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- Upcoming Uriah Heep live dates!
05 April - The Olympia, Paris, France
All details, tickets info, phone numbers:

- Season's Greetings from Mick Box:

"Well here we are heading towards the festive holiday season once again after a year of many ups and downs. The release of Wake the Sleeper was a hi light after us waiting all of that time. There were moments of despair all round with delay after delay, but it came good in the end. The response from the fans and media worldwide has been wonderful and it is a good feeling that we are heading into 2009 with all guns blazing after a fabulous European tour behind us. We have travelled what seems like a trillion miles on tour bus?s, planes, boats and cars but it has all been worthwhile as the reaction to the show has been brilliant. There are not many bands that can say they have performed the entire new CD on stage but we took the gamble and it really paid off. We still managed to play some notable classics in the process so everybody was happy. There were some strange venues and I guess there were no stranger than the prison show but such is the spirit in Heep that we can do these things and take it in our stride and pull it off. There are so many countries left to play in 2009 and we are looking forward to seeing you all out on the road for some more good honest rock'n?roll Heep style. It was really cool to be nominated in the best CD?s of 2008 in Classic Rock Magazine and thanks to all of you that voted.
It is time now that we focus on our families to celebrate Xmas and New Year and we wish you all, the very best Xmas ever and an even better New Year. As we raise a glass or three to toast everyone?s good health please have a thought for those less fortunate and indeed the many homeless people that are out there sleeping on the streets.
You have heard me say this many times but it is always said straight from the heart, we thank every one of you sincerely who bought WTS and the WTS merchandise and a big thanks to those that came to the concerts as we really do appreciate your support. Have a fantastic time and we look forward to seeing you all in 2009!
?Appy Days!
Mick Box

- Time to vote again!  This time, for UK's Planet Rock radio's End of Year Poll 2008 (you can vote on "Wake The Sleeper" for "Album of the Year" there):
http://www.planetrock.co.uk/endofyearpoll.aspx .  You can also vote for the "greatest voice in rock" here (include your "Heepy choice" in the "Other" field): http://www.planetrock.co.uk/greatestvoice.aspx (thanks to Mike Taylor for the links).

- Issue #34 of "Fireworks" magazine includes an article on Uriah Heep:
http://www.melodicrock.com/fireworks/index.html .  Available on both "hard copy" and "downloadable PDF" versions.

- The recent "Prog Rock" edition of Goldmine Magazine included a very positive note on The Heep, including info about the new album, "Wake the Sleeper", and the plans for touring in North America in 2009.  Thanks to Mac Steagall for the info.

- Excellent photos from the recent gig (Dec 13th) in Ljubljana, Slovenia:
http://www.uriah-heep.com/newa/Uriah_Heep_in_Ljubljana_Slovenia/ .  Check here a review from the Uriah Heep special unplugged show in Athens, Greece on the 4th of December: http://www.rockpages.gr/detailspage.aspx?id=1946&type=3&lang=EN .  Photos from this gig here: http://www.uriah-heep.com/newa/Uriah%20Heep%20acoustic%20gig%20in%20Athens%20(2008-12-04)%20by%20Konstantinos%20Takos/album/index.html .  Also, more photos from the London Astoria gig of Nov 23rd here: http://www.uriah-heep.com/newa/Uriah%20Heep%20Astoria%20London%20november%2023%20by%20Jadranka/album/index.html .

- Old photos from the 70s...  Check these pics out from the Uriah Heep gig on June 7 1975:
http://www.moreheep.com/ahoy/ahoy75.htm .

- Missing any dates in our Heep Gigs List -
http://www.uriah-heep.com/newa/giglists.php ?  Please let us know: gigs@uriah-heep.com .

- Trivia time... What does Sir Bruce Forsyth and Uriah Heep have in common?  Check it out here:
http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/debate/article-1099477/PETER-MCKAY-Arise-Sir-Bruce-Forsyth--services-jokes-old-is.html (thanks to Peter Weber for the link).

- Heep collectors, an interesting item is now available on eBay:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&item=350143741864 .  This is "The Magician's Birthday" LP on the UK Pink Rim Island label from 1972 (the regular issue is on the Bronze label).

- "Wake The Sleeper" press & fans reviews - updated all the time:
** Press reviews:
** 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:
** Wake the Sleeper Special Collector?s Edition Artwork: http://www.dangerousage.com/uriahheep/


- Check this interview with David Coverdale out, where he speaks about his "audition" to join Uriah Heep back in the mid seventies... 
http://dmme.net/interviews/dc.html (thanks to Dmitry Epstein).

- The editors of "The 27s" book (featuring Gary Thain) are offering up a thousand copies of the book, first come - first serve for a special deal.  Buy 2 products from the 27s store and pay half the shipping cost.  For 3 or more, you won't have to pay shipping at all (this applies to USA and Canadian orders only; for other countries the rate differs slightly: 2 products = US$5 off; 3 or more = US$10 off).  This will be for a limited time only!  Order your copy here:
http://www.the27s.com .

- Read at
http://www.ken-hensley.com some updates about the recordings of Ken Hensley's new studio album, as well as tour dates reports and pics (check the "News" section).  Ken also informs that the Esperanza Street Charity Foundation has received recently an anonymous bid of 2,000.00 Euros for the bass guitar, signed by so many great names, that is up for auction on their web site: http://www.esperanzastreet.org/ (click on "The Shop").  The auction for this instrument will end on February 28th, so if you're interested please place your bids soon!

- Some John Lawton solo gigs have been announced to happen in Brazil in February 2009.  The dates so far, are:
11/02 - TBC, Curitiba
12/02 - TBC, São Paulo
14/02 - Oasis Clube, Fortaleza
15/02 - TBC, Brasília
Interested promoters can contact the main promoter of the tour at scelza.f@terra.com.br .

- Lawton was recently in Bulgaria to film a travel documentary (yes, you read it right!).  Check some clips from this saga through the following links:
http://www.skat.bg/news.php?action=7&newsID=2471 (arriving in Bulgaria)
http://www.skat.bg/news.php?action=7&newsID=2492 (a trip to Bourgas airport to interview the chief of the airport... John in the control tower... then he meets the mayor of Bourgas and interviews him)
http://www.skat.bg/news.php?action=7&newsID=2513 (John during filming the documentary with director Martina, a translator and
film crew)
http://www.skat.bg/news.php?action=0&newsID=2523 (John meeting with Mayor of Primorsko)
http://www.skat.bg/news.php?action=7&newsID=2535 (news report of John's documentary)
http://www.skat.bg/news.php?action=7&newsID=2543 (John's tour of Bulgaria's houses of Parliament , meeting Party members, MPs &
MEP and meeting Sofia's Mayor)
http://www.skat.bg/news.php?action=7&newsID=2549 (news report of John in Sofia & Sofia gig)
http://www.skat.bg/news.php?action=0&newsID=2560 (John meeting the Mayor of Veliko Tornovov)
http://www.skat.bg/news.php?action=7&newsID=2571 (John meeting the Mayor of Varna)

- A very recent interview with John Lawton for the Ytsejam.com website, talking mainly about his new project (OTR), can be found here:
http://www.ytsejam.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=7692 .  Another (2-page) interview was published on the December issue (#22) of the Brazilian magazine "Poeira Zine": http://www.poeirazine.com.br .

- The Japanese Uriah Heep tribute website maintained by Taasan has completed 10 years of existence on November 21st 2008.  Congratulations Taasan!  Check it out here:
http://www1.odn.ne.jp/uriahheep/ ..

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