Saxon frontman Biff Byford has given fans his first update since undergoing an emergency triple bypass operation on his heart.
Biff took to social media this afternoon (Saturday 28th September) to post a photo of jam and toast from his hospital bed.
Thanking fans for their “well wishes” and “positive vibes”, the 68-year-old metal legend said he underwent the emergency triple bypass operation on Monday morning (23rd September) and he’s currently “feeling tired” and receiving “a lot of pain management.”
Biff explained he’s “shuffling” rather than walking at the moment and he’s “not really strong enough to talk a lot yet which obviously I’m not used to.”
He also thanked the staff at York Teaching Hospital and Hull Royal Infirmary “for making sure my journey didn’t end”, and he promised to post a video message to fans once he’s home.
Saxon postponed all their upcoming headline 2019 shows on Friday 20th September because of Biff’s imminent surgery. Due to the nature of the operation, Biff’s post-op recovery period will last into 2020.
Next month’s 40th Anniversary Castles & Eagles Tour dates at London Eventim Apollo (Saturday 19th October) and Manchester O2 Apollo (Sunday 20th October) have been rescheduled for Saturday March 28th 2020 and Sunday 29th March 2020 respectively.
Saxon’s biggest ever Scottish show at Glasgow Braehead Arena with Black Star Riders on Thursday 18th October will be rescheduled for an as-yet-unconfirmed date.
Biff Byford’s full update to fans reads:
Hi a cup of tea and jam and roast(sic)
T minus 5 days since operation
I’d like to thank all of you who sent love and well wishes and tons of positive vibes to me
I had an emergency triple bi pass operation on Monday morning I’ll be feeling tired for a while a lot of pain management at the moment but I’m up and about for a bit everyday now it’s more shuffling than walking but hey never surrender and all that id like to thank the tremendous team at york training hospital and Hull royal infirmary for making sure my journey didn’t end.
not really strong enough to talk a lot yet which obviously I’m not used to🤪🙀 I’ll send you all a video when I’m home and keep you all updated on my road to recovery biff x