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"Saxon" is a British heavy metal band, formed in 1976 in Barnsley, Yorkshire. As leading lights in the New Wave of British Heavy Metal they had a brief period of UK Top 40 success in the early 1980s, and also tasted success in Europe and Japan. They still tour regularly and often.

Their original line up consisted of Peter "Biff" Byford on vocals, Paul Quinn and Graham Oliver on guitars, Steve Dawson on bass and drummer Pete Gill. Early in their career the band changed their name from "Son of a Bitch" to Saxon, and gained support slots on tour with more established bands such as Motörhead.

In 1979 the band signed to the Carrere record label and released their eponymous debut album. In 1980 follow-up album ''Wheels of Steel'' spawned two hit singles: the title track, and the crowd favourite ''747 (Strangers in the Night)''. The ''Strong Arm of the Law'' album, considered by fans to be one of their best recordings, was released later that same year, and chart success continued with singles from their next release, ''Denim and Leather''. The title track to that album is seen as an anthem of the early 1980s metal movement.

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years active1979-present
music genreHeavy metal music
current membersBiff Byford
Doug Scarratt
Nigel Glockler
Paul Quinn
Nibbs Carter
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