Wow, what can I say here? Uriah Heep put on one of the best concerts I've seen, coming second to the first time I saw Iron Maiden, though the experience may have been augmented because I sat on the stage while the band played. Iron Maiden certainly puts on a better show, but how many bands can top Maiden live? Few. Anyway, yes, I had the opportunity to sit on stage during the concert; to say the least, the perspective was interesting. Imagine facing the stage as at any normal concert. I was off to the left in between Mick Box's couple of Marshall stacks and some other equipment sitting on a little podium. I really got a sense of how concerts work (although, really, they aren't complicated). It was pretty sweet. Worth the money as my dad said.
|Cool view, eh?|
Afterwards, the band left the stage for a meet and greet, some autographs, and a photo-op. They were all humble guys, genuinely wanted to talk to their fans, and were interested in hearing what we thought. Because Uriah Heep is somewhat unknown in the United States nowadays, the band is able to do just that. Bigger bands probably wouldn't dream of doing a meet and greet or, most obviously, let their fans sit on stage during the concert. I likely won't get to do anything like this ever again, but I'm surely glad I got to meet them (and that they turned out to be great guys). Despite that, I'm doubtful that I want to meet a band again. I wouldn't want to find out someone [insert band of your choice here] is a total jerk and sour the experience.
|Mick doin' his thing during the sound check.|
Although it may seem pretentious, I skipped Aristo's performance. From what I could hear, they were rather average. As I made my way down to the stage when it was time, a Uriah Heep fan complimented me on my Morbid Angel shirt; just goes to show that Heep is still popular with the metal and hard rock crowd. Upon climbing on stage and into my seat, I had a short wait while Heep came on. I took this time to examine my surroundings, primarily gawking at the stage setup. It was very plain Jane, no frills. With no decorations to be found, all equipment was exposed to the naked eye. This is likely my favorite kind of stage setup as I got to see extra guitars and equipment floating around.
|Bernie being entertaining.|
- (There were, however, a small number of people who were into the whole concert. One guy with the longest hair I have seen was headbanging so aggressively that his hair practically reached the stage [he was a few rows back]. The dude had the longest whipping hair I have EVER seen. In addition to that, there were a few people that seemed to be emotionally affected by the concert, along with others that were totally into it, singing all words and jumping up and down. The crowd wasn't a total failure!)
Subsequent to the concert, we got the opportunity to hang out with the band again. This lasted for a good 30 minutes, and as before, the they were willing to chat about anything. They're just a group of great guys in it for the love of music. I walked away with two of Mick's signature guitar picks and one of Russell's drum sticks. I never saw that one coming!
|Bashin' the skins.|
-The Metal Advisor
|Phil and Trevor during the sound check.|