Saxon’s ‘The Eagle Has Landed 40 Live’ has guest appearances from Motörhead members & Andy Sneap
Saxon guitarist Doug Scarratt was recently interviewed by Jimmy Kay for Canada’s The Metal Voice and spoke about the band’s live album The Eagle Has Landed 40 Live, which was released back on August 2, 2019.
Scarratt indicated (with slight edits): “It’s difficult when you make a live album because they’re some songs in the set that are always going to be in the set so you can tend to repeat yourself over the years. But this live album is really the most diverse we’ve released, it really does span all our history and albums. There’s a lot of stuff on there that’s never been on a live album so it’s cool. There are guest appearances on this album too which makes a little more special right, Phil Campbell on ‘Strangers In the Night’, you’ve got ‘Ace of Spades’ with “Fast” Eddie Clarke and guitarist producer Andy Sneap that does ‘20,000 Feet.’ We know Andy very well. We’ve worked with him quite a lot over the last ten years and that was fun. It was great having Campbell up with us and it was a real buzz and having Eddie Clarke up there, which was one of those pinch yourself moments.”
In terms of the recording sessions for Saxon‘s upcoming new studio album, Scarratt stated: “We don’t kind of go into the studio and lock the doors anymore. We do write more at home just because it’s just such a large commitment now for everyone. However, we have had quite a few weeks in the studio together you know hacking out some ideas. Nibs has written a lot of material on this record but at the moment, we’re at a stage where a lot could change and a lot more of songs can disappear and other songs can can come up. We’ve got 10 or 11 tracks to lay down and Biff‘s already been working on some of the stuff like the melodies so I think his plan is just used to start to put some stuff down [in] January, February 2020 time and then see see where we go.
We’re early on in the process but we have quite a bit of material to play with at the moment. We have Nigel‘s drum backing tracks at the moment and they’re vehicles for Biff to write lyrics and melody. We’re not at that vocal lyric stage yet that’s what it comes down to. Although I think Biff he can’t sit still. There are a couple of groove oriented songs heavy song that Nigel spoke about and there’s some songs that are mad fast stuff as well. But all the songs are just musical structures and until the vocals and the melody on there, you’ve just got a backing track.”
You can read other excerpts from the interview with Doug Scarratt at The Metal Voice‘s website or listen to the interview below:
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