Heavy metal legends Saxon announce 'The Eagle Has Landed' re-issue with bonus tracks

The pioneers of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal are back with a re-issue of 'The Eagle Has Landed', featuring bonus tracks from live shows at the Hammersmith Odeon in 1981-82


                            Heavy metal legends Saxon announce 'The Eagle Has Landed' re-issue with bonus tracks

Heavy metal legends Saxon have announced the re-issue release of their first live album 'The Eagle Has Landed', set to drop on October 19. The album also features bonus tracks recorded live at London's famous Hammersmith Odeon in 1981-82.

Originally released in May 1982, ‘The Eagle Has Landed’ was Saxon’s first live album to be recorded and also the first album to feature long-standing drummer Nigel Glockler. Taking its name from the band's huge eagle lighting rig, it was recorded on the European leg of their ‘Denim And Leather’ tour during 1981 and was mixed at Manor And Bray Sound Studio. It was an instant hit and reached number 5 in the UK charts upon its release.

Formed in 1977, Saxon have gained a reputation for pioneering the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM), a genre that went on to be spearheaded by legendary world-touring acts such as Iron Maiden, Motorhead and Def Leppard. 

Saxon established themselves as one of Europe's greatest metal acts. The band tours regularly to this day and have sold more than 23 million albums worldwide. From 1979's debut album 'Saxon' to the new album ‘Thunderbolt’, which dropped earlier in February, the band has enjoyed considerable success, going on to inspire iconic metal acts like Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Mötley Crüe, Pantera, Skid Row and many, many more.

You can pre-order the re-issue of 'The Eagle Has Landed' here. Find the artwork for the re-issued live album as well as shots of the packaging below, followed by the full tracklist.

Album art for Saxon's re-issue of 'The Eagle Has Landed'
Album art for Saxon's re-issue of 'The Eagle Has Landed'

Packaging for the re-issue of 'The Eagle Has Landed'
Packaging for the re-issue of 'The Eagle Has Landed'

Tracklist for 'The Eagle Has Landed' re-issue:

01. Motorcycle Man
02. 747 Strangers In The Night
03. Princess Of The Night
04. Strong Arm Of The Law
05. Heavy Metal Thunder
06. 20,000 Ft
07. Wheels Of Steel
08. Never Surrender
09. Fire in The Sky
10. Machine Gun

Bonus Tracks:
Live at Hammersmith Odeon (1981-1982):

01. And The Bands Played On
02. See The Light Shining
03. Frozen Rainbow
04. Midnight Rider