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Uriah Heep Part Ways With Drummer Lee Kerslake

U.K. hard rock legends URIAH HEEP have announced that, due to ongoing health problems, longstanding drummer Lee Kerslake will leave the band with immediate effect.

During 2006, when URIAH HEEP toured in some twenty territories ranging from Indonesia, India and Thailand through to Brazil, Peru, Russia and Bulgaria, concluding with a six-week acoustic tour through Europe, Lee found the rigors of constant touring increasingly stressful and will now take the opportunity over the next few months to embark on a stringent campaign in order to resolve his health issues.

Comments HEEP lead guitarist and founder member Mick Box: "All the band are fully behind Lee in his efforts to become fully match fit again. For me, it is particularly devastating to lose not only someone who I have worked with for some thirty five years, but also one of my closest and oldest friends who I love like a brother. It is, however, in the best interests of both Lee and the band that a change is made now.

"This is an important time in the history of the band. We have just signed a new worldwide recording contract with Sanctuary Records and are about to commence recording our first new studio album in almost a decade and it is vital that there is consistency between both the recording and the forthcoming eighteen-month long world tour to coincide with the album's release in September’.

The band will now start actively auditioning potential drummers.

Source: Blabbermouth

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1. Zero Tolerance writes:

sh**, I hope ol' Lee pulls through!

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2. Diamond Oz writes:

Bugger me I didn't know they were still going!

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3. Scorpion69 writes:

well that just flatout sucks

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4. gytrash writes:

Good luck Heep and get fit Lee. You guys are legends.... keep rockin'!!!

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5. Al writes:

You just can't have Uriah Heep without Lee, why even bother?. Get well soon Lee.

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6. roger cole-moordown writes:

If anyone can put me in touch with Lee please help,from an old Bournemouth friend,my Email is supergun@wanadoo.fr--send me a mail --Lots of love Lee --Roger Cole

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