Uriah Heep to embark on herculean 61-date European tour

Uriah Heep
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Rock legends Uriah Heep are to embark on a mammoth European tour to celebrate their 50th anniversary, two years after their actual 50th anniversary tour was cancelled. 

The run of 61 dates – henceforth officially known as the 'Lockdown to Rockdown' tour – will kick off at Hamburg's Laeiszhalle on September 9, 2022, and climax more than three months later at KucukCiftlik Park in Istanbul, Turkey. In-between, the tour will wind its way through Europe, visiting Luxembourg, Cyprus, Ireland, The UK, Holland, Belgium, France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Greece, Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Czech Republic, Hungary and Bulgaria. 

In fact, it would be quicker to list the European countries they're not visiting. Which are Russia, Belarus, Austria, Slovakia, Slovenia, Moldova, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, North Macedonia, Latvia, Montenegro, Malta, Iceland, Andorra, Monaco, Liechtenstein, San Marino and The Vatican City.

"At last, we can celebrate our 50th Anniversary now having left ‘Lockdown into Rockdown’", exclaims band founder Mick Box. "We may be two years later than the actual year, but hey this makes the celebration even more special. 

"The mighty ‘Heep’ are still ‘Eavy, still ‘Umble and oh so proud of this achievement, and we look forward to being out on the road, rockin’ hard, and sharing this celebration with our wonderful fans. ‘Appy days!”

Last month, Box told Vikram Chandrasekar from the Tales From The Road podcast that sessions for Uriah Heep's next album – their 25th – had been completed.

"It's in L.A. now being mixed," confirmed Box. "And then we've gotta find a title and get the artwork together; that'll take a few months... And then I think the record label, being business people, will decide where to insert that to get the maximum effect out of it. But the good thing is it's in the bag now, and we're very happy with it. So it's cool."

Uriah Heep 50th Anniversary European Tour

Sep 09: Hamburg Laeiszhalle, Germany                                      
Sep 11: Leipzig Haus Auensee, Germany
Sep 12: Essen Lichtburg, Germany
Sep 14: Luxembourg Rockhal, Luxembourg                     
Sep 16: Munich Muffathalle, Germany
Sep 17: Berlin Theater am Potsdamer Platz, Germany
Sep 18: Hanau Amphitheater, Germany   
Sep 20: Limassol Pattihio Theatre, Cyprus
Sep 22: Nicosia The Strovolos Municipal Theatre, Cyprus
Sep 28: Dublin Olympia Theater, Ireland
Sep 29: Belfast Ulster Hall, UK
Sep 30: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, UK
Oct 03: Manchester Bridgewater Hall, UK
Oct 05: London Palladium, UK
Oct 06: Cambridge Corn Exchange, UK                                           
Oct 08: Gateshead Sage, UK            
Oct 10: Birmingham Symphony Hall, UK
Oct 11: Cardiff St. Davids Hall, UK
Oct 13: Utrecht Tivoli - Grote Zaal, Holland
Oct 14: Brussels Cirque Royal, Belgium
Oct 16: Paris L’Olympia, France|
Oct 17: Zurich Volkshaus, France
Oct 18: Milan Teatro Dal Verme, Italy
Oct 20: Lisbon Aula Magna, Portugal
Oct 21: Madrid La Riviera, Spain
Oct 22: Aviles Teatro Valdes, Spain
Oct 23: Barcelona Razzmatazz 1, Spain
Oct 25: Zagreb Dom Sportova, Croatia
Oct 26: Belgrade Kombank Hall, Serbia
Oct 27: Bucharest Sala Palatului, Romania
Oct 29: Thessaloniki Concert Hall, Greece
Oct 31: Athens Pallas Theater, Greece
Nov 08: Nurnberg Lowensaal, Germany
Nov 09: Katowice MCK, Poland       
Nov 10: Lviv National Opera, Ukraine                                          
Nov 11: Odessa Academic Theatre of Music, Ukraine
Nov 12: Kiev October Palace, Ukraine
Nov 14: Vilnius Compensa Concert Hall, Lithuania
Nov 15: Tallinn Alexela Kontserdimaja, Estonia
Nov 17: Helsinki Ice Hockey Hall, Finland
Nov 19: Turku Konserttitalo, Finland
Nov 20: Oulu Madetojan Sali, Finland
Nov 22: Umea Idun, Sweden
Nov 23: Stockholm Gota Lejon, Sweden    
Nov 24: Oslo Sentrum Scene, Norway
Nov 26: Kristiansand Kilden, Norway
Nov 27: Stavanger Kuppelhallen, Norway                                               
Nov 28: Bergen Rokeriet, Norway
Nov 29: Trondheim Olavshallen, Norway
Dec 01: Sundsvall Tonhallen, Sweden
Dec 02: Goteborg Partille Arena, Sweden
Dec 03: Randers Vaerket Teatre & Musikhus, Denmark
Dec 04: Copenhagen Docken Koncerter, Denmark
Dec 05: Malmo Slagthuset Teater, Swede
Dec 07: Stuttgart Liederhalle, Germany
Dec 08: Dresden Kulturpalast, Germany
Dec 09: Suhl CCS, Germany
Dec 10: Prague Karlin Forum, Czech Republic
Dec 11: Budapest Hungexpo Hall C, Hungary
Dec 13: Sofia National Palace Of Culture, Bulgaria
Dec 15: Istanbul KucukCiftlik Park, Turkey

Uriah Heep tour poster

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Fraser Lewry

Online Editor at Louder/Classic Rock magazine since 2014. 38 years in music industry, online for 25. Also bylines for: Metal Hammer, Prog Magazine, The Word Magazine, The Guardian, The New Statesman, Saga, Music365. Former Head of Music at Xfm Radio, A&R at Fiction Records, early blogger, ex-roadie, published author. Once appeared in a Cure video dressed as a cowboy, and thinks any situation can be improved by the introduction of cats. Favourite Serbian trumpeter: Dejan Petrović.