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UFO & Saxon land hard at The Paramount in Huntington

UFO & Saxon land hard at The Paramount in Huntington

Last Saturday night two heavy metal legends, UFO and Saxon, made a stop on their Round 2: USA/Canada Tour at The Paramount in Huntington, NY. Having played two sold out shows at B.B. Kings in New York City earlier this year in March, fans were eager for this night as many of them missed the New York City shows due to the sell out.
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Starting the night off rocking was a heavy hitting trio led by, and named after, Jared James Nichols (vocals/guitar) accompanied by Erik Sandin (bass) and Dennis Holm (drums). With their long hair frequently being flung, this power trio played several original songs, including “Don’t Be Afraid,” “Can You Feel It?” and “Gone.” The fans were digging the tight groove but when they concluded their set with the Mountain cover “Mississippi Queen” the audience were really showing their support and clapping and cheering away.

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As more and more people were filling the general admission floor during the intermission, it was obvious that the crowd was made up of mostly male fans, but that is not to say there were not some hot rocking chicks among them, there definitely was.

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When the house lights dropped the AC/DC song “It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘N’ Roll)” was cranking out from the PA system and people were getting revved up and singing along.

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Then the moment came, the stage lights started to glow and out came Saxon; Biff Byford (vocals), Paul Quinn (guitar), Doug Scarratt (guitar), Tim “Nibbs” Carter (bass) and Nigel Glockler (drums). Hitting hard with a song from their latest release, 2015’s Battering Ram, they played the title track and it set the tone for how heavy their set was going to be. After “This Town Rocks,” Byford commented on how happy they were to be back in the United States and “What a lovely town this beautiful venue is located in.”

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With a massive library of music, and a total of twenty one studio albums dating back to 1979, they did a great job of covering all era’s with “Sacrifice,” “Power and the Glory,” “Dallas 1 PM,” “Crusader,” “Dogs of War” and “747 (Strangers in the Night).” But before continuing on this heavy metal journey Byford gave the fans a choice in what they would play next.

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He went as far a ripping up his copy of the set list and stating, “music should be fucking spontaneous!” And the fans were screaming wild while choosing the next two songs “Motorcycle Man” and “The Eagle Has Landed.”

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Not giving the crowd a moment to breath next came the thumping beat of “Heavy Metal Thunder,” and two classic songs off of Denim and Leather, the title track and “Princess of the Night.” Byford thanked the crowd and they all left the stage, but the fans would have none of that, they wanted more and were very vocal in that desire. Saxon swiftly returned and thanked everyone again and announced that they will have a new album coming out in January.

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Then he said that they would play a new song, but he had a mischievous look on his face and then they tore in one last classic hit, “Wheels of Steel,” which had the place going wild.

 

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As if this was not enough excitement, UFO would be coming up next. And with just enough time to set the stage, fans were getting ready for a hard rock journey, this time taking them as far back as 1970 with a total of twenty two studio albums under UFO’s impressive library. Fans went crazy as Phil Mogg (vocals), Vinnie Moore (guitar), Paul Raymond (keys/guitar), Rob De Luca (bass) and Andy Parker (drums) all came out on the stage and started things off with “We Belong to the Night.”

They kept the rock rolling with “Run Boy Run,” “Ain’t No Baby,” “Lights Out,” “Only You Can Rock Me” and “Burn Your House Down.” After they played “Cherry,” Mogg thanked the fans and commented on their enthusiasm for the music they were playing. After “Love to Love” came “Too Hot to Handle” which had fans screaming as Moore took the show with a stellar solo, even playing over his head and never missing a lick.

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Rounding out their set with “Messiah of Love” and “Rock Bottom,” which had the fans going so wild the floor of the venue was literally bouncing. Once it was over Mogg said, “Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you very much, thank you all so much for coming!” And even though he and the band left the stage it was not for long as they quickly returned to do a two song encore of “Doctor Doctor” and “Shoot Shoot.”

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A night of pure metal and hard rock through and through this tour is one combination of artists that will go down in history. Even if you had the chance to see them earlier this year during Round 1 do not miss the chance to see them again, and if you missed Round 1, needless to say you need to see this show, so check it out in a city near you as the tour continues through mid October.

See full gallery of the night here.

Catch this tour:

Date Venue Location
Sep 29 Palladium-MA Worcester, MA Tickets & More
Sep 30 Webster Theatre Hartford, CT Tickets & More
Oct 01 Aura Portland, ME Tickets & More
Oct 03 Queen Elizabeth Theatre Toronto, Canada Tickets & More
Oct 04 Corona Theatre Montréal, Canada Tickets & More
Oct 08 Concord Music Hall Chicago, IL Tickets & More
Oct 11 Jergel’s Rhythm Grille Warrendale, PA Tickets & More
Oct 12 Bogart’s Cincinnati, OH Tickets & More
Oct 13 Star Plaza Theatre Merrillville, IN Tickets & More
Oct 14 Egyptian Room at Old National Centre Indianapolis, IN Tickets & More

 

Diane Woodcheke has had her eye on a camera viewfinder since she was very young. She specializes in Fine Art, Event and Concert Photography. She is also a writer of concert and album reviews, as well as contributing to blogs. For more information please visit her website at www.dwoodcheke.com

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