URIAH HEEP to Embark on 2018 North American Tour
Launch Pledge Campaign for Forthcoming Studio Album, Living the Dream
(Cover photo Courtesy Freeman Promotions – (Photo credit: Richard Stow)
January 8, 2018
In anticipation of the impending release of their 25th studio album, Living the Dream, classic rock icons URIAH HEEP will embark on a North American tour in early 2018. Kicking off on February 6 in Ottawa, ON, The trek will run through this Spring, with more dates to be announced soon! The current itinerary can be seen below.
“I really looking forward to playing back in my home country,” says singer Bernie Shaw. “It’s been a good few years since the HEEP have played in Canada and they’ll be in for a treat. As for the States, it’s always been a great market for URIAH HEEP, and this tour will be uniting us again with some familiar cities and venues. Also making a long awaited trip to Texas is high on my list. Love the food, love the music scene there. Can’t wait.
Founding member and lead guitarist Mick Box adds, “The mighty HEEP are ready to rock North America. We have waited so long to put a tour in place and now we have one set, it is an incredibly exciting feeling to know we will soon be playing to our fans out there. We are counting down the days and our set list will be a musical journey that takes us from our first album ‘Very ‘Eavy, Very ‘Umble to the last one ‘Outsider.”Appy days!”
In addition to the tour announcement, the band have launched a pledge campaign to crowd fund Living the Dream, their forthcoming studio offering, making it the 25th in their storied career. Fans who contribute will have access to exclusive behind the scenes footage from the recording sessions as well as other perks such as playing with the band during a soundcheck, a signed copy of the album, and much more! Fans can participate by clicking here for Pledge Music
URIAH HEEP 2018 TOUR DATES:
2/6: Ottawa, ON @ Brass Monkey
2/8: Ottawa, ON @ Brass Monkey
2/9: Quebec City, QC @ Palais Montcalm
2/10: Montreal, QC @ Corona Theater
2/11: London, ON @ London Music Hall
2/12: Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Hall
2/14: Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
2/15-2/19: Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Rock Legends Cruise V
2/20: Bethlehem, PA @ Musikfest Café at ArtsQuest Center
2/21: Sellersville, PA @ Sellersville Theater 1894
2/22: New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
2/23: Uncasville, CT @ Wolf Den @ Mohegan Sun
2/24: Peekskill, NY @ Paramount Hudson Valley
2/26: Annapolis, MD @ Rams Head
2/27: Rocky Mount, VA @ Harvester PAC
3/1: Kent, OH @ Kent Stage
3/2: Detroit, MI @ Token Lounge
3/3: Cleveland, OH @ Kent Stage
3/4: Angola, IN @ T. Furth Pac
3/6: St. Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall
3/9: Milwaukee, WI @ Potawotomi
3/11: St. Charles, IL @ Arcadia Theatre
3/14: Des Moines, IA @ Hoyt Sherman Place
3/15: Kansas City, MO @ Knuckleheads
3/16: Sioux City, IA @ Anthem at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
4/12: Pasadena, CA @ The Rose
4/13: Agoura Hills, CA @ Canyon Club
URIAH HEEP debuted in 1970 with the release of one of hard rock’s milestones, “Very ‘eavy… Very ‘umble” and have since sold in excess of 40 millions albums worldwide. They constantly tour the world, playing up to 125 shows a year to 500,000+ fans. The band’s live set features the classic tracks from the ’70s and is a musical journey from the band’s beginnings to the present day.
Along with Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple, Uriah Heep helped invent a decorative and uniquely British form of heavy metal with their debut album, Very ‘Eavy, Very ‘Umble, offered as a self-titled on American shores, but whatever the titling, historically massive in the invention of a music format that would rule the ’70s and only intensify in the ’80s.
Uriah Heep have been responsible for the most elevated and intelligent use of vocals in a heavy metal context amongst the major bands inventing the genre in the 1970s. It is for this reason Heep were coined the Beach Boys of Heavy Metal, and their influence is there for all to see in other bands including ‘Queen.’ They were also one of the forerunners of using the Hammond organ along with Micks signature wah wah guitar and this became the template for their sound.
Success has followed the forging of such an audacious formula. Across 25 studio albums, along with myriad live releases and compilations, Uriah Heep have managed to sell 40 million records worldwide, four million of those in the US. Impressive American numbers, but that leaves 36 million records to be sold in the rest of the world, underscoring the fact that Uriah Heep have become, through their relentless dedication to touring, a truly global band, with particular success in Germany, Scandinavia, Japan, Eastern Europe and Russia, where they were the first Western rock band to play live in Moscow in December 1987 to 180,000 people.
Through their success as Rock n’ Roll pioneers this enabled other bands to follow in their wake and Russia is now part of every bands touring schedule.
URIAH HEEP is:
Mick Box: Guitars, Vocals
Phil Lanzon: Keyboards, Vocals
Bernie Shaw: Lead Vocals
Russell Gilbrook: Drums, Vocals
Dave Rimmer: Bass, Vocals