Uriah Heep announce string of spring 2013 UK dates

Posted: 8th October 2012
Classic rock band approach 24th album with new shows, tickets on sale from now/Wednesday 12th October
Uriah Heep

Hugely influential and often cited as one of the UK's key rock acts of the late '60s and '70s, Uriah Heep's unique concoction of sounds (part-heavy, part-jazzy, part-folky) probably broke down more barriers and musical-snobbery than most bands of that era and ilk. With a Uriah Heep album, you tended to get a variety of styles ranging from what was to become 'metal', as well as psychedelia and good old British-bulldog rock.

The title of their debut album, issued in 1970, perhaps best describes the band's music early on - 'Very 'eavy, Very 'umble', taken from a passage in Dicken's David Copperfield, was indeed just that and set a precedent for a very successful 1970's and the first of seven Top 20 albums. As well as successful, Uriah Heep were prolific to say the least, knocking out an album every six months, including 'Salisbury', 'Return to Fantasy' and 'Fallen Angel'. However, the '80s weren't so kind to them - punters basically wanted the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, rather than the preceding playmakers who helped shape its sound.

This hasn't stopped founder Mick Box from soldiering on through the decades, with label Parlophone busily issuing the Heep's latest material such as last year's 'Wizards' (best of), 'Live in Armenia' (concert release) and 'Into the Wild' (studio album). Cult-status they may be, but they can still rock and rock is precisely what they're about to do in 2013.

A handful of shows have been announced by the band, with the first of them hitting Manchester on 23rd February 2013, followed by Tavistock, Norwich, London, Stockton and Frome. We have tickets on sale for all shows except for Norwich and London - we will have these from Wednesday 10th October, priced from £20 upwards.

Paul Pledger