Bolder back in time for Download say Heep
Trevor Bolder will return to Uriah Heep in time for their appearance at this year’s Download Festival, the band have vowed.
The bassist was sidelined earlier this year with what was originally believed to have been a heart attack – but he later revealed to Classic Rock that he was suffering from pancreatic cancer.
Heep say in a statement: “The band is delighted to be helping Download 2013 kick things off in style with an appearance on the opening date, 14 June.
“This date has also had increased significance for the band as Trevor has stated that he wants to be back in harness for this show.
“The recovery of Bolder – of course a huge part of the Heep puzzle, and a former Bowie/Ziggy band member – is going well. It looks like Heep will be able to welcome him back, to take over from Dave Rimmer who is currently standing in for him, in the near future.”
Last month Bolder told how he’d been “shell-shocked” after being told he was ill. He explained: “I had a big operation in early January that will take me months to get over. I had pancreas cancer so I had to have that removed. Not the entire pancreas – but still, it was bad news. They’ve cut out the bad bit. I’ve had a bit of chemo, got to have that, which I’m doing now, in case there’s anything hanging about. Once that’s done, I should be back to doing what I do for a living.”
The 2013 Download Festival takes place at Donington Park on June 14-16, starring Slipknot, Iron Maiden and Rammstein. Heep are midway through a European tour with dates planned until July, and more to be announced.