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- Upcoming Uriah Heep live dates!
Feb. 6 - Boerderij, Zoetermeer, Holland - SOLD OUT!!!!!
Support: Sinister Purpose (http://www.sinisterpurpose.com)
Feb. 7 - Pop Podium, Hardenberg, Holland
Feb. 8 - Bosuil, Weert, Holland
Feb. 21 - Novesta Hall, Zlin, Czech Republic
Feb. 22 - Stara Sportova Hall, Kosice, Slovakia
Feb. 23 - Petofi Hall, Budapest, Hungary
April 17 - Rockin' 70's event, Katinkulta, Vuokatti, Finland
May 22 - Harley Davidson Celebration, Istanbul, Turkey
May 28 - Music Hall, Worpswede, Germany
May 29 - Festival Tent, Siegen, Germany
May 30 - Spectrum, Augsburg, Germany
June 1 - Kammgarn, Kaiserslautern, Germany
June 12............. watch this space!!!
August 20 - Open Air Tufertschwil 2004, Tufertschwil, Switzerland
All details, links, etc.: http://www.uriah-heep.com/newa/livedates.php

The Annual Dutch Heep Feast is just about to happen!! The first gig will happen on February 6th and it is now SOLD OUT! Tickets are still available for Hardenberg (Poppodium) next Saturday Feb 7th and for Weert (Bosuil) next Sunday Feb 8th. All details at
http://people.zeelandnet.nl/uriahboz/dutch.htm . The fan meeting at Zoetermeer was sold out long ago, whilst the Hardenberg meeting now counts over 150 fans... you can still join just by subscribing at louis@uriah-heep.com . The meeting starts at 17.00 for 3 Euro only. It ends when the concert doors open at 20.00. For Hardenberg only: trade your old Heep LPs/CDs/singles: look for Jan Hoogland when you arrive.
There are limited trade prices. The Weert pre-concert party starts at 16.00 on the Sunday afternoon at the Triangel Café. Heepster Erik van Loenhout is the drummer of Fastfinger, the entertaining classic rock band there. The guitarist of Fastfinger is said to be a Mick Box lookalike... you are invited to be our witness!! After the gig we have.......right .... a after-gig party! That one is almost full: 142 fans now, 150 being the limit. Subscribe for free now at louis@uriah-heep.com . At the Zoetermeer and Hardenberg fan meetings Leo Spruit, Marcel Wigmans & Louis Rentrop will appear as the "Heepettes", inviting you all to do ALL vocals on "Why Did You Go" and "Lady In Black". They will be responsible for the guitar parts... that is, if they can remember the chords! It will be fun anyway...
Also scheduled: Heep'n'Beer, Presentation of the "Classic Heep" DVD (not for sale yet), "Heep Karaoke" (become a Heep idol by singing "Easy Livin'" as compiled, conducted and produced by Mr. Dave White), Heep Raffle (win the new "Magic Night" DVD!!), the Special Heep/Purple Jacket Raffle (only 180 5 Euro tickets available for this!), Heep Merchandise for sale: Classic Rock Productions will offer you the "Magic Night" DVD and the "Three Sides of Uriah Heep" DVD package and Image In Motion will offer you high quality Heep apparel (check it out here: http://www.uriah-heep.net/ ). And of course Bernie, Mick, Trevor, Lee and Phil were invited to all parties for a meet & greet! Last but not least we welcome to the parties and gigs... all the way from Japan: Yumiko Nakajima, "The World's Biggest Heep Fan 2003", Dave Owen, CEO of the legendary Uriah Heep Appreciation Society and current Uriah Heep Keyboard and Bass Tech. And, as usual, all the regular and new fans from the UK, Germany and Belgium. All fans buying a ticket for the "Heep In (fan meeting) in Zoetermeer and Hardenberg will receive a (collectors item) laminate with cord, designed by Uriah Heep archivist Evert Achterberg.
The Uriah Heep Holland promotion team (Evert Achterberg - Marcel Wigmans - Kees Stroo Cloeck - Jan Hoogland - Louis Rentrop) wish you a great Heepy weekend. They do look forward to meeting you all... let's party!!!

- Available in the 2nd week of February by Classic Rock Productions, some "Super Audio CD" (SACD) titles including Uriah Heep's "Magic Night"! They will all play on any CD player, but pop them into an SACD player (or your DVD player if it's enabled for SACD) for the ultimate Multi-channel surround sound experience, which only the superior resolution of Direct Stream Digital audio can produce. In addition, in just a few weeks, they will be offering you "DVD Audio" (DVDA). This is the rival format to SACD. It will play at good quality multi-channel sound on any normal DVD player. However play it on a DVD-audio player (or a Hybrid DVD machine) and you can listen to Advance Resolution Multi-Channel Surround Sound! This is the next generation of DVD sound which uses a much higher encoding and playback sampling. Again the results are striking to the ordinary listener. Overall sounds are warmer on DVD Audio and every disc on the market is Multi-Channel. For extra info and ordering: http://www.classicrockproductions.com/2004/sacdintro.htm . For extra info on the formats: http://www.classicrockproductions.com/2004/formats.htm

- The David Byron book written by Jeff Perkins, "Born To Perform" is now available through Classic Rock Productions: http://www.classicrockproductions.com/storen/uriahheep/dbyron.html (less than 60 copies left!).

- Last November The Heep made more than six thousand people rock in Stockholm! Now some pics are published on the web by ScanHeep: http://www.go.to/scanheep (thanks to Filip Björner for the info).

- UK's "Classic Rock" magazine criminally neglected to put Heep's "Live 73" in their list of top live albums. Well, here's our chance to put Heep back up there. Print off the following form/image and do as it instructs: http://www.uriah-heep.com/vote_live.jpg , or send your Top 5 Live Album titles on a postcard or the back of a sealed envelope by March 30th 2004 to Readers' Greatest Live Albums, Classic Rock, 99 Baker Street, London W1U 6FP, England. (thanks to Mike Taylor and Jay Pearson for the info)

- The Brazilian "Rock Brigade" magazine (http://www.rockbrigade.com.br) published on its January issue a review on last year's "Magician Birthday Party" event: http://www.uriah-heep.com/newa/pressreviews.php . They also included a note about Trevor Bolder now playing the Brazilian D'Alegria handcrafted bass guitars: http://www.uriah-heep.com/newa/webimages/RB_Jan2004a.jpg .

- Awesome old Uriah Heep photos can be found at this website: http://www.repfoto.com/ . You will find photos of Heep with David Byron, as well as pics from the 1975 "Butterfly Ball" live concert featuring John Lawton and Ozzy Osbourne's concerts featuring Lee Kerslake, and plenty of stunning photos of tons of other rock acts! (thanks to Harrie Hendriksen for the tip)

- Brazil's most popular progressive rock website, "Rock Progressivo Brasil" (RPB), is currently organizing its annual "Best of" poll. To vote for Uriah Heep, please follow this link: http://www.rockprogressivo.com.br/pesquisas/best_eng.htm (thanks to Cesar Lanzarini for the info).

- We all know that Heep do not get enough air play on UK TV & radio, well if you have been listening to Alex Lester 3.00am to 6.00am on January 26th on BBC Radio 2 you would have heard "Easy Living"! Maybe a small step but the week before he told listeners that he had gone out to a local record shop and bought several Heep albums and was going to play them in the coming weeks. Perhaps we should all e-mail and/or call Steve Wright and get some on when most of us are awake! (thanks to Bill Brisco for the info)

- The new Turkish Uriah Heep Fan Club Page, "HeepTurk", is now up and running: http://www.geocities.com/heepturk/ . Its keeper, Bora Cetin, is in addition writing a 4 or 5-page long article about Heep for the "HE" magazine.

- If you tried to get in touch with Katia Pardini regarding the new Brazilian Uriah Heep Fan Club and your e-mail bounced back, then the right time is now as she is again reachable at katiarock@hotmail.com . Soon their website will be up and running...

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- The European release schedule for Ken Hensley's "The Last Dance" CD is as follows:
January 26th 2004: Scandinavia - Universal Music; Germany/Austria/Switzerland - Sony/MCC
March 29th 2004: Holland/Belgium - Suburban Records; France - Suburban Records; Italy - Frontiers Records; Spain/Portugal - Matertrax
April 21st 2004: Japan - Nippon Crown.
Soon we'll announce the release in other countries!!

- New Finnish and Scandinavian Ken Hensley Tour Dates now available at http://www.ken-hensley.com ! Very soon the forthcoming Russian dates will be announced there as well.

- Ken Hensley is one of the special guests of Ayreon's new album called "The Human Equation"! Ayreon is Arjen Lucassen's project, and Ken played some killer Hammond on this upcoming album! More details here: http://www.ayreon.com/news/news.php?news_id=86&project_id=1 (a teaser trailer is available there to be downloaded).

- Robin George is pleased to have signed The Byron Band "Lost And Found" to Majestic Rock. The project deserves marketing to the mainstream rock audience and they’re the guys doing it. Majestic are re-packaging the CD’s, but the music remains the same. The Robin George website still has got a few original copies left, so last chance for the first edition…when they’re gone they’re gone! More info at http://www.robingeorge.co.uk/ (thanks to Fiona Bond for the info).

- Lans, an young painter from Israel, has done some art works inspired by Uriah Heep, Ken Hensley, Phil Lanzon, and others... check her art out here: http://lansart.com/inspired.phtml .

- Trevor Hensley is playing at a singer songwriter's night in London on Feb 9th 2004. The venue is called West One Four and the night is "The Original Songwriters Night". It will be a chance for Trevor to play in public three new songs from his new CD which will be called "Step off the Wheel". If anyone wants info on the venue please contact Trevor via his web site (http://www.trevorhensley.com) or check out http://www.westonefour.com .


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