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Uriah Heep bring in John Lawton

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Uriah Heep announces that an old friend will be rejoining the band for a limited run of dates in May 2013 when the band tour The Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Italy and Switzerland. John Lawton, who was lead vocalist between 1976 and 1979, will reunite with the band to cover for Bernie Shaw who requires some time off for a routine medical procedure. John had already been confirmed to perform as a one-off guest at an outdoor amphitheatre Heep show in Spain on 12 July.  This show at San Javier will now feature both singers and will serve as an occasion for the band to thank John . As the shows will be recorded for official bootlegs, it promises to be a real treat for the fans. The sets will be skewed to songs reflecting John’s original tenure with the band, a celebration of classic 1970s Uriah Heep, this will be a unique chance to catch such a nostalgic performance, fronted by an ex Uriah Heep legend, always a friend of the band, who has returned while Bernie Shaw recuperates. He offered this statement to fans:

To all the lifelong fans and followers of Uriah Heep, I’m afraid I’m being forced to step back from position of lead singer of one of the best damn rock-n-roll bands on the live circuit today, albeit for just a couple of weeks rehabilitation , due to medical reasons.

In order to fulfil contractual obligations, we came up with the idea of contacting John Lawton to ask if he would do the legacy proud, so to speak and do the shows that I won’t be able to do. He’s got the history, and by God he still has the voice! John and I will be sharing the same stage and singing together in San Javier, Spain later on this summer. 

Till then, I feel I’m leaving you in very capable hands, and a rare chance to see John singing songs from his era in this present line up.  I am most indebted to John and salute his passion.

See you soon, Bernie Shaw

Whilst the band is thrilled to welcome back an old friend in John Lawton, the Heep story rolls on, and more new music is to come soon.  Uriah Heep – still “Very ’eavy, very humble”.  Still unmissable.

www.uriah-heep.com

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