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AL ONLINE 11-17-2011 08:05 PM

30 years of Saxon
 
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Just now retrieving my pics with Saxon. My good bud, Scott, and I tracked the guys down back in November of 1982 (we were 20 yrs old) to Axis Sound Studios in Atlanta, where they were recording The Power & The Glory. Scott called the studio and asked to speak to Biff. After a long silence, Biff came on the phone! Scott talked a bit, and eventually asked if we could come down to the studio and visit. Biff said "sure...come over tomorrow evening" and the rest is history. We went over the next night (Sunday) and visited with the band for a couple hours...hanging out, playing pool, watching tv, and talking with our hard rocking heros. A highlight came when Biff asked if we would like to go into the control room and hear something?...We were escorted into the main control room where we met the producer, Jeff Glixman, and he proceded to play (at extremely high volume) the freshly recorded Power & Glory! We were the first fans to hear that song...and it blew our minds. The attached pic from 1983 is a few months later when we tracked them down again to a home in Atlanta where they were visiting a photographer, putting together a tour book. Paul & Biff were, again, kind to offer that we come over and visit, which we did..along with more albums to sign and pics to take.

Jump forward to 2011, and I was very excited to see that Saxon was playing Southern California, where I vacation every year. I took my 17-yr old son to see the band in Santa Ana at The Galaxy, and it was awesome.

I was glad to hear them play so many new songs off Call to Arms. What a great album...everything has come together on this album...songwriting, playing, production, singing....couldn't be better....way to go! Also great to catch up with Paul Quinn before the show. Saxon are truly a band of the people...very much hoping they come back to the states soon!

MetalMitch 11-18-2011 03:22 AM

Very, very cool man! Thanks for sharing.

747rick 11-18-2011 05:27 PM

Great story & pic. Thanks :)

AL ONLINE 11-18-2011 06:04 PM

One more pic...
 
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Just in from my bud, Scott....me, Biff, Paul, & Scott...1983..Atlanta suburbs.

Al

Scott 11-18-2011 08:28 PM

Awesome story about a band for the people!
 
Al Online, Thanks for sharing that tribute to a great band who recorded a fantastic album in Atlanta in the early 80's. The sound is timeless. Rock on!

Scott 11-18-2011 08:30 PM

Super photo of the fans with the stars. Power to the people!
 
That is a super photo from a great time back in the early 80's. Nice to see these memories are captured for all time. Keep The Power And The Glory coming!

Fingers 11-20-2011 02:36 PM

Brilliant storyand pics ! Band of the people indeed 100%

MartyWalker 11-21-2011 04:28 PM

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Originally Posted by AL ONLINE (Post 40921)
Just now retrieving my pics with Saxon. My good bud, Scott, and I tracked the guys down back in November of 1982 (we were 20 yrs old) to Axis Sound Studios in Atlanta, where they were recording The Power & The Glory. Scott called the studio and asked to speak to Biff. After a long silence, Biff came on the phone! Scott talked a bit, and eventually asked if we could come down to the studio and visit. Biff said "sure...come over tomorrow evening" and the rest is history. We went over the next night (Sunday) and visited with the band for a couple hours...hanging out, playing pool, watching tv, and talking with our hard rocking heros. A highlight came when Biff asked if we would like to go into the control room and hear something?...We were escorted into the main control room where we met the producer, Jeff Glixman, and he proceded to play (at extremely high volume) the freshly recorded Power & Glory! We were the first fans to hear that song...and it blew our minds. The attached pic from 1983 is a few months later when we tracked them down again to a home in Atlanta where they were visiting a photographer, putting together a tour book. Paul & Biff were, again, kind to offer that we come over and visit, which we did..along with more albums to sign and pics to take.

Jump forward to 2011, and I was very excited to see that Saxon was playing Southern California, where I vacation every year. I took my 17-yr old son to see the band in Santa Ana at The Galaxy, and it was awesome.

I was glad to hear them play so many new songs off Call to Arms. What a great album...everything has come together on this album...songwriting, playing, production, singing....couldn't be better....way to go! Also great to catch up with Paul Quinn before the show. Saxon are truly a band of the people...very much hoping they come back to the states soon!

This is exactly why we all love Saxon. They make more mental money than real money I suppose because the are a band of the people and they almost have all the free time for the fans. I haven't heard of any dissappointed fans. If so they probably were bothering Saxon as they had a before show meeting or they were on their way to the stage. If you ask me there isn't many- if any at all bands that oblige like Saxon.

Lionheart747 11-22-2011 02:48 PM

ALOnline,

I had a different experience, althou not Saxon, i actually met Black Sabbath with Ian Gillan on vocals, Sabbath were recording Born Again, and it was been recorded at Virgin Studio's (owned by the one and only Sir Richard Branson), we met Ian Gillan, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler, Bill Ward didn't bother he was watching T.V, like you we went and heard rough mixes of Born Again, Hero the Zero, and i was allowed to pick up Mr Iommi's guitar, altho no pictures, i still have the memories, to be honest i would rather have met Saxon who (and still are)my hero's, but back to your story one word....BRILLIANT.

Thank you

AL ONLINE 12-05-2011 07:22 PM

Cool story on Black Sabbath! Holding Iommi's guitar is priceless. It's funny looking back on moments like that...hard to know what to say or do, but just letting it come from the heart is usually best. I barely remember sitting down with the Saxon guys in '82 and asking about a lot of the bands of the time...for example, we were asking Graham Oliver "what happened to Paul DiAnno in Maiden?"...stuff like that. They all knew each other so they were full of info. We kidded with them that we wanted to come and tour with them...they said there were times when kids would hang with them for a few weeks of the tour and then move on. Anyway, they were very easy going fellows.


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