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  MARK TAYLOR'S BIG CITY NIGHTS

URIAH HEEP
'Live At Koko' CD/DVD
(Frontiers Records)
Release Date: February 23rd 2015


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It certainly is a numbers game with Uriah Heep. In their long 45 year career the band has featured 25 members, held together by the British bulldog spirit of the ever present guitarist Mick Box. Not only that but the Heep have released 24 studio albums and are now are set to release their 22nd live album!

Yes, you have read that correctly. There has been a plethora of official live bootleg albums released in the past decade, so do we really need another live release? Well, to be brutally honest, the answer to that is "yes"!

With this album Uriah Heep are making a statement that life goes on, and with all good intentions.

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Sadly bassist Trevor Bolder, a long time member with over thirty years service to the band, passed away in 2013.

Uriah Heep have had more than their fair share of sorrow and with a stiff upper lip the band have always soldiered on regardless.

With Davey Rimmer now a full time member on bass, this live album along with last year's well received studio opus 'Outsider' has proved that they are still a major going concern, rightly included in the real Big Four just behind Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Black Sabbath with a career that makes the history of Aerosmith look like chicken feed.

'Live At Koko' was recorded and filmed last year on the tail end of the 'Into The Wild' tour in a special show where fans travelled from all over the world to be at this special sold out event.

Uriah Heep previously played at this venue back in 1985 when it was known as the Camden Palace. That night was also filmed, for Thames Television for the 'Live In London' series.

The line up then was very different from the one now and also to the one from the classic early seventies line up. Only Box remains from the 85 line-up with Bolder sadly departed and Lee Kerslake retiring from Heep due to ill health whilst Peter Goalby and John Sinclair filed in the "Where are they now?" section.

Both vocalist Bernie Shaw and organ grinder Phil Lanzon have faithfully been in Uriah Heep for almost thirty years now and with drummer Russell Gilbrook providing the strongest ever backbone, there's proof that the evolution of Heep is still fertile enough to produce pedigree results.

A durable production from Mike Paxman sees Uriah Heep in full flight in a set that pleasantly mixes the old with the new. Heep had the foresight to include two numbers from the then unreleased 'Outsider' album with 'Can't Take That Away' and the commercial clout of the infectious 'One Minute'.

Whilst I never tire of hearing the classics like the rip ride of 'Look At Yourself', the organic 'July Morning' or the enlightenment of one of my most favourite songs ever in 'Sunrise', it's a shame that Uriah Heep didn't include one track from the seventies that hasn't appeared anywhere live before for Heep aficionados. However that is only a minor quibble and it's always refreshing to hear live renditions of the new material.

73s 'Uriah Heep Live' and the 'Magician's Birthday' set from 2002 is a firm favourite amongst Heep fans but I believe this to be the best and most representative live album from the Shaw/Lanzon years.



Confirmed tour dates:
FEBRUARY
24.02.15 Alexandria VA The Birchmere
25.02.15 Baltimore MD Rams Head
27.02.15 Sellersville PA Sellersville Theater
28.02.15 New York NY B.B. Kings
MARCH
01.03.15 Ridgefield CT Ridgefield Playhouse
04.03.15 Detroit MI The Token Lounge
05.03.15 Milwaukee Wi Potawatomi Casino
06.03.15 Milwaukee WI Potawatomi Casino
07.03.15 Bolingbrook IL Tailgaters
08.03.15 Akron, OH Tangiers SOLD OUT
10.03.15 San Diego CA Ramona Mainstage
11.03.15 Tucson AZ Rialto Theatre
12.03.15 San Juan Capistrano CA Coach House
13.03.15 Las Vegas NV Boulder Station
14.03.15 Beverly Hills CA Saban Theater
19.03.15 Rooty Hill TSL Australia
20.03.15 Sydney Metro Theater Australia
21.03.15 Melbourne Doncaster Hotel Australia
22.03.15 Melbourne Chelsey Heights Hotel Australia
24.03.15 Perth Astor theater Australia
25.03.15 Adelaide The Gov Australia
26.03.15 Brisbane North Eatons Hill Australia
28.03.15 Auckland The Studio New Zealand
APRIL
16.04.15 Savonlinna Savonlinna-Sali Finland
17.04.15 Hämeenlinna Elenia Areena Finland (with Nazareth)
18.04.15 Seinäjoki Areena Finland (with Nazareth)
25.04.15 Holmfirth The Picturedrome UK
26.04.15 Leamington Spa The Assembley UK
28.04.15 York Fibbers UK
29.04.15 Newcastle upon Tyne Riverside Newcastle UK
30.04.15 Milton Keynes The Stables UK
MAY
02.05.15 Stantu ‎Gheorghe Romania
05.05.15 Bristol Marble Factory UK
06.05.15 Southampton Engine Rooms UK
07.05.15 Cardiff Y Plas UK
08.05.15 Brighton Old Market UK
10.05.15 Koko London UK
13.05.15 Zwolle Hedon NL
14.05.15 Zoetermeer De Boerderij NL
15.05.15 Bergen op Zoom Gebouw NL

Click here for Uriah Heep Interview With Bernie Shaw Talking About The New Album 'Outsider'


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