Biff Byford

Biff Byford

Frontman of the British heavy metal band Saxon.
Date of Birth: 15.01.1951
Country: Great Britain

Biography of Biff Byford - The Frontman of British Heavy Metal Band Saxon

Biff Byford is best known as the frontman of the British heavy metal band, Saxon. He started his music career in the 1970s as the vocalist for the band Blue Condition. However, it was in 1976 that he formed the band Son of a Bitch, along with guitarists Graham Oliver and Paul Quinn, bassist Steve Dawson, and drummer David Ward. Soon after, Peter Gill replaced Ward as the drummer and the band changed its name to Saxon.

Saxon signed a contract with the French label Carere Records, specializing in disco music, and released their self-titled debut album in 1979. This album propelled them to become one of the leaders of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. Saxon achieved commercial success, with eight of their albums and five singles entering the top 40 of the British album and singles charts between 1980 and 1986.

However, the popularity of the band and classic heavy metal began to decline by the end of the 1980s. In 1994, two former members of Saxon, Graham Oliver and Steve Dawson, decided to perform under the name Son of a Bitch, and later as Oliver/Dawson Saxon from 2000. This led to a legal dispute between them and Biff Byford and Paul Quinn.

Throughout the 1990s, Biff Byford and Saxon continued to release albums and tour, with a focus on Germany. In 2007, they regained widespread popularity with the release of their album "The Inner Sanctum." In April 2007, Byford published his autobiography titled "Never Surrender," named after the Saxon song "Denim and Leather."

On January 18, 2010, Gigwise reported that Biff Byford launched a campaign to have heavy metal recognized as a religion among the residents of the United Kingdom. This campaign was inspired by the results of the 2001 census, where a quarter of the population listed "Jediism" as their religion.

Biff Byford's career as the frontman of Saxon has made him a prominent figure in the world of heavy metal, with his powerful vocals and stage presence. He continues to perform and contribute to the genre, leaving a lasting impact on the British heavy metal scene.