Oliver/Dawson Saxon

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Oliver/Dawson Saxon
Genres Heavy metal
Years active 1995 - present
Associated acts Saxon
Website http://www.oliverdawsonsaxon.co.uk
Members Bri Shaughnessy
Graham Oliver
Haydn Conway
Steve Dawson
Paul Oliver

Oliver/Dawson Saxon is an English heavy metal band formed in 1995 by former members of Saxon, guitarist Graham Oliver and bassist Steve Dawson.

Biography[edit]

Oliver/Dawson Saxon (1994-present)[edit]

In 1994, Graham Oliver and Steve Dawson, founding members of Saxon, reunited under the name Son of a Bitch (which had been Saxon's own name originally, before they became well known) and released Victim You. They performed under various names such as "SAXON-Son of a Bitch tour" and "SAXON-the early years", before deciding on their current name "Oliver/Dawson Saxon" in 2000. The band has been known by this name ever since, and despite recording other material from 1996 onwards have always relied primarily on Saxon songs during live sets. An attempt to perform under the name "SAXON" alone was prevented by Peter "Biff" Byford, another member of the original band, threatening legal action.[1] In 1997,[2] Oliver and Dawson registered "SAXON" as a trademark, and attempted, through their management company, to prevent Byford's band using the name on their promotional material. Byford opposed this registration, but initially the UK Patent Office held that the registration was valid, as Oliver and Dawson (as original members of "Son of a Bitch" in 1978) had equal rights to Byford in the name "SAXON".[1] However, in the High Court, Laddie J overturned the registration, ruling that it had been applied for in bad faith.[3] Oliver and Dawson were thereby prevented from describing themselves simply as "Saxon", and obliged to prominently include the "Oliver/Dawson" element of the name in their advertising material. The name "Saxon" had been given to the band by then Freddy Cannon, Managing Director of Carrere Records UK, because retail outlets refused to carry "Son of A Bitch" in 1978. In 2011, frontman of rock group Seventh Son Joined as the lead vocalist.

Current members[edit]

  • Bri Shaughnessy - Vocals (Oliver/Dawson Saxon: 2011–present)
  • Graham Oliver - guitar (Saxon: 1976-1994, Oliver/Dawson Saxon: 1994–present)
  • Haydn Conway - guitar (Oliver/Dawson Saxon: 1994–present)
  • Steve Dawson - bass (Saxon: 1976-1986, Oliver/Dawson Saxon: 1994–present)
  • Paul Oliver - drums (Oliver/Dawson Saxon: 2010–present)

Past members[edit]

Son of a Bitch (1994-1999)[edit]

  • Ted Bullet - vocals
  • Graham Oliver - guitar
  • Haydn Conway - guitar
  • Steve Dawson - bass
  • Pete Gill - drums

Son of a Bitch (1999)[edit]

  • Kev Moore - vocals
  • Graham Oliver - guitar
  • Haydn Conway - guitar
  • Steve Dawson - bass
  • Nigel Durham - drums

Oliver/Dawson Saxon (2000-Nov 2010)[edit]

  • John Ward - vocals
  • Graham Oliver - guitar
  • Haydn Conway - guitar
  • Steve Dawson - bass
  • Nigel Durham - drums

Oliver/Dawson Saxon (Nov 2010-2011)[edit]

  • John Ward - vocals
  • Graham Oliver - guitar
  • Haydn Conway - guitar
  • Steve Dawson - bass
  • Paul Oliver - drums

Oliver/Dawson Saxon (2011-present)[edit]

  • Bri Shaughnessy - vocals
  • Graham Oliver - guitar
  • Haydn Conway - guitar
  • Steve Dawson - bass
  • Paul Oliver - drums

Discography[edit]

References[edit]

Encyclopaedia Metallum: Oliver/Dawson Saxon

  1. ^ a b Foley,Mike (8 November 2002). "Application 12012". UKIPO. 
  2. ^ "Case details for Trade Mark 2150052". UKIPO. 
  3. ^ Byford v Oliver [2003] EWHC 295 (Ch) (23 February 2003), High Court (England and Wales)

External links[edit]

German Internet Prescence from Oliver Dawson Saxon http://www.facebook.com/groups/4824874381/?ref=notif&notif_t=group_r2j