january 2007 - Present Day
In January 2007, Uriah
Heep announced that veteran drummer Lee Kerslake was leaving the band
due to health problems.
"Uriah Heep regret to announce that, due to
ongoing health problems, longstanding drummer Lee Kerslake is to leave
the band with immediate effect.
During 2006, when Uriah Heep toured in some twenty territories ranging
from Indonesia, India and Thailand through to Brazil, Peru, Russia and
Bulgaria, concluding with a six week Acoustic Tour through Europe, Lee
found the rigors of constant touring increasingly stressful and will now
take the opportunity over the next few months to embark on a stringent
campaign in order to resolve his health issues.
Comments Heep lead guitarist and founder member Mick Box: "All the band
are fully behind Lee in his efforts to become fully match fit again.
For me, it is particularly devastating to lose not only someone who I
have worked with for some thirty five years, but also one of my closest
and oldest friends who I love like a brother. It is, however, in the
best interests of both Lee and the band that a change is made now. This
is an important time in the history of the band - We have just signed a
new worldwide recording contract with Sanctuary Records and are about to
commence recording our first new studio album in almost a decade and it
is vital that there is consistency between both the recording and the
forthcoming eighteen month long world tour to coincide with the album?s
release in September".
The band will now start actively auditioning potential drummers and we
will keep you informed as events unfold."
On March 14, 2007 this announcement was posted at
"URIAH HEEP are delighted to announce that
the drummer RUSSELL GILBROOK has joined the band. He replaces LEE
KERSLAKE who left the band in January due to health reasons.
Russell is regarded as one of the UK?s finest drummers and clinician?s
and has demonstrated specialist drum clinics all over Europe. He has
worked with such diverse artists as Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath), Van
Morrison, John Farnham, Alan Price, Chris Barber and Lonnie Donnigan
On April 14th 2007 Russell Gilbrook appeared
with th eband at his first gig,in Vuokatti, Finland
Talk to Mick Box (and
if you get the opportunity then do so, because he'll certainly talk back)
and he'll reflect back on the history of Heep with a glint in his eye and
a smile on his face (after selling millions of records he's entitled to),
and like any seasoned traveller who's just returned from a momentous
journey he'll, along with Lee Kerslake, Trevor Bolder and indeed, Ken
Hensley, recall the highs and lows, ups and downs, with genuine affection.
And you know what? They won't have regretted a single minute of it.
They've had their share of 'appy days alright, but they're not over yet,
that's for sure.