British heavy metal legends SAXON have been forced to postpone all their previously announced 2019 shows as frontman Biff Byford needs undergo a medical procedure.

Byford has been diagnosed with a heart condition that requires immediate surgery and his post-op recovery period will last into 2020.

Biff says: “As everyone knows now, we are going to have to reschedule some of the shows because I need an operation on my heart which should be happening next week. There is nothing more I can say, really. I am just sorry for causing all the disappointment to people’s plans for coming to see us. I know people are flying from all over the world to see the shows, but there is nothing I can do, so please wish me luck and send me some good vibes. We have to look positive on this and I will be coming back as strong as before, hopefully.”

Affected shows are as follows:

Sep. 26 – Sweden, Stockholm – Grona Lund
Oct. 05 – The Netherlands, Eindhoven – Oktober Metal Fest
Oct. 18 – UK, Glasgow – Braehead Arena
Oct. 19 – UK, London – Eventim Apollo
Oct. 20 – UK, Manchester – O2 Apollo
Oct. 26 – Germany, Dusseldorf – Mitsubishi Electric Halle
Dec. 01 – Mexico, Mexico City – Forcefest
Dec. 06 – Colombia, Bogota – Knot Fest