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Old 10-20-2011, 04:19 AM
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Music is a huge part of my life. It has been since I was about 9 years old. Many experiences in my life where afterwards I felt changed for the better are related, directly and indirectly, to music. I got a double dose this weekend.

I attended by first ever Saxon gig last Friday night in Springfield, VA at Jaxx, a venue I have frequented many times over the years. I found out about this show the moment it was booked back in June through a handy little app called Songkick. I immediately bought my ticket and literally started counting down the days. About a week later I read that the band was playing at Bourbon Street (later changed to Baltimore Soundstage) in Baltimore the very next night. It is a personal philosophy of mine that if something is worth doing, then it is surely worth overdoing. I bought a ticket for that show as well.

Needless to say, I have not been so astonished by a musical performance since seeing Iron Maiden. Saxon put on an uncompromising, unbelievably bad-ass show on both nights. I was witnessing something special. The way their music moves me (literally!) is unlike anything I'd ever experienced. They still come out and play like the world is going to explode at any second. Each member performs with his own ferocious energy. They humbly connect with the fans and play with a passionate appreciation for the live act, something that the NWOBHM was known for. I can now fully understand why people were so drawn to Saxon in the early days. I felt as if I was being transported back to a London rock club circa 1980!

Both shows were nothing short of spectacular. The band played nearly all of their hits and signature songs at the Springfield show. In Baltimore we were treated to a more varied setlist featuring a handful of deep cuts. The acoustics of Jaxx were slightly better, although the sound at BSS was still excellent. I met the entire band at both locations and got autographs, pictures and handshakes from each of them, including a band-signed copy of my Wheels of Steel CD. I was a bit starstruck at first, and wish I could have chatted with the band a bit more to tell and thank them personally for all of the wonderful music they have created over the years, and what an inspiration they have been on me both musically and personally (Never Surrender is a song I hold very dear). I also came away with one of Paul Quinn's guitar picks at both shows and a copy of the modified setlist from the Baltimore show (signed by Biff). I go to school here at Towson University, just north of Baltimore, so it was not too far of a drive to either show, but I surely would have traveled much, much farther to see them.

Thank you Saxon for treating me to a life-changing, magical musical experience. I have since felt a sort of "graduation" in my musical prowess now having seen the mighty Saxon live. I am sure these are just the first of many, many more to come. I wish you all the best of health, and a great rest of the tour. I hope to see you all again, soon.

-Andy

Edit: If ANYONE has any footage from either of these shows, regardless of quality, please post it! I would love to see it! There are some great recordings online already.
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Old 10-20-2011, 08:55 AM
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Nice review, glad you enjoyed the shows.
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Old 10-20-2011, 10:20 AM
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Fantastic comments/review. Glad you had such a great time.
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Old 10-21-2011, 07:02 PM
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That's how I felt back in Oct 1982, the first time I saw Saxon. They were headliners over Ozzy and Riot. ( Look at profile picture). I have that stub from that concert signed by the boy's. It's in a Security Box. What a great tribute/message Andy.
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Old 11-22-2011, 03:19 AM
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I was one of the lucky few who got to experience Saxon at Jaxx. It was off the hook. That was one of the best concerts I've seen in the 18 years I've been going.

Here are some videos to help you reminisce:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DHh_e_yyKM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Bt4CvHLOdk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8h7SNi2KLc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Di-tsousnts

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCex2Lc6c_Y

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_4P1w0UrX4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4iNwCMpjZ4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Mk6wbor8L4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DHh_e_yyKM
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Old 11-22-2011, 02:53 PM
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Andy,

Thank you for sharing your story, Saxon are genuine 100 % no frills hard working rock band...
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Old 11-22-2011, 06:38 PM
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Thanks for the Links.
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