Anthony Morgan of Metal Forces recently conducted an interview with SAXON vocalist Biff Byford. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
On touring with MOTÖRHEAD through the years, and GIRLSCHOOL supporting on SAXON‘s U.K. tour:
“My first tour ever was with MOTÖRHEAD in 1979 on their ‘Bomber’ tour. We had a bit of a following at the time, but not a lot, no. No, not much of a following. It was the tour before they recorded ‘No Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith’ [June 1981]. The ‘Bomber’ tour was massive, though. They were huge; MOTÖRHEAD were huge before we even started writing our first album [SAXON, May 1979], really.
“So yeah, it was a great tour for us, definitely. That’s a lasting memory, and we’ve been friends with the MOTÖRHEAD boys — all of the MOTÖRHEAD incarnations over the years — really well. I think MOTÖRHEAD were probably our biggest friends in the rock ‘n’ roll world, and obviously GIRLSCHOOL were around at the same time really. They more or less started the same time as we did. So yeah, we have good memories of them touring and partying.”
On Lemmy tribute track “They Played Rock And Roll”:
“It’s a song about that tour, the 1979 tour, basically. I asked Nibbs [Carter, bass] to write a song that was similar in style to MOTÖRHEAD, which he did. He wrote the guitar riffs and everything, and I put lyrics to it that I had already written. So, it was a pretty easy song for us to do.”