Then John suddenly quit to join John DuCann so the sound guy got pressganged into playing bass. He was none other than Chris Aylmer. At the time he was playing guitar with a pub rock band called Maya which featured Clive Burr on drums and when the drummer left Chris suggested they'd bring in Clive to fill the drum-stool vacancy.
Within two rehearsals, everything had gelled to the point that they
decided to become a permanent band. Chris suggested that as Paul was
singing lead, and the band was doing his songs, the
name should be changed to Samson, something that Paul had never
thought of. They played their first gig on September 24th 1977
supporting the Steve Gibbons Band at the Leas Cliffe Hall,
Folkestone. They were billed as "McCoy", but were immediately
rebooked to appear as Samson.
Despite the prevalent punk movement, Samson concentrated on getting as many rock gigs as possible. In December they played a short batch of dates at USAF bases in Italy, in order to raise enough money to finance a single. By February 1978, they were playing up to five nights a week, and starting to get a following.
"Telephone" was released in September '78, and got a few good
reviews. It entered the Indie chart, and the b-side, "Leavin' You"
appeared in the Neal Kay HM chart in "Sounds". As a result, Lightning
Records took up their option for a second single. The single,
"Mr Rock 'n' roll" (with "Driving Music" on the flip), regarded by
many as the first ever NWOBHM-single, was produced by John McCoy
(who, by this time, had joined "Gillan") and was recorded at Ian
Gillans' studio "Kingsway" in November, again during days off from
their endless gigsheet.
Mr Rock 'n' roll single
In the first week of 1979, Paul was signed to Ramkup management. He
immediately advertised for a new Drummer, and after several days of
auditions the job was given to Barry Graham, an old friend of Pauls
who had been in different bands before joining, amongst them
Iron Maiden for a short period. When he joined he was working as a
Park keeper. Meanwhile, Neal Kay had been working on putting together
a UK tour that would take the HM Soundhouse around the
country and expose the new generation of Metal bands. Samson's
management got involved in these talks, and the wheels were put into
After three days rehearsal with Barry, the band went out for a run of gigs in the Midlands, before going back to start recordings at Kingsway for an LP. John McCoy, who also guested on Bass, produced it. They also brought in Gillan keyboard player Colin Towns to play on four songs. All of the songs on the album were written by Paul and John between June 77 and March 79.
Woodville halls in Gravesend, November 79
During May, Samson, Iron Maiden & Angelwitch, together with Bandwagon DJ Neal Kay played a batch of major UK dates, under the banner of "The Heavy Metal Crusade". The London show at the Music Machine on May 8th was attended by over 1500 headbangers, and all of the bands went down well. The show was attended by Geoff Barton, who did a double page spread in "Sounds" on the gig, the bands, and the movement which became known as the "New Wave Of British Heavy Metal". As a result of the press coverage and the reaction of the fans, the tour was extended to the 14th July, ending at Guildford Civic hall, with Saxon replacing openers Angelwitch.
A third Samson single was released in July, which was a re-recording
of "Mr Rock and Roll", with Thunderstick on drums, released on Laser
records, who also put in an offer to release the "Survivors" album.
Add for the Heavy Metal Crusade gig at the Lycheum
During the first week of rehearsals, apart from teaching Bruce the
live set, they also began to write songs together. In the first five
days they had written "Hammerhead", "Too close to Rock", "Walking out on You",
and "Take it like a Man". These songs were also put in the live set for
the following weeks show at the Music machine. Although the gig went
well, the reaction from the people wasn't as good as it might have
been, as the Samson fans were not expecting such a radically
It was a confusing time for the band as they felt that they had improved things by adding Bruce to the band, but it took some of the regular Samson fans a while to catch up. The "Survivors" album was scheduled for release in October, when they would also play an 18-date tour of major halls with Gillan, starting off in Carlisle Town Hall. This was Bruce's first introduction to real touring. They were third on the bill with Randy California in the middle.
On the back of the success of the Heavy Metal Crusade, the Gillan tour, and the reviews of "Survivors", Samson spent the rest of 1979 headlining their own 26 date tour of Universities and major clubs, supported by the Nicky Moore Band. The tour ended at the Leas Cliffe Hall, Folkestone, to over 1000 people, just two years after the first ever Samson gig there. That Christmas, ex-drummer Clive Burr joined Iron Maiden, and on December 1st, Sounds front page featured a picture of Thunderstick, under the heading "The new face of Heavy Metal".
Samson went straight back to work in the New Year of 1980 as special
guests to Robin Trower. The band went down well, but it was a
mismatched pairing at the time, although Trowers influence on Paul
became apparent later on. The tour included a date at Hammersmith Odeon,
and finished at Newcastle City Hall on Feb 12th. One week later the
band were back at the same venue, this time opening for Rainbow on their
"Down to Earth" tour. This was a much better tour for Samson, who went
down by storm every night. Shows to 10-12000 people at Inglestone
(Edinburgh), Bingley (Stafford), and Wembley in London were
particularly good. The Rainbow tour finished in March at Wembley
Arena with the "riot". The story behind this is that the band played
a blinding set (receiving a standing ovation) and got called
back for an encore, which they did. Mr Blackmore was not happy, as he
believed that there should only be one encore per concert, so when
Rainbow finished he refused to come back on, and the audience created a
riot. As a result, Samson were cancelled for the rest of the Rainbow dates.
The single was released on June 6th on the "new" label, and the band
undertook a short British tour to promote it.
Thundersticks' cage made its debut on
these dates. In mid June, they made the short film
"Biceps of steel"
at the Rainbow theatre with director Julien Temple. They then
recorded "Angel with a Machine Gun", again self-produced, at Trident
studios, which would be released as a B-side for the
"Hard times"-single later that summer.
The album, "Head on", produced by the band themselves
and mixed at Trident, was released on 27th June, and received 5 star
reviews in Sounds and Record
Mirror, and it entered the charts at 75, peaking at No 34.
Paul at Crayford, Town Hall, July 1981.
In order to keep themselves together, Samson had carried on writing and rehearsing when they could, and had 10 new songs ready to record by the end of October 1980. This is when the vocals to some of the "Survivors"-tracks were redone with Bruce. The idea was to use the tracks on a free album to go with the new release but it never happened. These re-recordings were "forgotten" until 1990 when Repertoire Records decided to re-release "Survivors" on CD with five of the Bruce songs as bonus tracks.
The recordings for "Shock Tactics", the bands third album,
began on 2nd January 1981 at Battery
studios, North London, and were completed on 31st Jan. 12 tracks were
recorded, of which 9 went on the album and one, "Little big man", went
on the other side of the new single, "Riding with the Angels", a Russ
Ballard B-side which producer Tony Platt had dug up and which the band
turned into a real rocker. "Pyramid to the Stars" and "Losing my grip"
remained unused. These two were rerecorded and put on the 1982
follow-up ("Before the storm"), but by then Bruce and
Thunderstick had quit, and been replaced by Nicky Moore and Pete Jupp
respectively. The Bruce-version of "Losing my grip" submerged on the 1985
compilation "Head Tactics" which featured remixed
tracks from the two studio-albums he was on.
Playback of the Shock Tactics album in Battery Studios, Jan 81.
Once it was delivered to Gem, another series of problems hit the band. As of Feb 4th, they were free of their management, and were able to start talking to people who might be more suitable. They arranged to play a show at the Marquee in March to showcase for management companies. A new manager was appointed, and they then discovered that Gem were going bust, and were no longer able to support the band or release the album. Over the next couple of months they arranged for their sister company, RCA, to release the album and single.
A UK tour was arranged for June, with such appalling routing that it was nicknamed the "We don't give a fuck about the petrol bill" tour. During the June rehearsals the band had written "Red Skies" and "Turn out the Lights", although it would be another year before they were recorded. The tour started in Leeds on June 11th, and continued until the 25th with only one night off. It was generally a success, but many of the gigs were clubs, and Thundersticks cage was too big to be used for much of it. The band had also changed between themselves, and a distinct fraction had appeared between Thunderstick and the rest of the band. It culminated in a heavy debate in July, when it was mutually decided that Thunderstick would leave and form his own band. He played his last gig with Samson (at that point) on July 8th 1981 at Wigan Pier.
For the encore they played a song they had written earlier the same week, "Gravy Train". This song exists on no other record but this live. However, the lyrics were later rewritten by Nicky Moore and this new incarnation of the song was recorded as "I'll be round" by the Samson/Aylmer/Moore/Jupp line-up.
Around that time, Iron Maiden had began considering change of vocalist due to of increasing problems with Paul DiAnno. Steve Harris and manager Rod Smallwood came to Reading to check Bruce out for the job. He then spent a week rehearsing with Maiden and recorded some demos, and was totally convinced that they were the band for him.
As a result of Samsons performance at Reading, they were offered
£2.500.000 record deals from A&M and RCA. When the band met up a week
later to discuss the merits of the offers, Bruce announced that he
was leaving to join Iron Maiden, and both of the labels withdrew
their offers eventually.
Paul, Chris and Mel wished him luck and set about immediately seeking another singer.
The Nicky Moore / Mel Gaynor lineup
Ever since the Survivors tour, Paul had become great friends with Nicky Moore, who had been the support act. All through '80 & '81 Paul had been going to Nicky Moore Band gigs whenever time off allowed, and often jamming with him. Despite Nickys 300 pound appearance, Paul was convinced that Nicky was the man for the job, and the only person who could replace Bruce in terms of quality. Within a week, Nicky had become the new singer of Samson, and by the time the press had announced Bruce as the new Iron Maiden singer, Nicky was already writing new material with Paul and Chris. In November '81 the band played a short UK tour to showcase the new lineup to the fans, the press and the record labels, and most of the dates were sold out, including two nights at Londons Marquee club on 1st & 2nd December.
Mel Gaynor live at King Charles Hotel, Gillingham, November 1981.
The next few months were spent writing new material for what would become the "Before the Storm" album. They recorded a new single "Losing my Grip" at Musicworks studio, with Jo Julian producing, and during April went out on a british tour with US southern boogie band Blackfoot. The tour was a great success for both bands, and resulted in Samson being signed to Polydor records worldwide.
Life on the run single
Nicky live in November 81
The band on tour in with Accept Germany 1983
In the New Year, Samson played a British tour with Gary Moore, to
promote the release of "Don't get Mad...", which got the band some
of their best reviews so far. This time without Chris Aylmer who had
been replaced by Merv Goldsworthy (ex Diamond Head) and the
band also had a second guitarist, Dave "Bucket" Colwell
(ex 720). Pete knew Dave Colwell from having been in the same
band together around '77-78 called Hotline. However, it was Polydor
who had insisted, at the last minute, that Chris was to be pushed out
in favour for the other two younger musicians. Paul, Nicky and Pete
had to go along with this, under threat of all Tour and Album
promotion budgets being withdrawn otherwise. The tour was a success
all the same, but things were not happy within the camp. Between
February and April, they played an 8 country tour of Europe, some
with Gary Moore, which was a great success.
Pete behind the drums at Hammersmith Odeon on the Whitesnake tour, Jan 83.
Paul in a classic live pose
Joint Forces drummer Edgar Patrick
Meanwhile Sanctuary management (Bruce Dickinson & Iron Maiden's management) had bought up all the albums and publishing rights of the first three albums, and were planning to release a compilation of "Head On" and "Shock Tactics" on the Capitol label. They decided that it could all do with an updated remix, and employed Paul and Jo to do this at Musicworks. At the same time, John McCoy wanted to go on the road to promote the release of "Think Hard" on Mausoleum. Paul could only be in one place at a time, so had to quit McCoy. "Thank you and Goodnight" was released on Razor Records in the UK, and Metronome in Germany, achieving excellent reviews on both sides of the Channel. "Think Hard" also gained good reviews. "Head Tactics", as it became known, was completed by the summer, after which Paul got heavily involved in session work at Musicworks. During August and September Paul and Jo produced an album for Rock Goddess, eventually to be released as "Young and Free".
By the end of '85 there was still no major deal for "Joint Forces", and it looked as if it would have to be released on a smaller label. A year in the studios doing production and sessions had moved Paul in a different direction, and he began talks with Dave "Bucket" Colwell about forming a totally new band. Nicky didn't take to the idea at all, and went off to write songs with John McCoy. This partnership blossomed into "Mammoth", and was very successful around '87/88.
Paul Samson's Empire backstage, The Marquee 86
From L to R; Mark Brabbs, Bucket Colwell, Sam Bluitt,
Paul Samson, Kevin Riddles on the floor
Meanwhile, FM (the band put together by Merv & Pete, but obviously without Bucket) had signed to CBS and were getting good reviews, and Mammoth had signed to "Jive". At the end of the tour, Empire signed a management deal with Handle Artists, the company behind Status Quo and Barclay James Harvest. They outlined their intentions to get Empire a six figure deal, and drew up the contracts, only to find vocalist Sam Bluitt quit upon hearing the word "contract". Paul was furious to have his career stopped in its tracks by a singer walking out for the second time. They found a replacement in Mick White, who was only 18 at the time. His exuberance and willingness to learn and get involved impressed the more experienced players in Empire, so they took him on. Although not as immediately good as Bluitt, Empire thought that he had potential. His baptism of fire came up pretty soon, when Empire were offered the special guest slot opening for Iron Maiden on the UK leg of the "Somewhere in Time"-tour in Oct/Nov 86.
Paul and Empire vocalist Sam Bluitt at the Marquee 86
They rehearsed through the summer putting a live set together and writing new material, and Paul was far happier with this band than Empire. During August, Paul travelled with Clive Burr to Berlin, where they appeared in a number of TV appearances broadcast across Europe as part of "Far Corporation", promoting their single "Sebastian".
Samson in Yugoslavia
In the New Year the band went into Musicworks studios to record some songs for the purpose of record company demo's. These tracks were released in the summer as the mini-album "And There It Is" on Razor Records. The band gigged around the UK and Europe all through 1988, and for the most part was a good period for Samson. They also appeared on TV in Finland, Germany and Portugal. Paul also produced an album for Egypt, a band formed by ex- Dumpys Rusty Nuts bass player Alan Fish, who Paul had befriended since jamming with him and Dumpy at the 1986 Reading Festival. During November the band returned to Musicworks for more recording. Initially it was to record an album with the tentative title of "Ignition". By December, most of the instrumentation had been recorded, but Mick White had not delivered any suitable vocals. He had argued a lot with the rest of the band, to the point where he demanded to Paul that they should all be fired. Instead, Paul fired Mick.
In January 1989, Samson played a tour of Germany using stand-in vocalist Mike Feather. The tour went well, although feather was not kept on. During February they recruited ex-Moritz vocalist Peter Scallan, from Glasgow, and proceeded to write more material. In March, they returned to the studio to record the new tracks, and in addition put Peter Scallan's vocals on the "Ignition" tracks. They also recorded a session for the BBC "Friday Rock Show" (Pauls 4th) which included new jingles for the show. By then the jingles recorded by the Nicky Moore line-up had been in use for over 5 years. After another tour of Yugoslavia, Paul broke his left hand, and had to undertake a series of operations to enable him to play again. This kept him out of the picture for a while, and the band drifted apart during that summer.
Live at the Roxy 1989. Paul, Thunderstick & Eric Mauriello.
During December, Paul returned to the studios and worked on the tapes from the "Ignition" sessions. He re-recorded the Bass parts, added some more guitar, and removed some of the Keyboards. He also recorded two new instrumentals, "Samurai Sunset" and "Room 109", of which the latter still appears in the live shows. In January 1990, he returned to America with the new version of "Refugee" to conclude an American release with Communique Records, which became a worldwide deal. He returned to England just in time to recruit Tony Tuohy on drums (who had played on "Samurai Sunset"), and Gerry Sherwin on bass, for a batch of shows in Germany. On this tour he met the band "MP" and singer Walter Holtforth, and both asked Paul to produce albums for them later in the year.
Whilst in New York, Paul had met vocalist Rik Anthony, and on the aftermath of the American shows had begun talks about a reformation with Thunderstick and Chris Aylmer. Paul continued working in the UK with Tony and Gerry under the name of Paul Samson's Rogues, but by April the reformed Samson had written about 6 new songs. Rik Anthony was invited to the UK to write the vocal parts, as his voice and style were very similar to Bruce. The early albums with Bruce, plus Reading 81, were about to be released in Germany and America on CD, as they were now owned by Bruce and the Sanctuary company. Due to the level of interest at this time, Samson felt that a follow-up album could be required, so Paul took Rik to Germany for some dates with the Rogues, to try him out in a live situation. A few UK dates were also played.
Paul then returned to Germany to produce an album for "MP" (who were heavily influenced by Accept), which got very good reviews on its release. Back in the UK Samson went into the studios to record 5 new tracks with Rick Anthony. These have only just been released on the CD Past, Present and Future in 1999. In August 1990 the "Refugee" album was released world-wide, gaining some good reviews, and was a worthy successor to "Joint Forces", making the mini-album "And There It Is" seem out of place in the Samson catalogue. To this day, Paul regards the 1988 recordings as the period when he "lost the plot" for a while. The release of "Refugee" distracted Paul from the reformation as he spent a great deal of time in Europe doing promo radio and TV interviews, including a spot on "Raw Power" in the UK. He played at a festival in the Black Forest in Germany using two session men, which was televised, and then recorded an album with electronic band Tron, which he found to be an interesting amalgamation. Paul returned to the UK to produce new tracks for "Egypt", before returning to Germany as "Paul Samson's Rogues" for a tour with Girlschool and openers "MP". This tour was both successful and good fun for all of the bands. After a batch of dates in Holland, Paul finished the year back in Germany producing and playing on an album for Walter Holtforth (see Cleopha 87 website for more details).
The first half of '91 was a quiet time in the Samson world. Apart from writing a few songs and playing the occasional gig in the UK with the Rogues, Paul generally took some time off. In the summer of 91 he had a call from Ricky Medlocke, who wanted Paul to join Blackfoot. He flew to Detroit to rehearse and write with the band, but Ricky and Paul didn't hit it off, and it came to nothing, although Paul enjoyed it musically. In the autumn, Paul went back on the road in the UK with the Rogues more or less for 6 months, as well as a tour of smaller clubs in the Black Forest area of Germany, and a batch of dates in Scotland. In the spring, Gerry became ill and was unable to continue. As the date sheet was full and expanding, Paul called Chris Aylmer, who joined immediately.
They dropped the "Rogues" part of the name, and billed themselves as Samson, and in between gigs started to write new material. Retaining Tony Tuohy on Drums, this set the scene for the next 18 months or so as they relentlessly played over 185 gigs from Inverness to Plymouth. By the end of 93, the rock scene had changed somewhat, and many of the established venues like the Marquee etc were going to the wall. The new generation of rock fans were not really interested in the NWOBHM acts, and the older fans just didn't seem to go to as many gigs as before. The album "1993" was released to OK reviews, and when Tony Tuohy left in early 94, Paul and Chris decided to call it a day for a while.
Paul spent much of 94 negotiating with various companies that had been involved with Samson albums since 1984, and legally reinstated himself as the copyright owner of them. He was then able to negotiate their releases on CD all over the world. He began to jam and get involved with a few local blues bands, until in February 1995 he joined Ric Lee's Breakers. Ric was (and still is) the drummer of Ten Years After, and his partner on bass was Ian Ellis, who had been in Clouds, and Savoy Brown. Paul stayed with the Breakers for about 18 months, gigging all over the UK to promote their album "Milan" (which Paul is not on), where he says that he learned a lot about the blues. Various known blues artists such as Chris Farlowe, and Dick Heckstall-Smith would get up and jam with the Breakers from time to time.
In October 95, Paul was asked to appear at a "Tribute to Peter Green" show at Shepherds Bush in London. Also on the bill was Snowy White, Chris Farlowe, Mick Abrahams, Savoy Brown etc etc, and it was a great night for all. Also on the bill was Richard Black from Chicago, who was appearing with his drummer Gerry Guzman, prior to playing a UK tour with his band.
Paul got on really well with them, and turned up and jammed at a few of their gigs over the next few weeks. Consequently, at the beginning of '96, Paul joined the Richard Black Project. Over the next eighteen months or so Paul played a UK tour with the RBP as well as two long tours of the American mid-west. They also appeared on a major network TV channel that went out to over 48 million viewers, and where Paul met and spent a day with one of his heroes, Tommy Chong, of "Cheech and Chong" fame. They also recorded an album, which Paul produced and played Bass on, as well as Guitar. To date this has never been released. Paul returned to the UK in the spring of 97, and took time out to write a book.
The following summer, Paul began to write songs again, this time with Ian Ellis from the "Breakers" (who had ceased to exist after Paul had left, and Ric Lee had rejoined TYA). This culminated in the formation of Metallic Blue, and they played a few UK dates at blues clubs during November 98. In March 99, they played a UK tour which was about the most extreme tour that Paul had ever undertaken. Everything that could have happened, happened. Drummer Gerry Guzman was due to fly in from Chicago for the tour and an album that they were planning, but he didn't get off the plane in London, and has not been heard of since. This left Paul and Ian 2 days to find a drummer for the tour, and the album sessions were cancelled. They found a young drummer called Scott Higham (now with AngelWitch) who was excellent, and stepped in with only half a day's rehearsal. On shows that he couldn't make, Tony Tuohy stood in. The promotion for the tour wasn't all that it might have been, and some nights were sold out, whereas others were sparsely attended. The band enjoyed it none the less, and had some good moments. The final dates of the tour in the North of England were particularly harrowing. The tour Managers Father died, so he had to pull out, and backline tech Rob Grain couldn't make them either, so in the true Samson spirit, Paul hired a van and the band went off and did the dates with no Crew or Driver. It was definitely back to basics.
After the tour, the Samson 20th anniversary reformation concerts began to become serious, and so "Metallic Blue" was put on Ice.
The next thing that happened was that Bruce had returned to Iron Maiden for their 20th anniversary concerts, so no surprises there.
Live in Japan 1999, from Classic Rock Magazine
On their return to the UK, Paul and the band began writing new material, and by the end of the year had the basics of 6 new songs together. Over the festive period, Paul visited Nicky Moore, who liked the ideas and the vibe so much that he offered to rejoin the band.
In the New Year of 2000, Paul and Nicky began to write new material together, and to make some demos. They decided to showcase their return at the Astoria (LA2, now the Mean Fiddler), in London to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the NWOBHM. The bill also included Angelwitch and Praying Mantis initially, but Mantis had to pull out due to a family bereavement. After a warm-up show in the Midlands, the LA2 show took place on May 26th, and was a great success. The concert was digitally recorded and video taped, and was released as "Live in London 2000" on Zoom Club Records in December. The double cd includes 60 minutes of Audio concert, as well as a 20 minute video disc of the show.
In early August, the band played at the Wacken festival in Germany, which again was a huge success for them. Various TV companies from around the world filmed the show, and clips have been shown, along with interview footage from the festival site. A Wacken 2000 video/DVD, which includes SAMSON footage, will be on sale soon.
In February 2001. Zoom Club Records released "There and Back", an 18 track compilation cd of previously unreleased versions of tracks from the bands Polydor era, recorded between 1982 and 1983. It also includes hilarious out-takes, which give the listener some idea of the bands humour, and the studio banter of the time. The general feeling all round is that it is one of the best SAMSON albums for years.
Since the 1999/2000 reformation concerts, Paul has relocated to Norfolk and built his own studio, where he has begun recording a new album with Nicky Moore. New tracks are still being written and the album is expected to be finished later this year.
Paul has recently been involved in the re-releases of all four Bruce Dickinson/SAMSON albums. The 1999 Air-Raid versions have been withdrawn, and replaced with the new re-releases on Castle/Sanctuary at the end of May. The new releases include previously unreleased (on cd, if at all) bonus tracks, 12 page colour booklets reproduced from Paul's personal archives, as well as extensive liner notes by Dave Ling of Classic Rock magazine. Castle/Sanctuary is also planning a double "Anthology" cd for 2002.
Paul is also arranging for the official CD releases of "Before the Storm" and "Don't Get Mad - Get Even" albums. These will include bonus tracks and inner sleeves similar to the Castle/Sanctuary CDs. No release date has been set at present.
As well as recording the new Samson album, Nicky will be working for the rest of the year with his band The Blues Corporation. Paul is gigging around Norfolk with his trio Metallic Blue but may do nationwide dates later in the year. These will coincide with the release of a new live album on Mystic Records. Titled "Paul Samson - The Blues Nights", the CD includes performances from his time with Ric Lee's Breakers; The Richard Black Project in Chicago; the 1995 Peter Green tribute show in London and some Samson circa 1993. Mystic are also hoping to release the album Paul recorded with Richard Black in Chicago which is tentatively titled "The Chicago Tapes". A possible tour of the UK with Richard Black and Paul's trio Metallic Blue is being discussed for early 2002.
Paul and Nicky are planning to tour Samson spring and summer 2002 both in the UK and Europe with a possible return to Japan. They will be promoting their new album, the release of the Polydor albums on CD and the planned Anthology CD. Details on all the above releases and dates will be posted as soon as they are confirmed. Despite ads to the contrary in the music press there are no live Samson shows booked for 2001.
Stay tuned, more to follow as time passes by...