interview: Uriah Heep

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Uriah Heep are coming to our country for another time and Dimitris Antonopoulos speaked with Mick Box for their concerts in Greece and many other things, as you can read below...






On Saturday they will be at Gagarin and the next day at Block33. Uriah Heep are coming to our country for another time and Dimitris Antonopoulos speaked with Mick Box for their concerts in Greece and many other things, as you can read below:

Dimitris Antonopoulos: First of all it is always a pleasure for me to talk to you. It's been a long time since your last interview on my radio show (Rock Zone/ Channel 1 - 90.4 FM). You are coming back to Greece Soon! How do you really feel about it? Are you ready to get the fans here excited again?

Mick Box: We are delighted to be back in Greece. We have a fantastic relationship with our fans in Greece and they always give us a tremendous reception. They sure love their rock music as much as we love playing it.

DA: You have just released a very good new album. Tell us about it. What are Uriah Heep up to, next?

MB: We have just finished recording our new CD called "Into the Wild." It is the natural successor to "Wake the Sleeper." There are plenty of high energy rock songs on their, along with an Epic number and of course a Heep rock ballad.

DA: People that follow the band all these years, is certain that expect to listen songs from the early days of the band on stage. What should we expect from you in Greece in a few days?

MB: It is too early to play anything off of the new C, and it does not get released until the 15th of April in Europe. We will of course play the classic hits like "Easy Livin," "July Morning," "Gypsy," and "Lady in Black," and mix them in with songs from our last studio album "Wake the Sleeper."

DA: Can you share with me a few memories from the first time you were in our country? Do you remember that gig really?

MB: I remember when we came and played a football stadium in Athens, and it was nearly time to go on stage, and there was hardly anyone in the stadium. As we hit the stage we heard these almighty explosions where the fans had blown of the doors of the stadium, and ran in for free. It seemed very organised and the promoter was desperately unhappy as not many people had bought tickets, but at least we had a good rockin' audience that night.

DA: Why do you think that bands like Uriah Heep, in an era that everything moves fast, internet etc., maintain always a faithful fan audience that follows the band everywhere? What is the secret really?

MB: I think we have had a lot of good songs that have stood the test of time, that people like hearing in the live arena. Plus the fact that we do release new material. To be honest the internet helps us to have direct contact with the fans which is brilliant, and this helps. Also we have over the years luckily built a good reputation as being a good live band to see.

DA: Can you tell me some detail, memories maybe, regarding a song I really love? I am talking about "Sympathy"...

MB: "Sympathy," was written by Ken Hensley our ex keyboard player so you would have to ask him. It was a really big song in Armenia funny enough.

DA: Are there any artists/bands you feel that stand out today? Is there any new stuff you have distinguished?

MB: There is very little that I like really. There are some bits and pieces that occasionally make me notice, but nothing of late. Things move so fast and we live in an age of the disposable. Here today gone tomorrow. There is very little with any substance I feel.

DA: And for the end.. Let’s suppose that we are in a time machine that can get us back to to the past just for one hour. Where would you like to be taken and why?

MB: To be with my Mother once again. She passed away when we were in Moscow Russia in December 1987 when we were being the first western rock band in the USSR. She would have been immensely proud.

Thank you very much,
Dimitris Antonopoulos


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