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  posted on 11/4/2008 at 08:14 PM
I have been a Heep fan since I first heard "Gypsy" on the "Uriah Heep" CD. I saw them during the David Byron era during the Sweet Freedom Tour. Heep was awesome that night. I will never forget Byron balancing that mic stand in the air. At the time a virtually unknown band by the name of Earth, Wind and Fire opened for them. I own all of the Heep Studio stuff and most of the Live releases. I enjoyed the John Wetton, John Lawton, John Sloman, Pete Goalby and Bernie Shaw era's very much also. I still play my Heep music a lot. They will always be on of my fave bands. When I was a teen, I had a friend paint a picture of the "Magician's Birthday" album cover on my wall.

I hope you Heep fans enjoy this tribute

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Uriah Heep are an English rock band, formed in December 1969 when record producer Gerry Bron invited keyboardist Ken Hensley (previously a member of The Gods and Toe Fat) to join Spice, a band signed to his own Bronze Records label.

They were sometimes jokingly referred to as "The Beach Boys of heavy metal" for their melodic songs, and trademark multi-part harmony backing vocals, although their music draws on diverse influences including: progressive rock, hard rock, heavy metal, jazz, and even country on occasion. As one of the first bands to fuse progressive with metal, they are a precursor to the progressive metal genre.

In spite of their huge popularity in Britain and continental Europe, Uriah Heep were never able to break into the American market in a big way, with the exception of three hit songs, "Easy Livin' " from the 1972 album Demons and Wizards, "Sweet Lorraine" from the 1972 album The Magician's Birthday (a top ten album in Australia), and "Stealin' " from the 1973 release Sweet Freedom. The band released several commercially successful albums in the 1970s, including the seminal Uriah Heep Live (1973), but their audience declined by the 1980s, to the point where they became essentially a cult band in the US and UK. Uriah Heep maintain a significant following in Germany, the Netherlands, the Scandinavian Peninsula, the Balkan Peninsula, Japan and Russia, where they still perform at stadium-sized venues.

Iconic progressive rock graphic artist Roger Dean painted several of their album covers, most notably Demons & Wizards (1972), The Magician's Birthday (1972), and Sea of Light (1994)

History

Their debut album, Very 'Eavy... Very 'Umble (which was self-titled in the United States), introduced a heavy organ and guitar-driven sound, with David Byron's theatrical, dynamic vocals soaring above thunderous sonic backgrounds, although acoustic and jazz elements also featured in the mix. The album's title references the signature phrase of the Dickens character Uriah Heep ("very 'umble") from the novel David Copperfield from which the band took its name . Their second album, Salisbury, was more squarely in the progressive rock genre, with its 16-minute title track featuring a 24-piece orchestra; it also included Lady in Black. Their third album, "Look at Yourself", released at the end of 1971, included the single "July Morning". Subsequent releases would find the group's ever-shifting lineup (between 1969 and 1980, the band changed drummers five times, bassists four times, and lead singers twice) frequently exploring fantasy-oriented lyrical themes, often in lengthy, multi-part compositions, largely penned by Hensley, who would eventually come to dominate the band during his tenure. On December 8, 1975, New Zealand-born former bassist, Gary Thain, was found dead in his Norwood Green home, aged 27, having overdosed on heroin.

Following the 1976 replacement of vocalist David Byron (with John Lawton - formerly of the German band Lucifer's Friend), Uriah Heep turned away from fantasy-oriented lyrics and multi-part compositions back toward a more straightforward hard rock sound typical of the era. In 1977 they scored a top 40 chart hit in Australia with "Free Me" which went all the way to #1 in New Zealand. The replacement of Lawton with vocalist John Sloman for the 1980 album Conquest was not well received by most fans, and Ken Hensley's acrimonious departure in September of that year left the group in a state of collapse. It fell to guitarist Mick Box to pick up the pieces and soldier on with a new singer Pete Goalby of Trapeze fame. Two early 1980s releases, Abominog and Head First, updated the band's sound and generated a brief, newfound interest in Uriah Heep among younger glam metal fans.
Mick Box and Bernie Shaw live in London

David Byron died of an epileptic fit and liver disease on February 28, 1985, at the age of 38. Uriah Heep continued to tour and release both (occasional) studio and (frequent) live albums. The lineup was unchanged from 1986 until early 2007, being veteran Mick Box at the helm, Trevor Bolder on bass, Lee Kerslake on drums, vocalist Bernie Shaw and Phil Lanzon on keyboards. Their principal tour circuit is in Germany, the Netherlands, the Scandinavian Peninsula, Japan, and Russia, although they returned to Britain for a tour or a showcase concert most years. For several years this was The Magician's Birthday Party (named for one of their most popular albums), in London. This event consists of fan gatherings at local venues featuring current and former band members, and a concert, often with guest appearances by former members. However, to date, the last Party was in 2004.

Mick Box also acted as manager until, on April 5, 2005, the band retained Simon Porter as their manager.

In early 2007 drummer Lee Kerslake had to leave the group due to ill health. In March 2007, the band recruited Russell Gilbrook as their new drummer, and immediately started recording a new studio album entitled Wake the Sleeper. Originally slated for a Summer 2007 release, Universal Music finally released Wake the Sleeper on June 2, 2008. In their Email newsletter of November 22, 2007, Mick Box announced that songs from the upcoming album would be performed on their European tour beginning November 24th.

David Byron era
1970 Very 'eavy... Very 'umble (Original British version)

1970 Uriah Heep (U.S. Version)

1971 Salisbury (Original British version)

Salisbury (U.S. version)

1971 Look at Yourself

1972 Demons & Wizards

1972 The Magician's Birthday

1973 Sweet Freedom

1974 Wonderworld


John Wetton era
1975 Return to Fantasy


1976 High and Mighty


John Lawton era
1977 Firefly

1977 Innocent Victim

1978 Fallen Angel


John Sloman era
1980 Conquest


Pete Goalby era
1982 Abominog

1983 Head First

1985 Equator


Bernie Shaw era
1989 Raging Silence

1991 Different World

1995 Sea of Light

1998 Sonic Origami

2008 Wake the Sleeper


Uriah Heep Live Albums

1973 Uriah Heep Live (Byron)

1986 Live at Shepperton '74 (Byron)

1986 Live in Europe 1979 (Lawton)

1988 Live in Moscow (Lawton)

1996 Spellbinder Live (Shaw)

1997 King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents In Concert (Byron)

2000 Future Echoes of The Past (Shaw)

2001 Acoustically Driven (Shaw)

2001 Electrically Driven (Shaw)

2002 The Magician's Birthday Party ( Shaw, Lawton)

2003 Live in the USA (Shaw)

2004 Magic Night (Shaw)


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  posted on 11/4/2008 at 08:15 PM
David Byron era

Uriah Heep - "Wizard"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0iuaxvkXv4

Uriah Heep - "Lady in Black"(1977)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Th_lZab7IQ

Uriah Heep - Easy Livin'
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4o--q6xuvs

Uriah Heep "July Morning"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhgW-u7A98g

Uriah Heep "Look at Yourself"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPsSFXcYeBo

Uriah Heep - "Sweet Lorraine"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLwCEJNZDoc

Uriah Heep - "July Morning"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-uD7Xt_p72M

Uriah Heep "Shadows and the wind"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUlWBqGMDk4

Uriah Heep "Tears in my eyes"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4AgMMWKiT8

Uriah Heep - "Return To Fantasy"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAz2cfuqk8Q

Uriah Heep "Sweet freedom"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLsNK2ZyklI

Uriah Heep - "Sunrise"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gShe87qWeBw

Uriah Heep - "Traveller In Time"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHHArdU0bV8

Uriah Heep-"Tales"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIG6MVGbjcU

Uriah Heep - "Bird Of Prey"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTIEJMAbAwo

Uriah Heep - "Easy Road"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUY_0Xj1eH0

Uriah Heep - Live in Bijou Theater 1972 (part 1)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgxNCwZUo3g&feature=related

Uriah Heep - Live in Bijou Theater 1972 (part 2)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHC_2WRIkhQ&feature=related

Uriah Heep - "Weep in Silence"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GuLDLVV56s

Uriah Heep - "Simon the Bullet Freak"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ugk1c1-vZbc

Uriah Heep - "Pilgrim"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-kyXDYBIAE&feature=related

Uriah Heep - "Circle Of Hands"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHDKd7gOqWE




John Wetton

I could not find any video's of John Wetton doing vocals with Heep.





John Lawton era

Uriah Heep - "Sympathy"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPyNdwfYDDo

Uriah Heep "Free Me"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Spd9CbidW0M

Uriah Heep - Wise Man
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17oQ4cKQG94

Uriah Heep "Come to me"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apOBGxSC8ZU

Uriah Heep "Free n Easy"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DpEQ4PADej8





John Sloman era

Uriah Heep "Think it over"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwOGig6Izp4

Uriah Heep "No Return"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbS95SB5Llo

Uriah Heep - "Feelings"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFSNsQNT9qU





Pete Goalby era

Uriah Heep "Stay on Top"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbQBB8s91qo

Uriah Heep "Thats the way that it is"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGlf285u88w

Uriah Heep "The Wizard"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkWTHRk5MSw&feature=related

Uriah Heep- " Too scared to run"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNZTzmO1y8E





Bernie Shaw era

Uriah Heep - "July Morning"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_H3IR6XBRI

Uriah Heep - "Sunrise"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGKlaW_IFZs

Uriah Heep - Come Away Melinda
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xlef9pDMssw

Uriah Heep "Stealin'"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iikY_nJrmNo

Uriah Heep - "Gypsy"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wgOz8iweLc

Uriah Heep - "Rain"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1nyPEkFrBQ

Uriah Heep - "Overload"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rp86NiXYkFk

Uriah Heep "Logical progression"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8pDnEAstg4

Uriah Heep - "Look At Yourself"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hnv90Dmmr_Q

Uriah Heep -" Lady in black" (Acoustic Live)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sirXkk7MRV0

Uriah Heep "Overload" Great new Song !
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYUJi4Kfko8

Uriah Heep "Come back to me"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pk5hiY9X4rI

Uriah Heep - "Time of Revelation"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9grhHa_ktcU

Uriah Heep "Blood Red Roses"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6S-yJNjPWtE

Uriah Heep - "Rainbow Demon"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eku0Pg3c5_c

Uriah Heep "Stealing"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12MM898TwC4

Uriah Heep "Sweet Pretender"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPeZvr-pWSU

Uriah Heep - "When the War Is Over"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=beCygQkvEJc

Uriah Heep "Easy Livin' "
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2Mzkk_yZTc

Uriah Heep - "Only the Young"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVkmsl7K6pg

Uriah Heep - "Words in the Distance"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsypl_nlW50

Uriah Heep "The Wizard"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwORwZFRfT0

Uriah Heep "Too Scared To Run"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGgph6-bk_A






Tribute Videos(Photos)

Rain- Uriah Heep (Tribute videos)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8hYy64Ouig

Uriah Heep-What Is Within My Heart
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vftxD6WrYss

Uriah Heep - "If I Had The Time"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vFPXUvXFVQ

Uriah Heep - "The Magician's Birthday"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHth81uZHWM

Uriah Heep - "Tales"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTuRG1R6O3Q

Uriah Heep - "Beautiful Dream" With Photos from John Wetton era.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuAqzAvXqi0



Song ("Overload") from the new Uriah Heep album "Wake the Sleeper"(Audio only) one of the best songs Heep has done in years.I play it a lot

Uriah Heep - "Overload"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHevFoFz6Bc


Lineups
1969–1970

* David Byron – vocals
* Mick Box – guitar
* Ken Hensley – keyboards
* Paul Newton – bass guitar
* Alex Napier – drums

1970

* David Byron – vocals
* Mick Box – guitar
* Ken Hensley – keyboards
* Paul Newton – bass guitar
* Nigel Olsson – drums

1970

* David Byron – vocals
* Mick Box – guitar
* Ken Hensley – keyboards
* Paul Newton – bass guitar
* Keith Baker – drums

1970–1971

* David Byron – vocals
* Mick Box – guitar
* Ken Hensley – keyboards
* Paul Newton – bass guitar
* Iain Clarke – drums

1971–1972

* David Byron – vocals
* Mick Box – guitar
* Ken Hensley – keyboards
* Mark Clarke – bass guitar
* Lee Kerslake – drums

1972–1975

* David Byron – vocals
* Mick Box – guitar
* Ken Hensley – keyboards
* Gary Thain – bass guitar
* Lee Kerslake – drums

1975–1976

* David Byron – vocals
* Mick Box – guitar
* Ken Hensley – keyboards
* John Wetton – bass guitar
* Lee Kerslake – drums

1976–1979

* John Lawton – vocals
* Mick Box – guitar
* Ken Hensley – keyboards
* Trevor Bolder – bass guitar
* Lee Kerslake – drums

1979–1980

* John Sloman – vocals
* Mick Box – guitar
* Ken Hensley – keyboards
* Trevor Bolder – bass guitar
* Chris Slade – drums

1980–1981

* John Sloman – vocals
* Mick Box – guitar
* Gregg Dechert – keyboards
* Trevor Bolder – bass guitar
* Chris Slade – drums

1981–1983

* Peter Goalby – vocals
* Mick Box – guitar
* John Sinclair – keyboards
* Bob Daisley – bass guitar
* Lee Kerslake – drums

1983–1985

* Peter Goalby – vocals
* Mick Box – guitar
* John Sinclair – keyboards
* Trevor Bolder – bass guitar
* Lee Kerslake – drums

1986

* Steff Fontaine – vocals
* Mick Box – guitar
* Phil Lanzon – keyboards
* Trevor Bolder – bass guitar
* Lee Kerslake – drums

1986–2007

* Bernie Shaw – vocals
* Mick Box – guitar
* Phil Lanzon – keyboards
* Trevor Bolder – bass guitar
* Lee Kerslake – drums

2007–Present

* Bernie Shaw – vocals
* Mick Box – guitar
* Phil Lanzon – keyboards
* Trevor Bolder – bass guitar
* Russell Gilbrook – drums


























 

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  posted on 11/4/2008 at 08:17 PM









Bernie Shaw


Mick Box








Gary Thain






R.I.P. Gary Thain


R.I.P. David Byron








Ken Hensley














Pete Goalby era


John Sloman (ex-Vocalist)


John Sloman era




John Lawton era












John Wetton era


Lee Kerslake of Uriah Heep 1972-2007 (retired)




Gary Thain (Christchurch, New Zealand, 15 May 1948 – 8 December 1975) was a rock bassist, best known for his work with British band Uriah Heep.

As part of the rock trio The New Nadir, with drummer Peter Dawkins, he travelled from New Zealand to London, and once even jammed with Jimi Hendrix before the trio split in 1969.

Thain joined the Keef Hartley Band and in 1971 they toured with Uriah Heep; they asked him to join them (replacing Mark Clarke) in February 1972 and he stayed in the band until February 1975.

His style was flamboyant and characterized by melodic and groovy bass lines. He played on four studio albums: Demons & Wizards, The Magician's Birthday , Sweet Freedom and Wonderworld as well as the live album Uriah Heep Live.

During his last tour with Heep he suffered an electric shock and was seriously injured. Because of his drug addiction he wasn't able to turn in a good performance and was fired by the band and replaced by former King Crimson bassist/vocalist John Wetton. He died of a heroin overdose on 8 December 1975, aged 27

http://www.garythain.com/


David Byron (born 29 January 1947 – 28 February 1985, born as David Garrick) was the original lead vocalist for Spice (from 1967 through 1969) and is most famous for singing in the legendary English rock band Uriah Heep between 1969 and 1976.


Despite his vocal range (paired with a sense of dynamics), and a charismatic stage presence, Byron was dismissed from Uriah Heep in 1976, at the demand of keyboardist Ken Hensley (the band's primary songwriter), who gave the ultimatum "it's him or me" to band manager Gerry Bron, citing Byron's increasingly erratic behaviour due to alcohol abuse.

He unsuccessfully attempted to revive his career with Rough Diamond (a band also featuring former members of Humble Pie and Wings), a second solo album (Baby Faced Killer), and The Byron Band. Mick Box and Trevor Bolder of Uriah Heep invited Byron to re-join the band in 1980, but Byron refused. He died of alcohol related complications in 1985.

David Byron - Man Full of Yesterdays(1975)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lzNm8tnftE




Rest in Peace, Gary Thain and David Byron. We miss you.

 

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  posted on 11/4/2008 at 08:29 PM
This was the line up I saw:

* John Lawton – vocals
* Mick Box – guitar
* Ken Hensley – keyboards
* Trevor Bolder – bass guitar
* Lee Kerslake – drums

Mick had a cast on his arm as I recall....they opened for KISS in Macon. They smoked! 1976 or 1977.


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  posted on 11/4/2008 at 10:25 PM
I saw the Sweet Freedom tour myself. Manfred Mann, and an unknown band named Rush opened. I saw them years later open for Rush, with Judas Priest in the middle. David Byron, and Gary Thain had already passed by that show. It always amazed me how quick Rush went to headlining status. This pic is one of my favorites. Check out those boots!

 

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  posted on 11/4/2008 at 10:43 PM
Ha! Kenny, your knowledge of semi-forgotten '70s Rock Bands is unparalleled.

I remember (barely) listening to the Magician's Birthday and trying to decipher the Hidden Meaning behind it all...

 

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  posted on 11/4/2008 at 11:41 PM
I saw Uriah Heep in 73 with ZZ Top opening which was very unfortunate for Uriah Heep. ZZ Top had just released Tres Hombres and literally blew everybody away so much so that noone would have been capable of following them. Most people at that time hadn't heard of ZZ Top so they were really freaked out. I had caught them the year before and knew they would be good but that was probably the best opening act I've ever seen. The crowd couldn't get into the Heep at all after that. I do remember I read in Rolling Stone later that ZZ Top opened a couple of times for the Stones but the Stones halted it because the same thing was happening with them.
 

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  posted on 11/4/2008 at 11:55 PM
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The John Wetton era starts with "Return to Fantasy"


big Heep fan since about 71 and "Look At Yourself"

lost interest after Wetton and Hensley left. Although " Omibog" I still have on Vinyl and like it very much.

the 74 live and Sweet Freedom records were my favorites.

there is a king bisquit flower hour CD out of the wonder world tour that is very good.

 

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  posted on 11/5/2008 at 06:34 AM
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The John Wetton era starts with "Return to Fantasy"







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  posted on 11/5/2008 at 06:36 AM
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I ZZ Top had just released Tres Hombres and literally blew everybody away so much so that noone would have been capable of following them. Most people at that time hadn't heard of ZZ Top so they were really freaked out. I had caught them the year before and knew they would be good but that was probably the best opening act I've ever seen. The crowd couldn't get into the Heep at all after that. I do remember I read in Rolling Stone later that ZZ Top opened a couple of times for the Stones but the Stones halted it because the same thing was happening with them.


I had seen them during the "Rio Grande Mud" Tour and they were hot as hell, that show still ranks in my top 3....maybe even # 1.

 

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  posted on 11/5/2008 at 06:37 AM
I love the HEEP, one of my favourite bands, got tickets to see them in Manchester on the 18th of this month, should be a very enjoyable night. They are playing the new CD Wake The Sleeper in the set. Never got to see them with David Byron though. I was way too young.

 

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  posted on 11/5/2008 at 08:22 AM
I remember seeing Uriah Heep back in 72/73 on a bill with Deep Purple in Fayetteville, NC. The 1st show when over so well, that both bands came back for a return concert at the end of their tour. I also saw them in Charlotte about the same time period, at an outdoor concert with Wishbone Ash, and Dr John (btw Chuck Levell and Jimmy Nalls was playing with the good doctor). The thing I remember about that show, was that it started raining, and they had to move the show indoors to a "rec center" behind the old football statium. The Heep was a good band, but unfortunately never really gain the audience in the US that they deserved.
 

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Bumping this one up also.

 

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  posted on 7/12/2009 at 08:27 PM
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I been jamming some Toe Fat, I just bought the 1st & 2nd discs on a combo import..... long live vinyl, but it's nice to get them jamming in the ride. Here's a fav off Toe Fat II,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGD9JZ0ezCU


Both of those Toe Fat CD's have some good music on them.

 

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  posted on 7/12/2009 at 08:33 PM
Awesome freeking live band i saw them with David Byron 3 times and man they delivered on stage i sorta lost track of them after Wonderworld but their early years WOW.. and Ken Hensley is a great organ player and song writer.. thanks for the tribute

 

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  posted on 7/12/2009 at 10:16 PM
have been a Heep fan since I first heard "Gypsy" on the "Uriah Heep" CD. I saw them during the David Byron era during the Sweet Freedom Tour. Heep was awesome that night. I will never forget Byron balancing that mic stand in the air. At the time a virtually unknown band by the name of Earth, Wind and Fire opened for them.



Kenny, I bet you saw them at the Tech dome in Atlanta !
You and I were at several of the same concerts I've noticed.

 

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How can you go wrong with a Spider From Mars in the band.

 

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  posted on 7/12/2009 at 11:24 PM
Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't Ken Hensley go on to play keyboards with Blackfoot after Uriah Heep?

 

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  posted on 7/12/2009 at 11:26 PM
I was fortunate enough to see Uriah Heep in Frankfurt, Germany at the Festhalle in 1973.

 

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  posted on 7/12/2009 at 11:32 PM
Yes he did. For two albums I believe.

 

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  posted on 7/13/2009 at 04:26 AM
I still own Demons and Wizards, The Magician's Birthday, and Sweet Freedom.

Loved the Gary Thain period the best. They were a lot better band than they were ever given credit for by "the rock critics".

 

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  posted on 7/13/2009 at 04:57 AM
Thanks ODR. I was too young to see the David Byron line-ups but got to see the John Lawton and John Sloman line-ups, both of which I enjoyed. 'Firefly' and 'Live' are my favourite albums. I haven't seen the John Solman era videos so thanks for the links. 'No Return' is one of my favourite Heep songs and that line-up was very underrated imho.

I did get to see David Byron on his 'Byron Band' tour pretty much by accident after I attended a Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow gig in Newcastle and the bus dropped us back in Middlesbrough, UK outside the venue where they were playing so we went in (teo gigs in one night was pretty cool!). It was not long before he died but he still sounded good and was enjoying playing his new music with a good band.

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  posted on 7/13/2009 at 06:19 AM
Thanks Kenny. Good Job..

I was a fan during 71=75 era. Saw them in Mobile, Al in 73 ot 74. Electric Light Orch, opened. Great show by both.

I had maybe 4 or 5 of their albums.
Aikens has the Demons and Wizards pic up at his house.

 

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  posted on 7/13/2009 at 08:01 AM
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't Ken Hensley go on to play keyboards with Blackfoot after Uriah Heep?
I was a fan of both Blackfoot & Uriah Heep back in the day and was stoked when I read that Hensley had joined Blackfoot . ( around 1982 or so I believe ) I bought the first album by Blackfoot that Hensley was on ( Siogo ? ) and I thought that album was nearly unlistenable compared to previous Blackfoot efforts. That album ( I had the vinyl ) hasn't visited my turntable in 20 years I bet. Maybe I'll give it a try again. If it still sucks as much as I remember , maybe I'll make that vinyl a doggie frisbee.

 

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  posted on 7/13/2009 at 09:07 AM
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't Ken Hensley go on to play keyboards with Blackfoot after Uriah Heep?
I was a fan of both Blackfoot & Uriah Heep back in the day and was stoked when I read that Hensley had joined Blackfoot . ( around 1982 or so I believe ) I bought the first album by Blackfoot that Hensley was on ( Siogo ? ) and I thought that album was nearly unlistenable compared to previous Blackfoot efforts. That album ( I had the vinyl ) hasn't visited my turntable in 20 years I bet. Maybe I'll give it a try again. If it still sucks as much as I remember , maybe I'll make that vinyl a doggie frisbee.

Yep Siogo was an album that Ken Hensley played on. I thought that Blackfoot got away from their roots and were too slick for me.

 

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