Saxon Release Statement Regarding Future Plans -
New Wave Heavy Metal icon's Saxon have released astatement informing fans of their touring & recording plans forthe remainder of the year. Saxon head BiffByford was responsible for the words, read the fullstatement below (via MetalTalk).
"We have finally reached the point where we are all going onholiday and will hopefully be enjoying the well deserved timeoff!
"We've had a very successful year so far. The festivals andthe shows with Judas Priest were a blast and the recent festivalrun with one of the all time band highlights at Wacken Open Airwill never be forgotten! A great big thanks to our amazing crew whodid a fantastic job - to say this in (correct) "Wacken" terms: theband was good but the crew were brilliant!
"The progress of the new album is quite far - just somefinal vocals and a few last bits and pieces are missing. Mostlikely, our mate Andy Sneap is going to mix the album.
"As we said on our press conference at Wacken, we arelooking at a release date in February. Our touring plans for theupcoming world tour 2013, as we are setting them up right now, willkick of in the states with one of our highlights, the Monsters OfRock Cruise (we have just confirmed this). This is very special forus as we have been a major part of the Monsters Of Rock history andwe are proud to be still part of it today.
"After the cruise we will head down to South America wherewe will play cities that we haven't been to for ages, but alsowe'll go back to some of the great metal towns we played last year.We are planning to play Mexico as the last gig of the South &Middle American leg and then fly from there to New York to completethe American dates.
"Once again, we will be conquering the UK with somehighlights; Our annual St. George's Day will be held for the firsttime in Manchester at the Ritz theatre!
"After the UK dates, we will do some more shows incontinental Europe where we will hit the festival season. There issome talk about being part of the Full Metal Cruise but nothing isconfirmed as of yet.
"The first festival show has been announced for 2013; Wewill headline the Bang Your Head festival in Balingen, Germany. Thereally exciting thing about it is that we will take the 'HeavyMetal Thunder - Eagles Over Wacken' stage production with us - BIGstage set, moving drum riser, pyros, CO2 jets and, and, and... wewill try to bring this stage production to as many festivals aspossible next year to reach and please as many fans aspossible!
"As always, it is our credo to make the best fans in worldhappy and we are so grateful and thankful for your support - OurFacebook site has now more than 60,000 supporters! You guysrock!!!
"After our short holiday we will be playing the HamburgMetal Dayz in September 2012 which is powered by the WackenFestival. The DVD production 'Heavy Metal Thunder - The Movie'(which is a superb documentary about Saxon) will be finallyreleased in autumn and will be available for everyone, everywhere.We will also offer the DVD on the official web shop and in the USonline shop we recently launched via our website.
"In November 2012 we may go to India for the first timeever. We are in discussion and are awaiting news from our agent -we will keep you updated if we will be enjoying an original currysoon...:-)
"Once again, we thank you all for your support and we can'twait to see you somewhere soon!
"Keep the faith!!
Saxon are expected to follow up on their 2011'Call to Arms' album release with a brand new as-yet untitledrecord in 2013.