URIAH HEEP Announces 50th-Anniversary U.K. Tour

URIAH HEEP Announces 50th-Anniversary U.K. Tour

Legendary progressive rock band URIAH HEEP will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a fall tour of the U.K.

The six-date trek will kick off at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall on November 1 and conclude at Cardiff’s St. David’s Hall on November 7.

Guitarist Mick Box comments: “Who would have imagined back in 1970 that URIAH HEEP would still be here celebrating their 50th anniversary?

“It is an amazing feat especially as the band are still a vibrant force in the live arena and still producing albums like the latest one ‘Living The Dream’, that has been lauded by the fans and media alike as one of their best in their career.

“It is 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.

“A big thank you has to go to the fans that have kept with us every inch of the way, and they just keep growing in numbers by the day. Feeling good, you bet I am! ‘Appy days!”

Tour dates:

Nov. 01 – Glasgow, UK @ Royal Concert Hall
Nov. 02 – Gateshead, UK @ Sage
Nov. 03 – Manchester, UK @ Bridgewater Hall
Nov. 04 – London, UK @ The Palladium
Nov. 06 – Birmingham, UK @ Symphony Hall
Nov. 07 – Cardiff, UK @ St. David’s Hall

Tickets go on sale on Friday, February 28 at 10 a.m. GMT.

Last fall, Box told Greece’s Rockpages TV that there is no end in sight for the band.

“I think that with this band as it stands, there’s so much creativity going on, so much passion for what we do, there’s no need to put those road blocks up,” he said. “We are looking at the new album; we’re looking at the 50th anniversary; we’re looking at everything in the future. And nothing’s going to stop us. The only thing that will stop is our health. As long as we’ve got our health, we’ll continue rocking.”

URIAH HEEP‘s current lineup consists of Box alongside keyboardist Phil Lanzon, vocalist Bernie Shaw, drummer Russell Gilbrook and bassist Davey Rimmer.

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FAITH NO MORE Bassist BILL GOULD To Release First TALKING BOOK Album In Nine Years

FAITH NO MORE Bassist BILL GOULD To Release First TALKING BOOK Album In Nine Years

TALKING BOOK, the San Francisco-born experimental trio whose music evokes the “distorted sepia tone imagery of a bygone era” (Cyclic Defrost), returns with its first album in nine years, “Talking Book II”, on April 24 via Koolarrow Records.

The group features FAITH NO MORE‘s Bill Gould with GIGANTE SOUND co-founders Jared Blum (VULCANUS 68, VISION HEAT) and Dominic Cramp (BORFUL TANG, LORD TANG), crafting music that is antithetical to genre classifications. Though the approach to creating the record has been uniquely their own, there are obvious echoes of Eno‘s earliest ambient projects and his Bowie collaborations, ’60s Serbian and Czech soundtracks, English folk and coastal melodies, intertwining prog guitars met with dusty electro acoustic tape music and Lynch‘s “Eraserhead” score.

“We had originally thought this would be an easy follow-up to our debut album from 2011,” said Gould. “But in fact, this was a journey that took years. It was a wild ride, but in my opinion was totally worth the effort, it enabled us to really dig deep, and get this the way we wanted it. I feel like we have created a soundtrack to a film that can only be seen through listening.”

An early listen to the 14-song collection comes with a stream of “Thermal Drift”.

“Talking Book II” is a total listening experience, meant to be digested as two complete pieces, preferably with headphones. The tracks are meant to flow, one into the other, without gaps. The vinyl release will be limited to 500 copies and contains an entire piece per side.

“Talking Book II” track listing:

01. Blood Aurora
02. Thermal Drift
03. The Land Upright
04. A Crumbling Mind Smiles
05. Zastava
06. Early Sorrows
07. The Last Time She Died
08. They Came At Dawn
09. A Sea Turned To Stone
10. Heritor
11. Lost In Glass
12. The War Was Better
13. Dying Light
14. Absent Horizon

Photo credit: Chuck Moseley

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OZZY OSBOURNE Hopes To Begin Work On New Studio Album Next Month

OZZY OSBOURNE Hopes To Begin Work On New Studio Album Next Month
Ozzy Osbourne says that he hopes to begin work on the follow-up to his “Ordinary Man” album later this year while he continues to recover from various health issues.

Speaking to iHeart Radio‘s Eddie Pappani at last night’s (Monday, February 24) iHeartRadio‘s “ICONS” event, Ozzy said: “I’m hoping that next month I’ll go and do another album with Andrew [Watt, ‘Ordinary Man’ producer]. I might as well, while I’m not doing gigs.”

“Ordinary Man” came out on Friday (February 21) and was accompanied by a global tattoo sale and album listening event that took place in 50 cities worldwide.

Ozzy also appeared at an in-store signing for the first time in 10 years on Friday, at Amoeba Records in Hollywood, California. He signed approximately 600 copies of “Ordinary Man” for fans who purchased the effort in the store on CD, LP or picture disc vinyl.

Ozzy marked the arrival of “Ordinary Man” by introducing the Golden Ticket Sweepstakes, tied to the release of his first solo LP in a decade.

In the U.S. only, all physical copies of the album — on CD, vinyl and cassette — are bundled with a unique code. Fans may enter their codes at ordinarymansweepstakes.com and redeem them for “once-in-a-lifetime” Ozzy prizes.

The prizes range from a trip for two to Los Angeles to have dinner with Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne to a signed guitar, a “Blizzard Of Ozz” platinum plaque, a box set, and more.

A week ago, Ozzy‘s 2020 North American tour was canceled. This decision was made months in advance to accommodate fans who’ve been holding tickets for rescheduled shows.

Ozzy, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease, publicly announced his diagnosis last month, but was actually diagnosed back in 2003.
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METALLICA's KIRK HAMMETT Is 'Completely Blown Away' By Opportunity To Perform At PETER GREEN Tribute Concert

METALLICA's KIRK HAMMETT Is 'Completely Blown Away' By Opportunity To Perform At PETER GREEN Tribute Concert

On February 25, METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett will perform at an all-star tribute concert to FLEETWOOD MAC co-founder Peter Green at the London Palladium. The event, which is being curated by Green‘s fellow FLEETWOOD MAC co-founder Mick Fleetwood, will feature additional appearances by Billy Gibbons, David Gilmour, Jonny Lang, Andy Fairweather Low, John Mayall, Christine McVie, Zak Starkey, Steven Tyler and Bill Wyman.

A couple of photos from the rehearsal sessions for “Mick Fleetwood & Friends Celebrate The Music Of Peter Green And The Early Years Of Fleetwood Mac” have been posted on Kirk‘s Instagram and can be seen below.

The concert will take place just a few weeks after it was announced that Hammett is collaborating with Green on a book and music project for Rufus Publications. Hammett was at Abbey Road Studios in London last month to record “something very special” for the project, which will feature guest appearances by several other artists. In addition, Hammett has posted a couple of photographs with Green, including one image where Peter can be seen holding a vinyl copy of METALLICA‘s “Master Of Puppets” album and another where they are both holding Green‘s legendary 1959 Les Paul guitar — known as “Greeny” — which Hammett now owns.

In a blog post on his FearFestevil.com web site, Hammett stated about the upcoming concert: “I’m honored to be playing a part in the Peter Green Celebration Show being staged by Mick Fleetwood at the London Palladium. Between Mick, Billy Gibbons and Dave Gilmour I am going to be in the presence of some severe legends, and in truth, I’m completely blown away by that.

“When I acquired Greenie, I bought her because she sounded great. She’s a very unique sounding guitar. I had no idea it would lead to all these different opportunities, all these different experiences, and meeting all these different people. It was coming up on 50 years since Peter Green left FLEETWOOD MAC, this tribute was happening, but no one called me until Ross Halfin called Mick Fleetwood‘s manager and kind of informed him about my owning the guitar and suggested I should be part of it. So Mick Fleetwood got a hold of me at the beginning of the ‘Hardwired…’ tour and asked if I was interested in doing this tribute to Peter Green. At the time I had to tell him I had no idea what my schedule was gonna be like with METALLICA because we were literally on the eve of our first shows for ‘Hardwired…’ But then three years passed and the tribute show started to develop more. Ross had kept me abreast on how it was taking shape, so I contacted Mick Fleetwood, and he was gracious enough to say I could still be part of it. So that’s how I’ll get to play ‘Green Manalishi’ at the Peter Green tribute!

“It’s just amazing, seeing and hearing all the people committed to the tribute. The majority of them are all people I’ve been well aware of ever since I was a young musician, so to be playing with some of them now, it’s a mind blower … A Mind Blower !!”

Fleetwood said about the show: “The concert is a celebration of those early blues days where we all began, and it’s important to recognize the profound impact Peter and the early FLEETWOOD MAC had on the world of music. Peter was my greatest mentor and it gives me such joy to pay tribute to his incredible talent. I am honored to be sharing the stage with some of the many artists Peter has inspired over the years and who share my great respect for this remarkable musician. ‘Then Play On’…”

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JOHN BUSH On Upcoming ARMORED SAINT Album: 'We've Written Songs That Take It To A Whole Other Level'

JOHN BUSH On Upcoming ARMORED SAINT Album: 'We've Written Songs That Take It To A Whole Other Level'

ARMORED SAINT singer John Bush spoke to the “Shockwaves Skullsessions” podcast about the progress of the recording sessions for the band’s new album, tentatively due in late 2020 via Metal Blade Records. The follow-up to 2015’s “Win Hands Down” is being tracked with veteran producer/engineer Bill Metoyer and bassist/producer Joey Vera at the helm.

“We’re still finishing the musical parts,” John said (hear audio below). “I’m still singing. The way we do a lot of demos, and we have for a couple of years, and it’s just really productive — Joey will make these pretty elaborate-sounding demos, doing things with drum machines and guitar and bass and then record it. And then I’ll go to his house and I’ll record the demo versions of the vocals. But when we do it, sometimes with vocals, you’ll capture something on a demo that you may not even capture on a record again, because it’s just a vibe thing. So when I go in and I sing on these demos, I give it everything I’ve got. And sometimes you’re kind of working parts out, so it kind of sounds like that. But in the end, I hope to keep a lot, so I don’t have to redo a lot. And that’s what we’re doing now. So now we’re going back and redoing things that I did on the demos, but we seem to keep a lot of things. Obviously, if something’s out of tune or it’s something we can make better, we do, but sometimes you’ll sing a section of a song and it just was captured in that demo that you never have to redo again, because it’s there. So that’s what we’re doing with the vocals. We’ve already done most of the guitar work. He’s doing some bass stuff over again. And we’re hoping around March 1st, we’ll give it to Jay Ruston, who mixed the last record, ‘Win Hands Down’. He’s gonna mix this one again. He’s amazing. And then he’ll hopefully take it to a whole other level.”

Bush went on to say that he is “super proud” of the music ARMORED SAINT is making. “We’ve written songs that, I think, again take it to a whole other level,” he said. “It’s not just rehashing what we did on the last couple of records. We’re always trying to grow.

“The thing about SAINT is that we kind of feel like our boundaries are limitless and we can do whatever we want,” he continued. “I always make the joke that we’re not gonna do the ARMORED SAINT folk, trip-hop metal record; that’s not what we’re gonna do. I’m certainly not gonna give the fans something and have them go, ‘What the hell is this?’ But at the same time, I do wanna challenge our fanbase. I wanna have them be able to get stuff and go, ‘Wow! I’ve gotta dissect this a little bit and let it grow on me,’ and then once they do, I think they’ll be blown away. And that’s what is fulfilling to me, and it’s fulfilling to Joey — to write stuff that isn’t just old hat. ‘Cause that’s just not good enough.”

Speaking about the musical direction of the new ARMORED SAINT material, John said: “There’s a lot of different things. There’s a lot of, again, versatility and diversity through the music and ups and downs. It’s a record, so you want a lot of peaks and valleys. There’s some really powerful, typical ARMORED SAINT headbanger-type songs, and then there’s more moody things on it that show the broadness of our musical style. There’s a lot of cool bluesy things. There’s a song called ‘My Jurisdiction’ that has kind of a bluesy feel to it which sounds a little AEROSMITH-y, and then there’s a song called ‘Lone Wolf’ that is really cool and sounds very different from something we’ve done before. So I think people will dig it. I’m real proud of the songs and I can’t wait for people to hear it.”

According to John, the first video from the album will likely be a track called “Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants”. “It’s a little bit of a longer song, so it’ll be a challenge,” he explained. “But it’s just a rad tune, and it has such a rad vibe to it. It has a cool bagpipe intro. It’s got a lot of moody changes in it and a big chorus. So that’s what we’re talking about doing immediately — maybe in March.”

More recently, Bush and Vera have been working on a song called “Unfair” which the singer describes as “a slower song, but very, very moody. It’s a different type of ballad, if you will, for ARMORED SAINT. It’s awesome,” he said.

“Win Hands Down” was released in June 2015 via Metal Blade.

ARMORED SAINT‘s latest release was a live album, “Carpe Noctum”, which came out in February 2017.

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