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Uriah Heep Guitarist Mick Box Still "Living The Dream"

What can be said about Uriah Heep? After nearly fifty years, the band led by guitarist Mick Box is still going strong, regularly releasing new material and performing to fan all across the globe. This September they released their twenty fifth studio album, "Living The Dream" and it appears the group is still doing just that. With a solid new album and an upcoming tour in North America with fellow legends Judas Priest, there's a lot to be excited about for fans of Uriah Heep and indeed the band themselves.

I had the pleasure of asking the influential guitarist some questions about the album, the band's legacy and future and much more this week, as you can see below.

Diamond Oz: Your new album, "Living The Dream" was released this year. What would you say separates it from its predecessor, "Outsider" and how does it fit in with the rest of your extensive catalogue?

Mick Box: It is a natural extension of our ‘Outsider,’ album but with Jay Ruston as our producer and the luxury of some pre-production time, we felt we had delivered something special for the fans.

Oz: I really like the artwork for the record. It's simple but beautiful. Could you tell us a little bit about it?

Mick: It is a simplistic idea that lets everyone know that dreams are possible and to never stop dreaming, as that is what makes the world go around.

Oz: This is your twenty fifth album, an accomplishment very few artists reach. At this point, where does the drive to keep going come from?

Mick: One word.......PASSION!

Oz: Next year will mark the fiftieth anniversary of Uriah Heep. Do you have anything special planned to celebrate this incredible achievement?

Mick: We are presently discussing how we can celebrate this amazing achievement in a positive way.

Oz: What would you attribute the longevity of the band to?

Mick: Good songs always stand the test of time, and we have been lucky enough along life’s way to have quite a few that people still like hearing in the live arena. It all comes down to the songs in the end.

Oz: I was fortunate enough to see you perform in Spain two years at the Leyendas del Rock festival. You were so much heavier than I expected and I really enjoyed it. Were you always this heavy live or have you changed tuning and gear over time?

Mick: It was a metal type festival so we geared our choice of songs to fit that genre. However you could never say ‘July Morning’ was a metal song but it went down incredibly well.

Oz: Uriah Heep has always been a band which stayed true to itself and its fan base when it comes to sound and style. Are you still influenced by the same things you were as a young man or has more modern sounds and genres crept into your way of writing over the years?

Mick: We made a template of how we wanted to sound and write music back in 1970, and we have stayed true to that. If you follow trends you can only be second best, because someone else is already doing it before you, so there is no point.

Oz: What does 2019 hold for Uriah Heep?

Mick: We play concerts in over 61 countries so we will tour our ‘Living the Dream’ album/tour in as many of those countries that we can.

Oz: Thank you very much for taking the time to speak with us. Best of luck with the new album.

Mick: Thank you and that’s very kind of you! ‘Appy days!

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Ollie Hynes has been a writer for Metal Underground.com for four years and has been a metal fan for ten years, going so far as to travel abroad for metal shows.

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