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    Uriah Heep live in Vegas. One ticket, $209.

    Lol. Well, it's actually 2 tickets. A plane ticket from Stockton to Vegas and back is $145. Ticket to see the band is $64. That's happening this Saturday, at the Green Valley Ranch Hotel, Las Vegas.

    Man, if I had the spare coin this would be a no-brainer (lobbing a softball out to anyone wanting to swing at it). I've enjoyed their stuff for many years (sorta faded after Return To Fantasy), and now I'm really liking some of their new stuff. Has anyone heard this one?


    Uriah Heep play to their strengths on Into the Wild, the band's 22nd studio album in 41 years. Despite the group's reputation for personnel changes, its current members have mostly been in place for decades (drummer Russell Gilbrook joined in 2007), and they play like musicians who have been reading each other's minds on-stage during hundreds of shows a year for many years; the disc is full of cohesive musical teamwork, creating a unified sound. Like many long-lived outfits, Uriah Heep created a classic sound (the goth/prog style of the early 70s), then spent an extended period (mostly the 80s) modifying that sound to try to conform to contemporary styles, after which (starting with 1995's Sea of Light), they fell back on trying to re-create their golden era. The group is, in a sense, a tribute band to itself, and while it has worked steadily, it has recorded less frequently; Into the Wild's predecessor, Wake the Sleeper (2008), was the first new Uriah Heep studio album in nine years. Like Wake the Sleeper, Into the Wild sounds like an album that could have been made in the 1970s. From the outset with "Nail on the Head," the hard rock style is reminiscent of Led Zeppelin and, particularly, Bad Company, with singer Bernie Shaw often recalling Paul Rodgers. On songs like "Money Talk," which prominently feature Phil Lanzon's organ, Deep Purple is heavily suggested. The songs, mostly written by Lanzon with sole original member and guitarist Mick Box, have sturdy structures all the better for filling with soaring guitar solos and lyrics that, notably on the power ballad "Trail of Diamonds," can lean toward the mystical. There may be no new Uriah Heep classics here, but there are songs that can be slotted in the set list among the group's classics without sending fans rushing to the concession stands. Uriah Heep don't really need to make new albums anymore, but it's understandable that, as an ongoing outfit, they want to, and Into the Wild is a respectable addition to their catalog.
    Anyhoo, I'm just bored, so I thought I'd throw out yet another post to be ignored in this musical wasteland of a board.


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    No way.
    In my earlier life, I was a roadie (SHOWCO Sound, Dallas, Texas).
    I did a number of shows with the Heep.............................................D avid Byron was one of the biggest a$$holes you will ever meet.
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    You made me play Demons and Wizards last night....thanks.

    Tonight I think I will spin Ken Hensley's Proud Words on a Dusty Shelf.

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    Who is the opener," Methuselah" ?
    So, I broke into the palace
    With a sponge and a rusty spanner
    She said : "Eh, I know you, and you cannot sing"
    I said : "That's nothing - you should hear me play piano"

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobsticks View Post
    Who is the opener," Methuselah" ?
    Hey, I'm 55 years old, and it beats the fock out of the work I'm doing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MasterCylinder View Post
    No way.
    In my earlier life, I was a roadie (SHOWCO Sound, Dallas, Texas).
    I did a number of shows with the Heep.............................................D avid Byron was one of the biggest a$$holes you will ever meet.
    What does that have to do with the band today? Byron is dead, in case you didn't know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyfi View Post
    Tonight I think I will spin Ken Hensley's Proud Words on a Dusty Shelf.
    I think you sent me this a while back. I really dig it & play it "from time to time."

    Edit: In case you didn't get it.

    Once I loved a pretty woman till one day she up and ran
    S'pose I should have felt it coming
    But it's hard to think of her with another man
    Oh my lady I need you
    Though from time to time I don't seem to

    Once the sun shone in my garden
    Till my love took off and left me with the rain
    Now my heart and I are starting
    To forget it all and start out again
    Oh my lady I need you
    Though from time to time I don't seem to

    My heart is hurting bad
    And all the trees look so sad
    And all the love we could have had
    Oo from time to time

    Last edited by Finch Platte; 08-17-2011 at 10:03 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Finch Platte View Post
    Byron is dead, in case you didn't know.
    Died from a$$holemialgia.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MasterCylinder View Post
    Died from a$$holemialgia.
    Sounds painful!


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