Yes, I know, they had that poser attitude on display more often than I would have liked (Biff Byford in Spandex), they weren’t everyone’s cup of tea and the critics didn’t always let them off the hook lightly, but they have regularly popped up on my various players around the house these past 30 years and more, especially their first four releases, Saxon (1979), Wheels of Steel (1980), Strong Arm of the Law (1980) and Denim and Leather (1981). I liked them because of their uncompromising approach to what they wanted to put out there and, hell, who would have thought they might actually have so much staying power? At the time, most people thought they were a flash in the NWoBHM pan, but they’re still around today, bashing it out. Plus, they had some excellent rhythm guitar work on their albums.
(BTW: Metallica managed to get their show on the road for real when they ended up supporting Saxon on a tour ages ago).