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Confessions: Biff Byford

He’s had altercations with a glass door, a carpet machine and one of his own bandmates. It’s Saxon's denim-and-leather clad frontman.

HAVE YOU EVER BEEN ARRESTED?

“Quite a few times, actually. Mostly for non-payment of fines. But I did spend a couple of nights in jail in Barnsley around 1971. That was because myself and a few mates were living together in one house. We hadn’t paid the rent, and left the place in a mess. I was playing bass at the time in a band, and the police turned up at a gig to arrest me. Nobody could bail me out, so that’s why I ended up in jail.”

WHAT’S BEEN YOUR MOST EXTRAVAGANT PURCHASE?

“A Ferrari. It was around 1982, 1983. I had a Porsche for a while, but got bored with it and traded it in for the Ferrari. The problem was that I was too tall to sit comfortably in the driver’s seat. So I sold it after a week.”

WHAT’S THE WORST INJURY YOU’VE HAD?

“That was in a carpet factory. I accidentally chopped off the end of my finger in a machine that cut the pile on a carpet with a very sharp blade. It was incredibly painful, and there was blood everywhere.”

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