Cold, rainy night in Tempe and being Tuesday night, not a lot of people showed up. But there were a die-hard bunch of us there, and SAXON blew the roof off the joint!
They sounded thunderous playing through what I'm guessing was the house system of Marshall stacks. Both Scarratt and Quinn brought Les Pauls with Floyds on them and sounded awesome with crunchy, tube sweet goodness.
Was blown away how good Biff was live. I didn't expect anything else but that fucker sounded perfect. With so many other singers from that era not able to sing their songs anymore it was impressive to hear Biff sound PERFECT while singing all the high parts with ease.
Standouts for me were Chasing the Bullet (off the new album), Denim and Leather (turned into a fucking heavy metal bulldozer), and the encores Strong Arm of the Law and Wheels of Steel.
The boys were all grinning during the concert and obviously having a blast which was great to see. Biff slyly said, "Well, obviously this isn't the biggest crowd we've ever played too (laughs from the crowd), but it's the passion, RIGHT?!! And you guys have the passion!!"
Honestly there were some of the parts of the show where EVERYONE - band and crowd alike - just got so completely into it and hit a zone with the music that the energy in the place went off the charts and it became like a runaway freight train. I've only seen or heard that a few times (Van Halen in 1981 was one) and I've been to A LOT of concerts.
"Jimi would be playing an HM Strat if he were still alive." Bob @ Genesis Recording Studios.
Glad to meet another SAXON fan! A lot of the DVD's on YouTube are from "The SAXON Chronicles" recorded live at WACKEN 2003. Killer concert and killer recordings - mostly of the classic and 90's hits - Solid Ball of Rock, And the Band Played On, Metal Head, etc. I have it and would highly recommend it. "Running for the Border" is one of my favorite SAXON tunes!