Heavy metal powerhouses Saxon will play three headline dates in February 2018 in support of their upcoming 22nd studio album ‘Thunderbolt’.
The opening dates of their Thunderbolt 2018 European Tour that also includes shows in the Netherlands and Germany, Saxon will play shows in Cardiff, Cambridge and Hull with support from Diamond Head, Rock Goddess on all dates plus Magnum on the Hull date only.
We’ve secured a 48-hour presale to the trio of shows that kicks off at Planet Rock Tickets at 10am on Wednesday 8th November. General sale follows on Friday.
The dates are as follows:
Cardiff Great Hall – Fri 23rd
Cambridge Corn Exchange – Sat 24th
Hull City Hall – Sun 25th
Saxon have also confirmed that this is just the first part of the jaunt – Thunderbolt Tour Part 2 will be announced in early 2018.
Biff Byford says: “Ok this is part 1 of the colossal Thunderbolt World tour we're going to be touring the whole of 2018 so get your tickets and join the ride. It's gonna be fast and furious, dark and brooding. Monumental riffing and screaming vocals loud and proud it's going to be a Saxon tour, unique in every way.”
The follow-up to 2015’s critically lauded ‘Battering Ram’, ‘Thunderbolt’ is released on Friday 2nd February via the Militia Guard imprint (Silver Lining Music). Long-term collaborator Paul Raymond Gregory has once again created the typically eye-catching artwork.
It will be available to pre-order from Friday 1st December on CD Digipack, 180gms coloured gatefold vinyl, special edition boxset, tape cassette and digital download formats.
Biff says of the record: “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!”
The Thunderbolt track-listing is as follows:
1. Olympus Rising
3. The Secret of Flight
4. Nosferatu (The Vampires Waltz)
5. They Played Rock and Roll
7. Sons of Odin
9. A Wizard’s Tale
10. Speed Merchants
12. Nosferatu (RawVersion)*
*not available on vinyl