Ride Like The Wind

Here’s the first of a couple of posts today on Hard Rock Hell’s “must see bands” over the weekend.

Here for your aural entertainment is Barnsleys finest sons Saxon. Formed in 1976 during the early years of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal scene, Saxon have enjoyed moderate success in the intervening years.

Ride Like The Wind won’t be the first song you’ll associate with the band, for those of you who are aware of the band, but for me this song is my earliest memory of them.

Their video was receiving a lot of air play on Headbangers Ball and the Power Hour – oh those days of setting VHS video recorders to record music shows at stupid o’clock in the morning! And it is a very catchy tune.

It’s actually a cover of a song released in 1980 by Christopher Cross. However, in the UK the most successful version in relation to the charts was in 1991 by Italian dance act East Side Beat which reached number 3 in the charts (compared to 69 for the original)

I first saw them on a bank holiday Monday in 2001 at the first Bloodstock Festival, held indoors at the Assembly Rooms in Derby. Since then I have seen them nearly a dozen times, but most of those appearances have been at festivals. I find it quite bizarre as I don’t own any physical release by the band!


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