URIAH HEEP; MAJOR 10 DATE DECEMBER UK TOUR FOLLOWS RAVE REVIEWS OF BRAND NEW STUDIO ALBUM ‘INTO THE WILD’
“With a verve that belies their years, which is evident from the relish with which they steam into the first three songs here, ‘Nail On The Head’, ‘I Can See You’ and ‘Into The Wild’, there is a tremendous sense of craft to it – and to all of the songs. They’re thoughtfully constructed, built for dynamism and played hard. Each is a knowing confection of power chords and booming beats…It’s a wonderfully guilty pleasure to hear this sort of thing done with such obvious joy.”
(Jon Hotten, Classic Rock Magazine, Album of the Month, June 2011.)
“One of an elite handful of bands who helped to define the hard rock and heavy metal roadmap back in the primordial swamp of diffuse musical styles that was the 1970’s, Uriah Heep are to all intents and purposes genuine hard rock royalty. They might not get talked about in quite the same way as the Led Zeppelin’s, AC/DC’s, Deep Purple’s or Black Sabbath’s of this world, but their influence has been just as far reaching, their extensive back catalogue just as compelling. ‘Into The Wild’, (like its predecessor), is steeped in all the classic Heepisms of yore. Swirling Hammond styled keyboards, pumping riffs that give way to soaring solos (Mick Box deserves far more acclaim as a guitarist than he actually gets, let alone as a songwriter!) soulful melodic vocals from Bernie Shaw… you get the picture.” (Dave Cockett, Fireworks Magazine, May / June 2011)
Legendary British Hard Rockers Uriah Heep have confirmed a major ten concert December UK tour, following rave reviews of their 23rd studio album, ‘Into The Wild’, released at the end of April 2011. Dates are:-
December 1st WOLVERHAMPTON Wulfrun Hall
December 2nd HOLMFIRTH Picturedrome
December 3rd BRIGHTON The Brighton Centre
December 5th BRISTOL O2 Academy
December 6th BOURNEMOUTH O2 Academy
December 8th LONDON O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
December 10th OXFORD O2 Academy
December 11th GLASGOW O2 Academy
December 12th NEWCASTLE O2 Academy
December 13th MILTON KEYNES The Stables.
Uriah Heep, who indisputably invented Hard Rock in conjunction with Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin, have sold in excess of 30 million albums since their inception in 1969. From their early incarnation as The Gods and Spice, through record breaking tours, gold and platinum selling albums, timeless chart scaling anthems and a fiercely dedicated fan base of worldwide proportions, Uriah Heep can rightly claim to be one of the greatest U.K. progressive heavy rock bands of both the 20th and 21st centuries.
Uriah Heep have been through an incredible number of permutations, with Mick Box, (whose Cheshire cat grin has endured through all the highs and lows that are inevitable for such a lengthy musical career), always at the helm. Ex Bowie/Ziggy band bassist Trevor Bolder joined in 1976, while keyboard player Phil Lanzon and vocalist Bernie Shaw were recruited a quarter of a century ago in 1986. Russell Gilbrook has been Heep’s drummer for 5 years now, when he replaced long standing original drummer Lee Kerslake, who had to leave the band due to ill health.
And now, ‘Into The Wild’, which is packed with twelve brand new, technically brilliant, heavy organ and guitar driven sophisticated melodic hard rock songs, marks a major new chapter in the long and illustrious history of this awesome, seminal, classic hard rock group.