British Metal Legends SAXON Release Music Video for New Album Title Track “Thunderbolt”
 
New Album, Thunderbolt, out February 2, 2018 via Militia Guard (Silver Lining Music)
 
SAXON Touring North America in 2018 with Judas Priest and Black Star Riders
British heavy metal giants SAXON recently announced the release of their upcoming 22nd studio album, Thunderbolt, scheduled to hit stores on February 2, 2018 via the Militia Guard label (Silver Lining Music). Thunderbolt was produced by legendary producer Andy Sneap and will feature original artwork by long time SAXON collaborator Paul Raymond Gregory. The new album follows the critically acclaimed release of Battering Ram in 2015.
 
Yesterday, SAXON revealed the first single from the album, the title track “Thunderbolt”, via a new music video. Watch here: https://youtu.be/BXhXjKigrW0
 
Thunderbolt is available to pre-order now in digital formats here: http://hyperurl.co/6j93n2When available, physical versions will also become available at this link in these formats:
  • CD Album in Digipack
  • 180 gms coloured vinyl in a Gatefold
  • A Special Edition Boxset
  • Tape Cassette
 
Thunderbolt Track Listing
  1. Olympus Rising
  2. Thunderbolt
  3. The Secret of Flight
  4. Nosferatu (The Vampires Waltz)
  5. They Played Rock and Roll
  6. Predator
  7. Sons of Odin
  8. Sniper
  9. A Wizard’s Tale
  10. Speed Merchants
  11. Roadie’s Song
  12. Nosferatu (Raw Version)*
*not available on vinyl
 
After the album’s release, SAXON will embark on the first leg of their Thunderbolt 2018 European Tour. SAXON will be joined by fellow English rockers Diamond Head and metal trio Rock Goddess will perform on the scheduled UK dates, with very special guests Magnum on the UK Hull date only. However, SAXON doesn’t stop there – dates for Thunderbolt Tour Part 2 will be announced in early 2018.
SAXON Thunderbolt 2018 European Tour – Part 1
Feb. 23 – UK, Cardiff University
Feb. 24 – UK, Cambridge Corn Exchange
Feb.25 – UK, Hull City Hall
Feb. 27- Holland, Tilburg 013
Feb. 28 – Germany, Saarbruecken Garage
Mar. 1 – Germany,  Hannover Capitol
Mar. 2 – Germany,  Frankfurt Batschkapp
Mar. 3 – Germany, Dresden Schlachthof     
 
 
Following these dates, SAXON will tour North America with fellow British metal legends Judas Priest and supporting artist Black Star Riders. The North American tour will begin in Wilkes Barre, PA on March 13 and visit several major cities all over the map – including Washington DC, Detroit, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Dallas – coming to an end in San Antonio, TX on May 1.
 
SAXON North American tour dates with Judas Priest and Black Star Riders
Mar. 13 – Wilkes Barre, PA – Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
Mar. 15 – Youngstown, OH – Covelli Centre
Mar. 17 – Uniondale, NY – Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Mar. 18 – Washington, DC – The Anthem
Mar. 20 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
Mar. 22 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
Mar. 23 – Worcester – Palladium
Mar. 25 – Ottawa, ON – The Arena at TD Place
Mar. 27 – London, ON – Budweiser Gardens
Mar. 28 – Oshawa, ON – Tribute Communities Centre
Mar. 31 – Detroit, MI – Detroit Masonic Temple
Apr. 02 – Minneapolis – The Amorey
Apr. 03 – Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theater
Apr. 05 – Green Bay, WI – Resch Center
Apr 06 – Hammond, IN – Venue at Horseshoe Casino (no Black Star Riders)
Apr. 08 – Bloomington, IL – Grossinger Motors Aren
Apr. 10 – Casper, WY – Casper Events Center
Apr. 11 – Loveland, CO – Budweiser Events Center
Apr. 15 – Kent, WA – ShoWare Center
Apr. 17 – Portland, OR – Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Apr. 19 – San Francisco, CA – The Warfield
Apr. 22 – Los Angeles, CA – Microsoft Theater
Apr. 21 – Las Vegas, NV – Las Rageous Rock Festival
Apr. 24 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre
Apr. 26 – Tulsa, OK – BOK Center
Apr. 28 – Dallas, TX – The Bomb Factory
Apr. 29 – Sugarland, TX – Smart Financial Centre
May 01 – San Antonio, TX – Freeman Coliseum
 
Since the 1970s, SAXON have proven 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 have made it their steadfast dedication to creating a dynamic body of a work a staple of their career.
 
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About The Author Kris Engelhart

I am a small business owner, freelance writer, and part-time piano instructor in Charlotte, NC. My musical career started at the age of five when I was forced into taking piano lessons. I played flute in the school band and added the guitar as a young teen. There is nothing I would rather do than be at a live show. My first concert was Shaun Cassidy at the Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo in 1978.
My top five live shows ever are:

1. Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band – Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, NY 1984- They played for 3 ½ hours and it was awesome.

2. Carolina Rebellion- Metrolina Expo Grounds, Charlotte, NC, May, 2011 – The first ever Carolina Rebellion featured over 15 bands with Avenged Sevenfold headlining. Non-stop music for over 12 hours.
3. Chevelle- Food Lion Speed Street, Charlotte, NC, May, 2008 – The first time I ever saw Chevelle live and I was hooked!
4. Skillet with Red- Bojangle’s Coliseum, Charlotte, NC, April, 2010 – Skillet is one of my favorite bands and they totally kick it live.
5. 106.5 The End’s Weenie Roast #9- Verizon Wireless Amiptheater, Charlotte, NC , October, 2003- Featured Staind, Shinedown, Three Days Grace.