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- Upcoming Uriah Heep live dates!
28 October - Lokoomotiva, Pliizen, Czech Republic
29 October - Masters Of Rock Café, Zlin, Czech Republic
31 October - Rock Café, Tallin, Estonia
01 November - Ice Hall (K Team event), Helsinki, Finland
02 November - Tavastia Club, Helsinki, Finland
04 November - Forum Palace, Vilnius, Lithuania
05 November - Progresja, Warsaw, Poland
06 November - Gasometer, Viena, Austria
07 November - Stadtsaal, Burghausen, Germany
08 November - Volkshaus, Zurich, Switzerland
09 November - Rolling Stone, Milan, Italy
11 November - Biebob, Vosselaar, Belgium
13 November - Atak, Enschede, Holland
14 November - P3, Purmerend, Holland
16 November - The Junction, Cambridge, England
17 November - The Duchess Stonebow House, The Stonebow, York, England
18 November - Academy 2, Manchester, England
20 November - Garage, Glasgow, Scotland
21 November - Holmfirth Picturedrome, Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, England
23 November - Astoria, London, England
28 November - Club Sidia, Olomouc, Czech Republic
04 December - Club 22, Athens, Greece
01 January - Aliens Pub, Human Base #5, Dark Side of the Moon
All details, tickets info, phone numbers:

- Heep Holiday Give-a-away! 10 lucky visitors of the Official Uriah Heep website will win a signed-by-the-band copy of the "Wake The Sleeper" CD. Click here and follow the instructions: http://www.uriah-heep.com/newa/wtsholidaygiveaway.php .

- Plenty of excellent photos and very positive concert reviews from the current tour with Thin Lizzy are now online at UH.com! Just follow the links on the main page: http://www.uriah-heep.com . On this new WTS World Tour, The Heep is playing the entire WTS album plus a selection of classics. Also featured are a new (very beautiful) backdrop, a new drum kit for Russell Gilbrook (including double bass drum WTS skins!), and new merchandise including a really cool new tour book/programme: http://www.uriah-heep.com/newa/wts/WorldTourArt1.php . Watch this space for news on North American gigs soon!

- A message from Mick Box to the fans:
"Hello everyone!
Well we have played 4 shows now and the set list is really beginning to bed in now. You probably know by now we are not playing it safe and we are performing the whole of the WTS CD plus some of the classics Heep songs. This is a very brave move but we had to give it a go as we had been playing the last set for quite some time. It was time to stand up and be counted.
The set has been very well received so far and the response each night has been wonderful, very warm and very heartfelt. I am sure the people who come to the show can see the effort we have made to get this set of songs as powerful as we can and with a nice balance between the old and new songs. We have even introduced the original intro to Gypsy which Is going down a storm each night and sounds super powerful.
We have been getting on very well with Thin Lizzy and these German shows are a rock night extravaganza for the fans and one they will never forget. Although we have only been on the road for nearly a week the dreaded cold germs have began to surface. First to be hit is Phil and Christos and we can only hope it does not get passed on to everyone. The set is very demanding and very rewarding at the same time. I will be interested to read the reviews as they surface. They certainly cannot deny the fact that we have been brave and not taken the easy option as some bands do and just play a couple of new songs amongst the hits and the classics. The backdrop when we can get the whole thing up looks tremendous and helps give a freshness to how the stage looks and having merchandising is a real plus too. We even have a programme which we have not had for at least 20 years.
This is a very exciting phase of our career and there is a genuine buzz and excitement surrounding us at the moment which is very uplifting. We look forward to seeing you all out on the road and a big thanks to all of you that have bought WTS and merchandising so far as we do appreciate your support.
‘Appy Days
Mick on the tour bus from Saarbrucken – Nurenburg in Germany"

- Check some short videos from Heep's recent concert at the Circus Krone in Munich, Germany on October 12th: http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=107199 .

- The Uriah Heep Holland promotion team is back in action for the upcoming Dutch concerts! There are still a few (60 attendees subscribed till now, with the maximum number being 70) free tickets for the November 13th "Heep In" (that means, not for the show itself!) pre-show party in Cafe Het Bolwerk in Enschede. The party is next door to the venue (Atak). Be there at 16.00. What is offered: "Meet and Greet" with Uriah Heep, a "Lady in Black song contest" (waiting for you to compete, the prize being a huge trophy!), plus a raffle including the following prizes: a signed-by-the-band WTS framed tour poster, two vinyl copies of WTS, one CD of WTS, one book with GaryThain's story and other rock stars who died in their 27's ( http://www.the27s.com/ ). All information here: http://members.home.nl/uriahheep/libbokaal.htm . You won't want to miss this! In addition, you have three chances of getting free tickets for the November 14th gig in Purmerend. Check http://www.uriahheep.web-log.nl or the Live Dates page at http://www.uriah-heep.com .

- Hard Rock Radio Live 20-minute podcast interview with Mick Box: http://mib_show.podomatic.com/entry/2008-10-23T00_39_32-07_00 .

- Don't forget to vote for Uriah Heep (if you still haven't): http://competition.futurenet.com/classicrock/ (click on the "Album Of the Year").

- Trivia time #1... A really weird "David Byron page" (sound needed for the full experience!): http://uriahheep.ytmnd.com/ .

- Trivia time #2... Britney Spears & Uriah Heep??? Check it out... http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=6CXLn5LGaWg .

- "Wake The Sleeper" press & fans reviews - updated all the time:
** Press reviews: http://www.uriah-heep.com/newa/wtspressreviews.php
** Fans reviews: http://www.uriah-heep.com/newa/wtsfanreviews.php

- Authorized Uriah Heep Merchandise can be found through the following links:
** Uriah Heep Official Store: http://www.uriah-heep-shop.com/
** Wake the Sleeper Special Collector’s Edition Artwork: http://www.dangerousage.com/uriahheep/

- For Classic Heep check http://www.moreheep.com . The blog section is frequently updated with classic Heep "news"!

- The oldest Uriah Heep tour poster to date (September 1970) was found by Ab van Mourik, check it out at http://www.moreheep.com/t70.htm . Live dates info, ads and posters from the seventies are (re)surfacing almost every week. We are adding them to http://www.uriah-heep.com/newa/giglists.php . Konstantinos Takos from Athens, Greece is our man on this target. He might have the best historical Classic Heep archive, take a look. Do you miss gigs you have been to in the seventies? Do you have ticket stubs or tour ads not featured there? Please let us know at louis@uriah-heep.com .


- "The 27s" - with the Gary Thain story! The 27s is the grandest story of rock & roll, firmly ingrained in popular music and culture yet the saga somehow slipped through the cracks of time - until today. If you’re reading this you probably know that Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, and Kurt Cobain’s lives were cut short at age 27, but the same fate happened to thirty other musicians. Sure, they weren't all equally famous, but every one of them pushed rock in new directions, leaving lasting legacies that continue to inspire fans and musicians. Ken Hensley and Mick Box contributed to the Gary Thain story as printed in the book. For details: http://www.the27s.com/ . A sneak preview is possible on this website. Sales started yesterday October 27th!

- The very first Lucifer's Friend S/T album, originally released in 1970 and featuring John Lawton on vocals, has been just re-released on October 21st. More details on the official LF MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/lucifersfriend1 (maintained by Simon Hesslein, son of Peter Hesslein, ex-Lucifer's Friend guitar player/leader).

- The OTR debut CD, "Mamonama" is now out and great reviews are being added to the official site all the time: http://www.otr-band.co.uk . Please send yours too! Order your copy at http://www.johnlawtonmusic.com/ or http://www.lionmusic.com/shop/O/OTR.htm (or other regular outlets such as Amazon, CD Universe, CD Baby, Omega Germany, Fandango, Disk Union Japan, CDon.com, etc.). Also, North Americans can win a free copy of the CD (a total of 5 available) by filling in the form at Real Classic Rock Radio's website: http://www.realclassicrock.com . "Combine two rock legends with a hot rhythm trio from Brazil and you get OTR (On The Rocks). Led by the bluesy, soulful and distinctive voice of former Uriah Heep vocalist John Lawton and the expressive fretwork of ex Focus guitarist Jan Dumée, OTR are completed by the swinging powerful Brazilian rhythm section of Ney Conceição on Bass, Xande Figueiredo on Drums and Marvio Ciribelli on Organ, Fender Rhodes and Piano to create 'Mamonama'. OTR’s debut album is home to ten tracks of classic rock coupled with some jazz influences that encapsulates various moods and expressions in an accessible package for all fans of melodic and classic rock."

- Getting ready for Ken Hensley's gig in Helsinki on October 30th, the Finnish Heep Army have prepared something special for the pre-show party on Thursday. It will be broadcast live at http://www.floobs.com . Starting ca. 8 pm on Thursday, this was done in co-operation with Radio Kontula and Floobs. Those who can't be there can at least see how the Finnish fans are having a party! You can check out http://www.floobs.com and http://www.heepfiles.net for more info. There is already a short promo clip running at this address:
http://www.floobs.com/channels/radiokontula.html, it was filmed where the party will be held. You need to have an updated version of Adobe Flash Player to view this. Thanks to Tapio MinKKinen for the info.

- New live dates featuring Ken Hensley & Live Fire just announced for Russia and Switzerland. Check http://www.ken-hensley.com (click on "Tour Dates") for details. More dates will follow soon!

- Check this out, a Heep Tribute band from Rome, Italy: ThE BlaCk FloWerS. Their website: http://web.tiscali.it/the.black.flowers/ .

- The German Heep tribute band Firefly announces new gigs in the forthcoming months. Check their website for full details: http://www.firefly-band.de . Some photos of the band meeting Uriah Heep just before the recent gig in Giessen will be made available soon on their website as well.

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