As reported earlier this week, MOTÖRHEAD have postponed their European tour with leader Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister‘s stating: “I have to sadly let you know that Motörhead has had to postpone the forthcoming European tour until early next year, 2014. We have made the decision because I am not quite ready to hit the road yet, and am working my way back to full fitness and rude health.”
An update from tour partners SAXON states: “As we have heard unfortunately the Motörhead tour has been postponed until spring! We all hope Lemmy will come back stronger than ever! Saxon will be on the tour together with Motörhead in spring and we are waiting for the new dates which will be announced soon.
Due to the new situation we went back and forth but the logistical challenge we are confronted with have forced us to move the Saxon headline shows as well. We are in the middle of dealing with this and will let you all know ASAP! The only show which will be still on is the Metal Hammer Paradise festival in Germany!
We are very sorry for the difficult circumstances but we hope that everyone understands and we will rock even harder when we hit the road again with Motörhead! Keep the faith!”
Saxon have produced a series of alternative takes on classic favourites to herald a worthy new entry to the Saxonian Institute of Metal. There is always feral beauty in a raging beast… and with Unplugged And Strung Up, Saxon’s selection of unique, fresh and adventurous interpretations of material previously heard only with raw heavy metal thunder, the point is triumphantly underscored.
Unplugged And Strung Up reveals layers and pieces previously dormant in many of the 14 classic Saxon songs chosen for this makeover, thanks to some ear-catching new arrangements and mixes. Recorded, mixed and mastered with Andy Sneap in Derbyshire, UK earlier this year, Biff Byford and co re-evaluated, re-worked and re-energized the towering likes of ‘The Eagle Has Landed’ and ‘Crusader’ by introducing orchestral dynamics to offer added dimension. ‘Frozen Rainbow’ from the band’s 1979 debut, gets a stunning acoustic reprisal which transports it into a power ballad to be proud of, whilst ‘Red Star Falling’ soars and sweeps the emotions with it’s orchestrally-arranged dovetail.
As if this reinvention wasn’t enough, Saxon superfans and collectors can purchase a digipak version of the release which will include 2002′s storming set of full-volume, pedal-to-the-metal re-recorded hits Heavy Metal Thunder. Featuring staple Saxon stormers such as ‘Motorcycle Man’, ‘Strong Arm Of The Law’ and ‘Dallas 1PM’ it is a quintessential part of any collection.
Due for release on November 18th, Unplugged And Strung Up features the following tracklisting:
‘Stallions Of The Highway’ (remix)
‘Crusader’ (orchestral version)
‘The Eagle Has Landed’ (orchestral version)
‘Red Star Falling’ (orchestral version)
‘Broken Heroes’ (orchestral version)
‘Call To Arms’ (orchestral version)
‘Forever Free’ (re-recorded version)
‘Just Let Me Rock’ (re-recorded version)
‘Frozen Rainbow’ (acoustic version)
‘Iron Wheels’ (live acoustic version)
‘Requiem’ (acoustic version)
‘Coming Home’ (acoustic version)
Heavy Metal Thunder tracklisting:
‘Heavy Metal Thunder’
‘Strong Arm Of The Law’
‘Power & The Glory’
‘And The Bands Played On’
‘Princess Of The Night’
‘Wheels Of Steel’
’747 (Strangers In The Night)’
‘Denim & Leather’
‘Backs To The Wall’
The standard single CD of Unplugged And Strung Up will come in a jewel case, and a double-vinyl gatefold sleeve version of the release will also be available. The digipack will be a two-disc version of the release featuring the bonus disc Heavy Metal Thunder, and there will be a digital release of the same.