On March 11, Jay Nanda of San Antonio Metal Music Examiner conducted an interview with SAXON singer Biff Byford in San Antonio, Texas. You can now watch the chat below.
Asked if there are any tribute albums planned for his late friend, iconic MOTÖRHEAD frontman Lemmy Kilmister, Biff said: “There could be. I haven’t been asked to one. But I’m sure there must be something [in the works] right now. Hopefully it won’t all be superstar, platinum L.A. bands doing it. It would be great to get some of the British bands on there as well. But I haven’t been asked [about it]. I would do it, definitely. Any of them, really.”
He continued: “We’re connected with the early MOTÖRHEAD as well, ’cause we toured with Lemmy in ’79 on their ‘Bomber’ tour, which was our ‘Wheels Of Steel’ tour. So we’ve known all of the MOTÖRHEAD lineups; we’ve been friends with them all.”
Regarding which MOTÖRHEAD track he would like to sing on as a tribute to Lemmy, Biff said: “I’d like to do ‘Ace Of Spades’. We were doing ‘Ace Of Spades’ in Europe with Fast Eddie [Clarke, former MOTÖRHEAD guitarist] on stage, ’cause his band FASTWAY were special guests. So we were doing ‘Ace Of Spades’. And we’ve done ‘Ace Of Spades’ with [MOTÖRHEAD members] Mikkey [Dee, drums] and Phil [Campbell, guitar] a couple of times as well. So, yeah, I’m open to it. I loved Lemmy. He was a very good friend of mine. We miss him.”
SAXON recently revealed that the band’s forthcoming album will include a song dedicated to MOTÖRHEAD. “[It’s] called ‘They Played Rock And Roll’, ’cause that’s what Lemmy [late MOTÖRHEAD frontman] used to say every night [from the stage],” Byford told Sonic Shocks. “It’s basically about early MOTÖRHEAD — ’79/’80 MOTÖRHEAD, like around ‘No Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith’, ’cause that’s the tour we were on, that one. So, yeah, it’s about the band, really, and their music.”
According to Biff, “They Played Rock And Roll” will be musically similar to Lemmy and Co. He explained: “I asked Nibbs [Carter, SAXON bassist] to write me some music that was like MOTÖRHEAD, and he did. So it sounds very MOTÖRHEAD-ish, but not MOTÖRHEAD, if you know what I mean.”
SAXON‘s follow-up to 2015’s “Battering Ram” album will be released later this year.
“Battering Ram” was released in North America via UDR Music. The effort featured Byford alongside Paul Quinn and Doug Scarratt on guitar, Nibbs Carter on bass and Nigel Glockler on drums.