Saxon singer Buff Byford will undergo immediate heart surgery after the band announced the remainder of their 2019 shows have been cancelled.

The shock news affects dates in Sweden, Holland, the UK, Germany, Mexico and Columbia.

A statement read: “It is with regret that we have to announce the rescheduling of the remaining Saxon shows in 2019. 

“Lead Vocalist Biff Byford has been diagnosed with a heart condition that requires immediate surgery and a post op recovery period that will last into the new year.”

The shows affected are as follows:

September 26thSweden, Stockholm – Grona Lund

October 5th– The Netherlands, Eindhoven – Oktober Metal Fest

October 18th– UK, Glasgow – Braehead Arena

October 19th– UK, London – Eventim Apollo

October 20th– UK, Manchester – O2 Apollo 

October 26th– Germany, Dusseldorf – Mitsubishi Electric Halle

December 1st– Mexico, Mexico City – Forcefest

December 6th– Colombia, Bogota – Knot Fest

The London Eventim Apollo show has been rescheduled for Saturday March 28th, 2020

Manchester O2 Apollo date for Sunday March 29th, 2020.

The Glasgow Braehead Arena and Germany, Dusseldorf Mitsubishi Electric Halle shows will be rescheduled and new dates announced as soon as possible.

All existing tickets will remain valid for new dates. Refunds are available at the point of purchase.