Nigel Glockler

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Nigel Glockler
Background information
Born (1953-01-24) 24 January 1953 (age 66)
Hove, East Sussex
GenresHeavy metal, progressive rock
InstrumentsDrums, vocals, percussion, guitar, bass guitar, talking drum, keyboard, synthesizer, mellotron
Years active1980–present
LabelsEMI, Virgin
Associated actsSaxon, Steve Howe, GTR, Toyah

Nigel Glockler (born 24 January 1953)[citation needed] is an English musician, best known as the longtime drummer of the heavy metal band Saxon, which he first joined in 1981.[1][2] His surname is sometimes misspelled as "Glockner".[3]

He began his musical career in 1980 as the drummer for the British band Krakatoa. In 1981 he worked as a session musician with the singer Toyah.[3] At the end of that year, he joined Saxon when previous drummer Pete Gill retired due to an injury. Glockler has been with Saxon since then, except for two temporary absences.[4]

Glockler first left Saxon in 1987 when he was invited by Steve Howe to join a reformed lineup of the supergroup GTR;[5] that lineup did not release any albums though some songs appeared on later albums by other GTR members.[6] Glockler then returned to Saxon in 1988. In the early-to-mid 1990s he contributed to the albums Turbulence by Steve Howe and Aqua by Asia, plus two albums by The Original Iron Men (featuring former Iron Maiden members Paul Di'Anno and Dennis Stratton). Glockler stayed with Saxon until 1998 when he was forced to temporarily retire due to neck injuries that impeded his drumming.[7] After receiving medical treatment, Glockler was able to play drums again, first contributing to the album Mad Men and English Dogs with Saxon guitarist Doug Scarratt in 2001. Additionally he also plays several other instruments including bass and keyboards, the latter of which he often also contributes to in Saxon.

Glockler again rejoined Saxon in 2005 upon the departure of drummer Jörg Michael, and remains with the band to the present day. In late 2014 he survived a brain aneurysm and several surgeries.[8][9]


Glockler currently uses Duallist drums, Canopus snares, Remo drumheads and Wincent drumsticks and is also a longtime endorser of Paiste cymbals.





  • 1981: Anthem

Steve Howe[edit]


  1. ^ "On The Beat with Nigel Glockler of Saxon: Talks Gear and Influences". Modern Drummer. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Interview with Nigel Glockler (Saxon)". Retrieved 19 June 2018. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |website= (help)
  3. ^ a b "Interview with NIGEL GLOCKLER". Let It Rock. January 2002. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  4. ^ "Production Music by Nigel Glockler | Audio Network". Audio Network. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  5. ^ "Meister's "Views of the Cruise" – Volume No. 5 – Nigel Glockler of Saxon". Decibel Geek. 28 January 2013. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  6. ^ "Tentative Review by The Christopher Currie: GTR – GTR". 29 August 1998. Retrieved 17 August 2011.
  7. ^ Niesel, Jeff. "On first extensive U.S. tour in years, metal pioneers Saxon to play Peabody's". Cleveland Scene. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  8. ^ Bowar, Chad (9 December 2014). "Saxon Postpone Tour Dates after Drummer Nigel Glockler Rushed to the Hospital". Loudwire. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  9. ^ Lach, Stef (21 October 2016). "Saxon's Glockler to be Reunited with Life-Saving Nurse". Classic Rock Magazine. Retrieved 20 June 2018.