He’s a Barnsley boy boasting the true Yorkshire grit which took his band Saxon to the very summit of the NWOBHM movement.
And 30 years after the UK spawned metal for the masses, Biff Byford is still fronting one of the nation’s best-loved acts as Saxon go from strength to strength.
Out on tour with fellow metal monsters Anvil, it’s time we took a look behind the scenes with one of rock’s finest frontmen.
On your iPod: I’m listening to the Black Spiders’ four track EP. It’s brilliant stuff from a new British band. I’ve also been catching up on some old Rose Tattoo after I discovered their guitarist was diagnosed with liver cancer. There’s a new band I’m into called Pythia – a London version of Nightwish.
Small Screen Pleasure: When I watch TV it’s mostly films with my kids. I’ve got twin boys and we watch a load of action movies. I’ve just read the new Dan Brown book and I’m looking forward to seeing that on film.
Making a meal of it: Anything Indian.
Drivetime: I’ve got a Volvo C90 right now. It’s a great car.
Ace place: I lived in Tenerife for a month not too long ago and loved it there.
Dream destination: It’s got to be China. We’re trying to go there next year. We’ve been offered a few shows – it’s just working it all out.
Nickname shame: Biff, funnily enough.