“I’m just going to keep going till I can’t”: Saxon co-founder and former guitarist Graham Oliver diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease

Graham Oliver performs onstage
(Image credit: Steve Thorne/Redferns)

Graham Oliver, co-founder and former guitarist of British NWOBHM legends Saxon, has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Oliver, whose electric guitar graced every Saxon album from their self-titled debut to 1994’s Dogs of War, has vowed to play on, and has no plans to call time on a career that is no stranger to adversity.

Speaking to The Classic Rock Podcast, Oliver, who turned 71 in July, said that he first thought that it was just a bit of old age, maybe a trapped nerve or arthritis.

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Jonathan Horsley

Jonathan Horsley has been writing about guitars since 2005, playing them since 1990, and regularly contributes to publications including Guitar World, MusicRadar and Total Guitar. He uses Jazz III nylon picks, 10s during the week, 9s at the weekend, and shamefully still struggles with rhythm figure one of Van Halen’s Panama.