Guitarist Mick Box explains why Uriah Heep released 13 albums from 1970 to 1980
Uriah Heep guitarist Mick Box was recently interviewed by long-time Sleaze Roxx contributor Ruben Mosqueda for KNAC. Uriah Heep were the special guests on Judas Priest‘s recent North American leg Firepower tour.
From 1970 to 1980, Uriah Heep released a whopping 13 albums — …Very ‘Eavy …Very ‘Umble (1970), Salisbury (1971), Look At Yourself (1971), Demons And Wizards (1972), The Magician’s Birthday (1972), Sweet Freedom (1973), Wonderworld (1974), Return to Fantasy (1975), High And Mighty (1976), Firefly (1977), Innocent Victim (1977), Fallen Angel (1978) and Conquest (1980).
Box was asked to explain why Uriah Heep did that to which he replied: “We were being pushed very hard by our management at the time, so we never let our foot off the pedal for a decade! It was a combination of not wanting to lose any ground or success by having a break and in truth, part management greed.”
In terms of playing Uriah Heep‘s signature song “Easy Livin'” (which was covered by W.A.S.P. on 1986’s Inside The Electric Circus) night after night, and keeping it fresh, Box advised: “The audience make it fresh every night. Once we start the keyboard intro and the fists go in the air, that feeds us the adrenaline that makes it feel like it is the first time we have ever played that song.”
You can read the rest of the interview with Mick Box at KNAC‘s website.
Uriah Heep‘s “Easy Livin'” video (from 1972):