Saxon confirm Download Festival 2012 warm-up date in Hatfield

British heavy metal legends Saxon will play the Forum Hertfordshire in Hatfield ahead of their appearance at this summer

British heavy metal legends Saxon will play the Forum Hertfordshire in Hatfield ahead of their appearance at this summer's Download Festival

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HEAVY metal legends Saxon will warm-up for their 2012 Download Festival appearance this summer with a live date in Hatfield.

Hot off touring with Judas Priest, the Barnsley-bred British heavy metal veterans will play the Forum Hertfordshire on Friday, June 8.

The band will be joined at their pre-Download show by a special guest to be announced.

Metalheads who enjoy Denim & Leather and Heavy Metal Thunder can expect classic after classic when the front-runners of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal play the College Lane venue.

The Yorkshire group – frontman Biff Byford, rhythm guitarist Doug Scarratt, lead guitarist Paul Quinn, drummer Nigel Glockler and bass player Nibbs Carter – are rightly seen as one of the premier vanguards of heavy metal and, alongside the likes of Iron Maiden, were a major influence behind platinum-selling stars such as Metallica and Megadeth.

Tickets for Saxon’s Donington Park warm-up gig at the University of Hertforshire in Hatfield cost £18.50.

* Saxon release live DVD/CD package Heavy Metal Thunder - Live - Eagles Over Wacken on April 23.

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