Tuesday, January 15: Tig's Rock Birthdays

Biff Byford of Saxon performs on the Gibson stage during Day 2 of the Download 2008 Festival on June 14, 2008 in Donington Park in Castle Donington, England. Photo credit: Dave Etheridge-Barnes/Getty Images

Saxon formed in 1977 out of South Yorkshire, England and were one of the leaders of the new wave of British heavy metal. The band had success in the U.K. and the U.S. in the 1980's and influenced bands like Metallica, Motley Crue, and Pantera. The band is probably best known for their 1981 song "Denim and Leather". Cheers to one of my favorite names in heavy metal, Biff Byford! I caught Saxon live for the first time in last year opening for Judas Priest on their Firepower U.S. Tour.and I caught a headlining show from Saxon at The Chance. Kick ass shows.  

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Adam Jones is a three-time Grammy Award winning guitarist for Tool who ranked 75th on Rolling Stone magazine's Greatest Guitarists of All Time list. Tool formed out of Los Angeles in 1990. The band’s lineup features Maynard James Keenan on lead vocals, guitarist Adam Jones, drummer Danny Carey, and bassist Justin Chancellor. Chancellor joined the band in 1995 replacing Paul D’Amour. The band came onto the heavy metal scene with the 1993 album Undertow and would later be a big part of the alternative metal movement.

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