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Uriah Heep are an English rock band, formed in 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. 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. 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, and "Stealin' " from the 1973 release Sweet Freedom. The band released several commercially successful albums in the 1970s, but their audience declined during 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, Japan and Russia, where they still perform at stadium-sized venues.

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. 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", arguably their best-known song. 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.

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. 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 hair metal fans. Mick Box has been the band leader ever since, and in recent years, acted as their manager, until on April 5, 2005, the band retained Simon Porter as their manager. See announcement here: [1]

[edit] History - 1986 - Today

They still tour and release occasional studio (and frequent live) albums, featuring the same lineup since 1986 with Mick Box at the helm as band leader with his guitar since 1969, Trevor Bolder on bass who joined the band in 1976 until 1981 when they disbanded, and rejoined in 1983 replacing Bob Daisley, and Lee Kerslake on drums, again a former member who joined in 1972 until 1979 but has been back since 1982, singer Bernie Shaw, and Phil Lanzon on keyboards both joining in 1986. Making it 20 years as of 2006 the same act has been touring and recording, also have music spanning five decades. Their principal tour circuit is in Germany, the Netherlands, the Scandinavian Peninsula, Japan, and Russia, although they return to Britain for a tour each year that culminates in The Magician's Birthday Party (named for one of their most popular albums) in November 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. There was no Party in 2005.[2]

In December 2006, the band's announced that they were recording a new album with producer Mike Paxman for Sanctuary Records, with release planned for 2007.[3]

In early 2007 drummer Lee Kerslake had to leave the group due to bad health. They are currently looking for a new drummer.

[edit] Acoustically Driven

 

It has been suggested that this section be split into a new article entitled Acoustically Driven. (Discuss)

An unplugged concert CD which was recorded in 2001 with some guest musicians.

• flute: Ian Anderson

• backing vocals: Kim Chandler, Billie Godfrey, Emma Robbins

• strings: Pauline Kirke (cello), Liz Chi Yen Liew (violin), Sarah Chi Liew (violin), Saskia Tomkins (viola),

• Melvin Duffy (pedal steel guitar, slide guitar), Steafan Hannigan (percussion, uillean pipes),

• other functions: Jim Hughes (guitar technician, stage manager), Pip Williams (acoustic guitar, arranger, producer,

string arrangements). See also discography / live albums

[edit] Current Members

Uriah Heep band members 1969-2007

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 "Ollie" 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

1981–1982

Disbanded

1982–1983

• 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

• Vacant – drums

[edit] Discography

[edit] Studio albums

• Very 'eavy... Very 'umble (1970) – titled Uriah Heep in U.S.

• Salisbury (1971)

• Look at Yourself (1971)

• Demons & Wizards (1972)

• The Magician's Birthday (1972)

• Sweet Freedom (1973)

• Wonderworld (1974)

• Return to Fantasy (1975)

• High and Mighty (1976)

• Firefly (1977)

• Innocent Victim (1977)

• Fallen Angel (1978)

• Conquest (1980)

• Abominog (1982)

• Head First (1983)

• Equator (1985)

• Raging Silence (1989)

• Different World (1991)

• Sea of Light (1995)

• Sonic Origami (1998)

[edit] Live albums

• Uriah Heep Live (1973) - often referred to as "Live '73" by Heepsters

• Live at Shepperton '74 (1986) – recorded 1974

• Live in Europe 1979 (1986) – recorded 1979

• Live in Moscow (1988)

• Spellbinder Live (1996)

• King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents In Concert (1997) – recorded 1974

• Future Echoes Of The Past (2000)

• Acoustically Driven (2001)

• Electrically Driven (2001)

• The Magician's Birthday Party (2002)

• Live in the USA (2003)

• Magic Night (2004)

• Between Two Worlds (2005)

[edit] Compilations

• Anthology (1986)

• Lady In Black (1994)

• The Lansdowne Tapes (1994) – recordings by Spice and outtakes from the first three Uriah Heep albums, recorded 1968–1971

• A Time of Revelation (1994) – four-disc anthology including much previously unreleased material, recorded 1968–1995

• Uriah Heep: The Collection – sixteen songs spanning 1970–1983(2000)

• Remasters: The Official Anthology (2001)

• 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Uriah Heep (2001)

• Chapter & Verse (2005) – six-disc anthology including much previously unreleased material, recorded 1968–1998, plus book and bonus poster

• Very Best of Uriah Heep (2006)

• Easy Livin': Singles A's & B's (2006) – anthology including almost all the band's singles, which includes several songs not available in the original albums

[edit] Trivia

• The band is named after the character Uriah Heep from the novel David Copperfield by Charles Dickens.

• The power metal collaboration between Blind Guardian's vocalist Hansi Kόrsch and Iced Earth's guitarist Jon Schaffer, called Demons & Wizards, takes its name from Uriah Heep's 1972 album Demons and Wizards.

[edit] See also

• David Byron

• Ken Hensley

• John Lawton

• Spice

• Heepster

• Roger Dean

[edit] External links

• The Official Uriah Heep Website

o Mick Box' official website

o Ken Hensley's official website

o Official tribute website to David Byron

o Official tribute website to Gary Thain

• Uriah Heep at MusicBrainz

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