Contact Us

Former Uriah Heep Singer Joins Band on Tour

Rick Diamond, Getty Images

The bad news: Uriah Heep‘s current singer is dropping out of some upcoming tour dates because of health issues. The good news: One of the band’s former singers is filling in for him while he recovers.

You wouldn’t be alone in thinking that Uriah Heep have gone the way of dinosaurs. But fact is, the British metal pioneers are still around and still very much active, touring and recording. Their most recent album, ‘Into the Wild,’ has even been praised as one of the band’s best of its long career.

But their collective vitality hasn’t spared the aging group members — most of whom are well into their 60s — from their fair share of medical issues.

Earlier this year, bassist Trevor Bolder responded to rumors that his break from the band wasn’t related to a heart attack but to pancreatic cancer. Now singer Bernie Shaw is being sidelined from Uriah Heep’s upcoming May tour dates as he recuperates from an undisclosed routine medical procedure.

“To all the lifelong fans and followers of Uriah Heep, I’m afraid I’m being forced to step back from position of lead singer of one of the best damn rock ‘n’ roll bands on the live circuit today, albeit for just a couple of weeks rehabilitation, due to medical reasons,” Shaw wrote on the band’s official website.

“In order to fulfill contractual obligations, we came up with the idea of contacting John Lawton to ask if he would do the legacy proud, so to speak, and do the shows that I won’t be able to do. He’s got the history, and by God, he still has the voice! John and I will be sharing the same stage and singing together in San Javier, Spain, later on this summer. ‘Till then, I feel I’m leaving you in very capable hands and a rare chance to see John singing songs from his era in this present lineup. I am most indebted to John and salute his passion.”

The tour — which will visit the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Italy and Switzerland — will be tweaked to focus on Lawton’s years with the band, 1976 through 1979, giving fans an unexpected trip down memory lane.

Next: Top 10 Uriah Heep Songs

Best of I-95

Recommended for You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for I-95 Road Crew quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive I-95 Road Crew contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.