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Hi Heepsters!

The WAKE THE SLEEPER edition!

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URIAH HEEP  
http://www.uriah-heep.com
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- Upcoming Uriah Heep live dates!
Aug 24 - Seepark Linzgau, Pfullendorf, Germany
Aug 25 - Stadtsaal Feldkirchen, Feldkirchen, Austria
Sept 8 - Cover Festival, Plock, Poland
All details, tickets info, phone numbers:
http://www.uriah-heep.com/newa/livedates.php

- Important message from Uriah Heep manager, Simon Porter:
"As a result of the purchase of Sanctuary Records by Universal Records, we have reluctantly taken the decision to postpone the September release of the forthcoming Uriah Heep album 'WAKE THE SLEEPER'. The album is now most likely to be released in late January of next year and we are currently discussing release options with Sanctuary / Universal. We know that fans will be bitterly disappointed as indeed the band are by this news, but it would be commercial suicide to release such an important album for the band during a transitional takeover period between record labels. Quite simply, it would be a case of the album being released just for the sake of it without any cohesive promotion or marketing campaign in order to give the album the best shot that it richly deserves. Releasing later in the year would additionally mean that we would be fighting for racking space on the shelves with all the major Christmas releases.

Quite apart from being the first new Heep studio album in a decade (as it will be in 2008) we truly believe that 'Wake The Sleeper' is one of the band's Top Three albums ever and hope that fans understand this decision. Believe me, it will ultimately be worth the wait!

In the meantime, we can reveal the final track listing to be as follows:

- Wake The Sleeper
- Overload
- Tears Of The World
- Light of a Thousand Stars
- Heaven?s Rain
- Book Of Lies
- What Kind of God
- Ghost Of The Ocean
- Angels Walk With You
- Shadow
- War Child

We all thank you for your continued support and look forward to reawakening the sleeping giant in 2008!

Best regards
Simon Porter"

- Mick Box now endorses Dot On Shaft Guitars, check it out:
http://www.dotonshaft.com/endorsements.cfm .

- Video time!
*** Uriah Heep live at the Burg Herzberg Festival 2007:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Q_ou2MeEC4 ("Gypsy"/"Look at Yourself") and in Kotka: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbMbs4nocDI ("Free Me").
*** A nice interview with Uriah Heep in 1974:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_xyZrnmERM (thanks to Thomas Thulin of Spearfish).
*** Alice's Adventures in Guilfestland... the soundtrack?  Live Uriah Heep of course!  Check it here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Htt8JofmWXk (thanks to Graham Hulme for the link).

- Photo time!
*** Before, during and after a Heep gig!  Live at the Masters of Rock Festival 2007 in Vizovice, Czech Republic:
http://www.pdsign.net/vizovice_070713/index.htm (thanks to Petr Dubjak for the link) and http://www.fotoligr.cz/mastersofrock/uriah_heep/index.htm
*** At the Tall Ships' Races in Kotka, Finland 2007:
http://helsinkifinnland.klack.org/seite62.html .  Plenty of photos also here: http://www.heepfiles.net/ (go to "News & Updates").
*** The Heep live in Budapest 1982:
http://www.rentrock.nl/fotoboek/Uriah%20Heep%20Live%20in%20Budapest%201982/album/index.html .
*** The H-Force in Langesund, Norway 2007:
http://www.bergtatt.no/concerts/Uriah_Heep/Uriah_Heep_Langesund_2007.html (thanks to Kjell Erik Berg).

- Trivia time!
*** Prankster catches out Heep at Reading Festival in 1988... a very amusing article published on the July 2007 issue of Classic Rock magazine in the UK, check it out if you can (thanks to Mike Taylor for the info).

- "The Heavy Metal Box" is a 4-CD, 70-song set being released by Rhino Records and featuring (as expected) a Heep song.  Check which one was chosen to be part of this neat release:
http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003617525 .

- Photographer Vincent Lagana is releasing a new rock photos book appropriately entitled "The Book of Rock", including over 400 photos taken between 1994 and 2007.  Among them, Uriah Heep of course.  For ordering:
http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/62134 .

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MORE HEEP... AND RELATED!
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- Lee Kerslake has been reading the messages posted on his guestbook, and even wrote a note himself thanking everyone for the kind wishes, check it out here:
http://pub50.bravenet.com/guestbook/4247859047/4 .

- Talking about Lee, he'll be joining the sHeepmarket 2007 event in Langbroek, Holland!  Both Lee and John Lawton will be performing with Circle of Hands (
http://www.circle-of-hands.de ), a German UH tribute band.  Opening for them will be the Queen tribute band "We Are Not Queen".  For tickets and all details check: http://www.rentrock.nl/sheepmarket2007/ .

- Heepvention 2008 update!  Dave White is coordinating the musicians for the Heepsters Jam Band at next years HV08 in Spain.  And those who want to take part can register on this site:
http://www.heepstermusic.com/HvSignup.aspx .  It will be special, as even John Lawton will be on a couple of numbers!

- The new domain name for the John Lawton website is
http://www.johnlawtonmusic.com .  Check it out now, as cool short videoclips are now available there, as part of John's so-called "mini world tour video diaries"!  Russia, Slovenia, Faroe Islands, Bulgaria, and even in the studio in Holland recording the new On The Rocks CD with guitar player Jan Dum?.  Links to the videoclips are also available here: http://www.myspace.com/johnlawtonmusic , and here: http://www.youtube.com/user/MataHari2 .

- The second, expanded edition of Ken Hensley's "When Too Many Dreams Come True" autobiography book is now out!  Order it now here:
http://www.jpc.de/jpcng/books/detail/-/hnum/6989091/rk/home/rsk/hitlist or here: http://www.cd-lp-dvd.net/product_info.php/products_id/8631 (soon also on Amazon.de and Amazon.com).  For links to recent interviews, CD reviews, and concert reports, please go to http://www.ken-hensley.com and check the "News" section for everything, including photos and a report about Ken's recent gig at the Summer Party in Gressvik, Norway, featuring Glenn Hughes and J?n Lande as special guests.

- Video time 2!
*** Two moments of John Lawton in video: in October 1975 at the Royal Albert Hall with Roger Glover & guests (The Butterfly Ball concert):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bIqka5VNkI and July 2007 singing "Yesterday" (Beatles) in Russia: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMWL8wpwCGU .
*** Ken Hensley live in St. Petersburg, Russia 2007:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhtMmrlC5gU (also featuring Ian Gillan and The Sweet).
*** Ken Hensley & Live Fire at the Summer Party in Gressvik, Norway 2007:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lH_kgMMUT4 and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BL3wqnb_jBo .
*** Gary Thain live with the Keef Hartley Band:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NS_admvQHtI (thanks to ?p? Bl?y).
*** Colosseum playing "Rope Ladder To The Moon" live in 1994 with Mark Clarke on bass:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTboKwTeXl0 (thanks to ?p? Bl?y).
*** Living Loud playing "I Don't Know" live with Lee Kerslake on drums:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SN0H1W50Lfs (thanks to ?p? Bl?y).

- A nice version of Lucifer's Friend's "Ride The Sky" song that originally featured John Lawton on vocals can be heard here, as recorded by the band Trouble (on their album "Simple Mind Condition"):
http://www.myspace.com/troublechicago (thanks to Merrick "Madman" Crittenden for the info).

- Reported by many as highly influenced by The Heep, Black Bonzo from Sweden presents their song "Lady of the Light":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtkDGNYAmaA .  Similar to 70's Heep?


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