High Voltage Exclusive: Heep’s Guide To Demons & Wizards
Uriah Heep will be playing their iconic 1972 album Demons And Wizards in its entirety at this weekend’s High Voltage festival.
It’s the first time the band have ever done this, and you can see events unfold on the Prog Stage on July 25 – Heep come on stage at 5pm, with guest Micky Moody on slide guitar.
To get us all in the mood, here’s guitarist Mick Box’s track by track guide to the album:
The Wizard – “The original has a kettle noise on it – did you know that? It was the first song on which we did downtuning. Ken (Hensley) came up with it on guitar in the back of a van. I think it captured people’s imagination at the time.”
Traveller In Time – “I came up with the riff, and then everyone piled in with their parts. Like a lot of this album, it came together so quickly and easily.”
Easy Livin’ – “That was a phrase we had during the days when we travelled around the world in private jets with bodyguards. It all happened when we went to the pub one day for inspiration, and Ken stayed behind in the studio. By the time we got back, he’d come up with this song.”
Poet’s Justice – “This was as funky as we ever got. It’s been great having this back in the set. I love the way we had a majestic choir at the start, and get funky.”
Circle Of Hands – “We went through a phase when we went to seances. We did the whole nine yards – until it got too scary. That’s where the title came from. It’s also the first time Ken played slide guitar on a Heep song.”
Rainbow Demon – “This is really grindy, rather like Gypsy. And it certainly motors along at a good speed.”
All My Life – “I was jamming the riff in the rehearsal studio, and everybody seemed to like it. It’s very short, but it certainly powers along.”
Paradise/The Spell – “You have to take these two songs together. It was our attempt at getting all proggy and conceptual. I like the feel these have, although it’s challenge to play live, because of the way one leads into the other.”
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