Mick Box on Uriah Heep’s upcoming album: “It’s got all the stuff that ‘the band’ is known for”


During an appearance on the “In the Trenches with Ryan Roxie” video podcast, URIAH HEEP guitarist Mick Box spoke about the progress of the recording sessions for the legendary progressive rockers’ 26th album. “At the moment we have recorded a new album,” he said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). “It’s in the bag. We used Jay Rustonthe producer who produced the last album, ‘Living the dream’, which for us was wonderful as it was revered by both the media, the press as well as the fans and is also one of the best of our career. So to get an album like that 50 years later and get those kind of accolades, we stuck with the same team. So, yeah, it’s a great album. It rocks. It has all the elements that HEEPis known for and all the musicality and the lyrics and everything. So, yeah, it’s there.”

Regarding when fans can expect to see the new URIAH HEEP released album, Box said: “At the moment we are in the process of choosing titles, choosing artwork and all that kind of stuff. Then it will be presented to the record company and, to be honest, it will be decided by them. We are with a company called silver liningand this is our first album with them.

“As you well know, we’re in the music business, and we make music and they care about that side of it,” he continued. “So they will release it when they feel that with their investment they will get the best reward [laughs] – is a nice way of putting it, I guess. So we don’t really have a say in it, but they’ll find a place to release it when they feel [it’s] better [to do so].”

Last February, Box Told Danny Stoakes that URIAH HEEP won’t be playing any new songs on tour until the next album is released. “We wouldn’t be allowed by the record company, as much as we would be tempted,” he explained. “In today’s market, let’s put it this way, if we play a [new] song on stage, before I take off my jeans and shower and pour myself a drink, it’s recorded and on Youtube and Facebook and everything else… So it’s highly unlikely – for those reasons. I mean, for us, we would play them all. But sometimes your hands are tied for a reason. And the record company, they come and let us come in and record and do that, so you have to play ball with them.”

“Living the dream” was released in September 2018 via Frontiers Music Srl. The LP was led by Rustonwho has worked with ANTHRAX, ACID STONE and STEEL PANTHERamong others.

Box is the original guitarist and only remaining founding member of URIAH HEEP. Him, singer Bernie Shaw and keyboardist/singer Phil Lanzon have formed the core of the band for over 35 years and have released 17 albums together.

URIAH HEEP debuted in 1970 with the release of one of hard rock’s milestones, “Very ‘Eavy, Very ‘Umble”, and has since sold over 40 million albums worldwide. They constantly tour the world, playing up to 125 shows a year to over 500,000 fans. The band’s live set includes classic ’70s tunes and is a musical journey from the band’s early days to the present day.


Mick Box – Guitar/Vocals

Phil Lanzon – Keyboards/Vocals

Bernie Shaw – Main voice

Dave Rimmer – Bass Guitar/Vocals

Russell Gilbrook – Drums, Percussion

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