March 5 & 6 at 8 p.m.
Formed in London in 1969 by guitarist Mick Box and late singer David Byron as Spice, the group evolved into Uriah Heep (taken from a character in Charles Dickens’ novel David Copperfield) when they began conceptualizing the first record. The album Very ‘eavy, Very ‘umble launched the band’s distinct sound in 1970, one that was built around layered harmonic vocals, swirling keyboards and heavy guitar riffs. Current lead singer Bernie Shaw and keyboardist Phil Lanzon have been ever present since the mid 1980s, and drummer Russell Gilbrook joined Uriah Heep in 2007. Founder Mick Box has remained throughout.
The band's repertoire features hits over five decades from the ’70s to present day including such tracks as “Gypsy,” “Easy Livin’,” “July Morning,” “Look At Yourself,” “Stealin’” and “Lady in Black,” which went to number one in Germany on three different occasions, and even once stayed at number one for six months. They have sold 40 million records and have toured globally for five decades, visiting 56 countries, headlining numerous festivals and arena tours. Uriah Heep was even the first western rock band to play Russia in 1987.