SAXON then RAVEN & DIAMOND HEAD back-to-back nights at Studio Seven this week...are you kidding me!? Who says time machines don't exist?
Let's flashback it's 1980, No Metallica, no Megadeth, no Anthrax, No Slayer no American metal as we know it today. The New Wave of British Heavy Metal that started in those late 70s into 1980 in America with Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Def Leppard was great but what was going on overseas unknown to me yet were the bands like Saxon, Raven, Diamond Head, Motorhead, Tokyo Blade etc. In the early-mid 80s I finally discovered many of these bands through the underground tape trading scene, but it wasn't until one night listening to KISW 99.9FM when I heard Saxon's "Dallas 1pm" and I'll never forget it. It was just so damn good and different from everything else I've heard on radio with the bass line and classic guitar riff within a story about the shooting of President Kennedy in Dallas 1963.
Then a friend of mine in high school came over and had Raven's "All For One" album and that blew my mind & changed my life forever! Still one of the greatest metal albums ever, Raven's "All For One" was a blazing razor blade guitar riffing monster that still competes with anything in that genre released in the last 30 years! Also add Diamond Head with their mean cutting riffs and melodic vocals that spawned Metallica and many others. The New Wave of British Heavy Metal still goes strong in 2013! Also opening for Saxon is Chris Jericho's band Fozzy! Kick ass band featuring Stuck Mojo members Rich Ward and Frank Fontsere. Saxon haven't played Seattle since their two sold-out Paramount Theater shows in 1984 and 1986!
See you all there! "Iron" Mike
Tuesday night 10/8/13 - Studio 7 Seattle - KISW's Metal Shop presents Saxon with openers Fozzy (aka Chris Jericho). Buy Tickets 7:00p – Doors 7:30p – 8:00p – Scream of Angels 8:15p – 8:45p – Halcyon Way 9:00p – 9:45p – Fozzy (aka Chris Jericho) 10:00p – 11:30p – Saxon
Wednesday night 10/9/13 - Studio 7 Seattle - KISW's Metal Shop presents Diamond Head with Raven. Blood of Kings & Above Ground opening. Doors 6pm Show starts at 6:30pm. Buy Tickets