Uriah Heep @ Tradgar’n, Gothenburg (SE)

URIAH HEEP / THE QUILL

Date: 21st November, 2018
Venue: Trädgår’n
Ticket: 450SEK (€40/$46)
Promoter: Triffid And Danger Concerts
Photos: Erika Wallberg


What struck me the first time I saw URIAH HEEP perform was their fantastic energy and the joy they radiated upon stage. This was the mid - 90's or so which made them an old band then already. Still, it was among the best things I've seen and have since then taken every opportunity I've gotten to see them play.

But first things first. The job to open the night had been assigned to Swedish THE QUILL. Why THE ZOMBIES didn't appear in Gothenburg I don't know. It was long since I last saw THE QUILL though so there were no complaints about this update of the bill. I do think though it would have been better to see them at a smaller stage. THE QUILL didn't look uncomfortable really but there was something in the face attitude missing. Their groove didn't really come through initially and it felt a little distant. It all sounded fantastic. I really liked set opener “Snake Charmer Woman”, also “Ghosthorse” sounded really good.

BLACK SABBATH oozing “Hole In My Head” was another favorite. The “Hole In The Sky” swinging riff went down well with the crowd too but what impressed me the most was the smooth change to “Fairies Wear Boots” in the middle of it. Well, the riff was there but arrangement different. I like it when this type of jam-sessions can be incorporated in the songs regardless if it's rehearsed or not. And here THE QUILL had gotten warmed up and they had both the groove and the intensity in their music.

The song most people knew though was “Stone Believer” which ended THE QUILL's set. It's a damn good song and it felt more jovially at this point of the show. So it was a very good ending of THE QUILL's, a great song and a fantastic performance. Had it been like this from the start this had been an outstanding concert. It was still really good but I wanted more closeness, connection and an intimate feel as well as the musical delivery.

THE QUILL setlist:

01. “Snake Charmer Woman”
02. “Freedom Mountain”
03. “Ghosthorse”
04. “Keep It Together”
05. “Voodoo Caravan”
06. “Hole In My Head”
07. “American Powder”
08. “Stone Believer”

URIAH HEEP

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URIAH HEEP's performance at 'Sweden Rock Festival' earlier in the year was definitely one of my absolute favorite shows of 2018. Though the set was quite predictable their energy was fantastic and it boosted me to the max. I didn't really dare to hope that this would be the same. And I was hoping for some odd songs but again, it's much to ask.

But I'll be damned if URIAH HEEP didn't manage to both stun and surprise me yet again. Amazing “Grazed By Heaven” from brand new “Living The Dream” sat the standard and to follow that one up with “Return To Fantasy”, the title track from the new album and then “Too Scared To Run” was just enough to ensure yet another great HEEP-show. I really like Bernie Shaw's voice as well as appearance. He looked really cozy up on stage and I can't but smile when watching him perform. One downside with this show though was that he took every opportunity given to hide behind the curtains. If there was a solo or another instrumental part in a song he was gone from the stage. I understand why but it did take away some intensity from the show. It's a petty thing to point out but it is a difference from before.

One of the absolute highlights of the show came with “Rocks In The Road” another new song. It is really good on record but with the vibrancy of the live performance and the great atmosphere at the very close to sold out Trägår'n it got even better than on record. That the classics got the biggest response didn't come as a surprise. But what I was quite surprised about that the guys next to me (who really was a part of the old days, basing this on what they talked about in the break rather than looks) failed to recognize “Gypsy”, it wasn't until Bernie started singing they reacted. For “July Morning” and “Lady In Black” it was different though as the screams came immediately.

Also “Sunrise” which started the encores was received really well. That song is fantastic though and it sounded damn good this night. URIAH HEEP kept their tradition and ended the set with “Easy Living” which of course also was received well.

URIAH HEEP did it again, they delivered one hell of a set and managed to surprise me. No, I didn't get exactly what I wanted to hear. But I'm not complaining about the selection of songs. It's more that it felt like it was over just as it started although the set lasted for close to two hours. I wanted more. But if that's the complaint I guess that sets a quite good grade on the concert.

URIAH HEEP setlist:

01. “Grazed By Heaven”
02. “Return To Fantasy”
03. “Living The Dream”
04. “Too Scared To Run”
05. “Take Away My Soul”
06. “Knocking At My Door”
07. “Rainbow Demon”
08. “Rocks In The Road”
09. “Waters Flowin'“
10. “Gypsy”
11. “Look At Yourself”
12. “July Morning”
13. “Lady In Black”
14. “Sunrise”
15. “Easy Livin'”

URIAH HEEP

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