Saxon - Koko London - 20/12/11

So a week after the Oxford show off to London for a new venue for me. London’s Koko in Camden was the setting for Saxon’s last show of the Call To Arms tour and with it being only a few days before Christmas that only added to the party feel.

To a packed out crowd Sweden’s Hammerfall hit hard for 45 minutes getting a response some headliners would like.

As last week their heavy riffing melodic power metal was a real joy to see and showed a band with real stagecraft thoroughly enjoying themselves.

I look forward to seeing them back as headliners shortly.

Over the course of 2 hours and 5 minutes Saxon nearly took the roof off with the crowd doing their bit too.

With it being the 30th anniversary of the release of Denim And Leather the gig was a special occasion with a full run through of the album in 2 parts and as Biff said not in the right order.

Here’s the setlist for the night:

Hammer Of The Gods
Heavy Metal Thunder
When Doomsday Comes
Chasing The Bullet
Motorcycle Man
Back In 79
Solid Ball Of Rock
Never Surrender
Fire In The Sky
Midnight Rider
And The Bands Played On
To Hell And Back Again
Call To Arms
Rock The Nations including drum solo
Mists Of Avalon
Broken Heroes (got the vote over the Eagle Has Landed this time)
Play It Loud
Rough And Ready
Out Of Control
Denim And Leather
Princess Of The Night
Encores of
Crusader followed by Doug’s guitar solo
747 Strangers In The Night
Bass solo
Strong Arm Of The Law
Wheels Of Steel

A big thumbs up again for the soundman who again produced a loud but clear sound from my position up on the first balcony. It was also great to able to see this time Nigel Glockler at work who was quite superb and his double bass work on To Hell And Back Again rattled fillings!!
The band were all on fire (with assorted Christmas hats too including a fetching Lion hat for Nigel Glockler) and that should show when the show is released at some time as Biff told us the night was being recorded.

A fantastic night out that only confirms the band now in their 4th decade still have the fire to produce the goods in the live domain.



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