News Live Dates Tour
have been confirmed to play 'HammerFest IV' pre party on the
15th March 2012. Hope to see you there.
Happy New Year and all the
best for 2012
||New Saracen album
to be released through Escape Music on the 23rd September.
Based on the life and times of the ultimate Hollywood icon
Marilyn Monroe. It tells of her rollercoaster life, from young orphan to worldwide
For more information go to Escape Music.
Keep It True Festival
The Keep It True XIV festival,
Tauberfrankenhalle, Germany was a new experience for Saracen never having played outside
the UK before and what an experience! The band was totally overwhelmed and humbled by the
large turn out of fans to see the Heroes, Saints & Fools show. Words could not express
how much it was a privilege to be a part of this festival. Firstly to the fans old and
new,a heartfelt thank you for your support and kindness especially those we spoke to at
the meet and greet. The compliments you gave and the gratitude you showed made this an
experience we will always remember. A huge thanks to the event organisers; Oliver and the
team, stage crew and all the technical staff for their support, help, coolness under
pressure and an excellently organised festival. Many thanks to Marius for the photography.
Hope to see you again soon.
Visit www.truemetalfan.org for a review of the festival.
To watch Saracen performing at
the Keep It True festival Germany visit www.youtube.com
British Steel Festival
Thanks to all for a great day.
The support and kindness shown by the fans was amazing, meeting people who had travelled
from as far as China to be at the festival. A big thank you to the event organisers and
technical staff who ran the event smoothly with a special mention to all the guys in
Elixir, especially Phil. Many thanks to John for all his hard work on the merchandise
stall and photography. Hope to see you all again soon.
Read John's review of the
festival at www.johntuckeronline.com
For more information about the
British Steel Festival visit www.myspace.com/britishsteelfestival
A new date has been added,
The County, Chesterfield on October 1st. See live dates
for more information.
Thanks to all fans and
friends who supported us at the The Diamond, once again we had a great night.All the
best and take care.
Saracen have been
confirmed to play the 'British Steel Festival V' at the Underworld, Camden,
London on the 2nd April 2011 (click on British Steel Festival to view flyer). For more
information go to www.myspace.com/britishsteelfestival.
All the best and see you in
Thanks to all the guys at
Hard Rock Hell for your support, it was a pleasure to take part in the HRH IV festival,
and a big thank you to all our friends and fans that have supported us again this year. In
2011 it will be the 30th anniversary of the release of 'Heroes. Saints and Fools' and we
are hoping to play a series of gigs to commemorate the release.
Unfortunately Mark Chapple
is no longer playing guitar with the current touring line up of Saracen, we wish him well
and good luck in his new band.
Saracen have been confirmed
to play at the 'Hard Rock Hell IV' on the 4th
Saracen have been confirmed
to play at the 'Keep it True' festival', Germany
on the 29th,30th April 2011.
A big thanks to all fans and
friends who supported our gig at the County, Chesterfield. Once again we had a great
night. See you soon and take care.
Take care and see you in
2009 was a
good year for Saracen, out on the road again meeting old fans, friends and making new
ones. Thanks to all the guys at Hard Rock Hell for their support, it was a pleasure to
take part in the HRH III festival. We are now off to enjoy the festive season so thanks
for your continued support. Have a great time and all the best in the New Year.
So just one last gig for
2009 at Hard Rock Hell Festival, Prestatyn - December 5th hope to see you there.
Thanks to all who came to
the Hilcote gig to raise funds for the club. It never ceases to amaze, how you keep
turning out to support the band. Once again it was great to meet up with old family and
friends and at the end of the evening an impromptu photo session occurred to reunite some
of the Saracen family. Pictured below original founder members of Saracen Richard Lowe,
Rob Bendelow and Steven Bettney (front left and back right) a later recruit Paul Bradder
(back left) and the rest of the new line up Mark Chapple, Paul Highfield, Simon Roberts
and Tris Alsbury.
A big thank you to all who
came to the gig at the County, Chesterfield. We had a great night talking to Saracen fans
about the good old days and were amazed how early some of you arrived (you know who you
are). See you soon and take care.
Saracen have been confirmed
to play the HardRock Hell Festival on December
Saracen will be out on the
road towards the end of 2009 and have now started rehearsing with a new line up. Steve
Bettney (vocals), Paul Bradder (keyboards), Mark Chapple (guitar), Paul Highfield (bass),
Simon Roberts (guitar) and Tris Alsbury (percussion).
The guys met up to discuss
the future of Saracen. Steve and Paul believe that due to the interest and kindness shown
by the fans over the years Saracen should be out on the road. Unfortunately Richard felt
that he was unable to carry on playing bass for the band because of other commitments. Rob
also decided that at this time he would rather focus on his Blues Report Project, so Steve
and Paul are now recruiting some new blood for yet another crusade but
unfortunately Rob will not be in this line up. Saracen hope to work on an album in the
near future once the new line up is complete.
Band take a sabbatical to
work on separate projects.
2006 "Vox in
excelso" released on Escape Music and initial reviews are excellent.
Vox In Excelso is a concept
album, based on the mysterious and controversial history of the Knights Templar a
medieval body of warrior monks, who grew to become one of the most powerful military &
financial organisation in Europe. But their story goes far beyond battlefield exploits
the Knights Templar were guardians of an Ancient Knowledge; secrets that had major
implications for the nations and religions of the western world... that are still
cherished and protected even to this day...
Red Sky/Heroes Saints &
Fools is released in 2006 as a double CD.
Mark Cross (of Helloween and
Firewind) to provide percussion on the album.
Martin Kronlund agrees to
produce "Vox" next year.
Started work in the studio
on "Vox" next Saracen release.
SARACEN - BLOODSTOCK 2003
Saracen plays Bloodstock
and all goes extremely well considering it was only possible for a few hours rehearsal
with session drummer Jamie Little.
Richard Bendelow, current
Saracen bass guitarist and 18 year old son of founding member/lead guitarist Rob Bendelow,
was feeling slightly nervous before tonight's live set. Not surprising really, when you
consider Richard wasn't even born the last time Saracen played live!
However, his worries were
unfounded as Saracen stormed through a set which belied their years, turning back time to
an era when epic, majestic rock was king. Richard settled into the line-up with ease,
forming a pulsating rhythm section with drummer Jamie Little, and opening number 'Flame of
Youth' was really rather fitting.
No ballads tonight as the
band went for wall to wall rock, rolling out the classics with consummate ease. The likes
of old favourites 'Horsemen of the Apocalypse' and 'Heroes, Saints and Fools' sent the
faithful into raptures, whilst newer numbers like 'Red Sky' and 'Ride Shotgun with the
Wind' showed that Saracen could rock out with the best. My own personal favourite was
'Follow the Piper', a massive epic of a song that got the hair flowing and fists punching
the air down front.
Vocalist Steve Bettney
seems to have hardly changed during the intervening twenty years, still able to hit those
high notes with an almost Rob Halford perfection, whilst Rob Bendelow marries the poise of
Tony Iommi with the sublime touch of Ritchie Blackmore, a cool figure in long, black
leather coat, firing out massive riffs and coaxing wonderful melodies in equal measure.
Co-founding member Richard
Lowe attacks the stage like a madman during 'Jekyll & Hyde', fittingly taking the
vocal part of Hyde before sharing keyboard duties with current keyboard ace Paul Bradder
on closing number 'Ready to Fly', another Saracen epic from their debut album, and due to
be re-recorded for a future album.
So, after twenty years,
Saracen have had a triumphant rebirth, and hopefully this is just the first chapter of
another successful story!
Bruce Mee Fireworks