Saxon – Hammerfall – Sheffield Academy 20 Dec 2011

Unfortunately I only caught one song from opening act Crime of Passion, but what I heard sounded OK. Next up were Hammerfall from Sweden. I have to say I know nothing about them but, I really enjoyed their show, and they got a great reception from the Sheffield crowd. One to the check out in the future I think.

Saxon kicked off their return to Yorkshire with Heavy Metal Thunder one of many classics in tonight’s set. The set also contained six songs from the latest (excellent) CD Call to Arms, this included the wonderful title track and my favorite Chasing the Bullet, which didn’t get an airing when I saw the band earlier in the year. Three classics, Power and the Glory, Denim and Leather and of course Wheels of Steel (including a sing along conducted by Biff) brought the main part of the evening to a close. The band return to encore with Crusader, 747 and a rousing version of Princess of the Night before the venue’s curfew brought proceedings to an end. Another great evening a Heavy Metal and long may the eagle fly. Just a note to say that at £18.50p a ticket the evening delivered great value, so well done to all involved for thinking of the fans. Let's hope that 2012 brings as much success for Saxon - and chance to see them live again.

Set list (I think this is right)

Heavy Metal Thunder
Hammer of the Gods
Never Surrender
When Doomsday Comes
Chasing the Bullet
Motorcycle Man
Back in 79
Dogs of War
To Hell and Back Again
Call to Arms
Broken Heroes
Mists of Avalon
And the Bands Played On
Power and the Glory
Denim and Leather
Wheels of Steel
Encore
Crusader
747 (Strangers in the Night)
Princess of the Night

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