Way back in the 70’s, when I first started to get into rock music, there were probably three bands who stood out and defined rock music in the UK – They were Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin. For most rock fans, every other band was usually compared to one of these as the benchmark. I remember when I first came across Uriah Heep and started to look out for their back catalogue, the local music rags of the time always described them as a kind of poor man’s Deep Purple. They were never popular with the press, and that’s a tragedy, because I for one always enjoyed their music.
Unfortunately, blighted by multiple changes of lead singer and other lineup changes, they never really made the breakthrough into mainstream rock culture in the way that the other three bands mentioned above did, despite selling around 30 million albums. However, unlike those other bands, they’ve continued making new music and toured extensively right up to the present day. This year alone they have played over 120 shows in more than 20 countries. And with 23 studio albums they have plenty of material to play.
Although I’ve seen them several times, this month was the first time I had the chance to photograph them in concert. Here are the pics…
It was a great, honest, rock gig. No pyrotechnics, lasers or huge stage set. Just good music and a wonderful rapport with the audience. Very ‘eavy, very ‘umble. For more information on Uriah heep, visit their website http://www.uriah-heep.com