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ROCK ON! This Week's Sound Bites...12/20/18
By Danny Coleman
originally published: 12/20/2018
"It has been absolutely amazing and it just keeps growing," says Uriah Heep founding member and guitarist Mick Box. "I mean, here we are 48 years later still talking about a new album, "Living the Dream" and still going out on tour for months on end. It's an amazing thing; it's the power of music my friend isn't it? Because we are really passionate about what we do, that fuels us with the energy to do it; we do nearly 150 shows a year and just love getting out there and playing, it's what we do."
Box is the sole original member left from the band's founding in 1969 and although players may have come and gone he has remained the one constant; a driving force behind keeping the group viable and around more than one may think.
"We've never left the road, we never broke up; it's always been a continuous thing," he explained as he himself seemed to marvel at their durability. "There may have been different line ups and stuff but I've been there all the way through; the common thread if you'd like. We've always been out on the road but we're one of these bands that when we say we're going to do a world tour we do a world tour; we play in 61 countries. We may be in another part of the world for six months so you might not hear about us until we come back and ruffle the feathers in other countries (laughs)."
One of rock's most durable acts, the "Heep" as they're known, came to be during the tumultuous period of FM album oriented radio, concept records, psychedelia and where the careers of many of today's legendary groups now considered "Classic rock" were launched. So with more than five decades behind them; is their music garnering new fans while engaging their followers of yesterday?
"Absolutely yes! We get a lot of young kids down in front shouting out songs that are three times their age. The good thing about that is that it proves the point that a good song will stand the test of time and we've been lucky to have a lot of those along the way and people still like to hear them in the live arena. That keeps the momentum going; there are certain songs that we have to play in a set but then we intersperse those with the new album and even older tracks. So if you look at the set list it's our journey from the first album to, "Living the Dream" and everything in between. We travel so much that we tend to find the common denominator of songs that people have come to listen to and then we move into our new material which blends wonderfully by the side of the old stuff which is great."
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Their most recent release is their twenty sixth and Box gave some insight into the process and how staying true to past practices has its benefits.
"We released it on September 14 and it has gotten great reactions from fans and media alike, we're delighted with it. We actually recorded it in January in a studio called Chapel Studios up in Lincolnshire which is actually in the English countryside. It was ideal for recording because there were no diversions at all, even the pub up the road was closed (laughs). So it was heads down and we recorded the whole album in 19 days and the reason that it went so quickly is because we recorded it as a band in the studio all together. We didn't have to wait two weeks to get a drum sound, we just went straight in, signed up and played as a band and I think that's when you get the best results to be honest. Everybody being on the one pulse; we didn't even use click tracks half the time because we felt if something sped up because it was excitable, then that's the way that we want to do it. It felt very natural and very easy and the results came very quickly."
"Think back to the old days; Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Uriah Heep, none of us used a click track because it wasn't invented and yet what great music came out of that. That's because the bands were in the studio playing together and you got that great vibe. That's the beauty of a band playing in the studio together; there's nowhere to hide because if you do make a mistake there's a good chance it's going to go onto the drum track or wherever. Even though you try to section it off these things have spillage and that's part of the fun of it and then there's the part of being on top of your game which is also fun; isn't it? That's how we recorded it in 19 days, we'd get the tracks, we'd work them out until we felt really good about them, push the record button and in one, two or three takes we've got it but we haven't just got the drums we've got the bass parts, keyboard parts, guitar parts and even some guide vocal that we can keep. It's the way forward and always has been from day one with us in terms of getting results."
With the new album came the decision to release singles and the Heep has released two along with corresponding videos. Box says the ones that the band has chosen have multiple purposes and are a reflection of their make-up.
"Grazed By Heaven" which is the lead track from the album; I think it was a statement that we wanted to show that we still have passion in what we do and I think it works perfectly because it comes straight in your face; a drum fill in and we're off to the races (laughs). It's a good track and it's written by our bass player Davey Rimmer who wrote it with Jeff Scott Soto from Sons of Apollo. He helped with the melody and lyrics because Dave already had the music written and it worked out really well. So when we took it into our rehearsal room it was obvious that it was going to be a track that we were going to use. "Take Away My Soul" is a song that is very much in the Heep mode, it's got all the block harmonies that we're known for and the Hammond Organ parts and a really long guitar solo at the end; it kind of encompasses everything that the Heep is all about. Those two tracks have proven very popular at the moment."
Today's music climate is distinctly different from that of years past. Bands and solo acts rely more on technology and many producers and labels seem to stick to a formula or a trend that is popular at the time resulting in an almost cookie cutter type sound; something Box sees as an issue going forward.
"I think that the individuality has gone out of the business which is a bit of the shame," he began, choosing his words with care. "Because when you think back to the 70's, certainly in England, I mean I didn't play a lot with Ritchie Blackmore, Ritchie didn't play with Tony Iommi and on and on and all musicians, bass, keyboard players, guitarists and drummers all had their own thing and it was the sum of those parts that gave each band its flavor. You don't quite see that now because there's a lot of semblance going on and not enough individuality. I could be a bit more articulate by saying, guitarists today, they go into a guitar school through the front door and come out two years later playing fantastic guitar but they sound like everyone else. They're all playing the same and in that two year period there was no attention paid to individuality and I think that's what's missing at the moment. They are tremendous players, you can't deny that but you want the hairs on your arm to stand up and a chill to go down your spine and that's when you know the music's gotcha."
So with a new album; what can we expect from the band as 2018 comes to a close?
"Tour, tour, tour, tour, tour," said Box with a laugh. "We are never off the road; we started the 23 of October in Budapest and then we went to the eastern bloc countries and through Russia then over to England for four or five shows. Now we're having a break over Christmas and then we'll fire up again in mid-January and complete the rest of Europe and that morphs into going to Japan in March for a tour there. Then we come back and we have some European festivals that start about that time and we're looking at putting together a 10 week run in America later in the year. We are very much looking forward to that because we did a 10 week run earlier this year which had a lot of sell outs and then we went into Canada and that was very successful too. So we'd like to repeat that and do it again. One way or the other we'll be there because our American fans are great and we can't wait."
To discover more about Uriah Heep, please visit www.uriah-heep.com.
That's it for this week! Please continue to support live and original music and until next week....ROCK ON!
This week's event listings
Alchemist & Barrister
28 Witherspoon Street Princeton
Thurs. "Pasta and Sinatra Night"
Wed. 10 p.m. (TBA)
Arts Council of Princeton
102 Witherspoon Street Princeton
Sat. 7 p.m. Cafe Improv. $2
19 Everett Alley Trenton
Fri. 7 p.m. "Film Night"
Sat. 12 p.m. Y.A.L.
Bill's Olde Tavern
2694 Nottingham Way Hamilton
Thurs. 9 p.m. Trivia
Blend Bar & Bistro
911 Highway 33 Hamilton
Tues. 8 p.m. Trivia Jam
Wed. 7 p.m. Karaoke
1600 River Road New Hope, PA
Thurs. 6:30 p.m. Neil Podgurski Trio
Fri. 8 p.m. Bob Egan
Sat. 7 p.m. Bruce Klauber Trio
Sun. (12 p.m.) Brunch w/ Ottmar (6 p.m.) Lorenzo
Mon. 6 p.m. Bob Egan
Wed. 6 p.m. Arturo Reed & Gary Baguer
Brickwall Tavern & Dining Room
19 E. Union Street Burlington
Fri. 10 p.m. DJ K Fry
Sat. (7 p.m.) Annual Christmas Party w/ "Allagash Brewing" (10 p.m.) Behn Gillece
Broken Goblet Brewing
1500 Grundy Lane Bristol, PA
Thurs. 8 p.m. Mike Estabrook's "4th Annual Grinch's Night Out."
Fri. 8:30 p.m. "Have a Jolly Good Christmas" w/ Righteous Jolly & Friends
Sat. 8:30 p.m. The Sherwood Brothers "Rockin' Christmas Spectacular"
BT Restaurant & Tavern
2031 Route 130 South Burlington
Fri. 9 p.m. Uneverno
24 Passaic Street Trenton
Thurs. 6 p.m. Thursday Night Blues Jam
Sat. 3 p.m. (TBA) $10 (cover charge/$10 Minimum includes buffet)
Tues. 6 p.m. "Tuesday Jazz Jam" Open Session feat. James Stewart / Tom Littwin Trios. $5 (Lite appetizers)
2360 Route 33 Robbinsville
Wed. 9 p.m. Fast Ant and Friends
931 Chambers street Trenton
Mon. 8 p.m. "Art Chill Night"
Tuesday 8 p.m. "Jam Night" Hosted by Nikki & Caleb
Chickie's & Pete's
183 US Highway 130 North Bordentown
Tues. 8 p.m. Acoustic Music Night
Wed. 9 p.m. Quizzo Trivia
510 Highway 130 South East Windsor
Mon. 9 p.m. "Malibu Mondays"
Tues. 9 p.m. Trivia w/ Jessie & Chelsea
Wed. 6:30 p.m. "Wine Down Wednesdays" w/ Rich Genoval
125 South Main Street Hightstown
Sun. 7 p.m. "Rock On Radio" feat. "10th Annual Christmas Spectacular" (Rebroadcast)
Common Sense Brewing
102 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown
Fri. 6 p.m. Mojo Acoustic
2 North Main Street Yardley, PA
Thurs. 9 p.m.
Fri. 9 p.m. Bob & Kate
Sat. 9 p.m. Ryan Gaughn
Curly's at the Nest
1492 Woodbourne Road Levittown, PA
Fri. 7 p.m. Pixie Twist
Diamond's of Hamilton
661 Route 33 Hamilton
Thurs. 6 p.m. The Swing of Things w/ Sofia Solimando
Fri. (6 p.m.) Bob Orlowski (10 p.m.) DJ Frank Oliveti
Sat. (6 p.m.) Joanna Noelle Caruso (10 p.m.) DJ Ron Meisner
Sun. 10 a.m. "Jazz Brunch"
Dog & Bull Brew House
810 Bristol Pike (Rte. 13) Croydon, PA.
Thurs. 8 p.m. Vince Schneider
Fri. 8 p.m. Mia Johnson
Sat. (11 a.m.) "Saturday Brunch" feat. Michael Leggerie (9 p.m.) Soul Custody
Sun. 11 a.m. "Sunday Brunch" feat. Keli Vale
Wed. 8 p.m. Bus Stuff
Fedora Bistro Cafe
2633 Main Street Lawrenceville
Wed. 6 p.m. Jerry Monk
12 Railroad Avenue Ewing
Thurs. 8 p.m. Trivia Night
Fri. 8 p.m. Gyrl Band
Sat. 9 p.m. Paul Plumeri Blues Band
Tues. 7 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by Joe Vadala
90 South Main Street New Hope, PA
Sat. 9 p.m. Cover Up
Grounds For Sculpture
80 Sculptors way Hamilton
Thurs. 5 p.m. "Sing Along with Sculpture" w/ Seward Johnson
Grover's Mill Coffee House
Princeton-Hightstown Road Princeton Junction
Thurs. 7 p.m. Open Mic. Hosted by Anker
4617 Nottingham Way Hamilton Square
Sat. 7 p.m. Tone Rangers
Hamilton Tap & Grill
557 US Route 130 North Hamilton
Sat. 10 a.m. Breakfast w/ Santa
Havana New Hope
105 S. Main Street New Hope, PA.
Thurs. 8 p.m. "Closet Carpenters Christmas Show"
Fri. 8:30 p.m. Cherry Crush
Sat. (8:30 p.m.) Bigg Romeo (12 a.m.) DJ Dance Party
Mon. 9 p.m. Karaoke
Wed. 8 p.m. "Local Original Music Showcase" Hosted by Pat Foran
5 South Greenwood Avenue Hopewell
Fri. 8 p.m. "A Very Slambovian Christmas" w/ The Slambovian Circus of Dreams. $28.79, $32.52, $34.12
Sat. 8 p.m. Jill Sobule. $28.79, $32,52, $34.12
Hopewell United Methodist Church
20 Blackwell Avenue Hopewell
Mon. 5 p.m. Christmas Eve Service
Hopewell Valley Bistro & Inn
15 East Broad Street Hopewell
Fri. 8 p.m. Open Mic. Night
Hopewell Valley Vineyards
46 Yard Avenue Pennington
Thurs. 6 p.m. Dan Kassel
Fri. 6 p.m. "Music & Merlot" feat. The Craig Leach
Sat. 6 p.m. "Music & Merlot" feat. Catmoondaddy
Sun. 2 p.m. "Jazzy Sundays" feat. Hopewell Valley Vineyards Jazz Ensemble
Hurricane Jacks Bar and Grill
7759 New Falls Road Levittown, PA
Thurs. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ Paul Kircher
Fri. 9 p.m. Kick Bax
Sat. 9 p.m. Cool Wind
Tues. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ Paula & Sam
Iron Plow Vineyards
26750 Mount Pleasant Road Columbus
Fri. 6 p.m. Victor Tarassov
Sat. 1 p.m. Gregg Parker
Sun. 2 p.m. Joe Vadala
3108 S. Broad Street, Hamilton
Thurs. 9:30 p.m. Karaoke
Fri. 9 p.m. Audio Pilot
Sat. 9 p.m. Papa D'Lux
All shows 21+
869 Bustleton Pike Richboro, PA
Thurs. 7 p.m. "Ladies Night"
Wed. 8 p.m. Trivia Night
Jimmy's Firestone American Grill
140 Route 130 South Bordentown
Thurs. 8 p.m. "Bar Games and Trivia"
John & Peter's
96 S. Main Street New Hope, Pa
Thurs. 9 p.m. Mike DiAlto's Stand Up Comedy
Fri. 9 p.m. Cyclone Static, Tango Machina, BLK LLC & Alright Jr.
Sat. (3 p.m.) Joe Borthwick & Friends (8 p.m.) Keith Kenny
Sun. (3 p.m.) Ellie Spy (9:30 p.m.) "A Special Rippin' Christmas Show"
Mon. 9 p.m. Bill & Fred's Rockin' Christmas Eve
Wed. 9 p.m. The Invitational
All shows 21+
Killarney's Publick House
1644 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road Hamilton
Thurs. 9 p.m. "Girls Night Out"
Fri. 9 p.m. DJ Bay Nice
Sat. 10 p.m. Garden State of Mind
Mon. 7 p.m. "Paint Night"
Wed. 8 p.m. Drop the Beat Bingo
85 Archertown Road New Egypt
Sat. (1 p.m.) The Bergers (5 p.m.) Accordion Playing Santa
Sun. 5 p.m. Accordion Playing Santa
Wed. 6 p.m. "Girls Night Out"
Legends Tap and Pizza
318 High Street Burlington
Fri. 7 p.m. Gypsy Mother
Sat. 7 p.m. "Holiday Sing Along/Ugly Sweater" w/ Kim Yarson and Dori
10 West Ferry Street New Hope, PA
Fri. 7 p.m. Ed Wall
Sat. 7:30 p.m. Anna oh Arts
Sun. 11 a.m. "Jazz Brunch" feat. James Popik
Marcellos Coal Fired Restaurant & Pizza
206 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown
Sun. 10 a.m. "Blues Brunch"
1781 Brunswick Avenue Lawrence
Tues. 9 p.m. Karaoke
McStews Irish Sports Pub
5316 New Falls Road Levittown, PA
Thurs. 10 p.m. Beer Pong Night"
Fri. 10 p.m. "Ugly Sweater Party" w/ Fish Out Of water
Sat. 9 p.m. "Christmas Party" w/ The Fredz
Tues. 7 p.m. Quizzo hosted by Mike
Wed. 9 p.m. "Karaoke Time" w/ Kirchner Entertainment
300 S. Broad Street Trenton
Fri. 9 p.m. The CryptKeeper Five Christmas w/ The Vansaders, Hot Blood, White Cactus
Sat. 9 p.m. Pissed!, Alpha Rabbit, Teenage Bigfoot, Beer Me.
Tues. 10 p.m. "Local Artist" Hip Hop, Experimental EDM and Bass Music Showcase
New Jersey WeedMan's Joint
322 East State Street Trenton
Thurs. 6 p.m. "420 Smoking Word"
Fri. 8:30 p.m. "420 Stoner Giggles" Open Mic Comedy Show Hosted by Mister Direct. $10
Sun. 2 p.m. Old Skool Hip Hop Sundays.
2043 Route 130 South Florence
Sat. 9 p.m. Out 2 Lunch
Tues. 8 p.m. Trivia Tuesday w/ Quizoholics
9 Mercer Street Hamilton Square
Thurs. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ DJ Super Dave
Fri. 9 p.m. Paul Plumeri Blues Band
O'Connors American Bar & Grille
1383 Monmouth Road Easthampton
Sat. 7 p.m. "Ugly Sweater Party" by Miller Light
Old Town Pub
135 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown
Thurs. 8 p.m. Quizzoholics Trivia
Sat. 9 p.m. Jenny Cat
Oliver - A Bistro
218 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown
Sat. 6 p.m. Dine w/ "Live Carolers"
Palermo's Of Hamilton
310 Klockner Road Hamilton
Thurs. 8 p.m. Karaoke
All shows 21 +
1339 River Road Titusville
Thurs. 7:30 p.m. "Jingle Jazz Holiday Rock Show" w/ Alex Otey Trio, The Beagles
Fri. 8 p.m. JB Rocks
Sat. 8 p.m. Slim & the Perkolators
Wed. 7 p.m. "Quizzo
Pete's Steak House
523 Whitehorse Avenue Hamilton
Fri. 9 p.m. "A Christmas Dance Party" w/ The Polish Nannies
Princeton Public Library
65 Witherspoon Street Princeton
Thurs. 6 p.m. Gabriel Bar-Cohen w/ John Paul Velez, Jerry D'Anna, Llan Eisenzweig, Nick Marziani, Liam Sutcliffe.
Randy Now's Man Cave
134 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown
Sun. 6 p.m. "Ed Hamell's Happy Holidaze." $10
River Cat Cafe`
142 South Main Street New Hope, PA
Mon. 6 p.m. "Monday Night Jazz"
Salt Creek Grille
1 Rockingham Row Princeton
Fri. 8 p.m. Joel Zenik
Sat. 8 p.m. Lynn Randall
Small World Coffee
14 Witherspoon Street Princeton
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Sat. 8:30 p.m. Mr Chris & Alley
2673 Main Street Lawrenceville
Fri. 7 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by Anker
101 Scotch Road Ewing
Fri. 8 p.m. Jack Furlong Quartet "Opportunity" (CD release party). $20
Sun. 3 p.m. "A Charlie Brown Christmas" w/ Eric Mintel Quartet. $20
Mon. 8 p.m. "Christmas Eve at the 1867 Sanctuary" (Ewing and Covenant Presbyterian Churches)
1 Cookstown-New Egypt Road, Wrightstown
Fri. 10 p.m. Billy Hector
Sat. 10 p.m. El Ka Bong
Tavern On The Lake
101 Main Street Hightstown
Fri. 9 p.m. Asylum Choir
Sat. 9 p.m. Warhammer
Wed. 8 p.m. Karaoke Night
5 South State Street Newtown, PA
Thurs. 7 p.m. Blues Open Mic Hosted by Steve Guyger
Fri. 7 p.m. Bill Thomas
Sat. 7 p.m. Sister Blue
Tues. 7 p.m. Quizzo
Wed. 7 p.m. Open Session Jazz Night
330 Cold Soil Road Princeton
Sun. 1 p.m. Jerry Monk & Jim Matlack
The Birdhouse Center For The Arts
7 North Main Street Lambertville
Sat. 7 p.m. "7th Annual Community Solstice Sing"
The Cool Cricket
216 Burlington Street Fieldsboro
Fri. 9 p.m. Karaoke
Sat. 9 p.m. Asylum Choir
The Cure Insurance Center
81 Hamilton Ave. Trenton
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34 North Main Street New Hope, PA
Fri. 7 p.m. Seamus Kelleher
Sat. 8 p.m. Oak Ash & Thorn
Sun. 3 p.m. "Traditional Irish Session" Hosted by Dave Miller
The Five Four Bar & Grill
8919 New Falls Road Levittown, PA
Fri. 9 p.m. Redheaded Step Child
Sat. 9:30 p.m. SamStorm
Wed. 7 p.m. "Lyrical Conundrums" w/ Cara & Righteous
The HOB Tavern
146 Second Street Bordentown
Fri. 8 p.m. DJ Entertainment
Tues 9 p.m. Open Mic. Night
Wed. 8 p.m. Sir Xerri
The Ivy Inn
248 Nassau Street Princeton
Thurs. 10 p.m. Karaoke w/ DJ Rockin' Ron
Fri. 10 p.m. DJ Hacksaw Jim Thuggin"
Sat. 10 p.m. Paper Shakers
Tues. 8 p.m. Quizzo w/ Bob E Luv
Wed. 10 p.m. "Wednesday Wheel Night Spin To Win Karaoke" w/ DJ Rockn Ron
The Pines Tavern
6217 North Radcliffe Street Bristol, PA
Sat. 9:30 p.m. Acoustic Martin Trio
Sun. 3 p.m. Open Mic. Hosted by Bill Monach Jr.
The RRazz Room
6426 Lower York Road New Hope, PA
Fri. 8 p.m. Josh Zuckerman "Gone With The Music" (CD Release). $20
Sat. 8 p.m. Sam Krivda's Holiday Party. $15
181 Rte. 539 Cream Ridge
Wed. 9 p.m. Karaoke
The Sticky Wicket
2465 South Broad Street Hamilton
Thurs. 9 p.m. "Throwback Thursday" w/ DJ Chillio
Tues. 7 p.m. Karaoke
The Sycamore Grill
255 North Sycamore Street Newtown, PA
Thurs. 8 p.m. Joe Robinson
Fri. 8 p.m. Go Hamm
Sat. 8 p.m. M and RJ
Third State Brewing
352 High Street Burlington
Fri. 7:30 p.m. Malpractice Show Band
Sat. 6 p.m. Radio Fiction
Tir Na Nog
1324 Hamilton Avenue Trenton
Fri. 9 p.m. Paul Wiese
Sat. 9 p.m. The Williamsboy
All Shows 21+
Town & Country Diner
177 Route 130 North Bordentown
Fri. 3 p.m. / 9 p.m. "Mingle Jingle Oldies Tunes Happy Holiday Hour" Hosted ny DJ Chris Barlow. (Two shows, ugly sweaters, door prizes)
702 Pine Street Trenton
Fri. 8 p.m. Live Band & Open Mic.
Sat. 10 p.m. "Buzzed Saturdays" w/ Bockman
449 South Broad Street Trenton
Tues. 7 p.m. Open Mic. Night w/ Benny P
Triumph Brewing Company
(New Hope, Pa. Location)
400 Union Square New Hope, Pa.
Thurs. 8 p.m. Trivia
Fri.10 p.m. Stranger Than Normal. $5 (cover charge)
Sat. 10 p.m. Zaire. $5 (cover charge)
All shows 21+
Triumph Brewing Company
138 Nassau Street Princeton
Fri. 10 p.m. Eastern Hellbenders
2572 Pennington Road Pennington
Sat. 9 p.m. Acoustic Rock Night
Mon. 9 p.m. "Moonshine Mondays" Trivia
Working Dog Winery
610 Windsor Perrineville Road Hightstown
Sat. 1 p.m. Ginger Coyle
Yardley Inn Restaurant & Bar
82 East Afton Avenue Yardley, PA
Sat. 8 p.m. John Ashe
Danny Coleman is a veteran musician and writer from central New Jersey. He hosts a weekly radio program entitled “Rock On Radio” airing Sunday evenings at 7:000pm EST on multiple internet radio outlets where he features indie/original bands and solo artists.
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