Saxon Release Video for ‘They Played Rock and Roll’

Saxon Release Video for ‘They Played Rock and Roll’



From the New Album ‘Thunderbolt’

Set for release 2nd February 2018

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Saxon announce the release of the second single and video ‘They Played Rock And Roll’ from their new mighty Thunderbolt album.

The song tells the story of Saxon’s very first tour in 1979 with Motörhead. I want people to get a flavour of what it was like in the UK in 79/80 for Saxon and Motörhead at the start of the 80s musical revolution” says Biff Byford.

SAXON isn’t wasting any time in 2018. Following the critically acclaimed release of ‘Battering Ram’ in 2015, the heavy metal giants are set to release their latest studio album, Thunderbolt, on February 2nd  via the Militia Guard label (Silver Lining Music).

The new album Thunderbolt will feature original Artwork by long time Saxon collaborator Paul Raymond Gregory.

“This is album 22 and it’s called Thunderbolt. It’s a Storming Smashing Thundering collection of tracks we’ve been crafting with Producer, Andy Sneap and it’s finished ready to be unleashed. Stand clear and fasten your seat belts!” adds Biff.

Three weeks later, the band will be embarking on the first leg of the Thunderbolt 2018 European Tour. SAXON will be joined by fellow English rockers DIAMOND HEAD and metal trio ROCK GODDESS will be performing on the scheduled UK dates, with very Special Guests MAGNUM on the already sold out UK Hull date only. However, SAXON doesn’t stop there – dates for Thunderbolt Tour Part 2 will be announced imminently.

Since the 1970s Saxon have shown their ability to take rock ‘n’ roll and give it an electrifying edge which has since cemented their status as pioneers of the British heavy metal wave. With over twenty studio albums under their belt, SAXON has made their steadfast dedication to creating a dynamic body of a work a staple of their career.

Thunderbolt Track Listing

  • Olympus Rising
  • Thunderbolt
  • The Secret of Flight
  • Nosferatu (The Vampires Waltz)
  • They Played Rock and Roll
  • Predator
  • Sons of Odin
  • Sniper
  • A Wizard’s Tale
  • Speed Merchants
  • Roadie’sSong
  • Nosferatu(RawVersion)*

*not available on vinyl

Thunderbolt is available to pre-order now, in the following formats:

  • CD Album in Digipack
  • 180 gms coloured vinyl in a Gatefold
  • A Special Edition Boxset
  • Tape Cassette
  • Digital Download

Pre-order link:


Thunderbolt 2018 European Tour – Part 1

Fri February 23 – UK, Cardiff University

Sat February 24 – UK, Cambridge Corn Exchange

Sun February 25 – UK, Hull City Hall

Tue February 27 – Holland, Tilburg 013

Wed February 28 – Germany, Saarbruecken Garage

Thu March 1 – Germany, Hannover Capitol

Fri March 2 – Germany, Frankfurt Batschkapp

Sat March 3 – Germany, Dresden Schlachthof


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