Byy Thomas S. Orwat Jr.
This year, the legendary British classic rock band, Uriah Heep is celebrating 50 years of existence and musical excellence. The band, which is famous for the timeless hits: “Easy Livin’,” “The Wizard,” “Sweet Lorraine,” and “Stealin’,” forged a signature sound and style that brilliantly meshed elements of hard rock, progressive and heavy metal music.
Over the years, the band line-up of Uriah Heep has faced much adversity, and has seen many great musicians come and go. However, the band’s musical integrity has always remained intact. The one constant, throughout the years, is founding member and guitarist Mick Box. He has performed on every one the band’s twenty-five studio releases.
The current line-up of Uriah Heep, which in addition to Box, consists of Phil Lanzon – keyboards, co-lead vocals (1986–present), Bernie Shaw – lead vocals (1986–present), Russell Gilbrook – drums, percussion (2007–present) and Davey Rimmer – bass, backing vocals (2013–present). This lineup, released their first album together last year entitled, ‘Living the Dream.’ Many consider this album as one of the very best Uriah Heep releases in their 50 year history.
Uriah Heep is now on a major two month-long North American tour, opening for the heavy metal icons, Judas Priest. This is a must see tour!!! It will featured a combined, almost 100 years of great British hard rock and heavy metal.
What follows is an exclusive RockMusicStar audio interview with Uriah Heep’s guitar star – Mick Box. During our conversation, we discuss Uriah Heep’s upcoming tour with Judas Priest, the history of the band (including the brief time that David Coverdale was involved) the bands two great singles “Easy Livin’,” and “Stealin'” and much, much more.
For more on Uriah Heep, please visit www.uriah-heep.com
Special thank you to Chip Ruggieri for setting up this interview.