URIAH HEEP - Enmore Theatre 1 April 2011
Thank you to SHANE BURKE for his great review of the show!
What a show, what a band! I was a bit apprehensive how they would be after all this time and not having seen them since their last tour in 1985. Also, I never thought Bernie Shaw was their best ever singer but boy did I get a shock as it didn't take long to have both answered once they took the stage.
They started with 2 songs from their last CD 'Wake the Sleeper' from 2008. The second song , in my opinion, is as good a rock song as any of their classic stuff. They then proceeded to go through a category of songs reflecting their 40 year plus history. Hearing Rainbow Demon from Demons and Wizards and Bird of Prey from their second album was bloody fantastic. I had given up thinking I would ever hear those songs live.
The audience seemed a bit subdued at first, taking it all in but the infectious nature of singer Bernie Shaw and the great Mick Box soon had a few of the seated people up off their chairs. It wasn't until Stealin that people standing down the back overtook the front of the stage, a trickle became a flood and a great rocking show.
Out came the acoustic guitar for the The Wizard. then more songs from Wake the Sleeper, then classics July Morning, Look at Yourself, Easy Living and a crowd favourite to sing along Free Me, but one of the old timers Gypsy put the faithful in rock & roll fantasy land - speaking of which, Return to Fantasy, the song from that album was also played. The sound was not only loud but clear, indeed Gypsy sounded exactly like the album, only the song a bit shorter.
The 2 encores of Sunrise and Lady in Black had the whole audience singing along. I lost my voice from singing and yelling out so much. My young bloke Rick and another mate who came along loved it as well. Mick Box said they hope to be back either later this year or next year. I have to say that Shaw has done a great job as singer since 1988 handling the old stuff really well, being a good singer and entertainer.
Rating 9 out 10 great.
by Shane Burke
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