Uriah Heep

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07/11/2018 - 07/11/2018

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British classic rock powerhouse URIAH HEEP will celebrate the 50th anniversary of their career. Mick Box, their long-standing band leader, has been there since the beginning, through the highs and the lows, surviving the exit of legendary musicians such as Ken Henseley, David Byron and Lee Kerslake. 

Along with Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple, Uriah Heep helped invent a decorative and uniquely British form of heavy metal with their debut album, Very ‘Eavy, Very ‘Umble, offered as a self-titled on American shores, but whatever the titling, historically massive in the invention of a music format that would rule the ‘70s and only intensify in the ‘80s.
Uriah Heep have been responsible for the most elevated and intelligent use of vocals in a heavy metal context amongst the major bands inventing the genre in the 1970s. It is for this reason Heep were coined the Beach Boys of Heavy Metal, and their influence is there for all to see in other bands including ‘Queen.’ They were also one of the forerunners of using the Hammond organ along with Micks signature wah wah guitar and this became the template for their sound. 

Success has followed the forging of such an audacious formula. Across 25 studio albums, along with myriad live releases and compilations, Uriah Heep have managed to sell 40 million records worldwide, four million of those in the US. Impressive American numbers, but that leaves 36 million records to be sold in the rest of the world.
They’ve had ex-members die (most notably Gary Thain, David Byron, Trevor Bolder and recently Jon Wetton), although on a lighter note, they’ve had ex-members—Lee Kerslake and Bob Daisley—that at one time were fully half of the classic Ozzy Osbourne Blizzard of Oz band! Even earlier than that they had  Kiss, ZZ Top, Foreigner and Rush as support bands which gave those bands their first break. 
And through all this rich history, in the wings—or as parallel story lines as it were—Uriah Heep have conducted a thriving “Official Bootleg Series” and they celebrated their 40th anniversary with a re-recordings album called Celebration, followed by a tour of 250 shows all over the world (60 different countries, in fact).

British classic rock powerhouse URIAH HEEP will celebrate the 50th anniversary of their career. Mick Box, their long-standing band leader, has been there since the beginning, through the highs and the lows, surviving the exit of legendary musicians such as Ken Henseley, David Byron and Lee Kerslake. The Uriah Heep of 2018 are a machine that can’t be matched live. Veteran members Phil Lanzon (keyboards) and Bernie Shaw (vocals) have been playing with Box since the mid-80’s. The more recent Russell Gilbrook (drums) and Davey Rimmer (bass) have helped to keep the legacy alive, one of the most prolific in the history of rock and roll. Anyone knows records such as “Abominog”, “Return to Fantasy”, “Very ‘Eavy…Very ‘Umble”,, “Sonic Origami” and even the more recent “Wake the Sleeper” and “Into the Wild”.

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