Formed in the north of England in the late 70’s, Saxon were originally known as Son Of A Bitch.
Changing their name to the slightly less hoary Saxon, the band managed to secure a deal with Carrere, a french label.
With their vaguely biker, road warrior image, the group came to characterise the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal, competing with Iron Maiden.
They recorded their first eponymous album in 1979.
Meekly recorded and timid in execution, this debut will be blow-off by the release of Wheels Of Steel in 1980.
The group released a string of hard-driving NWOBHM classics, beginning with the UK Top 5 ‘Wheels Of Steel’.
The extent of the group’s popularity among the metal hordes was illustrated as they scored two Top 20 singles succession, with the album’s title track and ‘747 (Strangers In The Night)’.
Road hungry to a man, Saxon embarked on their first major headlining tour in support of the record.
They capitalized on this success with the release in the same year of Strong Arm Of The Law, another very heavy, surprisingly articulate, metal album.
A further Top 20 hit arrived with "And The Bands Played On" drawn from the following year’s Denim And Leather, which also produced ‘Never Surrender’.
They toured the USA to great acclaim and appeared at the Castle Donington ‘Monsters Of Rock' Festival…