-no-bullshit-100%-pure CD/DVD featuring DVD highlights from Saxon’s Wacken shows in 2004, 2007 and 2009 comprising thirty songs, plus a live CD from Glasgow in 2011. Each set captures the Barnsley-bred British heavy metal legends delivering classic after classic, from “Denim & Leather” to “Metalhead” to “Heavy Metal Thunder” to “Princess Of The Night” to “Crusader” in front of 75,000-pluds loyal, ravenous fans, who have come to expect (and receive) the levels of performance Saxon have been delivering for 32 years.
“When we first played Wacken, it was a small festival with a small stage in a small field, driven by nothing more than raw enthusiasm, which appealed very much to us,” says Biff Byford, Saxon’s frontman. “It started as fans putting on a festival for fans, and now it’s fair to say that it is to heavy metal what the Donington festival used to be. That was the iconic heavy metal festival of the ’80s, and Wacken is the iconic heavy metal festival of now.”
“And when the eagle comes down at Wacken, when it opens up over the audience, it is always an electric moment for those there,” says Biff emphatically of the famous Saxon eagle, a ton or so of steel and lights, rescued from a storage space in the British home counties where it had lain dormant gathering rust. In many ways, the eagle’s rebirth and Wacken’s ascent are partners on the journey, as it was Wacken’s organizers who offered to restore the mighty metal bird so as it could become a live centerpiece of both Wacken and Saxon’s history.
“Heavy Metal Thunder – Live – Eagles Over Wacken” is available in a variety of formats, including the Golden Ticket D2C/Direct To Consumer Box. Strictly limited, this exclusive package contains the “Best Of Wacken” DVD, plus the full and complete Saxon Wacken Open Air performances from 2004/2007/2009 each on a separate DVD, plus a Saxon flag.
The real surprise is that 10 Golden Tickets are randomly included in the box sets, which will allow the lucky winners to visit any Saxon concert in any city around the world (excluding festival appearances).
Apr. 23 – U.K.
Apr. 20 – Rest Of Europe
May 22 – North America
Here’s the two podcasts that have been released, as well as some preview clips from the DVD: