Biff Byford

The 10 greatest festival experiences of my life, by Saxon's Biff Byford

"I made a house with straw bales and filled it with Mars Bars…and as many girls as we could find" - Biff Byford, Saxon. To mark the release of their 24th album, Carpe Diem, British heavy metal legends Saxon are preparing to spend another summer leap-frogging around the European festival circuit.
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SAXON’s BIFF BYFORD Didn’t Understand JUDAS PRIEST’s ‘Strange’ Decision To Tour As Quartet: ‘It’s A Bit Wacky’

SAXON frontman Biff Byford says that it was “strange” for JUDAS PRIEST to announce its plan to embark on the next leg of its 50th-anniversary tour as a quartet. On January 10, JUDAS PRIEST revealed that it would perform as a four-piece when it returns to the road in early March. A few hours later, the band’s touring guitarist Andy Sneap, who co-produced the group’s 2018 album “Firepower” and has helmed several SAXON LPs in the past, released a statement to BLABBERMOUTH.NET in which he said that he was “incredibly disappointed” by PRIEST‘s decision to carry on as a quartet and thanked the Rob Halford-fronted outfit for the “mind-blowing” opportunity to share the stage with one of his favorite bands. Meanwhile, PRIEST fans were understandably upset about the band’s decision to forgo its classic twin-guitar attack sound and made their feelings known on social media. Some even called for the return of guitarist K.K. Downing, who joined PRIEST in 1970 and remained in the group until 2011.

Talkin’ Rock with Biff Byford of Saxon

The Saxon front man joins me to talk all things Saxon, and more. We talk about the upcoming Carpe Diem album – that drops on February 4th, how the pandemic has hit him and the band and how it played into the new record. He tells me about working with Andy Sneap and his thoughts on Judas Priest hitting the road as a four piece band. He also answered a question from That Metal Show host Don Jamieson – that was hysterical – and a funny Chris Jericho story from the road.

BIFF BYFORD Looks Back On METALLICA’s 1982 Gig As Support Act For SAXON: ‘They Didn’t Talk To Us For A Long Time’ After That

During an appearance on “The Chuck Shute Podcast”, vocalist Biff Byford of British heavy metal legends SAXON was asked to recount a “good story” involving the members of METALLICA. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “Back in the day, METALLICA, they supported us. [We played at] the Whisky [A Go Go] club [in West Hollywood in March 1982]. On that night, Ozzy [Osbourne] came to see us. I think we were out having dinner or something before the gig or doing something. And METALLICA was setting up on stage. And I wasn’t there. I was there later for their show, but I wasn’t there [when they were setting up]. And I had a huge electric fan there in front of me, and I think METALLICA asked if they could use it, and our tour manager said ‘No.’ So they didn’t use it. They didn’t talk to us for a long, long time because of that. [Laughs]”

‘Rock music is being ignored by our government’ says Saxon’s Biff Byford

Saxon frontman Biff Byford has criticised Boris Johnson’s government for its reluctance to engage with an imperilled music industry during the on-going coronavirus crisis, and says that he fears the worst for touring rock bands: “Somebody should make some fucking decisions,” he declares. “It’s all well and good looking after...

SAXON’s New Album Is Finished: ‘It’s Heavy And Melodic’, Says BIFF BYFORD

British heavy metal legends SAXON have officially completed work on their new LP for a February 4, 2022 release. Speaking to Neil Jones from TotalRock at this year’s Bloodstock Open Air festival, singer Biff Byford said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “The SAXON album is finished. Andy Sneap finished mixing it a couple of weeks ago. I signed it off. So that’s finished. While we were rehearsing for this show, we shot a video for the title track. So that should be out in October, on the pre-release day.”