Uriah Heep head ‘from lockdown to rockdown’ for York Barbican autumn gig

Uriah Heep: 50th anniversary tour gig at York Barbican

PUT your hands together for Uriah Heep, belatedly celebrating their 50th anniversary with a British tour that has newly added an October 9 gig York Barbican.

Formed in London in 1969 from the ashes of guitarist Mick Box’s Brentwood band Hogwash, they have released 25 studio and 21 official live albums, selling more than 45 million albums worldwide and playing 4,000 shows in 60 countries.

Their pathway through prog-flavoured heavy rock has taken them from 1970 debut Very ’Eavy… Very ’Umble to 2018’s Living The Dream.

“Who would have imagined back in 1970 that Uriah Heep would still be here celebrating their 50th anniversary?” says Box, who is joined in the 2022 line-up by keyboardist Phil Lanzon, lead vocalist Bernie Shaw, drummer Russell Gilbrook and bassist Dave Rimmer.

“It’s an amazing feat, especially as the band are still a vibrant force in the live arena and still producing albums like Living The Dream.

“It’s with great pride that we enter this 50th anniversary with the same passion, desire and love of what we do, and long may it last. There are still horizons to conquer and new songs to write and perform, and it feels like the adventure has just begun.”

As Uriah Heep switch “from lockdown to rockdown”, Box offers a big thank-you to the fans that have “kept with us every inch of the way”. “They just keep growing in numbers by the day,” he says. “Feeling good? You bet I am! ’Appy days!”

Tickets are on sale at yorkbarbican.co.uk.