On Wednesday August 26, 2015 the Knitting Factory Concert House Reno brought ’80’s metal rock legends Saxon and their “Warriors Of The Road World Tour” to the Biggest Little City to rock a mid-week show that attracted many hard core Saxon fans of all ages. Attendance was pretty good with nearly seven hundred showing up to see this awesome show on a work night.
Also rocking the stage as main support for Saxon was Reno local rock favorites Dead Letter Disciple.
Saxon is an English heavy metal band formed in 1976, in South Yorkshire. As one of the leaders of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, they had eight UK Top 40 albums in the 1980s including four UK Top 10 albums and two Top 5 albums.
The band also had numerous singles in the UK Singles Chart and chart success all over Europe and Japan, as well as success in the US. During the 1980s Saxon established themselves as one of Europe’s biggest metal acts.
The band tours regularly and have sold more than 15 million albums worldwide. They are considered one of the classic metal acts and have influenced many bands such as Metallica, Mötley Crüe, Pantera, Sodom, Skid Row and Megadeth.
Current band members include, Biff Byford (vocals), Paul Quinn (guitars), Doug Scarratt (guitars), Nibbs Carter (bass) and Nigel Glockler (drums).
Saxon played a solid two hour set that went like this, (from the set list on stage)
“Motorcycle Man”, “Battering Ram”, “This Town Rocks”, “Sacrifice”, “Power And The Glory”, “I’ve Got To Rock (To Stay Alive)”, “Dallas 1 PM”, “Heavy Metal Thunder”, “The Eagle Has Landed”, “Never Surrender”, “Backs To The Wall”, “Rock ‘N’ Roll Gypsy”, “747 (Strangers In The Night)”, “Crusader”, “Princess Of The Night” and three encore songs, “Wheels Of Steel”, “Strong Arm Of The Law” and “Denim And Leather”.
After nearly forty years of rockin’ and rollin’, Saxon still has what it takes to blow the roof off any venue they play just like they did here in Reno. This the was first time this examiner has had the pleasure of seeing these guys play live and I must say, I was quite impressed with the power and stage presence each member brought. It’s no wonder that this band has influenced so many of the rock and metal icons that have made any kind of mark in the music world in the last thirty five years or so and the list is long.
Saxon puts on a great must see show, don’t miss out the next they hit a stage near you. If you like real rock and roll, you definitely won’t be disappointed.
Starting the night off was one of Reno’s best local alternative rock bands, Dead Letter Disciple.
Dead Letter Disciple was formed in March 2013 in Reno NV. DLD can be described as a unique blend of rock and roll. They started with the idea of being a band with no pressure and no real plan other than creating music they all enjoyed playing and most importantly having a good time doing it.
With that in mind, the guys started writing some very good stuff and then started playing some live shows here and there and look, in just under three short years the band is opening for a national touring act like Saxon. These guys are well on their way to the big time headlining their own shows. Be sure to keep an eye out for these guys, they are very good live.
Dead Letter Disciple is, Paul Larsen (lead vocals, guitar), Randy Wood (lead guitar), Scott Hudson (bass) and Dan Terry (drums).
Dead Letter Disciple got a sixty minute set that went like this,
“Pickaxe”, “Centerline”, “Hurricane”, “Butterfly”, “Trapeze”, “Clarity”, “Calamity Jane”, “Wrecking Yard”, “Mantis”, “Incumbent” and “Gene Pool”.
Finally a show that does not have four or more bands playing on the same bill. Two, maybe three bands on the bill is more than enough to put on a great concert. Any more than that and you don’t get to see how the band really is because they only get to play a couple songs and the next band goes on.
Dead Letter Disciple got to show just how good they really are by getting enough stage time to rock the house (which they did) and get the fans ready to rock for the headliner.
The guys put on a very good set that had everyone rockin’ out to every song they played, a very impressive outing for sure.
Be sure to catch these guys at their next show and be sure to give a listen to the bands new five song EP that will be available as singles on iTunes on September 17th.
This was a kick-ass show, well worth the long day at work on Thursday.
A great time was had by all.
As usual, the Knitting Factory Reno gave the fans another great show. To see what’s coming next (click here).
To see all the photos of Saxon at this show (click here) and Dead Letter Disciple (click here).
As with all this examiners reviews and feature stories, I always say, “The photos are what it’s all about, so check out the photo slideshow and enjoy the show”.
All photos by JOHN TUCKNESS
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