Uriah Heep is back with a new album ( Outsider) and with that, comes a new tour. Last night, February 27, 2015 they played a sold out show at the Sellersville Theater. In a word, it was phenomenal. Now that you know that, this review is done and you should make plans to go see them. “We did the Rock Cruise prior to this tour ,where we went to Nassau with The Doobie Brothers, Alice Cooper, 38 Special and War, so we’re only two shows into it, but it’s going great” said Mick Box, Uriah Heep guitarist and founding member. The show at Sellersville was sold out months in advance, with tickets for the rest of the tour moving at a brisk pace. In other words, don’t wait or you will be paying through your nose to a scalper.
The band’s bus pulled over at a diner to grab a cup of coffee and a Mick had a quick chat with zoomdune.com. The last time they were close was at another venue where the show was cut short due to an idiot neighbor complaining about the volume. That did not happen last night, as the Heep played as loud as they wanted to. “We have to keep the volume reasonably okay but we do like a bit of excitement on stage”, Mick said That excitement translates right back to the crowd. They played the Download Festival in front of thousands of people, then come to an intimate place like Sellersville. ” Playing those huge festivals where you’ve got thousands and thousands of people, it’s great, but there’s nothing like playing a smaller venue where you can see the color of their eyes”, Box related.
The energy level generated by Uriah Heep is high. The show lasted about 90 minutes, with singer Bernie Shaw jumping all over the stage. True Shaw is not the original singer for the band, but you would never know it. He has been with the band for almost 30 years. The band does have a newcomer, Davey Rimmer, on bass. He has big shoes to fill after the unfortunate passing of Trevor Bolder, who died in 2013 from cancer. Mick Box called him “The perfect man for the job”. On stage Rimmer was great, playing note for note Uriah Heep classics such as “Magicians Birthday” “Stealin” and of course “Easy Livin”, which the band did as an encore.
This tour, the band is playing a lot of songs from Outsider, the new record, which also features Davey Rimmer. “We have to play a lot of songs from it,or else how would you know if you like it or not”, jokes Shaw from the stage of the Sellersville Theater. Judging from the crowd reaction to songs like “One minute”, the band scored a direct hit with their fans. Back in the 1970’s fans used to buy albums and look at the covers for hours. The cover to outsider is reminiscent of that time. “I think this is the first cover that we all agreed on immediately “, Box said. in fact their records are still available on vinyl . The life expectancy of a band is about seven years. The Heep is over 40. “We still have the same passion in it, for what we do and over the period, we have been lucky enough to have had good songs,couple that with new songs and the bands evolving all the time” Mick Box reflects.
Uriah Heep will be playing the rest of the world after they get done with North America. They have played in 58 countries but “We have not made China yet”, Box said. They have the honor of being the first rock band ever to play Russia. “We did not know how big we were there, we found out that people bought our music on the black market, sometimes spending two months wages to buy our album. Some people were arrested and sent to Siberia for listening to Uriah Heep and other American rock bands”, Box said.. Let that sink in. People went to jail for listening to a rock and roll record.
Opening the show was a band called Awaken . They were very quick to win over the crowd, with many people standing during their set. They have one CD out and one in the works about to be unleashed. It’s fair to say that very few of the people were familiar with Awaken prior to the show. By the end, they had a decent crowd of people at their merchandise table, meeting the band and buying merchandise. If you want to see them, they are at BB Kings in New York City tonight, opening for Uriah Heep.