British heavy metal legends SAXON have issued the following update:
"Sadly we are forced to announce that Nibbs [Carter, bass] won't be able to join us on the upcoming tour!
"Due to health problems of his wife, we all decided that it will be the best for all if he stays with his wife and family to make sure that she will get well soon.
"We still want to do the tour and looking really forward to meeting all the SAXON fans out there — it wouldn't be fair to you to postpone the tour again.
"Gladly our friend Yenz Leonhardt (KINGDOM COME, LACRIMOSA, etc.) will jump in for this part of the tour and try to replace Nibbs part as best he can, although Nibbs is irreplaceable to us.
"Thanks for your understanding and keep on rockin'."
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According to an online post by SAXON frontman Biff Byford, footage of the legendary British heavy metal band's June 2008 performance at the Download Festival at Castle Donington, England will be included in the upcoming SAXON documentary, "Heavy Metal Thunder - The Movie". Biff states, "We feel this was such an important event in our recent career that it has to be included. This means the release [of the DVD] will be delay[ed] for a while. After all, it's all about quality not quantity."
He adds, "After seeing all of the DVD, I think you will love it, so don't blame [the filmmakers, U.K.'s] Coolhead [Productions]. It's my fault wanting to give you the best documentary that we possibly can."
Produced by the makers of the critically acclaimed "Ian Gillan: Highway Star" (Universal, 2007), "Heavy Metal Thunder - The Movie" celebrates SAXON's 30th anniversary. It not only has contributions from members of SAXON, past and present, but also from the likes of Lars Ulrich (METALLICA); Lemmy, "Fast" Eddie Clarke, Phil Campbell, Mikkey Dee (MOTÖRHEAD); Harvey Goldsmith, Danko Jones, Doro Pesch and many, many others. It will also feature plenty of rare archive material and previously unseen concert footage, from the classic 1980s lineup to the brilliant St. George's Day show in 2008 and Wacken Open Air in 2009. A special limited edition of "Heavy Metal Thunder - The Movie" will contain a feature-length documentary, at least two never-before-seen concert films and plenty of revealing extra content.
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