have been a Uriah Heep fan since the early '70's
(some of us survived). I had not saw them since
the 1983 Abominog tour. Frankly I simply lost
track. I heard on the local radio station that
they were doing a FREE show in town! Great news.
It was announced as the "surviving members
of Uriah Heep.
could have been anyone of many who have been
involved with them in the past 30 years. A
couple of friends and I went down and were blown
away! The Heep still rock! A ot of the songs
were unknown, as i said i lost track of them in
the early '80's. I really enjoyed them, which
says that Mick's creative well is not dry. Of
course the old favorites were great. This was a
blast from my past that I'll not soon
could plainly see that the band was having just
as good a time as the audience. They got a great
response from the crowd, and I could see the
truly heartfelt appreciation of the band for
this warm reception in a city they had not been
to in many years. If Uriah Heep is coming to a
town near you, GO SEE THEM! You will be
The Heepsters hit town on June 12th, last night in fact and
played a roaring set that was pretty much the Electrically Driven set with a
few odds and ends thrown in.
As Dave reported, which whom I met and didn't
know who I was talking to half the night, Trever's Trace amps blew and he had
to go out and purchase something to use, which he did; He got 2 SWR Big
Bertha 2X15 cabinets and a SWR 750 head. He didn't seem real happy with them,
he kept tweaking them, his sound was never really clear, I think he needs too
add a Goliath Sr. 6X10 cabinet to give him some more punch.
was kicking much ass as usual. Mick seemed to have sorted out his Marshall
problem and was did on and having a grand time as the whole band was.
too add, I have seen all the singers who have ever graced the door of Heep
other than Sloman, I have to say, Bernie Shaw is the best to be in the band,
his voice and the range, you really don't appreciate it until you have
actually seen him live.
He has so much energy and a voice from Hell and is
always smiling. You can tell he is throughly enjoying what he does, God love
him. I haven't seen Uriah Heep since Abominog Tour when they were opening up
for Judas Priest. Yes, it's been awhile, but I am still as ate up with them
as I was the first day I heard them.
You can never have too much Uriah
That's it from here, everyone take care and keep it loud and rockin. Feel
free to email me and tell me about anything about Heep or anything cool.
Louisville, Ky USA
WOW! What a concert! What fan support! WOW!
If all the concerts were like
this, well, all I can say is "Germany move over."
Dave got us in thru the backdoor. We are staying in the hotel across from
the Coyotes - only 3 lanes of traffic to cross.
We sat thru the soundcheck
like mice watching the cat. The boys walked around getting a feel for the
place. One by one they took the stage to check their particular
Phil needed 2 pieces of 2x4's cut so Lannis and I told Dave that we would
get it done. Dave has so much to keep up with and we were glued to our
seats. UH broke into playing Return to Fantasy as the last part of their
sound check. WOW! They were all wearing shorts and t-shirts. And looked
comfortably hot - temp here today was 98 F.
I asked Bernie what they do when they arrive in a town/city before
sound-checks, etc. He said they like to walk around and see the local
attractions. Last night they went to a baseball game between the Durham
Bulls and the Louisville Riverrats. The local team won.
Sorry, got to make the next post later.
Bobbie (and Lannis)
I just got in a little a few hours ago from the
amazing, incredible, and totally unforgetable
road show known as the www.Uriah-Heep.com
USA Tour 2001. I attended the first 4 gigs in
the USA in about seven years. Heep has been
consistently great, that's nothing new. However,
the gig yesterday in Louisville, Kentucky was in
my judgement the best gig I've ever seen
by any band.
thing that made this such an incredible
experience was the fan reaction that Heep
evoked. I've never been to a concert with
the mass euphoria the crowd showed. I know there
are a lot
US Heepsters starving
for another look at their band but this is more
than that also. From the mass of people in
Coyotes packed against the stage... the waving
hands and screaming from the crowd, clapping at
Bernie's every direction. It was quite obvious
that this crowd of... I don't know... maybe two
thousand were totally into Heep from start to
finish. UH surprised alot
of people in Louisville and I think this may be
the start of something big! At the end of the
concert I was totally drained from participating
in a Heep event. It was obvious by the looks on
the bandmember's faces that they were overjoyed
to see this kind response and Bernie in
particular played to the crowd and put on
a great performance. Mick's guitar solos were
with howls of delight. Mark June 12th, 2001 on
your calendar! Heep has begun to retake
New songs in the setlist...
Traveller in Time (non-acoustic)
Look at Yourself
BTW I was asked about my Heep USA Tour 2001
t-shirt four times today at various
airports(Louisville, Cleveland, Raleigh-Durham).
Also we may have to change the name of
this tour to "The Grandad's Tour" from
"The Birthday Tour". My granddaughter,
Zia Kathryn Gibson, was born on June 13th, 2001
at 11:47am in Ocala, FL.
Older than Dirt!