at the Moda Center, Portland, OR, USA, June 22, 2019

URIAH HEEP (Live at the Moda Center, Portland, OR, USA, June 22, 2019)
Photo: Bryce Van Patten

There is a legendary British rock group, who formed in 1969 and after 50 years have sold over 45 million albums worldwide. If you were thinking it was Uriah Heep, you’d be right. The band is currently on tour with Judas Priest in support of Living the Dream, their 25th studio album. The new album is classic heavy rock / metal in the vein of Deep Purple & Rainbow, and may be their best work yet. The new songs are well written, and performed, and the live show really emphasizes the tightness of this legendary band.

Mick Box on lead guitar.
Photo: Bryce Van Patten

The Show

The show opens with ‘Grazed by Heaven‘, and the band sounds amazing. The lineup consists of founding member and guitarist Mick Box, singer Bernie Shaw, keyboardist Phil Lanzon, bassist Davey Rimmer and drummer Russell Gilbrook. Mick Box has a guitar tone to die for, and Phil Lanzon’s heavy Hammond B3 sound perfectly compliments the songs, keeping the band grounded with that classic Hammond tone. Bernie Shaw was excellent, with a great stage presence and energy on stage.

Russell Gilbrook on the drums.
Photo: Bryce Van Patten

The band played 11 songs in all, blending cuts from the new album with classics that you would expect from this excellent group. In conclusion, with the success of ‘Living the Dream‘ and all of the attention they are getting from this tour, you can look for a lot more to come from this classic heavy band that still has what it takes to surprise and excite metal fans around the world!


Grazed by Heaven
Too Scared to Run
Living the Dream
Take Away My Soul
Rainbow Demon
Knocking at My Door
Between Two Worlds
Look At Yourself
Easy Livin’


  • Bryce Van Patten

    Bryce is an audio engineer and a graphic designer here at Metal Express Radio. From the day he purchased his first album (Machine Head by Deep Purple), he has had a passion for heavy music, which has influenced his whole life. Bryce is from the great Pacific Northwest in USA, and has played in metal bands like Babylon, Holy Terror, The Wild Dogs, Warhead and Egypt through the 80s. He had his first interview for the Portland, Oregon publication The Rock Rag with guitarist Paul Gilbert in his Racer X days. Then he was honored to get to have drinks, and talk for an hour with the legendary Dan McCafferty of Nazareth for his second interview. In 2013, he spent an amazing hour talking to Andi Deris of Helloween, which was the high point of his heavy metal journalism.   In the year 2001, he formed Man in Black Music Publishing. They released recordings by several local bands, and in the spirit of the old Metal Massacre compilations, he created a 2-album series called The Defenders of Metal. The albums featured classic styled Metal bands from all around the world, with bands from Australia to England, and from Argentina to Russia. Currently, he is the producer/creator/vocalist of the Metal band The Black Tuesdays.

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