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Saxon They Played Rock And Roll Song Review

Saxon

They Played Rock And Roll

Song Review by Gabe Straight, Music Journalist

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With “They Played Rock And Roll,” Saxon has crafted a song of true rock godliness.  The song tells the story of Saxon's very first tour in 1979 with Motörhead.  “I want people to get a flavour of what it was like in the UK in 79/80 for Saxon and Motörhead at the start of the 80s musical revolution” says Biff Byford. This song is the textbook definition of “badass” and almost needs no further explanation. The drums are driving, the guitar wails into some seriously technically-sound solos; listening to this song, I imagined the revving of a motorcycle as a leather-clad man of destruction gets ready to wreak havoc. This song has a lot going for it, and it makes me excited for Saxon’s full-length Thunderbolt that was released Feb 2nd.

 

If there are any drawbacks, they are few. Speaking of few, this song is a couple hairs too long. When you have a song with a single beat, there’s only so much you can do with it before it runs out of things to say. You know your song can be cut down when you have two solos in a three minute span. The only other drawback to this is the glaring resemblances to the Motorhead essential “Ace Of Spades.” This wouldn’t be that much of a problem if “Ace of Spades” wasn’t such a big deal in the rock world. But don’t mean that as me hating on this song. This song is excellent, badass, well-produced, and well-executed. This song makes me want to be badass, to go out and do badass things. There’s nothing else to say: “They Played Rock n Roll” is a badass song by the badass band known as Saxon.

 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/saxon
Twitter:
www.twitter.com/SaxonOfficial
Instagram:
www.instagram.com/saxon.official
YouTube:
www.youtube.com/user/PlanetSaxon

 

Thunderbolt 2018 North American Tour With Judas Priest
3-13-18 in Wilkes-Barre, PA at Mohegan Sun Arena
3-15-18 in Youngstown, OH at Covelli Centre
3-17-18 in Uniondale, NY at Nassau Coliseum
3-18-18 in Washington, DC at Anthem
3-20-18 in Newark, NJ at Prudential Center
3-22-18 in Uncasville, CT at Mohegan Sun Arena
3-23-18 in Worcester, MA at Palladium
3-25-18 in Ottawa, Can at The Arena - Td Place
3-27-18 in London, Can at Budweiser Gardens
3-28-18 in Oshawa, Can at Tribute Communications Centre
3-31-18 in Detroit, MI at Dtroit Masonic Temple
4-02-18 in Minneapolis, MN at The Armory
4-03-18 in Milwaukee, WI at Riverside Theater
4-05-18 in Green Bay, WI at Resch Center
4-06-18 in Hammond, IN at The Horshoe Casino
4-08-18 in Bloomington, IL at Grossinger Motors Arena
4-10-18 in Casper, WY at Casper Events Center
4-11-18 in Loveland, CO at Budweiser Events Center
4-13-18 in West Valley City, UT at Maverick Center
4-15-18 in Kent, WA at Snoware Center
4-17-18 in Portland, OR at Veterans Memorial Coliseum
4-19-18 in San Francisco, CA at The Warfield
4-21-18 in Las Vegas, NV at Las Rageous 2018
4-22-18 in Los Angeles, CA at Microsoft Theater
4-24-18 in Phoenix, AZ at Comerica Theater
4-26-18 in Tulsa, OK at Bok Center
4-28-18 in Dallas, TX at Bomb Factory
4-29-18 in Sugar Land,TX at Smart Financial Center
5-01-18 in San Antonio, TX at Freeman Coliseum

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