Pluim with Ian Anderson 1 month later in Utrecht after the J-Tull gig.
Ian was surprised when Ralph asked him to sign his Uriah Heep
Praise the NS (dutch railways), Ďcause due a technical malfunction, my
comrade and I had to wait for almost an hour before we could leave
Bergen op Zoom and travel to Tilburg, where one of the greatest
hardrock bands ever were going to perform.
That day we had the great opportunity to meet our great heroís at cd
shop the Waterput, where they played two acoustic songs: Heartless
Land and Lady in Black.
After that great experience we had to hurry up to catch the train. And
uuhhh you know what happened. Logically we were very anxious, Ďcause
it seems that we would miss the first part of the concert at Tilburg.
When we arrived an hour later than the ticket said the show would
started, we saw that the good spirits were with us that night,
Ďcause the boys of Heep hadnít entered the stage yet.
Ten minutes after our arrival the boys hit the stage with Return to
Fantasy, a song I always loved. But to see it live, was absolutely
amazing. It actually blew me away.
Immediately after that song they played Universal Wheels which
was originally recorded twenty years later, but sounds as good as the
opening song. And thatís the strength of Uriah Heep: to write
fantastic songs, even after thirty years.
Many great songs would follow at this marvelous performance that lasted
for almost two hours.
From a bunch of new classics (mostly of Sonic Origami) to a lot
of old classics, like Stealiní, Sunrise,
in Time, Gypsy and
Bird of Prey.
There were many highlights during the show. A wonderfull performance of
their new single Come Away Melinda and a stunning version of July
Morning were among my favourites at this special night.
What more can I see, as a twenty-year-old Heep fan, who listens to Future
Echoes and Acoustically Driven almost daily?
Bernie is a great frontman with one of the greatest voices in rock; Lee
is a very dynamical drummer with a lot of powerfull drumming; Trevor
is a bass player extraordinary; Phil an keyboard player par excellence
with a weirdy organ sound and Mick is just Mick.
A guitar wizard on itís own. Always smiling and with a lot of
So letís close this review with a thank you to: the boys of Heep and
of course Louis Rentrop for making the Waterput gig happen.