As hard rock bands are beginning to fade somewhat into the past, it’s always fun for fans of the genre to take a look back at some of the best acts from the last half century, and from the most popular eras of rock. In particular, in this post we’ll take a look back at Lee Kerslake’s former band Uriah Heep, one of the longest lasting and most entertaining acts in rock. The full history would take an enormous amount of time and space to tell, but here are some highlights to remember. The first hint of the band that ultimately became Uriah Heep was in the late 1960’s, when guitarist Mick Box started a band called The Stalkers. When David Garrick (later called David Byron) joined the group, the makings for the branch-off band Spice were formed. Spice began making its way in and around London before ultimately being signed by GerryBron and changing their name to Uriah Heep after the famous character from Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield. Just a couple of months later, Uriah Heep was on its way. The group’s 3rd album, Look At Yourself, was released in 1971 and reached #39 on the UK charts. And that, we now know, was the start of one of the most successful rock band runs of the era. Throughout the 70’s, and through various changes in the band’s personnel, Uriah Heep went from an emerging rock band to an internationally respected hit group, and by the later part of the decade could be mentioned in the same breath as Black Sabbath. The late-70’s marked the band’s peak, however, as Uriah Heep, and really hard rock in general, began to decline somewhat in popularity through the 80’s, and moreso in the 90’s. The climate is even harsher these days, when major rock concerts seem to be giving way somewhat to contrived pop acts and fleetingly popular rap artists.
Fortunately, venues like Las Vegas are still keeping the flame alive. Motley Crue, for example, recently became the first hard rock act toscore a Vegas residency. They’ve hit Las Vegas a fair number of times as well. Although Mick Box is the only one that remains of the original group, Uriah Heep plays on, which is certainly some comfort to fans of the group and of the greater genre. Here’s to hoping that will change in 2014 or soon after, as Ultimate Guitar reports the band will enter the studio this year to work on its 24th studio album!