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Don Airey NOT to guest at Saxon gig

Don Airey in Quebec City, June 4, 2011; photo © Nick Soveiko CC-BY-NC-SA

Update (Dec 18): Saxon’s official site now reports that

Don Airey is unfortunately not able to appear at Saxon’s last show in London because his gear is not returning in time.

Saxon have announced that Don Airey will join them as special guest at their London show at Koko on 20th December. He will perform on the two tracks that he played keyboards on Saxon’s current album Call To Arms: Mists of Avalon and When Doomsday Comes, as well as one or two other songs.

Thanks to AltSounds.com for the info.

10 Comments to “Don Airey NOT to guest at Saxon gig”:

  1. 1
    Tracy Heyder (Zero the Hero) says:

    Awesome! Wish I could be there. I sure hope they film this for DVD release.


  2. 2
    Scott W. says:

    I have always liked Don’s playing. Seems like a nice chap too. Been listening to him since his Rainbow days and the first MSG album produced by none other than Roger Glover. Do him a BIG favor and NEVER use this PHOTO again! Yikes!!!

  3. 3
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Btw, I always thought Don did a extra curricular job for DC on Slip Of The Tongue.
    Yesterday, I was looking for a RED DAWN link, I read on David Rosental’s site that he did work for DC on that album..

  4. 4
    big al says:

    the new saxon album is awesome, perhaps purple should take em out on the road next year.

  5. 5
    Black Sheep says:

    Ha ha! Agreed re the photo!

  6. 6
    Martin says:

    Seems like it won’t take place:

  7. 7
    StratKat (a.k.a. 'T') says:

    Saxon always made my workout tape when I used to lift weights as a young man. Saxon…Priest…UFO…Golden Earring…Dio…and Purple. “Stop! Get out! You’re the Strong Arm of the Law…”

    As for Airey, the man is ubiquitous…Rainbow, Schenker, Purple, Whitesnake, Gary Moore–a member of the Purple family if ever there was one.

  8. 8
    Tracy Heyder (Zero the Hero) says:


    Surely the can substitute his gear. Come on Don, just grab a Yamaha Key board and plug it in. Keys are keys……


  9. 9
    Pink says:

    Saxon rules…we still waiting the new Deep album…it’s time to do something….Ian, can you hear me???

  10. 10
    John H says:

    Indeed- rental backline???? Don doesn’t have any extra boards laying around the house- (I’ve got tons here!!!!)

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