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Saxon’s Glockler in full recovery

Saxon drummer Nigel Glockler has made a full recovery from emergency brain surgery and plans to get back to work soon.

He collapsed during the band’s winter UK tour in December and was diagnosed with an aneurysm. Doctors put him through two procedures after the first wasn’t entirely successful. He was sent home from hospital in January to recuperate.

Former Accept singer Udo Dirkschneider’s son Sven stood in for Saxon’s February shows, although Glockler performed one track, Strangers In The Night, in London on February 7.

Now Glockler reports: “The neurosurgeons have informed me that I have made a 100% recovery, and there is zero damage at all from the aneurysm – mainly due to the part of the brain it was located in.

“This means I am okay to get back to work, but I’m told to ease back into it in my own timeframe.

“To that end I’ve started to work on getting my stamina back up, and I look forward to being back full-time very soon. Thank you for your support and well-wishes.”

Saxon play two shows in the Netherlands in April then tour the US with Armored Saint in May. They’ll also appear at this year’s Hard Rock Hell in North Wales in November, and at the Team Rock-sponsored Ramblin’ Man Fair in Kent this July.

Martin Kielty

Not only is one-time online news editor Martin an established rock journalist and drummer, but he’s also penned several books on music history, including SAHB Story: The Tale of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band (opens in new tab), a band he once managed, and the best-selling Apollo Memories (opens in new tab) about the history of the legendary and infamous Glasgow Apollo. Martin has written for Classic Rock and Prog and at one time had written more articles for Louder than anyone else (we think he's second now). He’s appeared on TV and when not delving intro all things music, can be found travelling along the UK’s vast canal network.