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The Engine Rooms, Southampton

mark taylor

uriah heep

A new venue on a small industrial estate down by Southampton Docks.

It's actually a converted business unit and how anybody finds this place is beyond me as the venue doesn't even have it's name plastered anywhere outside. This is what Sat Navs are invented for.

A cosy intimate venue though with great sound and reasonably priced beer.

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Blurred Vision were an inspiring choice for a support act, bridging together the old and the new. An arena stadium big sounding band with plenty of intellectual clout.

Fronted by the Iranian born Canadian citizens in the Osley brothers who were dressed completely in white, the band hugely impressed ending with the Roger Waters approved 'Hey Ayatollah Leave Those Kids Alone'.

Spanning the decades Uriah Heep still have plenty to offer, as expressed on new heavy progressive numbers 'Speed Of Sound', 'The Law' and the title track of their most recent opus 'The Outsider', all of which feature plenty of organ from local boy Phil Lanzon.

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The stomping 'Hanging Tree' got a rare outing, as did the epic masterpiece 'The Magician's Birthday' which was totally stupendous featuring a guitar duel between Mick Box and the settled in new bassist Davey Rimmer.

Drummer Russell Gilbrook was a powerhouse all night and Bernie Shaw gave his all on 'Sunrise' and the majestic 'July Morning'.

Blurred Vision returned for a sing-along on the song with no chorus, the acoustically driven 'Lady In Black' ending an evening of skilled musicianship.

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Speed Of Sound
The Hanging Tree
The Law
The Outsider
The Magician's Birthday
What Kind Of God
One Minute
Can't Take That Away
July Morning
Lady In Black
Easy Livin'

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