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Uriah Heep Live in Bangkok

Review No: 266
Added 3rd March 2006

Musicians

Mick Box:
Guitar and Vocals

Lee Kerslake: Drums and Vocals

Trevor Bolder: Bass and Vocals

Phil Lanzon: Keyboards and Vocals


In their thirty five year history Uriah Heep has never played Thailand, but all of that was put to rights at the B.E.C. Tero Stadium on Friday 17th February 2006. In a word the Heep were superb. Without doubt the finest show put on by a Western rock band ever in Thailand's fair capital city.

B.E.C. Tero was full to its capacity of 3600, and the audience was ready to rock, and they were not let down. To a well timed entrance the Heep arrived, and gave the audience a dazzling display of their skills, demonstrating how tight this line up of Uriah Heep have become over the last twenty years.

Phil Lanzon is the perfect keyboardist for Uriah Heep, both extrovert and skilful, handling the barrage of keyboards with ease setting up the famous Uriah Heep wall of sound associated with the band then ripping into his solo's, whilst at times playing with great delicacy when the music required as well as animating the songs lyrics himself when he had a hand to spare. Trevor Bolder was a complete revelation, handling his musical weapon of choice like a lead instrument, the crowd was also treated to several bass solo's the finest of which took place during the climax to 'July Morning'. Having witnessed the Bassman several times in concert in the past, usually Mr. Bolder lets his bass work do the talking for him but not tonight given some space to move, he was all over the stage, rushing from one side to the other whilst raising the guitar above his head, often rushing to the bass amps as if to batter them to the ground before thinking the better of it.

Certainly an all action performance from the bass player. On lead vocals was the incomparable Canadian Bernie Shaw, Bernie is now the complete article Singer / Performer / Ringmaster / Rabble Rouser call him what you want. From the very first song, the audience was eating out of his hands, especially as Bernie had learnt how to thank the Thai audience in their own language, and waied them after the first song. If Bernie said “Clap your hands”, everybody clapped their hands, if Bernie said “Stand Up” and you knew what was good for you, you stood up, and if Bernie said “Sing” well the roof of B. E.C. Tero must now be six foot higher.

Bernie was dressed in an orange top and some tight fitting blue and red strides, both of which had been bought at a Bangkok market the night before, with his microphone kept in a hip holster when not in use so he looked every inch the dandy cowboy.

During instrumental breaks Bernie would wander off the stage, arriving back just in time to pick up the vocals again, this was shown to magnificent effect during the introduction to 'July Morning' after the band had rampaged into the beginning of the song and the keyboards brought it all down quietly again, it was time for the opening vocal line, you wondered whether the vocalist had got lost, as there was no sign of him but with split second timing, Bernie saunters onto the stage acknowledges the cheers, sits himself down on one of the monitors before singing out the opening line, "There I was on a July morning lookin' for love" driving the crowd to fever pitch.


Songs

Set List
So Tired
Cry Freedom
Falling In Love
Words In The Distance
Stealin'
If I Had The Time
Year And A Day
Between Two Worlds
Rain
Come Away Melinda
The Wizard
Free Me
Sunrise
Sweet Lorraine
Gypsy
Look At Yourself
July Morning
Bird Of Prey. Easy Livin'
Lady In Black






The only original member of Uriah Heep left from 1969 is their lead guitarist Mick Box, one of the most unique lead guitarists on this planet (or any other come to that). On Friday 17th February 2006 for Bangkok Mick Box pulled all the stops, his soloing was literally blistering, particularly while using his customary wah-wah peddle. Mick Box stomped and rocked his way through the shows electric numbers only standing still to play the acoustic introductions to songs like 'Wizard' or final sing-a-long 'Lady In Black'. During the rest of the time the guitar was either being slung around his head or his back or with one foot on the monitors he would use it as a mock machine gun to mow the audience down. Combined with Bernie Shaw, Trevor Bolder, and Mick Box, you could not find a better front three musicians and show men.

At the back behind a massive drum kit, sat a big man. Lee Kerslake, the finest rock 'n' roll drummer on the circuit in this day and age. Lee Kerslake launches himself into every song and it is doubtful whether his drum kit actually needs to be miked up as he hits those drums so hard, they can be heard for miles. Lee Kerslake's drum solo probably brought the loudest cheers of the night. Not forgetting that Lee also sings all the back up vocals too, so quite a work load during the two and a half hour concert.

When you have been a rock band for thirty five years and released twenty studio albums it is almost impossible to select a set that will balance itself out, and keep everybody happy. The Uriah Heep set played in Bangkok was nearly perfect spanning their whole career. Two songs from their first four albums 'Very' Eavy....Very 'Umble' (1970) 'Gypsy' with an amazing Mick Box solo section and 'Come Away Melinda’. 'Salisbury' (1971) was represented by 'Bird Of Prey' and 'Lady In Black', 'Look at Yourself' (1971) the title song and of course 'July Morning', 'Demons and Wizards' by 'The Wizard' and 'Easy Livin'. We were treated to three from' Magicians Birthday' (1972) 'Rain' a beautiful song done purely with Phil Lanzon on piano and Bernie Shaw singing, 'Sunrise' and the good old fashioned rock 'n' roll of 'Sweet Lorraine'. They managed to squeeze in two songs from 'Sweet Freedom' (1973) the hypnotic 'Stealin' and the crowd pleasing 'If I Had The Time'. Which still left room for opener 'So Tired' from Wonderworld (1974) The throwaway sing-along pop of 'Free Me' from Innocent Victim (1977) 'Year And A Day' from Return To Fantasy (1975) 'Falling In Love' from 'Fallen Angel' (1978) The magnificent 'Cry Freedom' from 'The Raging Silence', (1988) 'Words In The Distance' from 'The Sea Of Light' (1995), and unfortunately only one song from their latest album 'Sonic Origami' (1998) 'Between Two Worlds'. All this led to a perfect set, plenty of rockers, a couple of ballads, some sing-a-longs, some brilliant musicianship, but most importantly a good time was had by all. (This Dog would of liked a bit more from 'Sonic Origami' and 'The Raging Silence', something from 'Abomonimog' and the songs 'Mr. Majestic' and the 'Magicians Birthday', but then we would of been somewhere over the four hour mark).

The B.E.C. Tero hall proved an excellent concert hall for a rock show and the sound was crystal clear, due to excellent acoustics and a hard working sound crew including Howard, Charlie, and both Dave's. We all hope that the promoters were happy with the concert and bring back Uriah Heep at the earliest opportunity, Bangkok want them to come back and certainly Uriah Heep want to come back.

Do not worry Mick Box it was just like the Albert Hall.


Bernie Shaw on stage at The B.E.C. Tero Hall Bangkok

Mick Box leads Uriah Heep into the Wizard at The B.E.C. Tero Hall Bangkok
Phil Lanzon the keyboard player of Uriah Heep gives it everything at B.E.C. Tero Hall Bangkok
Lee Kerslake of Uriah Heep on the drums for Uriah Heep at B.E.C. Tero Hall in Bangkok
Trevor Bolder of Uriah Heep, prepares his bass guitar for another on slaught at B.E.C. Tero Hall in Bangkok

The crew that went to Bangkok to see Uriah Heep, Harpic, Kim, Ian, Lek & Pop
Harpic Bryant, Pop Jorali, Mott the Dog, Bernie Shaw of Uriah Heep, with Ian & Lek Gamble

Harpic Bryant, Lee Kerslake of Uriah Heep, Mott the Dog & Pop of Pop’s Pattaya All Stars
Mick Box lead guitarist with Uriah Heep after their concert at B.E.C. Tero Hall Bangkok with Pop of Pop’s Pattaya All Stars
Pop of Pop’s Pattaya All Stars with Mick Box and Lee Kerslake of Uriah Heep at B.E.C. Tero Hall 17th February 2006
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