English rock singer best known as the lead singer of the metal band Saxon. The band was part of what came to be known as New Wave British Heavy Metal.
He was a member of the band Blue Condition from 1970 to 1976 when he formed Saxon, which released its first album in 1979.
In 2010, he launched a campaign to have heavy metal listed as an official religion on the 2011 Census.
His home in France was destroyed in a 2005 fire, but his wife and four children escaped unharmed.
Pete Gill was the original drummer for Saxon.