Saxon – “Heavy Metal Thunder Live: Eagles Over Wacken”

Saxon – “Heavy Metal Thunder Live: Eagles Over Wacken” DVD / 2CD (UDR Music)

‘..where were you in ’79 when the dam began to burst?..’ – NWOBHM legends Saxon were one of the front runners that’s for sure, and also one of that movement’s most prominent proponents, playing the first Monsters Of Rock festival back in the 80s and continuing right thru that decade until the decline of English heavy metal in the late 80s. But in Germany, the scene was starting to take off and in 1992, Saxon were invited to play the Wacken Open Air, and in a similar relationship with the Donnington fans, have since been adopted by that festival’s fans as ‘their’ band – indeed, promoter Thomas Jensen is also Saxon’s band manager! It is indeed a rare opportunity for any band to be associated with two iconic events in heavy metal history, let alone enjoy a rebirth that has arguably made them more popular than ever before! “Heavy Metal Thunder Live: Eagles Over Wacken” is Saxon’s most ambitious live product to date, reveling in the majesty of both their legacy and continuing title as key headliners as demanded by the fans: a DVD highlighting Saxon‘s Wacken shows in 2004, 2007 and 2009 with no less than 30 songs, plus 2 live CDs with the entire Glasgow Apr 2011 performance, complete with behind the scenes footage and slideshow extras. As OTT as their 1 ton eagle, it’s available in a variety of packages from a 1,000 copy limited edition (since sold out) to a bumper digipack to a 3 gatefold vinyl edition. All in all a fitting tribute both to the longevity of this enduring band and their fans both young and old!

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