Saxon at Manchester Academy. 14th May 2007

Wow! How privileged was I to be invited onto the tour bus to do a video interview with Paul Quinn – original founding member of great British rock icons Saxon. Although Paul was a man of few words, no-one can deny the talent and career span of this humble guitarist. I hope you enjoy watching the interview.

If that wasn’t enough, I later ran into Doug Scarratt in the bar. We chatted about allsorts, from one of his first bands, Desperate Dan, to the latest tour. Doug was a very down to earth guy with a quiet personality and yet he made me feel more than welcome. And then to see him in action on the stage later, just made my night.

9pm - my first live Saxon gig. They lived up to their reputation in true style, giving the crowd a set to put most 20 year olds to shame! Energy was an understatement as Biff challenged the audience to keep up with him. I love their new album, The Inner Sanctum, which has flavours of the original Saxon sound, but at the same time includes a fresh modern Saxon at the same time. Definitely buy it, you won’t be disappointed.

In true Saxon fashion, they tell a great tale on my favourite song ‘Attila the Hun’, with another great metal anthem – ‘I’ve Got To Rock, To Stay Alive’. Saxon are survivors and if it’s true they have to rock to stay alive, they will be around for a hell of a long time.

Their website has had a major overhaul, and you can get some great video podcasts from Biff Byford. To get the latest info, go to

Till next time…

Keep It Loud